About Us



Our Story

In Texas, 50 percent of the school-age children are Latinos, and therefore, addressing the needs of this fastest growing community is vital to our state and national interest.

To meet that end, the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) was created as a statewide association for the identification, recruitment, development and advancement of Latino school administrators in order to improve public education in general for all students with an emphasis on improving the educational and career opportunities of Latino youth.

Despite the fast-rising numbers of Latinos in our society and schools, there are few Latino top administrators in education. With this critical shortage of Latino leadership, the need to come together and advocate has never been greater.

TALAS focuses on statewide events that offer culturally responsive professional development, mentoring program support, and key networking opportunities.

Our Vision

TALAS is the premier organization in advocacy for the growth and advancement of Latino learners and leaders.

Our vision is based on our belief that education — specifically public school transformation — is the civil rights issue of our time.

Our Mission

TALAS, with an unrelenting commitment to improving learning outcomes for Latino learners, will provide leadership development, collective impact, advocacy, and a proactive voice for Latino and non-Latino leaders who have a passion for serving the fastest growing student population in our state.

Our Strategies


TALAS will maintain a shared vision to advocate for Latino learners and leaders.

TALAS will become the credible leader in influencing policy and decision-making among lawmakers at the local, state, and national levels in issues dealing with Latino leaders and learners.

Collective Impact

TALAS will work together in a collaborative, strategic, and focused way to make efficient progress toward the goals of the organization.

TALAS will actively engage and partner with Latino and non-Latino leaders to develop trust and credibility for the organization.


TALAS will focus on messaging with one voice to support those who have a passion for improving outcomes for Latino learners.

TALAS will identify and collaborate with other individuals and organizations that are aligned with the goals and key issues of the organization.

Leadership Development

TALAS will provide support for current Latino and non-Latino leaders who are passionate about and committed to courageously leading, learning, and supporting others.

TALAS will provide professional learning and mentoring opportunities for aspiring Latino and non-Latino leaders to grow in the leadership skills necessary to improve outcomes for Latino learners.

Our Leadership

Stan Paz

Stan Paz

Executive Director

Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez


Xavier De La Torre

Xavier De La Torre

Vice President

Martha Salazar-Zamora

Martha Salazar-Zamora

Immediate Past President

Paul Cruz

Paul Cruz


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