Selma Nunes has joined the National Organization of Portuguese-Americans (NOPA) team to further develop their growing vision to empower US citizens and residents of Portuguese descent.
Nunes grew up in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and is herself of Portuguese decent. She comes to NOPA with a wealth of experience in community development with nonprofits, having spent the last three years working for Young Life where she was instrumental in changing the culture and creating a movement within at-risk high schools in Fairfax County.
Nunes’ background consists of leading mentorship programs and advocating for education issues with school administrations and Boards of Education. She has a remarkable track record of building member based programs as well as training and supervising volunteer mentor leaders. An alumna of Michigan State with a bachelor in International Studies and recent master’s graduate in Community Development, she is excited to join the NOPA team and create a sustainable movement.
Nunes comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within NOPA and look forward to working with the team to further increase advocacy opportunities for individuals and families of Portuguese decent. Being of Portuguese decent has allowed me to understand and respect the work that NOPA is doing by giving a voice to and for the people.”
Due to the growing demand to address the needs of the Portuguese American community and represent their interests on Capitol Hill, NOPA is very pleased to have recruited Ms. Nunes to assist Founding Director Francisco Semião with community advocacy and outreach efforts.
NOPA is a national non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization created to empower and address the many growing needs of the Portuguese-American community living in the United States.
Headquartered in the Greater Washington DC Region, NOPA conducts applied research, policy analysis, advocacy, and providing a Portuguese-American perspective in critical policy areas. NOPA provides Portuguese advocacy and capacity-building assistance to its affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.