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November 29th, 2012

Saluting the Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos, including our own Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO Rolando J. Portocarrero, CMA.

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elcome to the 2012 edition of the Most Influential Latinos magazine. This annual publication originated seven years ago and resulted in an incredible, positive impact as the first publication of its kind, highlighting the region’s Latino commu-

The Most Influential Latinos magazine is a collection of a large group of local Latino leaders that were nominated by their peers and selected through a distinguished committee. Developed as a need to showcase 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 four sections that present different groups of people, all of them successful within their professions. First, the 10 Under 40 group, is a collection of the community’s next generation of leaders; then, Latino Leaders is a category that includes many seasoned executives and officials who work tirelessly toward 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 2012 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!

Napoleón García, VI Publisher Impacto

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CONTENTS 10 People Under 40 to watch in 2013 These young men and women under 40 years of age are exceptional in their chosen field, are making an impact in their communities, and show a great upside toward being the main leaders of the future. Latino Leaders A growing number of Latino leaders spams the range of every profession, including community activists, social leaders, business people, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and many others who go beyond their call to support this community. Movers & Shakers These are people who usually make things happen in the community, and who show a commitment that normally goes beyond their individual reach. The 2012 Most Influential Latinos 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.

P.O. Box 15358 Philadelphia, PA 19111 Main: 215-922-6407 Publisher Napoleon Garcia

Editor para esta publicación Roberto Santiago Diseño y Diagramación Julissa Ivor Medina

Sales Manager Beatriz García

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nce again, it’s a tremendous privilege for us to be able to recognize the accomplishments and successes of many Latinos 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 2012 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 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 was never more evident that in the 2012 presidential elections. 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 are a powerful example of what determination and leadership can achieve. Congratulations!


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UNDER 40 2012

These young men and women under 40 years of age are exceptional in their chosen field, are making an impact in their communities, and show a great upside toward being the main leaders of the future.

Danny García Professional Boxer, Triple World Champion

Currently undefeated, Danny García is the current Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA (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 24, he has already made his mark in the sport, defeating twice the legendary Mexican fighter Erik “El Terrible” Morales, among others.

Triple Campeón Mundial de Boxeo

Natalia Gamarra

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 24 años, García ha dejado su marca en el deporte, derrotando dos veces al legendario boxeador mexicano Erik “El Terrible” Morales, entre otros.

International Sales Manager, PCVB

Isamac Figueroa Torres Reading School Board

Native of the City of Reading, PA, Isamac has served on many local and statewide boards and committees. She is an elected official serving on the local School Board of Directors. Most recently, Isamac had the privilege to represent Pennsylvania as a delegate during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She owns and operates a small consulting business, is presently working towards bachelor degree in Business Administration at Millersville University and plans to enter a graduate degree program in 2013.

Junta Escolar de Reading

Nativa de la ciudad de Reading, PA, Isamac ha servido en varios comités y juntas de directores a nivel local y estatal. Ella es miembro de la junta escolar y recientemente tuvo el privilegio de representar Pensilvania como delegada durante la Convención Nacional Demócrata de 2012. Ella es propietaria y opera un negocio mientras trabaja en su licenciatura en administración de empresas en la Universidad de Millersville. Tiene planes para entrar en un programa de posgrado en 2013. 6

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Born in Argentina, Natalia Gamarra acquired bachelor and master’s degree in business administration at Pierce University. She has worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and OHL. In her spare time, Natalia devotes her time to community work and mentoring young professionals. She’s a board member of the Multicultural Affairs Congress and serves as ‘International Tourism Sales Manager’ for the “Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau”.

Directora de Ventas Internacionales, PCVB

Natural de Argentina, Natalia Gamarra adquirió Licenciatura en Negocios y maestría en Administración de Empresa en Pierce University. Trabajó en el Museo de Arte de Filadelfia, la Cámara de Comercio Hispana, y en OHL. En su tiempo libre se dedica a hacer proyectos comunitarios y asesorar a profesionales en desarrollo. Forma parte de la Junta Directiva del Congreso de Asuntos Multiculturales, y se desempeña como Directora de Ventas para el Turismo Internacional, de la Oficina de Convenciones y Turismo de Filadelfia.

Edward García DVP for Children and Youth, Congreso

Edward Garcia holds a Masters in Business Administration from Fox School of Business at Temple University and a Bachelors from Florida International University. In his current role as the Deputy Vice President for Children and Youth at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, he oversees programs in seven schools with more than a thousand students served yearly in grades K to 12. He is also a talented writer that was awarded a 2003 fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

DVP para Niños y Jóvenes, Congreso

Edward Garcia tiene una Maestría en Administración de Negocios de la Escuela de Negocios Fox de la Universidad de Temple, y un Bachillerato de Florida International University. En su trabajo como Deputy Vice President para Niños y Jóvenes en Congreso de Latinos Unidos, supervisa programas en siete escuelas con más de mil estudiantes en grados K a 12. También es un talentoso escritor, que ganó una beca en Poesía en el 2003 de New York Foundation for the Arts.

Kimmel Center Presents

¡VOZ! Congreso The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present ¡VOZ! Congreso, a collection of intimate evenings with some of the brightest Latino celebrities and intellectuals of our time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage in intriguing dialogues that both enlighten and entertain at Philadelphia’s world-class performing arts center.

From the Fields: An American Journey with Damian Trujillo and Carolyn Brown Wednesday, February 6, 2013 · Perelman Theater Join us for a dynamic conversation featuring NBC Bay-Area news reporter Damian Trujillo and innovative filmmaker and professor Carolyn Brown. In 2012, Brown produced From the Fields: An American Journey, a film that explores Trujillo’s life and career in the media. The duo will discuss everything from Trujillo’s 16 years of news experience to his role as host and producer of Comunidad Del Valle, the longest-running public affairs show in Northern California.

Latino in America with Soledad O’Brien Saturday, May 4, 2013 · Perelman Theater Soledad O’Brien is anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien and a special correspondent for CNN/US. She joins us for an evening of conversation about her extensive experience reporting breaking news from around the globe, as well as her award-winning, recordbreaking, and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. Learn about her biggest moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences.

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María Montero

José Patrick Miranda PA State Representative, 197th District J.P. Miranda was elected in 2012 to represent District 197 in the Pennsylvania House. At 26, Miranda became the youngest Assemblyman in Pennsylvania, the first Hispanic to be elected in the 197th District, and just the second Latino State Rep in Pennsylvania, out of 203. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, currently J.P. Miranda attends West Chester University, where he studies Political Sciences.

Milca Madera Radio Host - El Zol Radio, 1340 AM

Executive Director, GACLA

Tamaqua resident and Allentown, PA, native María Montero, serves as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. It’s not the first time Montero, who is active in the Schuylkill County Republican Party and a founding member of Allentownbased ‘The Power of Women’, has landed a role in state Government. Ten years ago Gov. Tom Ridge appointed Montero to be a member of the Commission on Latino Affairs while she was still a law student at Widener.

Directora Ejecutiva, GACLA

Residente de Tamaqua y nativa de Allentown, PA, María Montero se desempeña como directora ejecutiva de Comisión de Pensilvania para la Mujer, y la Comisión Asesora del Gobernador para Asuntos Latinos. No es la primera vez que Montero ha desempeñado un papel en el gobierno estatal. Diez años atrás, el gobernador Tom Ridge nombró a Montero como miembro de la Comisión de Asuntos Latinos, mientras estudiaba Derecho en Widener. María es activa en el partido republicano del Condado de Schuylkill y miembra-fundadora de ‘The Power of Women’ en Allentown.

Milca Madera, candid and optimistic personality that captivates radio listeners in Zol 1340 AM at noon. From childhood, she has committed her talent in support of her community in social events, walks against violence and to families in need. Milcah was born in the Dominican Republic, was raised in South Jersey and presently resides in Philadelphia metro. She was Program Director at WUBA Rumba 1480, in Philadelphia prior to joining El Zol Radio.

Locutora - El Zol Radio, 1340 AM

Milca Madera, voz franca y positiva que cautiva diariamente a los radio oyentes en EL Zol 1340 AM al mediodía. Desde jovencita, ha dedicado su talento al apoyo de su comunidad en eventos sociales, marchas contra la violencia y a familias en necesidad. Milca nació en la República Dominicana, fue criada en el sur de Nueva Jersey y reside en el área de Filadelfia. Antes de ser animadora en EL Zol, fue la Directora de Programación en la WUBA, Rumba 1480 en Filadelfia.

Representante Estatal, PA, Distrito 197

J.P. Miranda fue elegido en el 2012 para representar al Distrito 197 en la Asamblea de Pensilvania. A sus 26 años, Miranda se convirtió así en el Asambleísta más joven en Pensilvania, y en el primer hispano elegido por el Distrito 197, y apenas el segundo Representante Estatal de origen hispano, de un total de 203 en el estado. Nacido y criado en el norte de Filadelfia, J.P. Miranda en la actualidad cursa un bachillerato en Ciencias Políticas en West Chester University.

