Veralucía Mendoza Arana
Prior to joining AAPD, Vera served as a Housing and Transportation advocate at one of the nation’s largest Centers for Independent Living, where she spearheaded a historic campaign to secure long-term funding to expand public transportation services for people with disabilities. Her dedicated efforts have garnered widespread recognition, and in 2020 she received the esteemed “Community Advocacy” award from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, and the Toledo Bar Association for her exceptional work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, they were among the honorees at the annual Allies & Advocates Ceremony hosted by Equality Ohio.
Vera holds a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business and has a background in Law & Social Thought from The University of Toledo.