Richard Aguilar is originally from Los Angeles, California but was raised in Charlottesville by Salvadorian immigrants fleeing political unrest and turmoil. After graduating from James Madison University in 2013 with a B.A. in Anthropology, Richard was accepted into Teach For America as a Corps Members and taught High School Spanish for two years at Union High School, a title I school with a predominant Latino population. Richard returned to Charlottesville where he worked with the Farm Workers Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center. In his role with the Farm Workers Program, Richard traveled extensively across the state informing H-2B workers of their legal rights. Currently, Richard is a Community Specialist at Teachstone Training, a company that specializes in providing observational feedback, coaching, and professional development for Head start and other school districts and organizations.
His passions include educational equity, immigration reform, and any issues that directly impact the Latino community in Charlottesville. Mr. Aguilar is very fond of the rich history found throughout Central Virginia and enjoys spending time outdoors.