Hiram Rivera

Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union

Hiram Rivera is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Student Union. He came to PSU from NYC where he worked for Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform as Coordinator of the Urban Youth Collaborative, a collaborative of 5 youth organizations working for education reform in the NYC public school system. Hiram is a native of New Haven, CT, and has almost 15 years of experience working with young people.


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Director Ejecutivo, Unión de Estudiantes de Filadelfia

Hiram Rivera es el Director Ejecutivo de la Unión de Estudiantes de Filadelfia. Llegó a EUF desde Nueva York donde trabajó para el Instituto Annenberg de la Universidad de Brown como Coordinador de ‘Urban Youth Collaborative’ - consorcio de 5 organizaciones juveniles trabajando en reforma educacional en el sistema de escuelas públicas de NYC. Hiram es un nativo de New Haven, CT, y tiene casi 15 años de experiencia trabajando con jóvenes.

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Teen singer and artist

Fernando TreviñoMartínez PA State Director, Operation Vote for Obama

During the 2012 presidential election Fernando served as the State Director of Operation Vote for Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. Before joining OFA-PA, Fernando worked for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and its affiliate Democracia USA, where he served as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator. Fernando is a licensed attorney in Mexico and has a post-graduate degree in International and Comparative Law from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Director en PA, Operación Vote por Obama

Fernando sirvió como Director Estatal en Pensilvania de Operación Vote por Obama. Antes de unirse a OFA-PA, Fernando trabajó para el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR) y su filial Democracia USA, donde se desempeñó como Coordinador Regional del Noreste. Es un abogado con licencia en México y tiene un postgrado en derecho internacional de Temple University Beasley School of Law.

At 18, Giselle Tavera is shaping her musical career with a wide education in the music and performing arts. Born in the Dominican Republic, she moved at an early age to the Cherry Hill, NJ, area, where she lives with her parents and little sister. She has performed along with a great deal of seasoned musicians, has recorded and produced music and videos pop, bachata and crossover. She has studied music, dance, theater, and currently is recording a television series and is in the production phase of her new album.

Cantante y artista juvenil

A los 18 años Giselle Tavera perfila su carrera artística con una amplia formación en la música y las artes escénicas. Nacida en la República Dominicana, Giselle se mudó muy niña a Cherry Hill, NJ, donde vive con sus padres y su hermana. Ha cantado al lado de diferentes estrellas de la música, y ha grabado y producido música y videos pop, bachata y crossover. Ha estudiado música, danza, teatro y en la actualidad graba una serie de televisión y está en la producción de su nuevo disco.

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LATINo Leaders 2012 In this category are people who display a great deal of leadership in their everyday actions. A growing number of Latino leaders spams the range of every profession, including community activists, social leaders, business people, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and many others who go beyond their call to support the Delaware Valley Hispanic community.

Francis G. Acosta

Lorena E. Ahumada

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Council President Francis G. Acosta is a recognized and well-respected community leader. Francis has dedicated his life to public service and well-being of the ReadingBerks County community. Currently, Francis work as a Branch Loan and Operations Manager for Fulton Bank. Before his commitment to public service, Francis worked for Wachovia Bank and Citizens Bank as a branch manager and Brushfire Marketing as a marketing manager. He has been a Reading resident for over 16 years and is married to Becky, a Reading School Board Director, and has two children, Francisco VI and Alexandre German.

Lorena Ahumada is an associate attorney with the law firm Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP. Lorena is on the board of Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas and served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. She is a Deputy Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, for whom she advocates in Congress on issues of immigration reform and diversity on the federal judiciary. She received her law degree from George Washington University Law School in 2003. Prior to attending law school, Lorena served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration. She was born in Limache, Chile and became a U.S. citizen in 1995.

Reading City Council President

Presidente del Concejo, Reading, PA

Natural de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, el presidente del Consejo de Reading, Francis G. Acosta es un líder reconocido y respetado de la comunidad. Francis ha dedicado su vida al servicio y el bienestar de la comunidad de Reading en Berks County. Francis trabaja actualmente como gerente de operaciones y préstamos para Banco Fulton. Antes de su compromiso al servicio público, Francis trabajó como gerente de sucursal de Wachovia Bank y Citizens Bank, y como gerente de mercadeo de Brushfire Marketing. Ha sido residente de Reading por 16 años y está casado con Becky, una directora de la junta escolar de Reading. Tienen dos hijos, Francisco VI y Alexandre Germán.


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Fr. President, Hispanic Bar Association of PA

Expresidente, Associación de Abogados Hispanos de PA

Lorena Ahumada es abogada asociada en el buffet de Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP. Lorena es miembro de la Junta de Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas y sirvió como Presidente del Colegio de Abogados Hispanos de Pensilvania. Ella es vicepresidente Regional del Colegio Nacional de Abogados Hispanos, al cual representa en asuntos de reforma inmigratoria y diversidad en la rama judicial a nivel federal. Ella recibió su licenciatura de derecho en la Universidad George Washington en 2003. Antes de asistir a la escuela de derecho, Lorena ocupó un cargo político en la administración de Clinton. Es natural de Limache, Chile y ciudadana de los Estados Unidos desde 1995.

Anita D. Colón Board Member, Pennsylvania Prison Society

Mrs. Colon grew up in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. She has a degree in Criminal Justice from Villanova University, and a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. Anita has worked in the human services arena for over 20 years, the majority of that time focusing on access to healthcare. She is currently employed by Temple University Health Systems as the Director of Patient Financial Services. Anita is a human rights and juvenile justice advocate as the Treasurer and on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and is currently the Pennsylvania State Coordinator for the National Coalition for Fair Sentencing of Youth.

Miembro de la Junta, Sociedad de Prisiones de Pensilvania

La Sra. Colon creció en el área de Spring Garden en Filadelfia. Tiene un grado en Justicia Criminal de Villanova University, y una Maestría en Servicios Humanos de Lincoln University. Anita ha trabajado en el área de servicios humanos por más de 20 años, la mayoría de este tiempo enfocada en el acceso a la salud. Hoy día trabaja para el Sistema de Salud de la Universidad de Temple como Director de Servicios Financieros para Pacientes. Anita es una defensora de derechos humanos y justicia para los jóvenes, así lo hace como Tesorera de la Mesa Directiva de la Sociedad de Prisiones de Pensilvania, y es la Coordinadora en Pensilvania de la Coalición Nacional de Sentencias Justas para los Jóvenes.

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Dr. Luis G. De León Local President, Colegio Médico Dominicano

Dr. Raúl DeLa Cadena Assistant Dean, Temple University

Raul A. DeLa Cadena, M.D.,FACP, is the Assistant Dean & Director of the Recruitment, Admissions and Retention (RAR) Program at Temple University School of Medicine and professor of Physiology and Thrombosis Research. He is proud of his Latino heritage and continues to explore new avenues to increase the recruitment of emerging minorities into the medical school including Latinos. His basic and clinical research interest is in areas afflicting individuals from African American and Hispanic backgrounds. He has lived in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania for over 20 years and he is married to Fabiola Del Carpio-Cano and has two children, Philippe and Paulette.

Vicedecano, Temple University

Raul A. DeLa Cadena, M.D.,FACP, es el Vicedecano y Director del Programa de Reclutamiento, Admisiones y Retención de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Temple, y profesor de Investigación en Fisiología y Trombosis. Orgulloso de su herencia Latina explora nuevas oportunidades para aumentar el reclutamiento de hispanos y nuevas minorías en la Escuela de Medicina. Su interés de investigación clínica es en áreas que afectan a personas de orígenes afroamericanos e hispanos. Ha vivido en Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, durante más de 20 años y está casado con Fabiola Del Carpio-Cano. Tienen dos hijos, Felipe y Paulette.


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Luis de Leon is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, where he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine. There he was Executive Director of the ‘Sociedad Medica Cristiana’. For the past 18 years, Luis has served as psychotherapist in several psychiatric clinics where he has held the position of clinical director and Behavioral Specialist at Girard Hospital - Philadelphia Health System. Member and twice President of World Marriage Encounter - Hispanic Chapter of the State of Pennsylvania. Luis is a founding member and President of the Pennsylvania - Delaware Valley subsidiary of CMD.

Presidente Filial Colegio Médico Dominicano

Graduado de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, en la República Dominicana, como Doctor en Medicina. Fue también Director Ejecutivo de la Sociedad Médica Cristiana. Por los pasados 18 años se ha desempeñado como psicoterapista en varias clínicas psiquiátricas, siendo director clínico de algunas de ellas, así como Especialista en Conducta (Behavioral Specialist), por tres años en el Hospital Girard, de North Philadelphia Health System. Miembro y dos veces presidente del World Marriage Encounter (Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial) Capítulo Hispano del Estado de Pennsylvania. Es miembro fundador y presidente del CMD filial de Pensilvania - Valle Delaware.

