HILDA SOLIS MEMBER, LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS; FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR
• DOB: October 20, 1957, Los Angeles, CA. Roman Catholic. Married to Sam H. Sayyad. 1994-2001: California State Senator 2001-2009: U.S. House of Representatives 2009-2013: 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor 2014: Sworn in as member of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Solis stepped down from her Cabinet post in 2013 to return to her home state of California where she now serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the most powerful county-level legislative body in the U.S. As Secretary of Labor she helped to improve access to health care for women, minorities and millions of uninsured Americans. She was the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. http://hildalsolis.org/
JUSTICE, U.S. SUPREME COURT
• Born, June 25, 1954. Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born in the New York City. Father was from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her mother was from Santa Rosa, in Lajas. 1998-2009: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2009: Confirmed as 111th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
The Court’s first Hispanic justice and its third female justice, Sotomayor is also among its most visible through speeches and television appearances. She is also vocal on the Court’s rulings, making headlines for her scathing dissent in last year’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, allowing closely held for-profit corporations to be exempt from a law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law’s interest.
VICTORIA SUÁREZPALOMO DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC LIAISON, U.S. TREASURY
• Born February 9, 1986 in Florida A graduate of Emory University, she previously served as a senior advisor in the Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison and as an assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2011, Suárez-Palomo has made an early name for herself in Washington. A graduate of Emory University, she previously served as a senior advisor in the Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison and as an assistant to the Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury. victoria.palomo
www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx Sonia-Sotomayor SotomayorScotus
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS, SINGER, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, ENTREPRENEUR
CHAIRMAN OF CBS ENTERTAINMENT
• She was born in 1963, lives in Los Angeles, and is divorced 1997: 1984: Moved with her husband, Jerry Levine, to Los Angeles 2011: Honored by Women in Film with the Lucy Award 2013: Launched CBS’s Limited Series and Live Event Programming unit
As Chairman of CBS Entertainment, Tassler is the highest-ranked woman executive running a broadcast network. Daughter of a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother, she studied acting but ultimately went for the TV executive role in real life. Since her arrival at CBS in 1997, Tassler has made her network a more womanfriendly workplace, hiring more women for leading roles in successful shows like Mike & Molly, The Good Wife, Elementary, Mom, Madam Secretary and Extant. Women comprise half of her top executive staff of 12. It is no coincidence that action heroine TV series Supergirl will fly into CBS this fall.
• Married, born August 26, 1971, lives in New York Was part of Timbiriche, one of Mexico’s most successful teen groups of all time.
Twelve albums and 40 million records in worldwide sales have made Thalía a queen of Latin pop music. She ruled the international telenovela world for many years. In 2003, the also business savvy pop icon made history by becoming the first Mexican to launch her own clothing, lingerie, jewelry and home product line in the U.S. in a deal with Kmart; an eyewear line followed later. This year, her clothing empire grew exponentially with a contract with Macy’s while at the same time her 12th studio album, “Amore Mío,” hit the world market. thalia.com
CARLOS TORTOLERO PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART
• DOB: Guadalajara, Mexico 1954 He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, María. 2006- present: National Museum of Mexican Art 1987 – Founded the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum 19751987 – History School Teacher
Carlos Tortolero holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and History from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Bilingual Education Supervision from Chicago State University. After having worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in Chicago public schools for many years, he branched out and became the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, which is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. He has served on numerous boards including the University of Illinois, the American Alliance of Museums, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Smithsonian Latino Center, to name few. He is the co-author of Mexican Chicago and has written articles for national and international publications. He has taught at the University of Illinois, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.
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