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November 22nd, 2013

Health Partners Plans salutes the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latino honorees and is especially proud to be named this year’s “Gran Amigo.”

The Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos of 2013

A Message from the Publisher…


elcome to the 2013 edition of the Most Influential Latinos magazine. This annual publication originated eight years ago and resulted in an incredible, positive impact as the first publication of its kind, highlighting the region’s Latino community.

The Most Influential Latinos magazine showcases a large group of local Latino leaders that were nominated by their peers and selected through a distinguished committee. Developed as a need to display the accomplishments of our local Latino community, these leaders are highlighted and recognized for their contributions to Latinos and their community at-large, through this publication. Our first edition was an eye-opener to many who suddenly realized the importance and preeminence of our community. This year, we continue building upon our previous successes and present a collection of esteemed professionals that really make our community proud. This magazine is divided in three sections that present different groups of people, all of them successful within their professions. First, the, Latino Leaders is a category that includes many seasoned executives, officials, and everyday heroes, who work tirelessly for the betterment of our community. Next, we have the Movers and Shakers, who are defined by their significant impact to create and generate opportunities that move forward and progress for the benefit of the larger community; and finally, the Most Influential are a group of individuals that have strongly influenced a course of events and changed the way people relate to one another through their accomplishments and extraordinary work during the past year. I personally invite all of our readers to enjoy this publication as it highlights some of the best and brightest stars that help make Philadelphia a great Region for Latinos. The 2013 awardees share individual success stories and recognize the meaningful commitment they exhibit as local role models for our youth. In our community, the success of some is the triumph of many. Gracias!

Napoleon Garcia, VI Publisher Impacto

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Contents 6 LATINo Leaders There are Latino in every path of life, including community activists, social leaders, business people, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and many others who go beyond their call to support this community.


& ShaKErs These are people who usually make things happen in the community, and who show a commitment that normally goes beyond their individual reach.



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These leaders show the greatest achievement levels, serve as role models for our children, and oftentimes act as the public face of the Delaware Valley’s Hispanic community.



s 2013, and we have the great privilege of being able to recognize the accomplishments and successes of many Latinos in the Philadelphia region, that honor their community with their commitment and purpose in their daily lives in order to generate better conditions for our people. As every year, in 2013 the selecting committee had a demanding task, as we looked deeper into the long list of nominees, to make sure the final list of awardees was as fair and accurate as possible. Our final 50 awardees were chosen from a list covering the entire region. Some names are well known within the community, some others do not sound familiar to many, but even people working far from the spotlight can have a huge impact over other people’s lives. Latinos are a powerful group of very diverse people linked by a common heritage. This heritage keep us united as a great force that the nation and the world have aknowledged. Hispanics are the largest ethnic group in the nation, and the relevance of our community is growing by the day. It is our hope that as we continue to gain strength in numbers, we will remain diligent in our efforts to highlight the greatness of our people. The efforts to acknowledge our influential leaders is one small step toward a common, shared goal. A goal to unify our community and create positive change. Thank you all for your diligence and hard work in achieving your dreams. The 50 Most Influential Latinos in the Delaware Valley in 2013 are a powerful example of what determination and leadership can achieve. Once more, Congratulations! P.O. Box 15358 Philadelphia, PA 19111 Main: 215-922-6407

Publisher Napoleon Garcia

Diseño y Diagramación Julissa Ivor Medina

Editor para esta publicación Roberto Santiago

Sales Manager Beatriz García

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Ponemos nuestra energía en el poder de la diversidad. PECO se complace en patrocinar el evento 2013 Most Influential Latinos (Latinos más influyentes de 2013). Esta es una gran oportunidad para honrar el liderazgo latino en el gobierno, la educación, los negocios y la comunidad en su conjunto. Sin embargo, nuestro apoyo no finaliza allí. La cultura integradora de PECO está comprometida con la comunidad latina, tanto dentro como fuera del lugar de trabajo. Esta es solo otra manera de celebrar el poder de la diversidad durante todo el año.

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LATINo Leaders 2013 Raúl A. Bartra Camden County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

René J. Alvarez, Jr. Vice Chief of Cardiology at Temple University Hospital

Erika Almiron Executive Director of Juntos

Juntos is a community-based Latino advocacy organization dedicated to fighting for immigrant rights on matters of education, worker rights, and immigration reform. Erika Almiron was born in South Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Paraguay and has spent almost two decades working for Latinos in South Philly. In her spare time she is a freelance photographer who has documented prison conditions in South America, mountain top removal in West Virginia, homelessness in Harlem, and most recently she received the prestigious Leeway Foundation award to document agricultural reform and land distribution in Brazil and Paraguay. Juntos es una organización comunitaria dedicada a la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes en cuanto a educación, derechos laborables, y la reforma migratoria. Erika lleva casi dos décadas trabajando por los latinos en el sur de Filadelfia. Erika Almiron nació en el sur de Filadelfia de padres inmigrantes de Paraguay. En su tiempo libre, es una fotógrafa freelance que ha documentado las condiciones carcelarias en América del Sur, las cimas montañosas en West Virginia, y los destechados de Harlem. Más recientemente recibió el prestigioso premio de la Fundación Leeway para documentar la reforma agraria y la distribución de tierras en Brasil y Paraguay


The Vice Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Program at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Alvarez is considered one of the nation’s most outstanding clinical specialists in heart failure management and transplantation. He is President of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Cardiology and holds memberships in numerous professional and scientific societies. Alvarez, the son of Cuban inmigrants, has degrees from CUNY, the University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins University. He trained as an specialist in heart transplants at Temple University. He has acted as principal or co-investigator on over 60 clinical trials. Vicepresidente de Cardiología y Director Médico del Programa de Fallas del Corazón/ Transplantes Cardíacos en el Hospital de la Universidad de Temple, el Dr. Alvarez es considerado uno de los especialistas clínicos más sobresalientes en manejo de fallos del corazón y transplantes. Es presidente del Capítulo Pensilvania del Colegio Americano de Cardiología y tiene membresías en numerosas sociedades científicas y profesionales. Hijo de inmigrantes cubanos, Alvarez es graduado de CUNY, la Universidad de Pensilvania y John Hopkins University. Además, se entrenó como especialista en tranplantes de corazón en la Universidad de Temple. Ha actuado como principal o coinvestigador en más de 60 pruebas clínicas.

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Bartra is a founder and past president of the Camden County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Founder partner of Bartra Professional Services, and accounting branch of the Bartra Group, Raúl obteined a degree in Public Accounting from Universidad Ricardo Palma, of Lima, Peru. Bartra has been part of the Camden community for more than 25 years, and with great experience in auditing, financial analysis and commercial accounting, he serves the Latino business community of Camden and provides them with professional business, accounting and commercial guidance. He was born in Peru, and serves in the Municipal Board Of Alcoholic Beverages Control for the City Of Camden. Bartra es fundador y pasado presidente de la Cámara Hispana de Comercio del Condado de Camden, New Jersey. Es un socio fundador de Bartra Professional Services, un estudio contable parte de Bartra Group. Egresado como Contador Público de la Universidad Ricardo Palma, de Lima, Peru, con una amplia experiencia en contabilidad comercial, auditoría, análisis e interpretación de estados financieros, ha sido parte de la comunidad de Camden por más de 25 años, y sirve a la comunidad de negocios del área con una guía profesional de contabilidad y asesoría comercial. Bartra nació en Perú, y es miembro de la Junta Municipal para el Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de Camden.

Jose A. Benitez Executive Director of Prevention Point Philadelphia

Jose currently serves as the Executive Director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, a nonprofit community based organization providing syringe exchange services, HIV testing and counseling, case management, food, and housing referrals. He is a current member of the Board of Health of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Jose was a founding board member of Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative in Philadelphia, and member of the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival board of directors. He has worked in the HIV community as a provider and advocate for the past twenty years. José se desempeña como Director Ejecutivo de Prevention Point Philadelphia, una organización comunitaria sin fines de lucro que ofrece intercambio de agujas hipodérmicas, prueba de VIH, consejería, y referidos para comida y vivienda. También es miembro activo de la Junta de Salud del Departamento de Salud Pública de Filadelfia. José fue miembro fundador del Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative de Filadelfia y miembro de la junta de directores del Filadefia Latin American Film Festival. Ha sido proveedor de servicios y defensor para la comunidad con HIV por los últimos veinte años.

¡Felicitaciones! Congratulations to the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos in 2013! Your contributions and hard work have made this region an all-the-more vibrant and dynamic place to be. And for that, we all owe you our thanks. The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress is proud to sponsor Impacto Latin Newspaper’s 2013 Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos and other events like this which celebrate the wonderful, diverse collection of communities that make up the heart and soul of Greater Philadelphia. You can help us make an even bigger impact and support our city’s cultural institutions at the same time. Bring your next meeting, convention or special event to Philadelphia. Find out how easy it is at

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LATINo Leaders 2013 Wanda I. Carlo Vice President of Workforce Development, Esperanza

Jose Manuel Brito Bueno President and CEO of WeCare HomeCare, Inc.

