The Management Committee is elected by LASC’s members at the AGM every year. Committee members provide guidance and practical support to staff on the day to day running of the organization and the projects, as well as being responsible for strategic, financial and governance oversight of the organization.
Current members are:
Thomas McDonagh, Chairperson
Thomas McDonagh is an environmental/social justice activist, originally from Dublin, but based in Latin America for over 8 years. He has volunteered and worked for NGOs and grassroots groups across the region- from an indigenous women-lead weaving co-operative in Guatemala to grassroots environmental justice groups in Colombia. His most recent work, based in Bolivia but working regionally in the Andes, has been focused on campaigns against the free trade and investment regime; documenting climate impacts and alternatives; researching corporate strategies and community resistance strategies in the context of land and resource conflicts; and supporting resistance struggles to extractive projects. Thomas has been a LASC member for almost ten years.
Úna McGrath, Treasurer
Úna McGrath has worked in administrative and accounting roles for the past 20 years and is currently bookkeeper & administrator for a Charity. She has over 12 years of experience working in non-profit sector management, as she has managed accounts and Irish Aid reports for 80:20 Educating & Acting for a better World since January 2007. A passionate linguist, she has a BA in Language & Cultural Studies with Spanish from UCC and a Postgraduate Diploma in EFL from UCD. Her interest in Latin America was spurred by her many visits to South America, in particular Brazil, Peru and Argentina. Having a particular interest in youth work, Úna also volunteers at the Youth Café project in Wicklow Town.
Tomás Lynch, Secretary
Tomás Lynch was formerly Education Officer at LASC for the academic year 2018-2019, where he was responsible for running a WorldWise Global Schools-funded project to introduce Latin American development and social justice issues into secondary school Spanish classrooms around the country. In 2013-2014 he lived outside San Pedro Sula, in Honduras, where he worked as a teacher. In Ireland, he has been involved with several grassroots housing and migrant justice movements and groups, including the Irish Housing Network and End Deportations Belfast. In his role on LASC’s Committee, he is responsible for LASC’s Development Education activities. He currently works as a secondary school Spanish teacher.
Sian Cowman, Communications Coordinator
Sian Cowman was formerly the Coordinator of LASC, where she was responsible for delivering LASC’s annual development education project in 2018/19, focused on environmental issues and women human rights defenders. She is part of a team that runs the Stop Blood Coal Ireland campaign around Ireland’s importation of coal from the Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia and the human rights abuses taking place against indigenous and Afro communities in the region. Sian is also a presenter on Radio Latina Dublin, and is involved in other grassroots migrant solidarity groups. From 2014 – 2018, Sian lived and worked in Bolivia on environmental issues. In her role on LASC’s management committee, she is responsible for social media and communications. Sian is currently working as a freelance writer, journalist and educator. You can find her on Twitter @Sian_Cowman
Victor Flores is Bolivian and has lived in Dublin for six years, five of those as a member of LASC. He has organised several events in LASC like Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, and talks and debates on social issues, especially focused on Bolivia – the TIPNIS road, student movements, and the Chiquitanía fires. He is a presenter with Radio Latina Dublin where he covers social issues to do with other Latin American migrant communities in Ireland. Victor is also currently the President of the Asociación de Residentes Bolivianos/as en Irlanda. He works as a carer. He has a degree in psychology and sociology from Bolivia. He is committed to fighting racism, sexism, inequality and all forms of oppression.
Juliana Sassi has been living in Ireland since 2014. During the coup in Brazil, in 2016, she joined the Brazilian Left Front to call attention to the current situation in her country. Since then, she has been organizing and taking part in events as a speaker to denounce the violence against activists and the growing loss of still incipient rights in Brazil. In 2017 she worked with LASC in the Latin American Annual Conference that brought to Ireland the Guarani-Kaiowa cacique Ladio Veron. Given the process of racialization she endured as a migrant from Latin America in Ireland, she got involved with Migrants and Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice and Dublin Central Housing Action, working mainly with migrants being evicted. To better understand her new identity, in 2018 she enrolled in the MPhil on Race, Ethnicity and Conflict at Trinity College Dublin. In Brazil, she graduated in Journalism at Universidade Metodista de São Paulo and Postgraduate in Social Science at Centro Fundacao Santo Andre.