NCCLA was organized in 1966 by a group of Latin Americanists from Wisconsin universities. Their Charter, adopted the same year, expanded the scope of membership to include faculty and students from public and private institutions of higher learning throughout the upper Midwest. The NCCLA is one of eight regional Latin Americanist organizations in the country.
The NCCLA Secretariat is housed at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
President: Leon Narvaez (St. Olaf College)
Secretary/Treasurer: Benjamin Narvaez (U of Minnesota-Morris)
Program Chair: Sujay Rao (Gustavus Adolphus College)
Communications/Membership Chair: Mariano Magalhães (Augustana College)
Nominations Chair: Jodie Parys (UW-Whitewater)