Dominican by birthright, Jose Manuel Brito is a citizen of the Greater Philadelphia by choice. A political science graduate from Rowan University, Mr. BritoBueno is president and CEO of WeCare Home Care, Inc., in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he is responsible for the overall direction of administrative affairs and the management of 96 employees. He is vice-president of the “Hispanic for Progress in Camden” – an organization that fosters unity and economic growth among Hispanic business owners, and was recently named “Business’s Person of the Year” in the 2013 Dominican Festival in Philadelphia. Dominicano por nacimiento, José Manuel Brito es unciudadano del Gran Filadelfia por elección. Graduado de Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Rowan, Brito-Bueno es presidente y CEO de WeCare HomeCare, Inc., en Cherry Hill, Nueva Jersey, donde es responsable de la dirección general de los asuntos administrativos y el manejo de 96 empleados. Es vice-presidente del “Hispanic for Progress in Camden” -una organización que fomenta la unidad y el crecimiento económico entre los propietarios de negocios hispanos. Recientemente fue nombrado “Persona de Negocios del Año” en el 2013 Festival Dominicano en Filadelfia.


Giovanni Omar Campbell Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia

Giovanni Omar Campbell was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia on Nov. 5, 2013 and will begin to serve in January of 2014. As a litigant for the past 20 years, Campbell championed the rights of numerous individuals in federal and state courts; helped train attorneys in trial advocacy; provided pro bono representation to people in need; delivered education about the law and civics in high schools throughout the city; and has improved access to legal services for disenfranchised communities, among others. Born and raised in the Republic of Panamá, he is one of few Latino judges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Campbell’s AfroLatino background will lend to the court system a global perspective that is well-suited to Philadelphia’s emergent diversity. Giovanni Omar Campbell fue elegido Juez de la Corte de Casos Comunes de Filadelfia el 5 de Noviembre de 2013. Como litigante durante los últimos 20 años, Campbell defendió los derechos de numerosas personas en los tribunales federales y estatales; ayudó a capacitar a abogados de la defensa en juicio; brindó asistencia jurídica gratuita a personas de bajos recursos; dio educación de derechos legales y cívicos en escuelas secundarias de la ciudad; y mejoró el acceso a servicios judiciales en comunidades pobres, entre otros. Nacido y criado en la República de Panamá, Campbell es uno de los pocos jueces latinos en Pensilvania. Su experiencia como Afro-Latino le presta al sistema judicial una perspectiva global que se adapta bien a la diversidad emergente de Filadelfia

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Wanda Carlo has demonstrated a unique ability to combine best practices and innovative measures, helping thousands of Hispanic families in Philadelphia access economic opportunity. During her tenure, Esperanza’s EARN Center job training program has been the best-performing center in Philadelphia for three years in a row. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and holds a Master’s degree in Education from LaSalle University. She currently serves as Vice President for Workforce Development at Esperanza. Wanda Carlo ha demostrado capacidad única en combinar las mejores prácticas y medidas innovadoras, y así ayudar a miles de familias hispanas a acceder a oportunidades económicas. Durante su liderazgo, el programa de capacitación EARN de Esperanza ha sido el centro con mejores resultados en Filadelfia por tres años consecutivos. Wanda obtuvo su licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas y Psicología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y cuenta con una Maestría en Educación de la Universidad LaSalle. Actualmente se desempeña como Vicepresidente de Workforce Development en Esperanza.

Enid Colon Director of Philadelphia Latino Pageants

Born in New York, raised in Cayey, and a Philadelphia resident since 2002, Enid Colon is the founder and director of “Philadelphia Latino Pageants”, a community-based organization dedicated to showcasing Hispanic art and culture. She is also president and CEO of “Gurimbi’s Creations Event Décor”, founder of “Three King’s Annual Christmas Gift Baskets of Joy”, and former “Philadelphia Salsa Congress” coordinator, among others. Enid is an active supporter of St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Despierta Mujer Latina, Fashions for Aids, Unidos por Haiti, and Juacedine Fashions for Breast Cancer Awareness. Nacida en Nueva York, criada en Cayey, y residente de Filadelfia desde 2002, Enid Colon es la fundadora y directora de “Philadelphia Latino Pageants”, una organización comunitaria dedicada a exponer el arte y la cultura hispana. También es presidente y CEO de “Gurimbi’s Creations Event Décor”, fundadora de “Three King’s Annual Christmas Gift Baskets of Joy”, y ex coordinadora del “Philadelphia Salsa Congress”, entre otros. Enid es una colaboradora de St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Despierta Mujer Latina, Fashions for Aids, Unidos por Haiti, y Juacedine Fashions for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Independence Blue Cross


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Healthy lives begin with healthy communities. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, IBC continues its commitment to strategic corporate sponsorship of innovative wellness and education programs designed to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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Congratulations to the 2013 Most Influential Latinos award winners!

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. is a Latino based nonprofit in Philadelphia, PA that envisions a healthy community, where children are protected and nurtured to become future leaders, and families are helped to achieve their greatest potential.

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Marcus A. Delgado CEO of One Bright Ray

At the age of 24, Mr. Delgado was hired as first vice-principal of Fairhill Community High School –where he helped to convert a concept into a fully functioning, nationally recognized alternative high school. In 2005, Delgado earned a Master’s degree from Arizona State and was promoted to Principal of Fairhill Community High School. In 2008, he secured a $1.5 million dollar contract to start North Philadelphia Community High School. In 2010, Delgado received his Superintendent’s Letter from Arcadia University and was promoted to CEO of One Bright Ray. Currently, he oversees the accelerated high school and the Harcum College Program at One Bright Ray. A la edad de 24, Delgado fue contratado como primer subdirector de Fairhill Community High School, donde ayudó a convertir un concepto en una Escuela Alternativa funcionaly reconocida a nivel nacional. En 2005, Delgado obtuvo una maestría de la Unversidad Estatal de Arizona. Ese año fue promovido a Director de Fairhill Community High School. En 2008, aseguró un contrato de $ 1.5 millones para iniciar el North Philadelphia Community High School. En 2010 recibió su certificación de Superintendente Escolar de la Universidad Arcadia, y fue promovido a CEO de One Bright Ray. Actualmente, supervisa la secundaria celerada y el programa Harcum College en One Bright Ray.

Ivonne Ganem Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Temple University

Dr. Ivonne Ganem graduated from Universidad Javeriana School of Dentistry in Bogotá, in 1999, and from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in 2008. In 2002 Dr. Ganem joined the faculty at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, where she serves as interim Chairperson of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences, Director of Community Outreach Programs, and Director of the Infant Care Program. Her interests include issues that affect public access to care in underserved communities, and access to dental education of underrepresented minorities. Dr. Ganem teaches both, graduate and pre-doctoral level courses in areas of Dental Ethics and Public Health. Ivonne Ganem se graduó de la Facultad de Odontología de la Universidad Javeriana en Bogotá, en 1999, y de la Escuela de Odontología Kornberg, de la Universidad de Temple, en 2008. En 2002 la doctora Ganem se unió a la Escuela de Odontología Kornberg de la Universidad de Temple, donde se hoy desempeña como presidente interina del Departamento de Odontología Pediátrica y de Ciencias de la Salud Oral Comunitaria, Directora de Programas Comunitarios, y Directora del Programa de Cuidado Infantil. Sus intereses incluyen asuntos que afectan el acceso público a la educación y servicios dentales en comunidades marginadas y minorías. Ganem enseña tanto, posgrado como cursos a nivel pre-doctoral en las áreas de Ética Dental y Salud Pública.

Ahida L. Garcia State Farm Agent

In 2012 Ahida became the first State Farm Hispanic Agent in Filadelfia, opening the doors of the Latino market to the largest insurance company in América, State Farm, which with more than 65,000 employees and more than 18,000 Agents, service 81 million policies and accounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Before joining State Farm, Ahida was the Financial Director of the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia, from 1998 to 2009. She is a Public Accountant graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, and has a Management degree from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia. En el 2012 Ahida se convirtió en la primera agente hispana de State Farm en Filadelfia, abriendo el mercado latino de la región a la compañía de seguros más grande de América, State Farm, con más de 65,000 empleados y 18,000 agentes que sirven 81 millones de pólizas y cuentas en Norteamérica. Antes de unirse a State Farm, Ahida fue Directora Financiera del Concilio de Organizaciones Hispanas entre 1998 y el 2009. Ella tiene un título de Contadora Pública de la Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, en Bogotá, y un grado en Gerencia de la Universidad de los Andes, de Bogotá, Colombia.

Gilberto ‘Gil’ Gonzalez Artist, community activist

An artist and host of “Entre Nosotros”, a weekly current-affairs TV show that highlights cultural, political, educational, and other human events that impact Latinos in the tri-state region. This program airs on Comcast 53, FIOS 21, Youtube, Phillyfocus, and iTunes. Gil hopes to bring awareness about the Latino community and help to breakdown stereotypes that divide city neighborhoods. He is president of the Community College of Philadelphia Diversity Council, and a member of the English Department Hiring Committee at CCP, Pennsylvania Handball Association, Cuentos Film, “Salvemos La Milagrosa”, Friends of Clemente Park, Back to Basic Movement, and of “El Comite del Pueblo”. Pintor y anfitrión de “Entre Nosotros”, un show de televisión que pone de relieve los acontecimientos humanos culturales, políticos, educativos y otros asuntos que afectan a los latinos en la región. Este programa se transmite en Comcast 53, FIOS 21, Youtube, Phillyfocus, y en iTunes. Es la esperanza de Gil poder crear conciencia acerca de la comunidad latina y remover los estereotipos de dividen a los barrios de la ciudad. Es presidente del Community College of Philadelphia Diversity Council, y miembro del Comité de Contratación del Departamento de Ingles en el CCP, la Asociación de Balonmano de Pensilvania, Cuentos Film, “Salvemos La Milagrosa”, Amigos de Clemente Park, Back to Basic Movement, y de “El Comité del Pueblo”.

