The list: 101 top influential leaders in the U.S

For five consecutive years, we have been delivering to you the list of top influential leaders of the Hispanic community. It is a list that has become more powerful, but also harder to narrow down, and one that is marked by the sheer amount of emerging talent and leadership that s out there.

For the first time, this year the list is comprised by almost all Latinos, which is an interesting fact because it means that more and more, Latinos are taking a strong step forward towards leadership: and in the process they are successfully filling shoes that have traditionally Been filled by non-Latinos. This is a good thing. In fact, it is a mighty, powerful thing. It is a trend that we must not only celebrate, but we must also support.

Congratulations to all of these extraordinary men and women, for their achievements are helping make this great nation a better place to live in everyday.

001 MEXICO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGE: 83

DAVID V. AGUILAR

National Border Patrol Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Education: Graduate, John E Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Senior Executive Fellows

Residence: Washington, D.C

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Low

Who he is:

Born in the Rio Grande valley, Aguilar started his duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in June 1978, serving as Patrol Agent in charge of three diverse Border Patrol Stations in Texas from 1988 to August 1996. Promoted to Patrol Agent in Charge of the Dallas Border Patrol Station in January 1988, he was again promoted to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station in 1992; a hotbed of activity for narcotics interdiction along the

Texas-Mexico border. In 1995, Aguilar moved to the Brownsville Station, one of the largest Border Patrol Stations in the Central Region.

* Why he made the list:

Aguilar, Chief of the Border Patrol since July 1, 2004, weathered the 2007 storm of a no-confidence vote by his staff, claiming that his approach was too lenient. Aguilar admits “This line of defense does come with a price.” As the nation’s highest ranking Border Patrol officer, Chief Aguilar directs the enforcement efforts of more than 12,000 Border Patrol Agents nationwide. Chief Aguilar brings to the job the knowledge and expertise gained from 30 years of service with the Border Patrol, along with a clear understanding of the demands of the force he is in charge of.

Our Prediction:

Aguilar will find the balance and regain the confidence of his team. The next Commander-in Chief’s approach to Border Patrol will likely bring fresh opportunities for Aguilar’s expertise in conjunction with the “Secure Fence Act.”

Contact: U.S. Border Patrol (202) 344-1780

002 MEXICO HEALTH & SCIENCE AGE: 54

SERGIO AGUILAR-GAXIOLA

Chairman of the Board, National Mental Health Association.

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Education: M.D., Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico; Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Residence: Sacramento, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Originally from Mexico, Aguilar-Gaxiola is the founding director of UC Davis’ Center for Reducing Health Disparities, where he guides a multidisciplinary, community-focused, collaborative approach to studying and solving inequities in health access and quality of care.

Why he made the list:

In June of 2006, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola was named Chair of the board of Mental Health America, where he is expected to provide direction and leadership to the national organization and its over 320 Affiliates nationwide. Since 1993, he has been the Director of the Mexican-American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS) Project. Since 1999, the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Consortium. In early 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office honored Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola with a Minority Health’s National Minority Health Hispanic Community Leader Award. In 2007, he received the Excellence in Hispanic Mental Health Advocacy, Leadership, and Research Award from the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health.

Our Prediction:

As the head of the nation’s oddest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola will devote his best effort to increase the understanding

Contact: UC Davis (916) 703-9211

003 CHILE ARTS & FASHION AGE: 85

ISABEL ALLENDE

Author

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Education: Doctor of Letters, Bates College, Dominican College and Columbia College; Various honorary degrees.

Residence: San Rafael, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who she is:

Allende was born in Lima, Peru to diplomat Tomas Allende, the Chilean ambassador to Peru and Francisca Llona Barros, and first cousin, (once removed) of Salvador Allende, the President of Chile from 1970 to 1973. In 1973, after a coup where the president was assasinated, Isabel was forced to leave Chile due to her family ties with him. Allende, a writer in the “magic realism” tradition, is one of Latin America’s most successful women novelists. Her novels weave myth and realism. She lectured and taught literature at several US colleges. In 2003, Allende obtained U.S. citizenship.

