Note: The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is composed of nine(9) board members,
two(2) are appointed by the President Pro Tempore and two(2) by the Speaker of the House. Five(5) are
public members from the Hispanic community and appointed by the Governor. Ask for By-laws to our Staff.
Juan Alvarez, Chair
Currently a Deputy Laboratory Director for Management at INL (Idaho National Laboratory) with overall leadership responsibility for effective implementation of major functional management and business transformation efforts.
3668 Tuscany, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: (208) 526-9128
Term Expires: 07/01/2019
Erika L. Allen
A resident of Lewiston, Idaho, Erika Allen is employed at Lewis-Clark State College as the Director of College Advancement where she oversees fundraising efforts and alumni relations. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree from the University of La Verne. Allen has extensive fundraising, marketing and community outreach experience in a community based organization setting and higher education.
500 8th Ave. Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: (208) 792-2457
Term Expires: 07/01/2021
Raquel Romero Arenz
Raquel Romero Arenz is a professor of merit at the College of Southern Idaho. She was born and raised in Mexico. As a teenager, she came to the United States in a student exchange program. She has lived in Twin Falls since 1985. Along with teaching Spanish at the college, Romero Arenz has worked with the Hispanic community of St. Edward’s Parish for many years and traveled extensively through Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain and Cuba. Romero Arenz and her husband, Andy Arenz, have raised four children in Idaho.
672 Morningside Dr., Twin Falls, ID 83301
Term Expires: 07/01/2020
A native of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Ivan has called Idaho his home for 22 years. As a custom builder and real estate investor, Ivan has represented Keller Williams for the last 13 years. Ivan continues to advocate for Hispanic affairs and serves as Board Chairman for the Idaho Hispanic Chamber, a VP on the CWI Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees of the Idaho Hispanic Foundation. His passion is education, training and development for the Hispanic residents of Idaho. He has been married to Angie Castillo for 22 years and has 4 aspiring children: they are his greatest accomplishment.
2115 W. Habitat Street. Nampa, ID 83651
Phone: (208) 283-3311
Term Expires: 07/01/2021
Mauricio Cardona is an Associate with the Davillier Law Group in Sandpoint, Idaho. Mauricio was born in Pereira, Colombia and has lived in the United States since 1999. Mauricio holds a bachelors degree from Bradley University, a masters degree from the University of Colorado, and a law degree from the University of Iowa. Before moving to Idaho he worked as a prosecutor in Dane County, Wisconsin, as an immigration attorney with a religious non for profit, and helped to establish the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa. He has been married to Shekina Cardona for 15 years and they have one child.
530 Comeback Bay Lane, Sagle, ID 83860
Phone: (608) 444-2762
Term Expires: 07/01/2022
(R) Senator. Dan G. Johnson
(D) Senator Janie Ward-Engelking
(D) Rep. Brooke Green
(R) Rep. Clark Kauffman