LATINo Leaders 2013 Maria N. Gonzalez President HACE

As HACE President, Maria Gonzalez leads an organization managing over $30 Millions of commercial and housing development projects that have contributed to the stabilization and revitalization of the Fairhill and St. Hugh Neighborhoods. Under her leadership HACE developed its Housing Counseling Program to serve as a one-stopshop for housing related services, which is certified by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from St. Joseph’s University. Mrs. Gonzalez also serves as Chair of the Community Trust Board for the American Street Empowerment Zone and serves on the board of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. Como Presidente de HACE, María González dirige una organización que maneja más de $30 millones en proyectos de desarrollos comerciales y de vivienda, que han contribuido a la estabilización y revitalización de los vecindarios de Fairhill y San Hugo. Bajo su liderazgo HACE desarrolló su Programa de Consejería de Vivienda, debidamente certificado, que sirve como un centro unificado de servicios relativos a la vivienda popular. Ella se graduó con honores de la Universidad St. Joseph. María es presidenta del Community Trust Board for the American Street Empowerment Zone y está en la junta de la Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.


Wilmarie González Director Bureau of Advocacy, PA Department of Aging

Luz A. Hernández Executive Director, Philadelphia HUNE

Wilmarie González has been with the PA Department of Aging since 2005 as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman & Director for the Bureau of Advocacy. She is responsible for oversight, implementation and enforcement of federal and state law. González works closely with the Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities. Part of her role at the agency is ensuring the development of training curriculum for statewide programs that certify local ombudsman and protective services personnel in all 67 counties. She earned her M.S. in Management from Rosemont College, and B.A. in Organizational Management from Eastern University.

Luz A. Hernández is one of the founders of Philadelphia HUNE, Inc (Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales). She is a mother of three, one child who has multiple disabilities. Her personal experience has led her to be a dedicated special education advocate and to establish HUNE in 1998. She has been in the special education field for over 20 years. Under her guidance and leadership, HUNE has assisted over 3,000 parents in obtaining a free appropriate public education for their children with disabilities in Philadelphia. Luz has a Masters Certificate in Global Affairs with a concentration in Translations and Interpreting. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Management, and an Associate’s Degree and a Management Certificate in Business Management.

Wilmarie González ha estado con el PA Department of Aging desde 2005, desempeñándose como State LongTerm Care Ombudsman y Director for the Bureau of Advocacy. González es responsable de la supervisión, aplicación y cumplimiento de la ley federal y estatal. González trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, y el National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities. Parte de su rol en la agencia es asegurarse el desarrollo de curriculum de eentrenamiento para programas estatales que certifican ombudsman locales y personal de servivios protectivos en los 67 condados. González obtuvo un M.S. en Gerencia de Rosemont College, y un B.A. en Gerencia Organizacional de Eastern University.

Luz Hernández es una de las fundadoras de Filadelfia HUNE, Inc (Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales). Como madre de tres niños, uno de los cuales tiene múltiples dishabilidades, su experiencia personal la llevó a convertirse en una defensora dedicada de la educación especial, y a establecer HUNE en 1998. Ella ha estado en la Educación Especial por más de 20 años. Bajo su liderazgo y guía HUNE ha asistido a más de 3,000 padres en obtener apropiada educación pública gratuita para sus niños con dishabilidades en Filadelfia. Tiene un Certificado de Maestría en Asuntos Globales, con concentración en Traducciones e Interpretación. Tiene un Bachillerato en Ciencias de Administración, y un Grado Asociado en Administración de Negocios.

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Darryl Irizarry ScoutReach Director, Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts

Darryl is the current ScoutReach Director of the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, and is responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of youth programs in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties. He is a current member of the Fox School of Business Alumni Association Membership Committee, the KeystoneFirst Health Education Advisory Committee, the Urban League of Philadelphia, and the Pyramid Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fox School of Business de Temple University, and is married to his beloved companion, Andrea; they are parents of Darryl III and Tyler. Darryl es director del programa ScoutReach del Cradle of Liberty Council, de los Boy Scouts of America. Como tal, es responsable de supervisar el desarrollo y la expansión de programas para jóvenes en Filadelfia, Delaware y el condado de Montgomery. Es miembro de la junta del Fox School of Business Alumni Association Membership Committee, de KeystoneFirst Health Education Advisory Committee, de Urban League of Philadelphia, y del Pyramid Club. Posee un bachillerato de la Fox School of Business de la Universidad de Temple. Darryl está casado con su querida esposa Andrea , y son padres de Darryl III y Tyler.

LATINo Leaders 2013 Wanda Novales CEO, Pan American Academy Charter School

Brujo de la Mancha Marilyn Martínez Artist

Rev. Adan Mairena Pastor, West Kensington Ministry in Norris Square

Rev. Adan Mairena is pastor of West Kensington Ministry in Norris Square. He is the son of two Presbyterian Church ministers; Adan was born in Honduras and raised in Chicago, Texas and New Mexico. He earned a Bachelors’ in Liberal Arts with departmental honors from the University of New Mexico and a Masters’ in Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Rev. Mairena was a Lilly Resident in Ministry at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, has served Presbyterian Church USA as Director of the Board Pensions, and co-wrote a study guide calling for comprehensive immigration. Mairena work with a youth ministry in Norris Square. El Reverendo Mairena es pastor de West Kensington Ministry en Norris Square. Él es el hijo de dos ministros de la Iglesia Presbiteriana. Adán nació en Honduras y creció en Chicago, Texas y Nuevo México. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Artes Liberales con honores departamentales de la Universidad de Nuevo México y una Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano de Austin. El Reverendo. Mairena es un ‘Lilly Resident’ en ministerio en Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, ha servido a la Iglesia Presbiteriana de EE.UU. como Director de Administración de Pensiones, y co-escribió una guía de estudio pidiendo inmigración integral. Mairena trabaja con jóvenes en Norris Square.


A multidisciplinary, selftaught artist, Brujo de la Mancha’s mission is to awaken the spirituality in the human mind through an approach that utilizes the arts to emphasize a connection between nature and today’s modern society. Drawing on cultural narratives of Mexican indigenous traditional art, Brujo’s art is a reflection of his own experiences. He has been a teaching artist for more than ten years, and works in a wide range of arts and media, including digital video, music & photography, clay flutes, Aztec dance & music, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, puppetry, writing, and non-profit art management. He was born in Mexico. Artista multidisciplinario y autoformado, la misión de Brujo de la Mancha es despertar la espiritualidad en la mente humana a través de un enfoque que utiliza el arte para enfatizar una conexión entre la naturaleza y la sociedad moderna de hoy. Sobre la base de las narrativas culturales del arte tradicional indígena mexicana, el arte de Brujo es un reflejo de sus propias experiencias. Él ha sido artista y maestro por más de diez años. Trabaja en amplia gama de las artes y los medios de comunicación, incluyendo video digital, música y fotografía, flautas de barro, danza azteca y la música, como también la cerámica, la escultura, la pintura, el dibujo, los títeres, la escritura y la administración de arte sin fines de lucro. Brujo nació en México.

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Superintendent, Pennsauken School District

Marilyn Martínez was raised in North Philadelphia and attended Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a master’s in Education Administration. Marilyn was a public school teacher, an elementary & high school principal, and a regional superintendent of schools in both Philadelphia and Baltimore. Today, Marilyn Martínez leads the Pennsauken Public Schools as superintendent, serving approximately fifty-six hundred students and families. Her life’s passion is to make schooling rewarding and successful for all children. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her husband and two daughters. Marilyn Martínez fue criada en el norte de Filadelfia y asistió a la Universidad de Temple, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias de Educación, y una Maestría en Administración de la Educación. Marilyn fue tanto maestra de escuela pública como superintendente regional en Filadelfia y Baltimore. Hoy, Marilyn Martínez es superintendente de escuelas públicas en Pennsauken, NJ, prestando servicios a cinco mil seiscientos estudiantes y a sus familias. Su mayor pasión es proveer la mejor educación posible a todo estudiante. Su mayor alegría es pasar tiempo junto a su esposo y dos hijas.

Novales is the current school principal and CEO of Pan American Academy Charter School, a bilingual K-8 charter school founded by Congreso in 2008. Pan Am was recently designated an International Baccalaureate World School. Prior to joining Pan American Academy, Novalés served as school principal at Sheridan Elementary School. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Temple University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cheyney University. She also holds a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University. She lives in Northeast Philadelphia with her husband Mark and their two sons, Mark and Joseph. Novales es Principal y CEO de Pan American Academy Charter School, una escuela K-8 bilingüe fundada en 2008 por Congreso. Recientemente, Pan American fue designada “International Baccalaureate World School”. Antes de unirse a Pan American Academy, Novales fue Principal de Sheridan Elementary School. Wanda obtuvo una licenciatura en Educación Primaria de Temple University y una Maestría en Liderazgo Educacional de Cheyney University. También tiene un “Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility” de Arcadia University. Ella vive con su esposo Mark y sus dos hijos, Mark y Joseph en Northeast Philadelphia.

