What We Do
- Outreach: MOLA focuses on establishing partnerships, engaging residents in all eight wards, and disseminating information to the District’s Latino residents to increase their knowledge of and access to vital programs and services available to them.
- Language Access Support: MOLA provides technical support to DC Government Agencies covered by the Language Access Act to ensure that culturally and linguistically competent city services are delivered to the Spanish-speaking residents of the District.
- Technical Support: MOLA provides development, training, and support for community service agencies to help improve business processes and make it easier for these agencies to serve the Latino population of the District of Columbia.
Meet the Director
Director Reyes has lived in DC since 1990 and is the first Salvadoran to serve as MOLA’s director. During her tenure, Director Reyes has increased MOLA's budget from $2.9 million to $5.9 million dollars. The agency has also allocated more than $13 million dollars to support programs that improve the quality of life for Latinos in the District. Director Reyes has been a key player in the design and implementation of the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Program (IJLS).
In her previous position, she served as Director of Latino Affairs and Community Outreach for former DC Council Member Jim Graham (Ward 1). While working with Graham, Reyes-Yanes led initiatives to address the needs of Latino residents in the District. Director Reyes also served as a case manager at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and at the Office of the Mayor of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) under former Mayor Adrian Fenty. With more than fifteen years of experience and commitment to serve Latinos in DC, some of her most important accomplishments are: the historic Sister Cities Agreement between Washington, DC and San Salvador, efforts in gang prevention and helping to secure funding to rebuild the Monseñor Romero building apartments in Mount Pleasant that were destroyed by fire in 2008.
Since 1976 the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) has served the Latino community of the District of Columbia. The mission of the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) is to improve the quality of life of the District's Latino residents by addressing a broad range of social and economic needs through strategic management of public and private partnerships, expertise on policy, community relations, civic engagement, and community-based grants.