Why she made the list:

Allende’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold more than 51 million copies. The Los Angeles Times has called Isabel Allende “a genius.” Recipient of many international awards, including the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, granted to writers “who have contributed to the beauty of the world,” she is founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, dedicated to supporting programs that promote and preserve the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected. Her memoir, The Sum of Our Days describes a family that endures drug addiction, death, betrayal and divorce. Allende’s courage is again on display. The book describes life [and death] with her family, which includes her son, Nicolas, husband, William Gordon; grandchildren and her departed daughter, Paula.

Our Prediction:

With the continued devotion of her legion of fans and three movies of her books currently in production–Aphrodite Eva Luna and Gift for a Sweetheart– Allende’s continued success and popularity are certain.

Contact: Isabel Allende Foundation (415) 289-0992

004 CUBA STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGE: 55

CARLOS ALVAREZ

Mayor, Miami-Dade County

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Education: B.B.A. from Florida International University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Carlos Alvarez became Mayor of Miami-Dade County on November 16, 2004, after a distinguished 28-year public service career that began in 1976, when he joined the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was promoted through all the civil service ranks and on March 31, 1997, he was appointed Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. For seven years, he managed a department of more than 5,000 employees and a budget of close to half a billion dollars. The father of two sons and one daughter, he arrived in the United States from Cuba with his family at the age of eight.

Why ha made the list:

Alvarez now oversees the day-to-day operations of Miami-Dade County government, which employs more than 30,000 employees and operates with a budget of close to $7 billion dollars. His focus includes Miami-Bade County’s two largest economic engines, Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, which combined generate more than $365 billion dollars and 352,000 jobs for our local economy; and improving transportation. Highlights of his administration include the launch of Miami-Bade County 3-1-1 Answer Center, the Mayor’s Initiative on Aging, and The Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force. He has been a strong supporter of planned growth, and fought hard to protect the Urban Development Boundary to ensure future generations will have sufficient clean water, a healthy economy and social well-being.

Our Prediction:

His career in public service will continue, perhaps advancing to the state level or even a run for Congress.

Contact: Miami Dade County Office (305) 375-5071

005 CUBA CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 58

RALPH ALVAREZ

President, COO, McDonald’s North America

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Education: B.B.A., University of Miami

Residence: Oak Brook, Illinois

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Alvarez first incursion in the world of fast-food happened in 1977 when he was hired by Burger King. Alvarez joined McDonald’s in 1994 after a lengthy career at Burger King Corporation and later with Wendy’s International, Inc. In 2004, he was promoted to president of McDonalds’ USA division, and shortly thereafter to President of McDonald’s North America. In this role, Alvarez is responsible for the complete operations of McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

Why he made the list:

Elected to the Board of Directors effective Jan, 2008, President and COO of McDonald’s North America, Alvarez oversees the operations of more than 15,000 restaurants in total–as well as the finance and strategic planning functions of the company. Thanks to Alvarez’s savvy vision, McDonalds now includes coffee drinks–in response to Starbucks strategy- and several healthier choices in its menu. In addition, recognizing the increasing buying power of the Latino market, Alvarez and his staff have pioneered a unique ad campaign that blends mainstream and Hispanic diversity in a series of bilingual ads.

Our Prediction:

The fast food industry took a licking from the health conscious sector. McDonalds was forced to assess their role in the wave of obesity. Alvarez responded by revamping the menu with salads and lighter choices. Watch him continue to reinvent the brand.

Contact: McDonald’s (800) 244-6227

006 COLUMBIA CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 43

ORLANDO AYALA

Senior Vice President, Unlimited Potential Group, Microsoft

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Residence: Redmond, WA

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

Senior Vice President Orlando Ayala co-leads the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft Corp. This group is charged with spearheading efforts to close the digital divide by creating new products and programs that will help bring social and economic opportunity to billions of consumers. Born in Colombia, Ayala earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. Joining NCR in 1981, he held international assignments, including as sales manager for Mexico. He joined Microsoft in 1991 as the senior director of the Latin America region, where he handed in a 90 percent increase in revenue over four years.