Angel L. Pagán Director Linguistic and Cultural Services, Temple University Health System

He was born and raised in Cayey, Puerto Rico. As an dult, he moved to Philadelphia where he completed his education. Mr. Pagán received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Management from Rosemont College, in Pennsylvania. He has more than 19 years of experience in the health care field. He has worked for Health Partners, Mercy Health Plan of New Jersey, and AmeriChoice Health Plan. He has worked for Temple University Health System for almost 10 years. The Temple Linguistic and Cultural Services program conducts over 50,000 interpretations a year helping nonEnglish speaking patients from a variety of ethnic groups. Angel Pagán nació y creció en Cayey, Puerto Rico, y se mudó a Filadelfia, donde completó su

Philadelphia. Andy is presently responsible for 2.5 million square feet of physical buildings and grounds, including a primary administrative building, five charter school facilities, and a Pre-K/Head Start facility. Mr. Perez also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ASPIRA Community Enterprises, ASPIRA of PA’s real estate holding entity.

educación, obteniendo grados de Bachillerato y Maestría en Rosemont College, en Pensilvania. Tiene más de 19 años de experiencia en el campo de la salud. Trabajó para Health Partners, Mercy Health Plan de New Jersey, y AmeriChoice Health Plan. Ha trabajado para Temple University Health System por casi 10 años. El Programa Lingüístico y de Servicios Culturales de Temple realiza más de 50,000 interpretaciones al año, ayudando a pacientes que no hablan inglés, pertenecientes a grupos étnicos diversos.

Andres Perez, Jr. Chief Facilities Officer, ASPIRA

Andy Perez currently serves as the Chief Facilities Officer for ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania, overseeing all of their facility operations and 63 facility employees. His professional career began in 1971 as a community organizer for the newly established ASPIRA of PA; and later, as Deputy Managing Director for the City of

Andy Pérez se desempeña como Director de Servicios de ASPIRA de Pensilvania. Con un equipo de 63 empleados, Andy es encargado de planta y facilidades para ASPIRA. Su carrera profesional comenzó en 1971 como organizador comunitario para ASPIRA, y más tarde, como Deputy Managing Director de la Ciudad de Filadelfia. Andy es actualmente responsable de 2.5 millones de pies cuadrados de edificios y terrenos, incluyendo un edificio principal de administración, cinco instalaciones de escuelas charter y un Pre-K/Head Start. Pérez también sirve como Director Ejecutivo de ASPIRA Community Enterprises, la agencia que maneja los bienes raíces de ASPIRA de Pensilvania

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Safe & Deposit Trust Company (301 Market Street), now listed as one of New Jersey’s Most Endangered Sites. Her love and passion for the Latino community is demonstrated in every aspect of her work. SanabriaCaraballo was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.

Maria del Pico Taylor

Pianist, professor, Temple University School of Music

Maria del Pico is a Cubanborn pianist and professor at Temple University School of Music. She is the artistic director and pianist for the Latin Fiesta Ensemble. Ms. Taylor has made guest appearances for many national organizations including PMTA, MTNA, and internationally in Spain, France, Belgium, England, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Argentina, and Brazil. Latin Fiesta Ensemble has performed as soloists with symphony orchestras of Delaware, Tulsa, Jacksonville, Grand Rapids, Pottstown, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Ms Taylor is a winner of the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and the Teacher of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Maria del Pico es una pianista nacida en Cuba y profesora de la Escuela de Música de la Universidad de

Temple. Ella es la directora artística y pianista de Fiesta Latina Ensemble. Taylor ha hecho apariciones como invitada para muchas organizaciones nacionales, incluyendo PMTA, MTNA, e internacionalmente en España, Francia, Bélgica, Inglaterra, Polonia, República Checa, Suiza, Argentina y Brasil. El conjunto Latin Fiesta Ensemble ha hecho presentaciones solistas con las orquestas sinfónicas de Delaware, Tulsa, Jacksonville, Grand Rapids, Pottstown, y la Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Maria es ganadora del Premio Lindback para la enseñanza distinguida, y el Premio Maestro del Año de la Asociación de Maestros de Música Pensilvania.

Beatrice Maria Sanabria-Caraballo President of the Parada San Juan Bautista, Camden

Beatrice M. Sanabria is founder of El Coqui del Caribe Entertainment; co-founder and organizer of the Annual Regional Conference of Parades & Festivals; co-founder and assistant organizer of the Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit of New Jersey; president of the Parada San Juan Bautista, Inc.; and, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Camden Empowerment Development Corporation. Beatrice was instrumental in the conservancy of the New Jersey

Beatrice M. Caraballo es fundadora de El Coqui del Caribe Entertainment; co-fundadora y organizadora del Annual Regional Conference of Parades & Festivals, co-fundadora y organizadora asistente del Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit of New Jersey; presidente de la Parada San Juan Bautista, Inc., y es miembro del Board of Trustees del Camden Empowerment Development Corporation. Beatrice fue instrumental en la conservación del New Jersey Safe & Deposit Trust Company (301 Market Street), el cual figura ahora como uno de los Sitios en Mayor Riesgo del New Jersey Historical Society. Sanabria-Caraballo fue diagnosticada recientemente con fibromialgia y esclerosis múltiple, enfermedades que intenta traer a la conciencia pública.

Hector Serrano Director of Fuego Dance Company

Hector Serrano is the Founder/ Director of Fuego Dance Company, the oldest and largest Latin Dance Studio in the City of Philadelphia. Mr. Serrano is driven by a mission of providing youth in the Latino community of the Greater Philadelphia Region an opportunity to learn about their culture and themselves –while strengthening self-esteem and confidence through the art of dance and music. Hector Serrano has won numerous awards including the 2012 Creative Vision Artist of the Year at The Hispanic Choice Awards, The Mayor’s Liberty Bell Award and The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Latino Affairs Award. Héctor Serrano es fundador y director de Fuego Dance Company, el más antiguo y más grande estudio de baile en la ciudad de Filadelfia. Serrano es inspirado por una misión de proporcionar a los jóvenes en la comunidad latina de la región de Filadelfia la oportunidad de aprender acerca de su cultura y de sí mismos, mientras ayuda a fortalecer la autoestima a través del arte de la danza y la música. Hector Serrano ha ganado numerosos premios, entre ellos el 2012 Creative Vision Artist of the Year en el Hispanic Choice Awards, el Mayor’s Liberty Bell Award, y el Governor’s Advisory Committee on Latino Affairs Award.

Leonard J. Rivera Attorney and community advocate

Public defender, attorney and community advocate, Leonard Rivera lives and works in Kennett Square, PA. He has earned an undergraduate degree from Ursinus College, a Juris Doctorate from The Dickinson School of Law, and in 2008, a Master’s degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University. Has been appointed to The Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, the Chester Water Authority, and serves as board member of La Comunidad Hispana for the past 10 years. “Lenny”, as he is known to friends and family, is married to Shannon Oates-Rivera; they are parents to three children: Justin, Sydney, and Julia. Defensor público, abogado y defensor de la comunidad, Leonard Rivera vive y trabaja en Kennett Square, Pensilvania. Obtuvo un grado de bachillerato en Ursinus College, un Doctorado en Leyes de The Dickinson School of Law, y en 2008, una Maestría en Trial Advocacy de Temple University. Fue nombrado Comisionado de The Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, y de la Chester Water Authority; y es miembro de la junta directiva de La Comunidad Hispana durante los últimos 10 años. “Lenny”, como se le conoce a los amigos y la familia, está casado con Shannon Oates-Rivera, y son padres de tres hijos: Justin, Sydney, y Julia.

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& Flora M. Castillo

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Vice President of Corporate Public Relations at AmeriHealth Caritas

Ms. Castillo is Vice President of Corporate Public Relations at AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies (ACFC), one of the largest families of Medicaid Health Plans in the United States headquartered in Philadelphia. In addition to her responsibilities at AmeriHealth Caritas, Flora serves as member of the NJ Transit Board of Directors since 1999, where she currently chairs the Board’s Customer Service, Safety and Security committee, overseeing an annual budget of more than $3 billion and 11,700 employees. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Latina Trailblazer Award from the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; 2013 Hispanic Business 50 Influentials; 2013 Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal; and 2013 Transportation Leadership Award from Newark Regional Business Partnership, among others Born and raised in El Salvador, Flora immigrated to Long Island, NY in 1981 and is a resident of New Jersey. Ms. Castillo es Vice Presidente de Relaciones Públicas Corporativas de AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies (ACFC), una de las mayores familias de planes de salud de Medicaid en los Estados Unidas con sede en Filadelfia. Además de sus responsabilidades en AmeriHealth Caritas, Flora es miembro del NJ Transit Board of Directors desde 1999, donde preside el comité de Customer Service, Safety and Security de la Junta, supervisando un presupuesto anual de más de $3 billones y 11.700 empleados. Ha sido reconocida con numerosos premios, incluyendo el Premio 2013 Latina Trailblazer de la Cámara Hispana de New Jersey , 2013 Hispanic Business 50 influyentes; 2013 Minority Business Leader Award del Philadelphia Business Journal, y 2013 Transportation Leadership Award del Newark Regional Business Partnership, entre otros Nacida y criada en El Salvador, Flora emigró a Long Island, Nueva York en 1981 y actualmente reside en Nueva Jersey.