Rafael E. Dieppa Site Director of Clinics for PHMC

Rafael E. Dieppa was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York and is presently residing in Philadelphia. Working in Philadelphia’s healthcare industry for over 14 years, he is the current Site Director of Clinics for Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Rafael is charged with operating four of PHMC’s Centers which provide primary care to the underserved, uninsured and homeless populations. In addition, he also operates a pilot program with the Philadelphia Prison System, assisting inmates in securing primary health care. Mr. Dieppa holds a (BS) Business Administration/Finance degree from SUNY at Stony Brook and a (MBA) Master’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University.

Director de Clínicas en Sitio para PHMC

Rafael nació en Puerto Rico, fue criado en Nueva York, y actualmente vive en Filadelfia. Ha trabajado en el área de la salud de Filadelfia por 14 años, y es actualmente Site Director de Clinicas del Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Dieppa está encargado de la operación de cuatro de los centros de PHMC que proporcionan atención primaria a las poblaciones marginadas, sin seguro y sin hogar. Además, opera un programa piloto con el sistema de prisiones de Filadelfia para ayudar a reclusos a obtener servicios de salud. Dieppa es Licenciado (BS) en Administración de Empresas y Finanzas de SUNY Stony Brook y una Maestría (MBA) en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de St. Joseph.

Angel L. Flores Assistant DA, Bureau Chief – East Division

Mr. Flores has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office since 1991. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Unit, where he supervised that unit for over 14 years. He earned his law degree in 1991 from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and his B.B.A. with honors from Temple University in 1988. Among the awards received, he was honored by Concilio with the 2011 “Citizen of the Year” award, and by the Center City District 2010 “Award in Excellence in Crime Prevention”.

Fiscal de Distrito Asistente, Jefe de la División Este

Angel Flores ha sido Fiscal de Distrito Asistente en la Oficina del Fiscal de Distrito de Filadelfia desde 1991. Antes de esta comisión, sirvió como Jefe Asistente del Fiscal de la Unidad Juvenil en donde supervisó la unidad por más de 14 años. Recibió su grado de Abogado de la Escuela de Leyes Beasley de la Universidad de Temple en 1991, y su B.B.A con honores en 1988 de la Universidad de Temple. Entre los premios que se le han dado fue nombrado “Ciudadano del Año” por Concilio en el 2011, y del Distrito del Centro de la Ciudad recibió en el 2010 “El Premio por la Excelencia en la Prevención de Crímenes”

LATINo Leaders 2012 Dra. Modesta Molina COO, Citywide Community Counseling Services

Modesta Medina, PhD, is vice-president and Chief of Operations of Citywide Community Counseling Services, Inc. Born in the Dominican Republic, Modesta graduated from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo with a doctorate in medicine and received a Doctorate in Philosophy from Columbus University in Louisiana. She is a journalist, an award-winning writer of poetry and an organizer of multicultural projects and scientific conferences in New York and Pennsylvania.

COO, Citywide Community Counselig Services

Modesta Medina, PhD, es Vicepresidenta y Jefe de Operaciones de Citywide Community Counseling Services, Inc. Modesta nació en la República Dominicana donde obtuvo el grado de Doctor en Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. También obtuvo el grado de Doctor en Filosofía de la Universidad de Columbus en Louisiana. Ella es una periodista, premiada escritora de poesías y organizadora de proyectos multiculturales y conferencias científicas en Nueva York y Pensilvania.

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LATINo Leaders 2012 Luis Hincapie

Fernando Méndez

Vice President, Fortaleza Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers

Editor, Host, El Sol Latino, Telemundo

Luis Hincapié is vice president and co-owner of La Fortaleza Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers where he developed a comprehensive Childhood Obesity Initiative that empowers both children and parents with the tools to living healthier lifestyles. Prior to Fortaleza, Hincapié worked at Temple University Hospital as adjunct faculty at its School of Physical Therapy. He is a nationally known lecturer on evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Luis obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree In Physical Therapy from Temple University Hospital. Mr. Hincapie is on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Community Healthcare Centers.

Lt. Cecilia Ortiz Lieutenant with The Philadelphia Fire Department

Lt. Cecilia Ortiz has served with The Philadelphia Fire Department for eight years, assigned to Engine 8 in Center City and Engine 61 in the Olney community as a firefighter. Cecilia Ortiz tested and was promoted to lieutenant, becoming the first Hispanic female fire Lieutenant in the history of The Philadelphia Fire Department. Lt. Ortiz has also worked with the fire prevention division assisting with community outreach and fire prevention education to the Hispanic communities, schools and organizations. Lt. Ortiz is currently assigned to the recruitment unit, informing all interested in fire service about the process of becoming a public servant in our nations first organized fire department.

Teniente, Departamento de Bomberos de Filadelfia

La Teniente Cecilia Ortiz ha servido en el Departamento de Bomberos de Filadelfia por ocho años, asignada al Engine 8 en el centro de la ciudad, y Engine 61 en al comunidad de Olney. Cecilia Ortiz tomó los exámenes y fue promovida al grado de Teniente, convirtiéndose en la primera mujer hispana Teniente en la Historia del Departamento de Bomberos de la ciudad, el primero organizado en la nación. Ortiz ha trabajado también con la División de Prevención de Incendios, asistiendo con extensión comunitaria y educación para prevención de fuegos en la comunidad hispana y sus escuelas y organizaciones

Vicepresidente, Fortaleza Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers

Luis Hincapié es vicepresidente y copropietario de Fortaleza Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers lugar donde desarrolla una iniciativa integral para la educación sobre obesidad infantil, que ofrece entrenamiento para niños y padres en asuntos de salud. Antes de Fortaleza, Hincapié trabajó en Temple University Hospital como profesor adjunto en la Escuela de Terapia Física. Es conferencista en evaluación y tratamiento de lesiones ortopédicas y musculoesqueletal a nivel nacional. Nacido en Medellín, Colombia, Luis obtuvo una Licenciatura en medicina deportiva de la Northeastern University y un grado de maestría en terapia física de Temple University. Hincapie es miembro de la junta de directores de Delaware Valley Community Healthcare Centers.


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Fernando Méndez has been an active member of Philadelphia’s Hispanic community for several decades, as a journalist, teacher, and as an active member of community organizations. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia. A graduate of La Salle University, he holds a Masters degree in Spanish and Portuguese from Villanova University. He has taught at Villanova and Temple Universities. Mr. Méndez is a member of Congreso’s Board of Directors and a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Mexican Cultural Center. Fernando is the host of “En Portada,” shown on WWSI-TV 62 and co-host of “El Ritmo de La Comunidad” on Saturdays of El Zol 1340 AM.

Editor, Presentador, El Sol Latino, Telemundo

Fernando Méndez ha sido periodista, maestro, y miembro activo de organizaciones comunitarias en la comunidad hispana de Filadelfia por varias décadas. Nació en Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia. Un egresado de la Universidad de La Salle, el Sr. Méndez tiene un M.A. en español y portugués de la Universidad de Villanova. Ha enseñado en la Universidad de Villanova y la Universidad de Temple. Fernando es miembro de la Junta Directiva de Congreso y es miembro fundador de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana y el Centro Cultural Mexicano. Es también el conductor de “En Portada,” en WWSI-TV 62 y coanimador de “El Ritmo de La Comunidad” - un programa radial transmitido los sábados por El Zol 1340 AM.

LATINo Leaders 2012 Joanna Otero-Cruz Executive Director, Concilio

Joanna is the Executive Director of Concilio. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Prior to working at Concilio, Joanna served as Director of Family and Behavioral Health Services at Congreso de Latinos Unidos - where she served Philadelphia’s Latino community for a decade. She is a member of the Prison Society’s Board of Directors, Youth Valley House, Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), and Vice President of CEIBA. Mrs. Otero-Cruz was a recipient of the Philadelphia’s Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2011, Aetna Healthcare - Latina Leadership Award Recipient in 2010, and was recently awarded the Community Impact Award at this year’s Hispanic Choice Awards, 2012.

Directora Ejecutiva de Concilio

Joanna es la Directora Ejecutiva de Concilio. Posee una Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas con especialización en administración. Antes de dirigir Concilio, Joanna sirvió como Directora de Servicios a la Familia y de Salud Mental en Congreso de Latinos Unidos, donde sirvió a la comunidad Latina de Filadelfia durante una década. Es miembro de la Junta Directiva del Filadelfia Prison Society, Youth Valley House, Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), y vicepresidente de CEIBA. Otero-Cruz fue premiada por el Business Journal de Filadelfia ‘40 Under 40’ en 2011, Aetna Healthcare - Latina Premio de liderazgo en 2010 y recientemente recibió el Premio de ‘Community Impact’ del Hispanic Choice Awards 2012.