Why he made the list:

Whatever he touches turns to gold. Ayala is committed to driving innovative partnerships among Microsoft, governments, nongovernmental organizations and individuals to improve access to technology and education. Spectacularly successful as product and sales manager for Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, MS’s intercontinental revenue similarly doubled to more than $1 billion when he took on the role of senior vice president of that region. As senior vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partner Group, Ayala leading Microsoft’s strategic focus on the rapidly growing market of small and midsize businesses, as well as the extensive channel of sales and services partners. Simultaneously he has taken on a unique dual role at Microsoft by serving as the chief operating officer of Microsoft Dynamics[TM].

Our Prediction:

With his passion for education and outreach to improve the lives of consumers, and extraordinary sales acumen, Ayala’s future is unlimited. Watch him continue to be a huge force for economic growth and change internationally.

Contact: Microsoft (503) 443-7170

007 MEXICO MEDIA & ADVERTISING AGE: 39

EMILIO AZCARRAGA JEAN

CEO, Grupo Televisa

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Education: B.B.A. In Business Management

Residence: South Beach, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

The son of Mexican media mogul Emilio Azcarraga Milmo and French citizen Nadine Jean, Azcarraga Jean leads Grupo Televisa, currently Mexico’s leading broadcaster. Azcarraga took the reins of Grupo Televisa, now Mexico’s leading broadcaster, after his father passed away in 1997. He is one of Latin America’s richest business persons with a fortune estimated at 1.6 billion dollars according to Forbes. A Board Member of Telefonos de Mexico, Univision and Banamex, Azcarraga owns almost 15% of the company’s outstanding shams.

Why he made the list:

Azcarraga’s a man with vision. He recently invested in Spot Runner, a revolutionary ad firm, along with the LVMH Group. Televisa, the world’s largest Spanish-speaking media company, is Mexico’s market leader, with an approximate 70 percent average audience sham. The mix of telenovelas, variety shows, entertainment, news, sports and movies plays on four national networks. His company is dominating the landscape of communications in all of Latin America. His contract with Univision forces Univision to broadcast a percentage of Televisa-produced contents.

Our Prediction:

Azcarraga’s Televisa EMI Music will develop and market music, as well as produce TV-advertised compilation albums. Expect his billions to multiply.

Contact: Televisa (305) 492-1600

ANDREA BAZAN-MANSON

President of Triangle Community Foundation

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Education: MSW in social work and a MPH in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Residence: Durham, NC

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

Born in Boston, Bazan emigrated to Argentina with her family as a toddler. The family returned to the U.S when she was 14 and settled in New Orleans. President of Triangle Community Foundation since 2004, she guides the strategic vision of the twenty-five-year-old foundation and oversees the stewardship of approximately $140 million in assets housed in nearly 700 charitable funds.

Why she made the list:

As the president of one of the largest foundations in the southeast, Bazan is perfectly poised to impact the growing Latino population in the region. So far, her work at the foundation has translated to other neighboring states in the region and contributed to the growing immigration debate at the national level. Founded in 1983, Triangle Community Foundation funds range in size from $10,000 to $10 million, primarily for the benefit of Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties in North Carolina. Triangle Community Foundation gave more than $13 million in grants to nonprofits, schools and community efforts last year, raising the total value of grants made since the Foundation’s inception to more than $120 million. Bazan is currently a member of the NC Institute of Medicine. She is also vice-chair for the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza

Our Prediction:

Considering her experience and strategic position, geographically and socially, as it pertains to the immigration debate, we’d like to see Bazan considered for a cabinet level appointment from the incoming administration.

Contact: Triangle Community Foundation (919) 474-8370

009 MEXICO US CONGRESS AGE: 50

XAVIER BECERRA

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Education: B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Becerra has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing California’s 31st congressional district, which is based in Los Angeles. He was born in Sacramento, California, and was a lawyer, and a staff member for California State Senator Art Torres, Deputy Attorney-General of California, and a member of the California State Assembly before entering the House. He’s the only member of Congress from Southern California on the Committee on Ways and Means. Rep. Becerra is assistant to the Speaker in the 110th United States Congress.

Why he made the list:

As the assistant to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Becerra’s influence in congress has become quite strong. He’s also bold. Becerra ran for mayor of Los Angeles in 2001. Finishing with 6 percent of the primary vote, behind then California State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, and the winner, then-City Attorney James Hahn. In January 2008, Becerra formally endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President.