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Angel Cruz Pennsylvania State Representative

The only Latino elected to the Pennsylvania House, he is State Representative for District 180, covering a large part of North Philadelphia. Is the longest Latino elected Assemblyman in Pennsylvania with seven terms. He graduated from North East Catholic High School. Cruz has been a Democratic ward leader for the city’s 7th Ward for more than 12 years. He serves on the board of the Kensington Independence Civic Association and is co-chairman of the 25th Police Department Advisory Committee. He is also Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Delegation United States Hispanic Leadership Conference (USHLC), member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC), and Philadelphia Elected Black Officials. Representante Estatal de Pensilvania. Angel Cruz en el único latino elegido a la Cámara de Representantes de Pensilvania, Cruz es el Asambleísta latino que por más tiempo ha sido elegido a la Asamblea de Pensilvania, con 7 periodos. Graduado de la Escuela Secundaria Católica North East, Cruz es también líder demócrata del Ward 7 de Filadelfia, en el que ha servido por más de 12 años. Angel Cruz es miembro de la Asociación Cívica Independiente de Kensington, Copresidente del Comité de Asesoría del Distrito 25 del Departamento de Policía de Filadelfia, de la Asociación Nacional de Oficiales Latinos Elegidos (NALEO); y del Black Caucus Legislativo de Pensilvania entre otros.

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Cynthia Figueroa began her tenure as President and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in January 2011. Under her leadership, Congreso has experienced many accomplishments, including opening the Congreso Health Center –a Federally Qualified Health Center in partnership with PHMC. In September 2012, Figueroa led Congreso to expand its North American Street Campus with the newly constructed Trujillo Center that houses Congreso’s K-8 charter school and Harcum College at Congreso, an associate’s degree program. Congreso’s Data and Evaluation Department has achieved national recognition for their outcomes measurement, which now provides technical assistance to public and nonprofit agencies throughout the country. Prior to leading Congreso, Figueroa served as the Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services –DHS, and as the Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cynthia Figueroa es Presidente y CEO de Congrso de Latinos Unidos desde enero del 2011. Bajo su liderazgo Congreso ha alcanzado muchos logros, incluyendo la apertura del Congreso Health Center, un Centro de Salud de Cualificación Federal, en sociedad con PHMC. En Septiembre del 2012 Figueroa llevó a Congreso a expandir su escuela de la Calle America al nuevo Trujillo Center, un edificio que alberga la escuela charter de K-8 de Congreso, y el programa de Grados Asociados de Harcum College en Congreso. El Departamento de Datos y Evaluaciones de Congreso ha logrado reconocimiento nacional por su medición de resultados, y ahora provee asistencia técnica a agencias públicas y non-profit en todo el país. Antes de dirigir Congreso, Figueroa actuó como Vice Comisionada del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Filadelfia –DHS, y como Directora Ejecutiva de Mujeres Contra el Abuso, la agencia más grande en Pensilvania contra la violencia doméstica.

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Argentinean Lucas Matthysse, among others. Garcia has to the date 27 victories, with 16 knockouts, and no loses. He is already considered a successor among the line of the great Philadelphia boxers, including Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins.

Danny ‘Swift’ García Professional Boxer, Triple World Champion

Currently undefeated, Danny García is the current WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine, (Super) Light Welterweight Champion. García was born in North Philadelphia to a mother from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and Ángel García originally from Naguabo, Puerto Rico, who was also a boxer. At 25, he has already made his mark in the sport, defeating twice the legendary Mexican fighter Erik “El Terrible” Morales, and established boxers like Amir Khan, Zab Judah and

Invicto en la actualidad, Danny García es el actual Triple Campeón Mundial del peso Welter Liviano del Concejo Mundial de Boxeo, la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo y la Revista Ring Magazine. García nació en el Norte de Filadelfia de padres puertorriqueños, su madre de Bayamón, y su padre Ángel García, que también fue boxeador, de Naguabo. A sus 25 años, García ha dejado su marca en el deporte, derrotando dos veces al legendario boxeador mexicano Erik “El Terrible” Morales, y boxeadores establecidos como Amir Khan, Zab Judah y el argentino Lucas Matthysse, entre otros. García tiene hasta la fecha 27 victorias con 16 nocauts, y ninguna derrota. Ya se le considera un sucesor en la lista de grandes boxeadores de Filadelfia, incluidos Joe Frazier y Bernard Hopkins.

Christian Mauricio Rodriguez Anzola Consul General of Colombia en Newark

Christian Mauricio Rodríguez is a skilled diplomat and an experienced business manager in the areas of public-private sector economic development. During his tenure as the first Consul General of Colombia in Newark, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to the welfare of the Colombian community in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Consulate helps organize numerous communitywide workshops, festivals, and informative programs, aimed at creating social networks and bring public awareness with regards to Colombian-American issues. Rodriguez-Anzola was kidnapped and held in captivity in the jungles of Colombia for nearly 3 yeard. The experience made him more resilient, more human, kinder, and more aware of the reality that surrounds him.

Christian Mauricio Rodríguez es un diplomático hábil, y un gerente de negocios con experiencia en el área de desarrollo económico. Como el primer Cónsul General de Colombia en Newark, ha demostrado un profundo compromiso con el bienestar de la comunidad colombiana en Nueva Jersey y Pensilvania. El Consulado colabora con otras organizaciones para presentar numerosos talleres comunitarios, festivales y programas informativos, con el objetivo de crear redes sociales y para crear conciencia pública respecto a temas que conciernen a los colombianos de la región. Rodríguez Anzola fue secuestrado y mantenido en cautiverio en las selvas de Colombia por cerca de tres años. La experiencia le hizo más resistente, más humano, más afectuoso y más consciente de la realidad que le rodea.

Adalberto “Bert” Lopez Producer, Host of “Latino Motion with Bert Lopez”

Bert is the producer and host of a weekly TV show: “Latino Motion with Bert Lopez”, which airs on NBC40. The show highlights is- sues about education, healthcare, housing, employment, and other social issues such as immigration and advocacy. He has a passion for community service. He is president and a founder of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County; is a current board member of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; AtlantiCare Behavioral Health; chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce; board chairman of Cumberland Economic Development Board; and chairman of Cumberland-Salem Work Investment Board. Bert has been honored with the Hometown Hero Award from United Way; the 2012 Life Time Achievement Award from Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff; “Citizen of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers; Gloucester County Chapter of the NAACP, and many others. Bert has four children (Jennifer, AJ, Kayto and Adrian) and resides in Atlantic City with his partner Ivenny Pena.


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Bert es el productor y anfitrión del show semanal de TV “Latino Motion with Bert Lopez”, que se transmite por el canal NBC40. Este show pone al relieve asuntos sobre educación, salud, vivienda, empleo, e inmigración, entre otros. Apasionado al servicio comunitario, Bert es presidente y fundador de la Alianza Hispana del Condado de Atlantic, es miembro de la junta del Government Affairs Committee del Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce; board chairman del Cumberland Economic Development Board; y chairman del Cumberland-Salem Work Investment Board. Bert ha sido galardonado con el Hometown Hero Award de United Way; el 2012 Life Time Achievement Award de Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff; “Citizen of the Year” por el National Association of Social Workers; y Gloucester County Chapter of the NAACP, entre otros. Bert tiene cuatro hijos (Jennifer , AJ , Kayto y Adrian). Reside en Atlantic City junto a su compañera, Ivenny Pena.

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the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Richard is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Wagner College. Richard played briefly in the National Football League, with the Cleveland Browns in 1988, and the New York Jets in 1989.

Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Services for Comcast.

As Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Services for Comcast, he is responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural video, high speed data, digital voice and Xfinity Home services strategy. Prior to joining Comcast, Mendiola was General Manager of Latino Programming and Spanish Business Development for Dish Network. During his nine years at the company, he not only spearheaded and defined the company’s Spanish video content initiatives, but was also responsible for creating the DISH Latino division. Prior to DISH, he was Vice President of Programming and Operations at Fox Sports Latin America. He also served as Programming Director for Pay TV at Grupo Televisa where he was responsible for content negotiations for all Pay TV Systems of Televisa including Sky Entertainment Services and Cablevision. He graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana AC in Mexico City, where he received a degree in Corporate Law.

diseñar e implementar la estrategia multicultural de Comcast en múltiples formatos, including video, y servicios de high speed data, digital voice, y Xfinity Home. Antes de incorporarse a Comcast, Mendiola fue Director General de Programación y Desarrollo de Negocios en Español de DISH Network. Durante sus nueve años en la compañía, no sólo encabezó y definió iniciativas para promover video en español, sino que también fue responsable de crear la división de DISH Latino. Antes de DISH, fue Vicepresidente de Programación y Operaciones de Fox Sports Latin America . También se desempeñó como Director de Programación de PayTV en el Grupo Televisa. Rubén es un graduado de la Universidad Como Vice Presidente y Gerente General Iberoamericana AC en la Ciudad de México , donde obtuvo su licenciade Servicios Multiculturales para tura en Derecho Corporativo. Comcast, es responsable de dirigir,

Richard Negrin, Esq. Deputy Mayor for Administration and Coordination and Managing Director, City of Philadelphia.