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Brenda Robles Cooke Vice President and COO, Delaware Valley Community Health

Brenda Robles Cooke is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. (DVCH). Mrs. Robles Cooke was the 1st in her family to graduate from high school, and holds a B.S. in Business Management from the College of New Jersey and a MBA in Health Administration from Temple University. Whit her help the DVCH became the first Joint Commission Accredited community health center in Philadelphia. Her passion and life mission is working in the community, giving back, and being a role model for others to follow. Personally, Brenda’s biggest accomplishment has been her two children and the love and joy of her husband.

Vicepresidente y COO, Delaware Valley Community Health

Brenda Robles Cooke is la Vicepresidente y Jefe de Operaciones del Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. (DVCH). Brenda fue la primera en graduarse de la secundaria en su familia, tiene un grado en Administración de Empresas del Colegio de New Jersey y su MBA en Administración de Negocios en Salud de la Universidad de Temple. Con su ayuda DVCH se convirtió en el primer centro comunitario de salud en Filadelfia acreditado por el “Joint Commission”. Su pasión y misión en la vida es trabajar por y en la comunidad, ayudando y sirviendo de ejemplo para que otros puedan seguirlo. Personalmente, su más grande éxito han sido sus dos hijos y el amor y alegría por su esposo.


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LATINo Leaders 2012 Emilio Alberto Parrado Director, Latin American and Latino Studies, UPenn

Dr. Parrado is the Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS) and Professor of Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the social demography of the Latino population in the United States, especially international migration, and immigrant adaptation and family behavior in Latin America. Through his research and teaching he endeavors to build ties with local organizations serving the Latino community, such as Casa Monarca, with the aim of enhancing interactions between academic institutions and community organizations. Born in Argentina, Dr. Parrado holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Director, Estudios Latinoamericanos y Latinos, UPenn

El Dr. Parrado es el Director del Programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Latinos (LALS) y Profesor de Sociología y Demografía en la Universidad de Pensilvania. El realiza investigaciones de demografía de la población Latina en los Estados Unidos, especialmente de la migración internacional; y la adaptación del inmigrante y comportamiento familiar en Latinoamérica. A través de su investigación y enseñanza él se ocupa de conectarse con organizaciones que sirven la comunidad Latina, tal como Casa Monarca, con la idea de ayudar al mejoramiento de la interacción de las instituciones académicas y las organizaciones comunitarias. Nacido en Argentina, el Dr. Parrado tiene un grado en Sociología de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y un doctorado en Sociología de la Universidad de Chicago.

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Oscar Rosario Fuentes

Deputy-Sheriff, City of Phiadelphia

Chairman, 6ABC-TV Community Advisory Board

Rosario Fuentes is a proud American of Spanish and Taino Indian descent-born in El Yunque Rain Forest on the Island of Puerto Rico. Oscar formed the Mayor’s Spanish Speaking Advisory Council of Philadelphia and served as a special assistant and advisor to Mayor Rizzo and Mayor Green on matters of Hispanic affairs. He helped form the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs in Harrisburg during the Gov. Shapp’s administration. Both of these organizations served as models to future municipal and statewide councils across the United States. He is the Chairman of the WPVI 6ABC-TV Community Advisory Board, member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Delaware Valley Voters Registration Education Project, and Puerto Rico 51st State Committee among others.

Presidente, Junta Asesora Comunitaria de 6ABC-TV

Nacido en el bosque de El Yunque en la isla de Puerto Rico, Rosario Fuentes es un orgulloso ciudadano americano de descendencia española e indios taínos. Oscar se desempeñó como asistente especial y asesor a los alcaldes Rizzo y Green en asuntos de la comunidad hispana. Ayudó a formar el Mayor’s Spanish Speaking Advisory Council y el Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs en Harrisburg durante la administración del gobernador Schapp. Ambas organizaciones sirvieron como modelo para futuros consejos municipales y estatales a través de los Estados Unidos. Es el Presidente de la Junta Asesora Comunitaria de la cadena 6ABC-TV WPVI, miembro de la Conferencia Nacional de Mujeres Puertorriqueñas, el Proyecto Delaware Valley Voters Registration Education Project y el Comité Puerto Rico Estado 51, entre otros.

Reverend Carlos Santos Rivera (Padre Carlos) Fr. Pastor, Christ & St. Ambrose

Father Carlos was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico. He completed an 8-year internship in Puerto Rico’s Episcopal Seminary in Carolina, where he majored in theology and psychology. He served as psychology professor at ‘Universidad Mundial’ in Ponce, before becoming an ordained priest in Ponce’s San Miguel Episcopal Church. Years later Padre Carlos accepts the call to shepherd Christ & St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in North Philadelphia - the church that he has lead during the past 25 years. A beloved priest by his congregation; a charitable and esteemed community leader. While a seminary student, Padre Carlos wedded Daisy Olivo with whom he shares 3 children Yaritza, Keila and Carlos Magdiel.

Pastor (Ret.), Iglesia de Cristo y San Ambrosio

Padre Carlos nació un 12 mayo en Cidra. Hizo su internado de 8 años en el pueblo de Carolina en el Seminario Episcopal donde estudio Teología y Sicología. Trabajó como profesor de Sicología en la Universidad Mundial de Ponce antes de ser ordenado come sacerdote en la Iglesia Episcopal San Miguel en Ponce. Desde ahí sale a la ciudad de Filadelfia a dirigir la Iglesia Episcopal Cristo y San Ambrosio por los próximos 25 años. Hombre consagrado y querido por su congregación; responsable y sumamente caritativo con su comunidad. Estando en el seminario conoció a la Sra. Daisy Olivo con la cual contrae matrimonio y procreó 3 hijos: Yaritza, Keila y Carlos Magdiel.


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Born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, studied at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico, and Dickinson Law School, Carlisle, PA. Mrs. Sostre-Ramos has been a Deputy Sheriff in the City of Philadelphia for the last 25 years and has worked in three of its major departments. She is currently the liason with the Hispanic Communty for the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia. One of her most gratifying experiences as a Sheriff was delivering a baby on a corridor floor in Family Court in 1993. Channel 6 reported on this unique experience. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Church Lady, Community Activist, her Community Service includes being a Red Cross Volunteer and Member Labor Council for Latin-American Advancement (LCLAA), among others.

Vice-Sheriff, Ciudad de Filadelfia

Nacida en Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, estudio en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón en Puerto Rico y en Dickinson Law School, en Carlisle, PA. La Sra. Sostre-Ramos ha sido una vice-Sheriff de la Ciudad de Filadelfia por los últimos 25 años y ha trabajado en tres de sus departamentos más importantes. Actualmente es la persona encargada de las relaciones con la comunidad hispana en la Oficina del Sheriff. Una de sus experiencias más gratificantes como Sheriff la tuvo en 1993 al ayudar en el nacimiento de un niño en el piso del corredor de la Corte de Familia. El Canal 6 reportó su experiencia. Esposa, Madre, Abuela, miembro de la iglesia, y Activista Comunitaria, su servicio comunitario incluye ser voluntaria con la Cruz Roja, y miembro del Labor Council for Latin-American Advancement (LCLAA), entre otros.

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Georgia Athanasopulos General Consul of Panama

Georgia Athanasopulos began her diplomatic career in 1985 as the Vice-Consul of Panama to Athens, Greece. In 1996, she was appointed as the General Consul of Panama in Philadelphia. Her jurisdiction currently includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. While serving as Consul, she has created an open dialogue in areas such as education, health, and business, between Panama and the regions she represents. She has worked with Esperansa USA to build schools in remote and low income areas in Panama, and has planned various fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Hospital in Panama. She has also organized numerous trade missions to Panama strengthening commerce ties between the Free Zone and the Delaware Valley. The Consul has served 3 terms as the President of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, and is currently a board member of the Pan American Association.

Cónsul General de Panamá

Georgia comenzó su Carrera diplomática en 1985 como Vice Cónsul de Panamá en Atenas, Grecia. En 1996, fue nombrada Cónsul General de Panamá en Filadelfia. Su jurisdicción incluye Pensilvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan e Indiana. Durante su administración, la Cónsul ha creado un dialogo abierto en las áreas de educación, salud y negocios, entre Panamá y las regiones que representa. En conjunción con Esperanza USA, ha trabajado para construir escuelas en áreas remotas de bajos ingresos en Panamá y ha planeado funciones benéficas para recoger fondos para el Hospital de Niños en Panamá. La Cónsul ha organizado también numerosas misiones para fortalecer los lazos comerciales entre la Zona Libre del Canal de Panamá y el Valle del Delaware; durante 3 periodos ha sido presidente de la Asociación Consular de2012 Filadelfia y es Valley’s miembro de la Junta de The Delaware 20 Directores la Asociación Panamericana. MostdeInfluential Latinos edition

Chair, Department of OB/GYN, Temple University Dr. Hernandez is Abraham Roth Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. He is Section Chief of Gynecologic Oncology; and Professor of pathology at Temple University School of Medicine. Born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Dr. Hernandez was raised in Puerto Rico, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and obtaining his MD at the UPR’s School of Medicine. He interned in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, becoming Assistant Resident in 1978 and Chief Resident in 1980. He then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Gynecological Oncology and a traineeship in the laboratory of the Radiobiology Division of The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center. He has written two books, over 150 medical articles, and is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of many honors and awards.

