The mission of La Luz Centro Cultural is to promote cultural awareness and diversity with hospitality and supportive services for all. 

​La Luz CC, a non-profit organization situated in downtown Hampton, Iowa, is a space where Latinos can share and build their strengths, where social isolation is not a barrier, and where hope and a sense of possibility are fostered.

We envision providing a combination of educational services and programs that emphasize dialogue as a way of learning and solving problems, recognizing that all have something to bring to the conversation regardless of age, race, gender, or level of education.

We strive to empower the Latino people with gifts of self-confidence, leadership, and solidarity. 
La Luz was initiated by the Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, Iowa and was transferred to the community to serve as a cultural center.

Meet The Team

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Claudia Rivera

Executive Director

Kyle Whalen

Associate Director

Aimee Lenth

Immigration Legal Director

Liliana Velasco

SOMOS Latinx Program Supervisor

Mariely Perales

Rise AmeriCorps Service Member

Ines Maine


Maria Gomez

Apprentice Office Manager

Meet The Board

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James Kohls


Seabee Corporation


Captain Mark Morrison

Vice President

City of Hampton Police Department 

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Pia Hovenga


Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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Brenda Espejo Diosdado


HD School

Socorro Martinez


Belmond-Klemme Community School

Father Kevin Earlywine


St. Patrick's Catholic Church