Our Prediction:

Count on Xavier to be in the Obama dreamcatcher team for the final leg of the journey. Antonio backed Hillary, so Xavier is in position for sweet rewards, leading the cadre of young, White House fast track.

Contact: U.S. Congress (202) 225-6235

010 SPAIN CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 64

ALAIN J.P. BELDA

CEO, ALCOA

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Education: B.A. in Economics from MacKenzie University, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Born in Morocco to a Spanish father and Portuguese mother, Belda moved to Brazil at three years of age, then to Canada at age 13. He joined ALCOA, the world’s leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities in 1969 after accepting a post at the company’s Brazilian affiliate, ALCOA Aluminio. He was named president of ALCOA Aluminio in 1979, then vice president of the parent company in 1982. In 1995, he was elevated to Vice Chairman, then chief operating officer in 1997, and finally prosident in 1999. He advanced to the top tier in 2001.

Why he made the list:

Belda’s reputation for business has earned him notice among other business-related entities. In his first three years as CEO of ALCOA, he managed to keep the company afloat despite a tough, down economy, and he has managed to help the company grow in the years that have followed. In addition to his work at ALCOA, Belda directs CitiGroup and DuPont and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Conference Board and Brown University.

Our Prediction:

Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship Program, responding to the calls for greener manufacturing will help to counter the negative publicity of alleged bribes and resulting pension losses in Bahrain. Expect Belda to re-group in his trademark savvy way.

Contact: ALCOA (212) 836-2600

011 MEXICO FINANCE AGE: 57

FRED R. BUENROSTRO JR.

CEO, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

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Education: J.D. McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Residence: Sacramento, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

Born in California of Mexican descent, Fred Buenrostro has years of service in public administration in the Golden State. Among other posts, he’s served as the chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Personnel Administration, Deputy and Legal Counsel in the State Controller’s Office, and Assistant Executive Secretary of the Victims of Violent Crimes Program prior to becoming CalPERS’ Chief Executive Officer in December 2002. CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund, handles over $2.5 Billion in member contributions and provides retirement and health benefits to more than 1.4 million current and retired California public employees and their families.

Why he made the list:

As the System’s seventh CEO, Buenrostro oversees employees, budget, and operations spanning investments, health, and retirement benefits administration, actuarial and employer services, and other supplemental programs. Buenrostro joined CalPERS with more than 25 years experience in public service, including more than 15 years on both the CalPERS and California State Teachers’ Retirement System Boards. In April, 2008, Buenrostro made the stunning announcement that he would retire from public service, thus relinquishing his post as CalPers long standing chief.

Our Prediction:

With his vast experience in the funding system, expect Buenrostro to take a short, breathing break and then resurface as the head of a large and profitable private fund.

Contact: California Public Employees Retirement System (800) 260-0659

012 PUERTO RICO ENTERTAINMENT AGE: 30-29

CALLE 13

Rene Perez a.k.a Residente / Eduardo Cabra a.k.a. Visitante

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Education: Residente Sound Design Savannah College of Art and Design, Visitante, Computer Science

Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who they are:

The Activists of Alternative Reggaeton; Calle 13 is a five-time Latin Grammy Award and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican hip hop and alternative-reggaeton duo formed by half-brothers Rene Perez Joglar born in Hato Rey, a subsection of San Juan, Puerto Rico), who calls himself Residente (lead singer, writer) and Eduardo Jose Cabra Martinez, born in Santurce, another subsection of San Juan) who calls himself Visitante (multi-instrumentalist, particularly keyboards, vocals, beat producer).Their sister Ileana (aka PG-13), and Residente’s mother, Puerto Rican actress Flor Joglar de Gracia also sing with them.

Why they made the list:

They are masterful musicians, smart, subversive visual and audial prophets and activists. Their ironic messages bubble up from their urban roots and stress edgy nonviolence, earthy sexuality and political transparency. Not limited to a ‘tropical’ sound, their theatrical style has captured the imagination of several generations, and inspired change. Calle 13 recently performed to sell-out crowds in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina and in the United States, including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 27, 2008. While Visitante is strongly influenced by electronica, world music, Latin American folk and popular music, Residente’s style is full of sarcasm, satire, parody and shock value; it uses Puerto Rican slang and Spanglish, allegory, and stylistically has been compared to Eminem.