Director, Departamento de OB/GYN, Temple University

Dr. Hernandez es Abraham Roth Profesor y Director del Departamento de Obstetricia, Ginecología y Ciencias Reproductivas. Director de la Sección de Ginecología Oncológica y Profesor de Patología en la Escuela de Medicina de Temple University. Nacido en Vega Baja, el Dr. Hernandez se graduó Magna Cum Laude en Biología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y en Medicina de la Escuela de Medicina de la misma universidad. Hizo su internado en Obstetricia y Ginecología en el Hospital de Johns Hopkins, donde se convirtió en Jefe de Residentes en 1980. Posteriormente recibió una beca post doctoral en Ginecología Oncológica y entrenamiento en el laboratorio de Radiología del Centro Oncológico del mismo hospital. Su trabajo investigativo lo ha llevado ha escribir 2 libros, mas de 150 artículos médicos y dictar múltiples conferencias nacionales e internacionales. Ha recibido numerosos premios y reconocimientos.

Dr. José Lebrón Principal, Olney Charter High School

Working now with Aspira of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lebron has been a Principal at several Philadelphia Schools, including Randolph Career & Technical Academy HS, Kensington Creative & Performing Arts HS, Germantown High, and Microsoft High School of the Future, among others, although his 10 years as Principal of Edison Fareira HS made an impact. He has worked as a teacher and principal in Philadelphia for more than 40 years. Born in Puerto Rico, he attended the Community College of Philadelphia, and earned Bachelors, Masters and a Doctorate in Education from Temple University. He has received many recognitions, including the Rose Lindenbaum Principal of The Year Award and the Latino Youth, America’s Future Award, presented by the Mayor’s Commission on Puerto Rican/Latino Affairs. In 1992, he was named Educator of the Year, presented by Valores Hispanos. In 2010 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Community College of Philadelphia. Recently the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named a Scholarship program after him.

Principal, Olney Charter High School

Trabajando ahora con Aspira de Pensilvania, el Dr. Lebron ha sido Principal en muchas escuelas de Filadelfia, incluyendo Randolph Career & Technical Academy HS, Kensington Creative & Performing Arts HS, Germantown High, y Microsoft High School of the Future, entre otras, aunque sus diez años como Principal de Edison/ Fareira High School tuvieron impacto. Lebron ha trabajado como profesor y Principal en Filadelfia por más de 40 años. Nacido en Puerto Rico, estudió en el Community College de Filadelfia, y obtuvo grados de bachillerato, Maestría y Doctorado en educación de la Universidad de Temple. Ha recibido muchos reconocimientos, incluidos el Rose Lindenbaum Principal of The Year Award, y el Latino Youth, America’s Future Award, de la Comisión del Alcalde para Asuntos Latinos / Puertorriqueños. En 1992 fue nombrado Educador del Año, por Valores Hispanos. En el 2010 recibió el Alumni Achievement Award del Community College de Filadelfia. Hace poco la Cámara Hispana de Comercio del Gran Filadelfia creó un programa de becas con su nombre.

Luis Mora President of FINANTA

Marcos López President and CEO of eXude, Inc.

Marcos R. Lopez is President and CEO of eXude, Inc., a Philadelphia-based provider of employee benefits programs, human resource consulting, retirement planning, risk management & commercial insurance, and a discount prescription card. Marcos is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature with a minor in Business. As his company grew, so did his research department, and ultimately his ability to offer best‐practice programs to his clients. Marcos has spent the last 25+ years providing clients with the highest level of research available to the small‐to‐mid size market. He is currently a board member of the Joseph J. Peters Institute and Leadership Philadelphia. He’s also on the advisory board of The Salvation Army, an active member of Entrepreneurs Organization, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is currently a Big Brother mentor.

Presidente y CEO de eXude, Inc

Marcos R. López es Presidente y CEO de eXude, Inc., firma proveedora de programas de beneficios para empleados, consultoría de recursos humanos, retiro, planificación, seguros comerciales y tarjeta de descuento para recetas. Marcos es graduado de la Universidad del Estado de Nueva York en Stony Brook. Obtuvo una Licenciatura en Literatura Española con preparación en Negocios. Según su empresa creció, así también creció la capacidad de su departamento de investigaciones y su capacidad para ofrecer los mejores programas en el mercado a sus clientes. Marcos ha pasado los últimos 25 años ofreciendo a sus clientes con el más alto nivel de consultoría disponible en el mercado para compañías de tamaño pequeño a mediano. Actualmente es miembro de la junta del Instituto de Joseph J. Peters y de Leadership Philadelphia. Es también miembro del Salvation Army Advisory Board, miembro activo de Entrepreneurs Organization, la

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Founder and President of FINANTA (formerly known as the American Street Financial Services Center), Luis Mora has been a pioneer in economic and housing development for over 30 years. FINANTA is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides access to capital, technical assistance and credit-building services for low-to moderateincome entrepreneurs and first-time homebuyers in Philadelphia. The organization has assets of $11 million and has successfully loaned roughly $35 million to nearly 300 customers, contributing to creating and retaining well over 1,200 jobs. Prior to founding FINANTA, Luis created and directed for CoreStates Bank NA, the CoreStates Community Development Corporation and Financing Group, a $60+ million economic, housing, social and cultural developmentinvestment program. This program was the nation’s first non-profit community development arm of a commercial banking institution. A native of Costa Rica, Luis holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presidente de FINANTA

Fundador y Presidente de FINANTA (antes conocido como American Street Financial Services Center), Luis Mora ha sido un pionero en desarrollo económico y desarrollo de vivienda por más de 30 años. FINANTA es una organización de desarrollo comunitario y financiero para instituciones sin fines de lucro que proporciona acceso a capital, asistencia técnica y servicios de crédito para empresarios y nuevos compradores de vivienda en Filadelfia. La organización tiene activos de $11 millones y ha prestado aproximadamente $35 millones a casi 300 clientes, contribuyendo a la creación y retención de más de 1,200 empleos. Antes de fundar FINANTA, Luis creo y dirigió el CoreStates Community Development Corporation and Financing para CoreStates Bank NA, un programa de desarrollo económico, vivienda, y cultura con un presupuesto de más de $60 millones. Este programa fue el primero en la nación en donde un banco comercial crea una rama sin fines de lucro para ofrecer este tipo de servicio. Oriundo de Costa Rica, Luis posee un Bachillerato en Arquitectura de la Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro, Brasil

Arantxa Ochoa Arantxa Ochoa

Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet Arantxa Ochoa has been the Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Principal teacher of the Pennsylvania Ballet School. She was born in Valladolid, Spain and has been a Principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet since 2001. In October 2012 she retired from the stage to take on a new role as the Principal teacher of the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She took her first artistic steps as a rhythmic gymnast. At age 11, she moved to Madrid to study at the Centro de Danza with Victor Ullate. Ms. Ochoa continued her studies at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo and at The School of American Ballet in New York. Her versatility as a performer and her great interpretive maturity has gained her recognition from critics and audiences and has allowed her to dance every major role, from the greatest works of classical tradition, to modern and neoclassical choreography.

Bailarina Principal del Ballet de Pensilvania

Arantxa Ochoa ha sido la bailarina principal del Ballet de Pensilvania y Profesora Principal de la Escuela del Ballet de Pensilvania. Nació en Valladolid, España, y ha sido primera bailarina del Ballet de Pensilvania desde el año 2001. En Octubre del 2012 dejó el escenario para aceptar su nueva posición como Profesora Principal en la Escuela del Ballet de Pensilvania. Arantxa dio sus primeros pasos artísticos como gimnasta rítmica; a los 11 años se fue a Madrid al Centro de Danza de Víctor Ullate, completando su formación en la Academie de Danse Princesse Grace en Monte Carlo, y en la School of American Ballet de Nueva York. Su versatilidad artística y su madurez interpretativa le han ganado el reconocimiento de la audiencia y de la crítica y le ha permitido interpretar roles desde los más grandes clásicos hasta la coreografía moderna y neoclásica.

