Census 2020 Coordinator
Paola Zuñiga Tellez, of Mexican origin and resident of Flanders, New York, is a local leader and activist.
Paola has been a SEPA Mujer active member since 2015. In 2018, she became the first Latina immigrant to be elected to serve as a Board Member of the 18-year local community association (Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association).
Paola’s own experience as a Latina immigrant mother navigating the unique dynamics of the East End led her to become involved with SEPA Mujer, to defend and advocate for women and the immigrant community. She has participated in several campaigns to advocate for women and immigrant rights such as DACA / Dream Act, one fair wage, language access, immigration reform, and Greenlight NY ( driver licenses for all).
Paola has represented the Latino community experience in Long Island, NYC, Albany, and Washington, D.C., in marches, conferences, and various public speaking events.
Her participation with SEPA Mujer has provided an opportunity to help other women and their families by being an exemplary model at a local level.
SEPA Mujer recognized Ms. Zuñiga Tellez as the member of the year at their 25th anniversary Gala for her extraordinary work in developing a new chapter in Riverside and her positive impact in the Latino community in the East End.
Paola and a local group of residents from various areas of Long island called and organized humanitarian aid for Mexico and Puerto Rico in 2017. In 2018, New York Assemblyman Phil Ramos recognized her philanthropic work by presenting her with a Suffolk county proclamation letter.