As Managing Director, Negrin oversees several high-profile, cross-departmental initiatives and supervises the City’s key infrastructure departments, including the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Information Technology, and the Procurement Department. In 2009, Richard was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Executive Director of the Board of Revision of Taxes. From 2006 to 2009, Richard served as Vice-Chair of the independent Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, he was Vice President, Associate General Counsel of ARAMARK Corporation. Before that, he was with the law firm of Morgan Lewis, and was a prosecutor in

Como Director Administrativo, Negrin supervisa varias iniciativas de alto perfil entre varios departamentos de la ciudad, y coordina varios departamentos de infraestructura claves, incluyendo la Oficina de Recursos Humanos, la Oficina de IT, y el Departamento de Adquisiciones. En el 2009, Richard fue nombrado por el Alcalde Michael Nutter como Director Ejecutivo de la Junta de Revisión de Impuestos. Del 2006 al 2009 Richard sirvió como Co-Director de la Junta Independiente de Ética de Filadelfia. Con anterioridad a su posición en la Ciudad de Filadelfia, fue Vicepresidente, Consejero General Asociado de la Corporación ARAMARK. Antes de esto, Richard trabajó para la firma de abogados Morgan Lewis y fue fiscal en la Oficina del Fiscal de Distrito. Richard es graduado en ciencias políticas de Wagner College y graduado de la Escuela de Leyes de Rutgers University. Richard jugó en la Liga Nacional de Futbol, con los Cleveland Browns en 1988 y New York Jets en 1989.

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Victor Manuel Negrón, Jr.

Nitza Quiñones-Alejandro Judge, US District Court, Eastern District of PA

Director of National Marketing, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

Victor Negron is the Director of National Marketing at the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, responsible for enterprise marketing, outreach, research and intelligence in 14 states. Prior to joining the company in 2007, his significant experience in the healthcare industry dates back to 1992 with roles at Health Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and United Healthcare/AmeriChoice. Negrón grew up in Richboro, Pennsylvania, and attended school in the Council Rock School District. The passion for his community has led to his involvement in organizations like the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Youth at Risk, City of Philadelphia’s Welcome America, Delaware Valley Community Health, Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations and many more. Negrón lives in Norris Square with his youngest son. Victor Negron es el Director de Marketing Nacional de AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, responsable de mercadeo, difusión, investigación e inteligencia en 14 estados. Antes de unirse a la compañía en 2007, su experiencia en la industria de salud se remonta a 1992, cuando trabajó para Health Partners, en el Hospital St. Christopher y en United Healthcare/AmeriChoice. Negrón creció en Richboro, Pennsylvania, y asistió al Distrito Escolar de Council Rock. Su pasión por la comunidad le ha llevado a colaborar con organizaciones como el Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Youth at Risk, City of Philadelphia’s Welcome America, Delaware Valley Community Health, Concilio y muchas más. Negrón reside en Norris Square junto a su hijo menor.


Angel Luis Ortiz Lawyer, civic leader.

Angel Ortiz earned is degree in Sociology and Political Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and his Law Degree from Columbia University. Ortiz, a Philadelphia City Councilman for 19 years, was well known for sponsoring very progressive bills, and has always been a civil rights advocate for citizens and immigrants. He has been involved with Latino Lines, an organization working on redistricting, and crafting an electoral map favoring Latinos in Pennsylvania; and he has been instrumental in securing funding for educational and development purposes in the Latino community, helping organizations like ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, and Taller Puertorriqueño. Through his 19 years in office, Ortiz kept an open-door policy to assist anyone in need of help. Angel Ortiz estudió Sociología y Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y se graduó de abogado en Columbia University. Fue Concejal de Filadelfia durante 19 años, y se destacó por apoyar proyectos de ley progresistas y liberales. Ortiz siempre ha apoyado las causas de justicia social para inmigrantes y ciudadanos en Filadelfia. Ortiz es asesor de Latino Lines, una organización que trabaja en el trazado de los distritos electorales, y que busca distritos favorables para la comunidad latina. También ha sido instrumental en obtener fondos para educación y desarrollo en la comunidad, ayudando a organizaciones como ASPIRA de Pensilvania y el Taller Puertorriqueño. Durante sus 19 años como Concejal, mantuvo sus puertas abiertas para cualquier ciudadano en busca de ayuda.

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The Honorable Nitza Quiñones-Alejandro es the first Latina Judge to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She was nominated by President Obama on November, 2012, and confirmed by the Senate in June, 2013. Nitza was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Business, and the School of Law. She graduated from both. She moved to Philadelphia in 1975 and worked with Community Legal Services, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans, among others. She became the first Latina judge to serve in the Commonwealth of Pensylvania in 1990, when she was nominated by then Governor Robert P. Casey, Sr. to a judicial apointment to the Court of Common Pleas in Filadelfia. She has seved in numerous community and professional organizations. La Honorable Nitza Quiñones-Alejandro es la primera jueza latina que sirve en la Corte de Distrito Federal por el Distrito Este de Pensilvania. Ella fue nominada por el Presidente Obama en noviembre del 2012, y confirmada por el Senado en junio del 2013. Nitza nació en Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, y asistió a la Escuela de Negocios y a la Escuela de Leyes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, graduándose de ambas. Se mudó a Filadelfia en 1975, donde trabajó para Community Legal Services, la Administración del Seguro Social, y el Departamento de Veteranos, entre otros. Se convirtió en la primera jueza latina en Pensilvania en 1990, cuando fue nominada por el entonces Gobernador Robert P. Casey, Sr. como una juez en la Corte de Casos Comunes de Filadelfia. Nitza ha participado en numerosas organizaciones profesionales y de la comunidad.

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Eduardo C. Robreno US District Judge for the Eastern District of PA

Judge Robreno was born in Cuba and came to the United States at age 15 as part of Pedro Pan program. He earned a B.A. in History from Westfield State University, a M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Former New Jersey Supreme Court Amherst, Massachusetts, and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School at CamJustice As the first Hispanic American to serve on den, New Jersey, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. the Supreme Court of New Jersey, where he was for 7 years, Justice Rivera-Soto au- He was in private practice in Philathored 192 opinions, including 92 majority delphia, Pennsylvania from 19811992. Judge Robreno was appointed opinions. During his term on the bench, United States District Judge for the he served as the long-term liaison to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on court’s Disciplinary Oversight Committee, New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protec- June 30, 1992. In addition, Judge tion, and IOLTA Fund. In addition, Justice Robreno has served for 20 years as Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers Rivera-Soto is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Law School at Camden, New Jersey where he teaches courses in the Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District Law of Democracy, Pre-Trial Advoof Pennsylvania. Justice Rivera-Soto, an experienced litigator, joined Ballard Spahr cacy, and Legal Ethics. Since 2005, after retiring from the New Jersey Supreme he has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Villanova Law Court. Based in the firm’s New Jersey office, Justice Rivera-Soto handles commer- School where he teaches a course in Pretrial Civil Procedure. cial litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, and real estate construction El Juez Robreno nació en Cuba y litigation, as well as appeals in state and llegó a Estados Unidos a la edad de federal appellate courts. He also advises 15 años como parte del programa clients in the gaming industry. Pedro Pan. Obtuvo un bachillerato en Historia de Westfield State El primer hispano en servir en la Corte University, una Maestría en Estudios Suprema de Nueva Jersey, donde estuvo 7 Laborales de la Universidad de años, el Juez Rivera-Soto es autor de 192 Massachusetts en Amherst, MA, y opiniones, incluyendo 92 opiniones de la un J.D. de Rutgers Law School en mayoría. Durante su estancia en la Corte Suprema, se desempeñó como enlace con el Camden, New Jersey, donde se desComité de Supervisión Disciplinaria, el New empeñó como Editor de Artículos del Law Review. Estuvo en la práctica Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, y el Fondo IOLTA. Rivera-Soto fue un Fiscal privada en Filadelfia entre 1981 y Federal Asistente en la División Criminal de 1992. El Juez Robreno fue nombrado Juez de Distrito de Estados Unidos la Oficina del Fiscal de EE.UU para el Dispara el Distrito Este de Pensilvania, trito Este de PA. El Juez Roberto A. Rivera Soto, un abogado experimentado, se unió a el 30 de junio de 1992. Durante los Ballard Spahr luego de retirarse de la Corte últimos 20 años se ha desempeñado Suprema de New Jersey. Desde sus oficinas como Profesor Adjunto de Leyes en en Nueva Jersey, Rivera-Soto maneja litigios la Facultad de Derecho de Rutgers en Camden, Nueva Jersey. Desde comerciales, product liability, y torts, el 2005 se ha desempeñado como así como apelaciones a nivel de estado y Profesor Adjunto de Leyes en la federal. También asesora a clientes en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universiindustria de los juegos de azar. dad de Villanova, donde imparte un curso de Procedimiento Civil.