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Dra. Lucila Paramo Chief Academic Officer of ASPIRA de PA

Natalia OlsonUrtecho Regional Administrator for the United States SBA

Natalia Olson-Urtecho is the Regional Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration. As Regional Administrator for Region III, Olson-Urtecho is responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Olson-Urtecho has more than 15 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in the Philadelphia region and abroad in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. Olson-Urtecho received the Business Journal 2010 Minority Business Leader Award and in 2009 received the Women of Distinction Award for her work toward building a green economy. She has lived in seven countries and speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese. She holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Northeastern University, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

Administradora Regional para la Administración de Pequeños Negocios

Natalia Olson-Urtecho es la Administradora Regional para la Administración de Pequeños Negocios de los Estados Unidos. Como Administradora de la Region III, Olson-Urtecho es responsable de programas de pequeños negocios de la SBA, asistencia financiera y las iniciativas de programa de desarrollo de negocio en toda la región del Mid-Atlántico. Olson-Urtecho tiene más de 15 años de experiencia trabajando con entidades internacionales, regionales y locales en la región de Filadelfia y en el extranjero, en América Latina, Europa Oriental y Asia. OlsonUrtecho recibió el premio de the Business Journal 2010 Minority Business Leader y en 2009 recibió el premio de Mujeres de Distinción por su trabajo hacia el desarrollo de ‘Economía Verde’. Ha vivido en siete países y habla español, francés y portugués. Tiene una Maestría en Planificación Urbana y Regional de la Escuela de Diseño de la Universidad de Pensilvania y un Bachillerato de la Universidad de Northeastern y ha sido conferencista en las Universidades de Pensilvania y Temple. 22

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Dr. Paramo was born in Cali, Colombia. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology/ Chemistry from University del Valle, Cali, Colombia, a Masters in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from La Salle University; and a Doctoral degree in Education Administration from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Dr. Paramo has been past President of Police Barrio Relations Project Philadelphia and coordinator of Edison Fareira High School First Internet Project. She initiated, implemented, organized and was coordinator of a Master’s and Doctoral Distance Learning Program between Interamericana University of Puerto Rico in partnership with Community College of Philadelphia. Through her efforts in this program, 44 Hispanic educators and social workers received their Master’s Degree along with three others receiving a Doctoral Degree. She has been a member of the Minority Advisory Board Member at Hahneman University. Dr. Paramo has been a regional and international judge in Science and Engineering Fairs during the past twelve years for INTEL, an International Science Company.

Directora Académica de ASPIRA de PA

La Dra. Páramo nació en Cali, Colombia. Posee una Licenciatura en Biología / Química de la Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, una Maestría en estudios Bilingües/Biculturales de La Universidad de La Salle; y un Doctorado en Administración Educativa de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. La Dra. Páramo ha sido Presidente del Police Barrio Relations Project de Filadelfia y coordinadora del High School First Internet Project de la escuela Edison Fareira High School. Inició, implementó, organizó y fue coordinadora del Master’s and Doctoral Distance Learning Program entre la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico y el Community College de Filadelfia. A través de sus esfuerzos en este programa, 44 educadores y trabajadores sociales hispanos recibieron su maestría junto con otros tres recipientes del grado doctoral. Ha sido miembro del Minority Advisory Board de la Universidad de Hahneman. Ha sido juez regional e internacional en ferias de ciencia e ingeniería durante los últimos doce años para la firma INTEL, una compañía internacional científica.

Walter Pérez Reporter, WPVI-TV 6ABC.

Walter Perez is a reporter for Channel 6 Action News in Philadelphia where he co-anchors the top-rated weekend morning programs. Walter came to Action News some ten years ago from WNBC-TV in New York. There he anchored the #1 rated Weekend Today in New York. Before his TV career, Walter was the color commentator for the Princeton Football Radio Network. He has received several prestigious awards over the years including a New York Press Club Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the World Trade Center disaster. In recent years he has become the face of many Latino events trough the Philadelphia region, where he is a preferred Master of Ceremonies for many galas and celebrations. Walter’s parents came to the US from Argentina back in 1964. He is a graduate of Duke University and lives with his wife and three children in the Philadelphia Suburbs.

Reportero, WPVI-TV 6ABC.

Walter Pérez es reportero para el Canal 6 Action News en Filadelfia, donde es co-presentador del programa de noticias de más alto rating, en la mañana los fines de semana. Walter llegó a Action News hace unos diez años, proveniene de WNBC-TV en New York. Allí, era el presentador del programa con el rating numero 1, Weekend Today in New York. Antes de su carrera en televisión fue comentarista para la Cadena de Radio de Football de Princeton. Walter ha recibido numerosos reconocimientos prestigiosos, incluyendo el Premio del Club de Prensa de New York; y el Premio Edward R. Murrow por su cubrimiento del desastre del World Trade Center. En años recientes, Walter se ha convertido en la cara visible de muchos eventos latinos en la región de Filadelfia, donde es un maestro de ceremonias preferido para muchas Galas y celebraciones. Los padres de Walter vinieron de Argentina a Estados Unidos en 1964; él es graduado de la Universidad de Duke y vive con su esposa y 3 hijos en los suburbios de Filadelfia.

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Nilda Iris Ruiz President and CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

Nilda Iris Ruiz is the President and Chief Executive Officer 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 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.

Rolando J. Portocarrero Chief Financial Officer, Health Partners

Rolando J. Portocarrero, CMA, M.B.A. joined Health Partners in May 2012 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As CFO, he serves as an integral part of the executive management team with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of financial and accounting functions of the organization, including oversight and evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial planning. Portocarrero’s previous experience includes serving as CFO and senior vice president of finance for Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP) in Albany, NY and CFO of Health Plus PHSP, a 285,000 member Medicaid Plan in New York. He also served as vice president of Financial Analysis, Planning and Reporting at Health Net Northeast in New York. He has a Bachelor degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and a MBA from The Graduate School of Business of Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, with concentrations in Finance and Operations Management.

Gerente Financiero, Health Partners

Rolando J. Portocarrero, CMA, M.B.A, se unió a Health Partners en mayo de 2012 como Vicepresidente de Finanzas y Gerente Financiero (CFO). Como CFO, sirve como parte integrante del equipo ejecutivo con la responsabilidad de supervisar todos los aspectos de finanzas y funciones de contabilidad de la organización, incluyendo la supervisión y evaluación de estrategias y planificación financiera. La experiencia anterior de Portocarrero incluye servir como Director Financiero y Vicepresidente de Finanzas de Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP) en Albany, Nueva York y CFO de Health Plus PHSP, plan medicaid para 285.000 neoyorquinos. También se desempeñó como Vicepresidente de Financial Analysis, Planning and Reporting en Health Net Northeast en Nueva York. Tiene un Bachillerato de la Academia Naval de Estados Unidos en Annapolis, MD; y un MBA del Graduate School of Business de Rutgers University en Newark, NJ, con concentración en Finanzas y Administración de Operaciones.


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Hon. Luis Felipe Restrepo United States Magistrate Judge

L. Felipe Restrepo was born in Medellin, Colombia, was raised in Northern Virginia and was sworn in as a United States Citizen on September 7, 1993. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane Law School and worked as a Defender in Philadelphia in both the local and federal courts before entering private practice in 1993. In 2006 he was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and he has received numerous awards for his legal and social work. Judge Restrepo has been a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, and has served on numerous boards. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Make a Wish Foundation for the Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley.

Juez Magistrado de Estados Unidos

L. Felipe Restrepo nació en Medellín, Colombia, se crió al Norte de Virginia, y se hizo Ciudadano de Estados Unidos el 7 de septiembre de 1993. Se graduó de la Universidad de Pensilvania y de la Escuela de Leyes de Tulane, y trabajó como un abogado defensor primero en Filadelfia en cortes locales y federales, antes de entrar a la práctica privada en 1993. En el 2006 fue juramentado como un Juez Magistrado de los Estados Unidos para el Distrito Oriental de Pensilvania. Ha sido profesor adjunto en las Escuelas de Leyes de la Universidad de Temple y de la Universidad de Pensilvania y ha recibido numerosos premios por su trabajo legal y social. El Juez Restrepo ha sido presidente de la Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de Pensilvania, y ha servido en múltiples juntas directivas. Actualmente es miembro de la Junta de Directores de la Make a Wish Foundation para Filadelfia y el Susquehanna Valley.


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Presidente y CEO de la Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha

Nilda Iris Ruiz es Presidente y Directora Ejecutiva de la Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) desde el 2005. Con un equipo de 115 empleados, presupuesto combinado de $60 millones, y $100 millones invertidos en proyectos de desarrollo de bienes raíces, APM ofrece servicios directos a 40.000 personas por año. En 2011, APM completó el proyecto Sheridan Homes -un proyecto ‘verde’ premiado de vivienda asequible. En 2012, APM comenzó la construcción de Paseo Verde -un proyecto de desarrollo de $48 millones en el norte de Filadelfia orientado al tránsito. 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, en una serie de 8 artículos en y en numerosas entrevistas radiales y de televisión. Nilda tiene una licenciatura de Temple University y un MBA de Eastern College.