Our Prediction:

Calle 13 blows up. Expect them to fully cross-over as the Latin tidal wave continues, garnering support from U.S. on-air play. Their albums Calle 13, and Residente o Visitante, have been hailed as cornerstones in Puerto Rico’s musical history.

Contact: La Calle 13 (787) 977-1804

013 CUBA THIRD SECTOR AGE: 57

DIANA CAMPOAMOR

President, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)

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Education: M.A. in Communications, University of Miami

Residence: San Francisco, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

Born in Cuba, Diana is a naturalized US citizen who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining HIP, Campoamor served as a director at the Shalan Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the United Way and the YWCA. She holds an MA in Communications from the University of Miami and a BA from the University of Florida. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Horizons Foundation, BRAVA! for Women in the Arts, as well as several other nonprofit organizations.

Why she made the list:

With Campoamor at the helm and through the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, HIP has raised over $32 million from 159 donors and has made grants to 424 Latino-led nonprofits across the Americas. Over the past three years, the Collaborative has dispersed more than $19 million to over 250 Latinoled, Latino-serving nonprofits. Of those, Campoamor estimates that half are run by Latinas.

Our Prediction:

As Funders’ Collaborative enters a new phase, Campoamor is creating bridges that recognize current trends and that build on its strong foundation. Under her leadership, the HIP will continue to bloom.

Contact: Hispanics in Philanthropy (415) 837-0427

014 CUBA POLITICAL ADVISORS AGE: 60

ALBERTO “AL” CARDENAS

Lawyer and Lobbyist

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Education: Cardenas received his associate’s degree from Miami Dade Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.

Residence: Tallahassee, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE UST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Alberto “Al” R. Cardenas is a partner in the law firm of Tew Cardenas. He has been named as one of Washington D.C.’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper. Cardenas is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University (FAMU) Active in the Republican Party, having sewed three terms as Vice-Chairman and two -terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, he was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Party, the highest policy-making board at the Republican National Committee.

Why he made the list:

Cardenas is the first Hispanic to lead a major state party and remains entrenched as the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history. After Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980, the President-elect chose Cardenas for his transition team. Former President George H. W. Bush appointed AI to the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association from 1985 to 1990. He served on the President’s Trade Policy Commission. Jeb Bush appointed Cardenas as a member of the Board of Trustees to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Cardenas is also a national board member of the American Conservative Union. With the election looming and Florida’s age/demographic playing a large role, the sunshine state will surely see lobbyist-friendly candidate McCain preaching to Cardena’s choir. He might even forgive him for backing Mitt Romney.

Our Prediction:

Watch Cardenas’ Carpe Diem in the hottest race ever.

Contact: Tew Cardenas LLP (850) 222-8900

015 PUERTO RICO STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGE: 47

ADOLFO CARRION

12th Borough President of the Bronx

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Education: M.A. in Public Planning, Hunter College

Residence: City Island, Bronx, New York

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

The Bronx’s chief executive and highest ranking Latino elected official in the State of New York, Carrion is the son of a Protestant minister and he himself served as an associate pastor and school teacher before leaving for a selfless role of public service. Obtaining his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, he worked for the New York City Department of City Planning, becoming district manager for the Community Board overseeing the delivery of services to over 150,000 residents. In 1997, Carrion was elected to serve on the Bronx City Council, 14th District, where he sat on the Economic Development, Education, Higher Education, Environmental Protection, Governmental Operations and Land Use committees.

Why he made the list:

Carrion has toiled long and hard for improved schools and housing, more jobs at a living wage and safer streets for Bronx families. Believing that leadership and accountability go hand in hand, Carrion challenged residents, and himself, to look for outcomes and not just promises in assessing the progress and growth essential to the future of the borough’s over 1.4 million people. The Bronx leads the way in providing housing opportunities for people of all incomes in the borough. Carrion created The Bronx at Work Housing Series to address critical housing needs for both consumers and developers and has hosted an Annual Free Homebuyers Fair, a symposium on Market Approaches to Affordable Housing and created the Bronx Homebuyer Education Initiative Program.

Our Prediction:

The media frequently speculated that Carrion would be a candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2009. However, he has announced his candidacy for New York City Comptroller in 2009. It could be an easy win.