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Jennifer I. Rodriguez Executive Director, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs

Jennifer Rodríguez has been active on various boards, including the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was the Vice President for Community Engagement and Programs of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, where she oversaw the organization’s efforts to improve quality of life for Latinos in Philadelphia. She is also a founding member of the Latino Professional Mentoring Network, and of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Access Network. Ms. Rodríguez is recipient of various awards, including the 2012 Rising Star Award from the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and has been named among the region’s “40 Under 40”, and a recognized Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she migrated to Boston in 1990, to pursue higher education. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Boston University and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer Rodríguez participa en varias juntas directivas, incluyendo la de la Autoridad de Redesarrollo de Filadelfia, y la Cámara Hispana de Comercio del Gran Filadelfia. Fue Vicepresidente de Programas Comunitarios de la Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, donde supervisó los esfuerzos de la organización para mejorar la calidad de vida de los latinos en Filadelfia. Es cofundadora del Latino Professional Mentoring Network, y del “CEO Access Network” de la Cámara de Comercio del Gran Filadelfia. Jennifer ha sido reconocida con el premio “2012 Rising Star” del Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, ha sido reconocida como una “40 Under 40”, y nombrada “Minority Business Leader” por el Philadelphia Business Journal. Nacida y criada en Puerto Rico, Jennifer Rodríguez emigró a Boston en 1990, para cursar estudios superiores. Tiene una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de Boston y una maestría en Planificación Urbana y Regional de la Universidad de Pensilvania.

Nilda Iris Ruiz President and CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)

Nilda Iris Ruiz is the President and CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) since 2005. With a staff of 115 employees, a $60 million combined budget, and $100 million leveraged in real estate development projects, APM provides direct services to 40,000 individuals per year. In 2011, APM completed Sheridan Homes, an award-winning ‘green’ affordable housing project. In 2012, APM began construction on Paseo Verde, a $48 million dollar Transit Oriented Development in Eastern North Philadelphia. Nilda Ruiz is known for her progressive stands on neighborhood revitalization, leadership development, self-empowerment, passion for children, protective services and her embrace of ‘green’ projects. Ruiz and APM were featured in a front page cover story in the Philadelphia Daily News, an 8-part series by PlanPhilly. com and numerous KYW News Radio and television appearances. Nilda has an undergraduate degree from Temple University and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern College. Nilda Iris Ruiz es Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva de la Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) desde 2005. Con un equipo de 115 empleados, un presupuesto combinado de $60, y $100 millones invertidos en proyectos de desarrollo comunitario, APM ofrece servicios directos a 40.000 personas por año. En 2011, APM completó el proyecto Sheridan Homes –un proyecto de vivienda asequible. En 2012, APM comenzó la construcción de Paseo Verde, un proyecto de desarrollo urbano de $48 millones en el norte de Filadelfia. Nilda Ruiz es conocida por sus ideas progresivas en cuanto a revitalización de vecindarios, desarrollo de liderazgo, empoderamiento, pasión por los niños, servicios de protección domestica y desarrollo de proyectos ‘verdes’. Ruiz y APM han aparecido en la portada del Philadelphia Daily News, serie de 8 artículos en y en numerosas entrevistas radiales y de televisión. Nilda tiene una licenciatura de Temple University y una Maestría en Administración de Negocios de Eastern College.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. Senior Vice President and General Manager Philadelphia Phillies

Antonio ‘Tony’ Valdes Executive Director of Children’s Crisis Treatment Center -CcTC.

Tony began a career in behavioral healthcare at Connections CSP, a behavioral healthcare provider. In 1995, he was appointed Executive Director of the Child Psychiatry Center (CPC) in Philadelphia. In 1997 Tony assumed his current position as the Executive Director of Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, a provider of comprehensive mental health services to children and their families. Under his leadership CcTC has expanded seven-fold to 275 employees, an annual budget of $13 million, and 16 service programs. Valdes is the president of the board of Concilio, and a board member of “Philadelphia Alliance”, Scattergood Foundation, Casa Dominicana, and “Consejos Consultivos de la Presidencia de los Dominicanos en el Exterior in the Delaware Valley”. Tony earned an MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University and lives in Center City Philadelphia. He has two children, Andrew and Ana. Tony comenzó su carrera en salud mental en Connections CSP. En 1995, fue nombrado Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Psiquiatría Infantil (CPC) en Filadelfia. En 1997, Tony asumió su actual cargo como Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Tratamiento de Crisis de los Niños, un proveedor de servicios integrales de salud mental para los niños y sus familias. Bajo su liderazgo se ha ampliado CcTC siete veces a 275 empleados, un presupuesto anual de $ 13 millones, y 16 programas de servicio. Valdés es el presidente de la junta de Concilio, y miembro del consejo de “Philadelphia Alliance”, Scattergood Foundation, Casa Dominicana, y de “Consejos Consultivos de la Presidencia de los Dominicanos en el Exterior en el Delaware Valley”. Tony obtuvo un MBA en Salud y Administración de Servicios Médicos de la Universidad de Widener, y vive en el centro de Filadelfia. Tiene dos hijos, Andrew y Ana.


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Ruben Amaro, Jr. assumed his current position of Senior Vice President and General Manager in November 2008 after serving as Assistant General Manager for 10 seasons. After being selected by the Angels in the 11th round of the 1987 draft, Ruben made his major league debut with the club in 1991. Following that season, he was traded to his hometown Phillies, where he spent five of his final seven big league seasons (1992-93, 96-98). Ruben played for both the 1993 NL Champion Phillies and the 1995 AL Champion Indians. In 1996, he ranked third among NL pinch-hitters with a .387 average. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ruben was a batboy for the Phillies from 198083 when his father, Ruben Amaro Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was First Base Coach. In 1987, he earned a BS degree in human biology from Stanford University and was a member of the 1987 NCAA Baseball Championship team. Under his tenure, the Phillies won two consecutive NL pendants, two consecutive trips to the World Series, and a World Championship in 2008. Ruben Amaro Jr. asumió su posición como Vicepresidente Senior y Gerente General en noviembre del 2008, después de servir como Asistente del Gerente General por 10 años. En 1991, Rubén hizo su debut con el club los Angelinos. Después de una temporada vino en un intercambio a los Phillies, el

equipo de su casa, donde jugó 5 de sus últimas 7 temporadas en las Grandes Ligas. Ruben jugó para el equipo campeón de la Liga nacional en 1993, los Phillies, y los campeones de la Liga Americana en el 95, los Indios de Cleveland. En 1996 fue tercero entre los bateadores emergentes en la Liga Nacional, con un promedio de .387. Nacido y criado en Filadelfia, Rubén fue utilero de los Phillies entre 1980 y 1983, mientras su padre Rubén Amaro Sr. era Coach de Primera para el equipo. Rubén se graduó en Biología Humana en Stanford University, y fue miembro del equipo campeón de la NCAA en 1987. En su administración los Filis han ganado dos trofeos consecutivos de la Liga Nacional, dos viajes consecutivos a la Serie Mundial, y un Campeonato Mundial en el 2008.


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Romulo L. ‘Romy’ Diaz, Jr. Vice President and General Counsel, PECO

Diaz serves as the chief legal officer of the company and oversees its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of PECO’s legal affairs in Pennsylvania, as well as PECO’s claims and security departments. Based in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. The company employs about 2,400 people, owns $9 billion in assets, and generates approximately $5.6 billion in annual revenues. Prior to his current position, Diaz was responsible for the company’s governmental and external affairs, including overseeing the company’s award-winning suite of energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money. Diaz joined PECO as Associate General Counsel in 2008 and managed the regulatory law practice group in Philadelphia. From 2005 until 2008 Diaz served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia. Diaz joined the City of Philadelphia Law Department in March 2002. For most of his career, he lived in Washington, DC. Following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Assistant Administrator for Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Diaz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

es propietaria de $ 9 billones en activos, y genera aproximadamente $ 5.6 billones en ingresos anuales. Antes de su actual cargo, Díaz fue el responsable de asuntos gubernamentales y externos de la empresa, incluyendo los reconocidos servicios de eficiencia energética para ayudar a los clientes a ahorrar energía y dinero. Diaz se unió a PECO como Associate General Counsel en 2008, y manejó el grupo de práctica legal regulatoria en Filadelfia. Desde 2005 hasta 2008 se desempeñó como procurador de la ciudad de Filadelfia. Diaz se unió al Departamento Legal de la ciudad en marzo de 2002. Durante la mayor parte de su carrera , vivió en Washington, DC. Tras la confirmación unánime del Senado de los Estados Unidos , fue nombrado por el presidente Clinton para servir como Administrador Asistente de Gerencia para la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los EE.UU. Diaz obtuvo su bachillerato en la Universidad de Texas en Austin, y un grado de Juris Doctor de la Escuela de Leyes de la Universidad de Texas.

Diaz es el director legal de PECO y supervisa todos los aspectos legales de la compañía en Pensilvania, así como los departamentos de reclamos y de seguridad. Con sede en Filadelfia, PECO es la compañía de electricidad y gas natural más grande de Pensilvania. La compañía emplea a unas 2.400 personas, 28

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Nelson A. Diaz Lawyer, Civic Leader. Partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP

The Honorable Nelson Diaz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks, and nonprofit organizations in both state and federal Courts. Nelson served as a judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He was the youngest judge elected to the Court and the first Latino judge in Pennsylvania history. In addition to his legal practice, Nelson served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixeduse housing programs. Judge Diaz is a member of several Boards of Directors, including those of

PECO, Exelon corpora-

tion, the Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and MAC, among others and is a Temple University Trustee. Nelson also served as a White House Fellow as special assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale. He earned a Law Degree from Temple University. El Honorable Nelson Diaz concentra su práctica legal en el área de litigios, resolución de disputas, problemas de vivienda pública, y relaciones gubernamentales. Ha representado a entidades públicas, empresas, hospitales, bancos y organizaciones sin fines de lucro, tanto en tribunales estatales como federales. Nelson sirvió fue juez de la Corte de Casos Comunes de Filadelfia desde 1981 hasta 1993. Fue fue el juez más joven elegido a la corte de primera instancia y el primer juez latino en la historia de Pensilvania. Además de su práctica legal, Nelson se desempeñó como Procurador de la Ciudad de Filadelfia, fue nombrado General Counsel del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de EE.UU. por el presidente Clinton, donde se enfocó en la reforma de programas de vivienda pública y de uso mixto. El Juez Diaz es miembro de la junta de directores de diversas organizaciones, incluyendo a PECO, Exelon Corporation, la Autoridad de Vivienda, el Museo de Arte de Filadelfia, y MAC, entre otras, y es un Trustee de la Universidad de Temple. Nelson también fue un “White House Fellow” como asistente especial del Vicepresidente Walter Mondale. El obtuvo un grado de Leyes de la Universidad de Temple.