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Ruben Amaro, Jr. General Manager, Philadelphia Phillies

Fernado Suárez Business Owner

Fernando has helped grow thousands of prominent businesses within the Tri-State area. His firm presently manages over 500 businesses and over 3000 individual clients. Fernando Suarez is owner of Fernando Suarez Business Advisors (formally known as Fernando Suarez Income Tax), Inner City Ventures, and Suarez Development Group - a real estate development company in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Suarez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in Philadelphia. A graduate of LaSalle University with a bachelors in business administration, he helps to educate the Hispanic business owners in financial matters. Suarez is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other local business associations. He is a member of the National Association of Tax Preparers. Fernando enjoys traveling, playing soccer, reading and spending time with his daughters.


Fernando ha ayudado a crecer miles de empresas dentro del área triestatal. Su firma actualmente ofrece servicios financieros a más de 500 empresas y más de 3,000 clientes. Fernando Suarez es el propietario de Fernando Suarez Business Advisors (anteriormente conocido como ‘Fernando Suarez Income Tax’), Inner City Ventures, y Suarez Development Group - una empresa de desarrollo inmobiliario en Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana. Suárez nació en Bogotá, Colombia y creció en Filadelfia. Egresado de la Universidad de LaSalle con Bachillerato en Administración de Empresas, el contribuye a educar a dueños de negocios hispanos en asuntos financieros. Suarez es miembro fundador de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Gran Filadelfia y otras asociaciones empresariales locales. Es miembro del National Association of Tax Preparers. Fernando disfruta viajar, jugar fútbol, leer y pasar tiempo con sus hijas. 26

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Ruben Amaro Jr. was named Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on November 3, 2008, after a 10 year tenure as assistant GM. Ruben was selected by the Angels in the 11th round of the 1987 draft, and 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 1980-83, when his father, Ruben Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was first base coach. He is a 1983 graduate of the William Penn Charter School, where he played both baseball and soccer. In 1987, he earned a BS degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and was a member of the 1987 NCAA Baseball Championship team. He is a co-founder of the Richie Ashburn Foundation, which provides free baseball camps for 1,100 underprivileged children in the Delaware Valley and awards grants for area schools and colleges. In addition, he serves on the board for the Philadelphia chapter of the YMCA. He has two daughters, Andrea and Sophia.

General Manager, Philadelphia Phillies

Rubén Amaro Jr. fue nombrado Vicepresidente y Gerente General de los Filis de Filadelfia el 3 de noviembre de 2008, después de 10 años como Gerente General asistente. Rubén fue seleccionado por los Ángeles en la decimoprimera ronda del draft de 1987, e hizo su debut en grandes ligas con el club en 1991. La siguiente temporada, fue traspasado al club de los Filis, donde pasó cinco de sus siete temporadas en las ligas mayores (1992-93, 96-98). Rubén jugó para el equipo campeón de los Filis en 1993 (NL) y el equipo campeón de Los Indios en 1995. En 1996, ocupó el tercer lugar entre bateadores emergentes en la Liga Nacional, con un promedio de .387. Ruben nació y se crió en Filadelfia, y era carga-bates para los Filis desde 1980-83, cuando su padre, Rubén Sr., un ex jugador con el club, fue entrenador de primera base. Él es graduado de la escuela William Penn Charter School (1983), donde jugó fútbol y béisbol. En 1987, obtuvo una Licenciatura en Biología Humana de la Universidad de Stanford y fue un miembro del equipo campeón de béisbol de la NCAA de 1987. Es cofundador del Richie Ashburn Foundation, organización que ofrece campamentos de béisbol gratis para 1.100 niños de bajos ingresos en el Valle de Delaware y becas para escuelas y colegios. Además, es miembro de la junta asesora del YMCA Capitulo de Filadelfia. Tiene dos hijas, Andrea y Sofía.


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

Angel Cruz PA State Representative - 180th District

The only Latino elected to the Pennsylvania House for many years, he has been State Representative for District 180, covering a large part of North Philadelphia. He is the longest Latino elected Assemblyman in Pennsylvania with seven terms and re-elect in the past election for a record eight term. He graduated from North East Catholic High School. Cruz has been a Democratic ward leader for the city’s 7th Ward for 14 years. During his seven terms he has brought important investments to the Latino community. He have been working to build a legacy in the 180th District with his support for the increment of finnacial help for community development projects and health services. He is proud of his constituens services, and recently opened a bigger and improved office in his district to better service his community. He serves on the board of the Kensington Independence Civic Association and is co-chairman of the 25th Police Department Advisory Committee. He also is 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 PA, Distrito 180

Angel Cruz fue por muchos años el único latino elegido a la Asamblea de Pensilvania, es Representante Estatal por el distrito 180, que cubre gran parte del norte de Filadelfia; El oficial electo latino de mayor duración en Pensilvania, ha servido siete términos, y fue elegido recientemente para un octavo período. Graduado de Northeast High School, Cruz ha sido líder del Ward 7, en Filadelfia por 14 años. En sus siete períodos de servicio ha traído importantes inversiones a la comunidad Latina. Sus esfuerzos por revitalizar e incrementar la ayuda financiera para proyectos de desarrollo económico y de salud han dejado un visible legado en el Distrito Legislativo 180. Preocupado por el servicio a sus constituyentes, recientemente inauguró una oficina mas amplia y conveniente para dar mejor servicio a la comunidad del norte de Filadelfia. Es miembro de la Asociación Cívica Independiente de Kensington, Copresidente de el Comité de Asesoría del Distrito 25 del Departamento de Policía de Filadelfia; Es Co-Chair de la Delegación de Filadelfia de United States Hispanic Leadership Conference (USHLC), membro de la Asociación Nacional de Oficiales Electos Latinos (NALEO), el Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC), y Philadelphia Elected Black Officials. The 2012 Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos edition


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Sara Manzano-Díaz Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Sara Manzano-Diaz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region in May 2012. As Regional Administrator, Ms. Manzano-Diaz oversees the federal government’s real estate portfolio, procurement of goods and services, and information technology for the six states in the Region, as well as Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In this role she leads over 1,000 employees, is responsible for a federal real estate inventory of over 800 owned and leased buildings and oversees a fleet of more than 19,000 vehicles. In 2009 Sara Manzano-Díaz was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 16th Director of the Women’s Bureau at the United States Department of Labor. In 2007, Ms. Manzano-Díaz was appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell as Deputy Secretary of State for Regulatory Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of State and was responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public by overseeing the licensure of approximately 1 million professionals. Ms. Manzano-Díaz worked in various capacities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development including Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights and Litigation, as Assistant Attorney General in New York where she conducted investigations and prosecuted allegations of consumer fraud. Ms. Manzano-Díaz holds a degree in Public Relations and Communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

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Joseph Domínguez Senior Vice President, Exelon Corporation

Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corporation. In this role, Dominguez leads the development and implementation of federal, state and regional governmental, regulatory and public policy strategies for Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electric companies with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining Exelon, Dominguez was a partner in the law firm of White and Williams, L.L.P. with a broad-based litigation practice counseling large and small corporations, institutions and government entities. He is also a former assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of numerous crimes ranging from money laundering to murder-for-hire. Dominguez co-founded the Association of Latino Energy and Environmental Professionals (LEEP). He also serves on several Boards of Directors/Councils such as the Corporate Advisory Board for APM and the Corporate Advisory Council of Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Dominguez has an undergraduate degree, with honors, in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law (High Honors), where he was named a Ralph Johnson Bunche Scholar and a Dean’s Scholar.

Vicepresidente Senior, Exelon Corporation

Vicepresidente de Asuntos Gubernamentales y Regulatorios, y Políticas Públicas, de Exelon Corporation. En este papel, Domínguez dirige el desarrollo y aplicación de regulaciones federales, estatales y regionales, y estrategias de políticas públicas de Exelon, una de las más grandes compañías eléctricas del país con aproximadamente $33 billones en ingresos anuales. Antes de unirse a Exelon, Domínguez fue socio del bufete de White & Williams, L.L.P. con una práctica de litigio y asesoría de empresas grandes y pequeñas, e instituciones y entidades del gobierno. También es un ex Fiscal Federal Asistente, del Distrito Este de Pensilvania, donde encabezó la investigación y enjuiciamiento de numerosos crímenes - desde asesinato por contrato hasta lavado de dinero. Domínguez fue co-fundador de la Association of Latino Energy and Environmental Professionals (LEEP). También se desempeña en varias juntas de directores/consejos, como el Consejo Asesor Corporativo de APM y de Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Domínguez tiene un grado con honores, en Ingeniería Mecánica en el Valley’s New Jersey Institute of Technology. Es graduado de The 2012 Delaware 28 Rutgers University School of Lawedition (altos honores), donde fue nombrado como Most Influential Latinos un Ralph Johnson Bunche Scholar y Dean’s Scholar.

Sara Manzano-Díaz fue nombrada por el Presidente Barack Obama para servir como administradora regional del U.S. General Services Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region en mayo de 2012. Como Administradora Regional, la Sra. Manzano-Diaz supervisa la cartera de bienes raíces del gobierno federal, adquisición de productos y servicios y tecnología informática para seis estados que componen la región MidAtlántico, así como África, Europa y Medio Oriente. En esta función dirige a más de 1.000 empleados, es responsable de un inventario de inmuebles federales de más de 800 edificios (propios y alquilados) y supervisa una flota de más de 19.000 vehículos. En el 2009 Sara fue nombrada por el Presidente Obama y confirmada por el Senado coo la Directora No. 16 de la Oficina para la Mujer del Departamento del Trabajo de Estados Unidos. En el 2007, la Sra. Manzano-Díaz fue nombrada por el gobernador Edward G. Rendell como Subsecretaria de Estado para programas regulatorios en el Departamento de Estado de Pennsylvania; fue responsable de proteger la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar del público fiscalizando las licencias de aproximadamente 1 millón de profesionales. Sara trabajó en varias capacidades en el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos, incluida como Sub-Secretario General para asuntos de Derechos Civiles y Litigio. Como Subprocurador General en Nueva York, condujo investigaciones y tomo acción legal en casos de fraude al consumidor. La Sra. Manzano-Díaz tiene una Licenciatura en Relaciones Públicas y Comunicaciones de la Universidad de Boston y un grado de Juris Doctor de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Rutgers.


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María QuiñonesSánchez


Councilwoman, Philadelphia 7th Councilmatic District

Richard Negrín Deputy Mayor, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia

In July 2010, Richard Negrin was sworn in as Deputy Mayor of Administration and Coordination and Managing Director of the 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. Prior to serving as Deputy Mayor and Managing Director, Mr. Negrin was appointed by Mayor Nutter to restructure the Board of Revision of Taxes and to serve as the agency’s Executive Director. Previously, he served as Vice Chair of the independent Philadelphia Board of Ethics and was Vice President, Associate General Counsel and a member of the Executive Leadership Council of ARAMARK Corporation. Negrin also held a position as a litigator with the global law firm of Morgan Lewis and served as a prosecutor in the Major Trials Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Negrin is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Wagner College. After college, Mr. Negrin played in the National Football League, signing contracts with the Cleveland Browns in 1988, and the New York Jets in 1989.

Vicealcalde, Director General, Ciudad de Filadelfia En julio del 2010, Richard Negrín fue juramentado como Vicealcalde de Administración y Coordinación, y Director General de la Ciudad de Filadelfia. Como Director General, Negrín supervisa varias iniciativas de alto perfil y supervisa los departamentos de infraestructura de la ciudad, incluyendo la oficina de Recursos Humanos, la oficina de Tecnología Informática y el Departamento de Compras. Antes de servir como Vicealcalde y Director General, Negrín fue nombrado por el alcalde Nutter para reestructurar la Junta de Revisión de Impuestos y para servir como Director Ejecutivo de la misma agencia. Previamente, sirvió como Vicepresidente de la Junta de Etica de Filadelfia; fue Vicepresidente, Associate General Counsel y miembro del Executive Leadership Council de ARAMARK Corporation. Negrin también sostuvo una posición como litigante con la firma de abogados Morgan Lewis y sirvió como Fiscal de Major Trials Unit del Filadelfia District Attorney. Richard Negrín es graduado de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad Rutgers. Recibió su Licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Wagner. Después de la Universidad, Negrín jugó fútbol profesional en la NFL, donde firmó contratos con los equipos de Cleveland Browns en 1988 y los Jets de Nueva York en 1989.

Maria is the first Latino elected to a District City Council seat and the first Latina to ever serve on Philadelphia City Council. She is a veteran activist with many years of public and volunteer service. She is a tireless advocate for economic development, women’s and workers’ rights, living wages, voter registration, and health care among others. Quiñones-Sánchez was a former Regional Director of Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), serving Pennsylvania and Delaware states. She was reelected in 2011 to serve a second term as Councilwoman for the 7th District in Phildelphia. Maria is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition and served as the first female Executive Director of ASPIRA, the largest Latino educational institution in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Philadelphia public school system and earned a Master’s in Human Services at Lincoln University in 1992. She is married to Tomas Sanchez and have two sons, Edgar and Tomasito.

Concejal por el Distrito 7 de Filadelfia

María es la primera concejal de distrito latina, y la primera mujer Latina en el Concejo de Filadelfia. Es una activista veterana con muchos años de servicio público. Es una incansable luchadora por los derechos de la mujer, los trabajadores, sueldos justos, registro de votantes, disponibilidad de seguro de salud para todos, y desarrollo económico, así como otros asuntos de interés para la comunidad en Filadelfia. En el 2011 fue reelegida para un segundo término para representar al Distrito 7 de Filadelfia en el Concejo. Quiñones-Sánchez fue directora regional de la Administración Federal para los Asuntos de Puerto Rico (PRFAA) en Pensilvania y Delaware; cofundadora y miembro de la Coalición Latina del Estado de Pensilvania; y la primera mujer Directora Ejecutiva de ASPIRA, la organización educacional latina más grande de Pensilvania. María fue estudiante del sistema de escuelas públicas en Filadelfia y obtuvo el grado de Maestría en Servicios Humanos en Lincoln University en 1992. Está casada con Tomas Sánchez y tiene dos hijos, Edgar y Tomasito.

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

Pedro A. Ramos Chairman, Philadelphia School Reform Commission

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. Mr. Ramos is the Chairman of the School Reform Commission, leads the Government, Education and Social Sector practice at Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards, LLC, and has a track record of strong and strategic leadership as Managing Director of Philadelphia, the City Solicitor of Philadelphia, the Vice President & Chief of Staff to the President of the University of Pennsylvania, and Trustee/Director of several non-profit and government boards as well as the Regional Advisory Board of two banks. At Penn, he was the president’s chief advisor, helped guide the university’s neighborhood development and corporate social responsibility efforts, and managed several university offices and functions. As City Solicitor, he was praised for his management of a variety of investigations and increasing the collection of delinquent taxes. As Managing Director, he oversaw 16 city departments and offices, driving coordination and service improvements, including a complete reorganization and professionalization of the City’s Office of Emergency Management and overall emergency preparedness functions.

Presidente, Comisión de Reforma Escolar de Filadelfia

Pedro Ramos es un líder en la región de Filadelfia; conocido y respetado abogado y asesor 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. Ramos es el Presidente de la Comisión de Reforma Escolar, lidera el área de Asuntos de Gobierno, Educación y Sector Publico en el buffete de Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards, LLC, y tiene una amplia experiencia administrativa y conocimientos de técnicas estratégicas a través de su larga carrera en el sector público como Managing Director de Filadelfia, City Solicitor de Filadelfia, Vicepresidente y Jefe de Personal del Presidente de la Universidad de Pennsylvania (Penn). También se ha destacado como administrador y director de juntas de gobierno, organizaciones sin fines de lucro, y bancos regionales. En Penn, fue asesor principal del Presidente, ayudó a dirigir esfuerzos de desarrollo comunitario y responsabilidad social de la Universidad mientras administraba varias oficinas y funciones de la Universidad. Como City Solicitor, fue elogiado por su labor en varias investigaciones y el aumento en recaudación de impuestos atrasados. Como Managing Director, supervisó 16 departamentos y oficinas, impulsó la coordinación de programas de mejoras, incluyendo una completa reorganización y profesionalización del City Office of Emergency Management y de las funciones de preparación para emergencias. Ramos creció en Norte de Filadelfia, fue estudiante de las escuelas públicas, bachiller de la Universidad de Pennsylvania y graduado por la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Michigan.


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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 Directors 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 Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza. He has been a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority. Recently he has make inroads into the field of communications, with the creation of a new Spanishlanguage Radio Station in Philadelphia, El Zol 1340 AM, and the opening of a local station of Azteca TV. Trujillo was recently nominated by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the Board of Control of Liquors, the first Latino ever to receive such an honor.

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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; Vice-presidente de la Junta de Directores de Health Partners; miembro de la Junta de Directores del Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts y de la Junta de Directores del Concejo Nacional de la Raza. Trujillo fue Comisionado de la Autoridad Portuaria del Rio Delaware y Presidente de la Junta de Directores de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana. Trujillo recientemente ha incursionado en el campo de las comunicaciones, con la creación de una nueva estación de radio en español, El Zol 1340 AM, y la apertura de una estación local de Azteka TV. Adicionalmente, Trujillo fue nominado recientemente por el Gobernador de Pensilvania para ser parte de la Junta de Control de Licores, el primer latino en ser honrado con dicho nombramiento.

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