Pedro Ramos Former Chairman, Philadelphia School Reform Commission

Chef Jose Garces Iron Chef America, President Garces Trading Company

Since opening his first restaurant, Amada, in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s most gifted chefs. He has opened seven additional restaurants; authored two cookbooks; won the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award 2009; and won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, making him one of just six chefs in the country to hold the title of Iron Chef America. He is owner and executive chef of each of his restaurants, and all are counted among the city’s best: Amada, an Andalusian tapas bar and restaurant; Tinto, a Basque wine bar and restaurant; Distrito, a modern Mexican restaurant; Chifa, a Latin-Asian restaurant; Village Whiskey, a classic American bar; Garces Trading Company, a gourmet market and café that is also the name of his retail group; and JG Domestic, an artisanal American restaurant. Chef Garces is also the executive chef at Chicago’s much-praised Catalan restaurant Mercat a la Planxa. In 2010, Garces won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, and now appears regularly on Iron Chef America. Garces was raised in Chicago, born to Ecuadorian parents. He is the author of The Latin Road Home, a culinary and cultural tour of Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, and his debut cookbook, Latin Evolution.

Desde la apertura de su primer restaurante, Amada, en el 2005, el Chef José Garcés ha surgido como uno de los más celebrados chefs de la nación. Ha abierto siete restaurantes más; publicado dos libros de cocina; ganó el prestigioso premio de la Fundación James Beard “El Mejor Chef del Medio-Atlantico” en el 2009, y en el 2010 ganó el Next Iron Chef de la cadena de televisión Food Network, convirtiéndose en uno de los seis chef en el país que han ganado el título de Iron Chef of América.. Jose es dueño y chef ejecutivo de cada uno de sus restaurantes, y todos están considerados entre los mejores de la ciudad: Amada, un restaurante y bar Andaluz de tapas; Tinto, un restaurante y bar de vinos Vasco; Distrito, un restaurante mejicano moderno; Chifa, un restaurante latino-asiático; Village-Whiskey, un bar americano clásico; Garces Trading Company, un mercado gourmet y café; y JG Domestic, un restaurante artesanal americano. El Chef Garcés es también chef ejecutivo del famoso restaurante catalán de Chicago Mercat a la Planxa. Jose aparece regularmente en el programa Iron Chef America; es hijo de padres ecuatorianos y criado en Chicago. Es autor de The Road América Home, un recorrido gastronómico y cultural de Ecuador, España, México, Cuba y Perú, y de su primer libro de cocina, Latin Evolution.

Pedro Ramos is a well-known and respected attorney, advisor, and leader in the Greater Philadelphia region, and is often called upon to assist or lead through the most demanding of circumstances in education, government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Pedro is a partner in the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where he focuses on compliance, transactions, risk management, and investigations. Pedro has served twice in times of financial crisis at the School District of Philadelphia to lead its governance body, and volunteered as Chairman of the School Reform Commission for the last two years at the request of Governor Tom Corbett. He has also served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, the Managing Director of Philadelphia, Co-chair of the Education Committee of Governor Rendell’s Transition Team, and Vice President and Chief of Staff to former Penn President Dr. Judith Rodin. Pedro’s civic involvement includes service on the nonprofit boards of Project HOME, the Independence Foundation, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, and the CDC Development Solutions. Ramos grew up in North Philadelphia, attended Philadelphia’s public schools, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School. Pedro Ramos es un reconocido y respetado abogado, líder y asesor en la región de Filadelfia; que a menudo es llamado a ayudar durante las más exigentes circunstancias en el sistema de educación, gobierno, negocios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Pedro es un socio en el bufete de abogados de Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, donde se especializa en cumplimiento, operaciones, gestión de riesgos, e investigaciones. Ramos ha dirigido dos veces en tiempos de crisis financieras el Distrito Escolar de Filadelfia, donde ha estado al frente de su gobierno, y ha sido Pre-

sidente de la Comisión de Reforma Escolar por los dos últmos años, a petición del Gobernador Tom Corbett. También ha sido Procurador de la Ciudad de Filadelfia, Director de Administración de la Ciudad, Co-presidente del Comité de Educación del Equipo de Transición del Gobernador Rendell, y Vicepresidente y Jefe de Personal de la entonces Presidente de UPenn, Dr. Judith Rodin. Su envolvimiento cívico incljye el servicio en varias juntas de directores de organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro, incluidas Project HOME, la Independence Foundation, el Philadelphia Zoo, la Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, y la CDC Development Solutions. Ramos creció en el Norte de Filadelfia, fue estudiante de las escuelas públicas, bachiller de la Universidad de Pennsylvania y licenciado por la Escuela de Leyes de la Universidad de Michigan.

María D. QuiñonesSánchez Councilwoman - Philadelphia City Council District 7.

Maria is the first Latino elected to a district City Council seat and the first Latina to serve on the Philadelphia City Council. She have sponsored business tax reform legislation to make Philadelphia manufacturing industry competitive again; has been pushing the creation of a Land Bank in Philadelphia to deal with the problem of property blight. In City Council, Councilwoman Sanchez serves as Chair of the Committee of Licenses and Inspections, Vice Chair of the Streets and Services, Public Health and Human services Committees. She is a veteran activist with over 24 years of public and volunteer service, who advocates for economic development, women’s and workers’ rights, family wages, voter registration, and health care availability, among others. Maria is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition. From June 1996 to June 2000 she served as the Executive Director of ASPIRA of Pennsylvania. Maria is a graduate of Philadelphia public schools and completed the Masters in Human Services program at Lincoln University in 1992. She is married to Tomas Sanchez and they have two sons, Edgar and Tomasito.



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Maria es la primera Latina concejal por un distrito, y la primera concejal Latina de Filadelfia. María ha patrocinado una reforma de los impuestos a los negocios para hacer la industria manufacturera competitiva nuevamente. Ha impulsado la creación de un Banco de Tierras en Filadelfia, para buscar resolver el problema de las propiedades abandonadas en la ciudad. En el Concejo ella es la Presidenta del Comité de Inspecciones y Licencias, y vicepresidenta de los Comités de Servicios y Calles, Salud Pública, y Servicios Humanos. Ella es una veterana activista con más de 24 años de servicio público, que lucha por los derechos de las mujeres, los trabajadores, mejores salarios, incremento en el registro de votantes, disponibilidad de seguro de salud para todos, desarrollo económico, entre otros. Maria es miembro fundadora de la Coalición Latina del Estado de Pensilvania; de junio de 1996 a junio del 2000 fue Directora Ejecutiva de ASPIRA de Pensilvania. María estudió en las escuelas públicas en Filadelfia, y recibió su Maestría en Servicios Humanos de la Universidad Lincoln en 1992. Esta casada con Tomas Sánchez y tienen dos hijos, Edgar y Tomasito.

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Kenneth I. Trujillo Partner & Attorney, Trujillo Rodríguez & Richards, LLC

Ken has served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. In November 2008, Trujillo was appointed to President-Elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team. Trujillo is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and the former Chair of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Health Partners, serves on the Boards of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Council of La Raza. He has been a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority. Trujillo is now involved in the Media and Communications industry, with the creation of a Spanish-language Radio Station in Philadelphia, El Zol 1340 AM, and the opening of a local station of Azteca TV. He is launching, a website for the latest information in Spanish about the Latino community in the Delaware Valley. His Legal firm, Trujillo, Rodiguez and Richards recently joined a bigger firm, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, the same firm where Trujillo had started his legal career.

Ken ha servido como Procurador de la Ciudad de Filadelfia, como Asistente del Fiscal Federal de Distrito, y como miembro de la Junta de Control de Juegos de Azar en Pensilvania, entre el 2009 y 2012. En noviembre del 2008 Trujillo fue nombrado como parte del equipo de transición del Presidente electo Barack Obama. Trujillo es Presidente de la Junta de Directores del Congreso de Latinos Unidos y de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Filadelfia; Vice-presidente de la Junta de Health Partners; y miembro de la Junta de Directores del Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts y del Concejo Nacional de la Raza. Trujillo fue Comisionado de la Autoridad Portuaria del Rio Delaware. Trujillo es parte ahora de la industria de los medios de comunicación. En el 212 lanzó la estación de radio en español, El Zol 1340 AM, abrió una estación local de Azteka TV, y está lanzando, un portal web para las últimas noticias en español de interés para la comunidad latina del Valle Delaware. Su bufete de abogados Trujillo, Rodriguez and Richards hace poco se unió a una firma más grande, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, la misma firma donde Trujillo comenzó su carrera legal.

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