Contact: The Bronx Burrough (718) 590-3500

016 PUERTO RICO FINANCE AGE: 55

RICHARD L. CARRION

Chairman and CEO, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

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Education: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

A scion of one of Puerto Rico’s wealthiest families, Carrion became Chairman and CEO of BPPR in 1991, following his father’s death. Carrion, who chose to pursue higher education in the United States, earned a BBA from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from MIT. He returned to Puerto Rico to work at the bank and after taking over, managed to diversify it and turn it into an impressive portfolio of companies.

Why he made the list:

As Chairman of the largest Hispanic-owned bank in North America, and one of the 30 most important financial institutions in the Americas. Carrion has led the way through numerous innovations in the company such as its expansion through the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. The company currently boasts over $45 billion in consolidated assets. After fully recovering from a money laundering scandal a few years ago in Puerto Rico, Carrion has become an advocate for more clarity from the government as to what is expected of banking entities in terms of monitoring customers. In March 2005, Carrion signed a five-year agreement that made his Banco Popular the official bank of the New York Mets.

Our Prediction:

With the ad campaign “En Mi Banco Se Puede”, expect Carrion’s business to regain the strength that many feared his company had lost, and recover his place at the top as the Latino banking icon.

Contact: Popular, Inc. (800) 377-0800

017 ECUADOR CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 53

EDUARDO CASTRO WRIGHT

President & CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, U.S.A.

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Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Residence: Bentonville, Arkansas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Native Ecuadorian, Eduardo was the President of Nabisco Asia Pacific from 1995 to 1998. The grandson of a successful grocery store owner, Castro Wright learned the ropes of the retail business at a very young age. At Nabisco, he was also a member of the company’s Executive Committee, representing Nabisco International. He then worked as President and CEO of Nabisco Mexico from 1994 to 1995 and of Nabisco Venezuela from 1991 to 1994; and before that he held several General Management positions for the same company in Latin America.

Why he made the list:

Castro Wright transitioned from heading Wal-Mart’s division in Mexico to becoming COO and most recently CEO of the company’s profitable Stores division. His global experience undoubtedly a key factor in his success, Castro Wright has now positioned himself among the most powerful leaders of corporate America today. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based Company, which reported full year profits in 2004 of over $10 billion, has given Castro Wright the critical task of running its largest division. Since Wright became CEO, the company has revamped its retail management and introduced a new focus on specific customer segments. It has also launched a major remodeling of 1,800 stores in 18 months, is shifting staffs to better match customer flows, and is emphasizing “value” instead of simply the lowest price.

Our Prediction:

Just as his ascent has been meteoric, expect Eduardo’s savvy and overall global experience to pay off big in bringing Wal-Mart back to its profit behemoth status of yesteryears, and to again break Wal-Mart’s already amazing profit records.

Contact: Wal-Mart Stores (479) 273-4314

018 MEXICO MEDIA & ADVERTISING AGE: 53

THOMAS H. CASTRO

President and CEO, Border Media Partners, LLC

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Education: B.A. Government, Harvard College

Residence: Houston, Texas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

A native of Watts, California, Tom Castro grew up in a working<lass family and received a scholarship to attend Harvard; the first member of his family to go to college. Prior to entering the radio business Castro founded an oilfield import company in Mexico City. He began his own radio business in 1979 becoming the youngest radio station owner in the country at the time. In 2003, Castro founded Border Media Partners (BMP) with a few radio stations in Texas. BMP's stations throughout Texas appeal to wide tastes in music and news/talk.

Why he made the list:

BMP is the best-capitalized Latino start-up business in U.S. history, having raised $275 million in its first 30 months of operations. The company has since raised an additional $55 million. BMP is also the largest privately-owned, Hispanic-targeted radio company in the U.S.

with 35 stations in 5 Texas markets reaching both U.S. and Mexican nationals serving I out of 5 Hispanics who live and shop in the U.S. Castro is a board member of Time Warner Cable, a Fortune I00 company and also is the Founding Chairman of the New America Alliance, a national group of Latino business people dedicated to giving back to the community and increasing access to capital for Latino companies. Castro is active in civic and political affairs, both in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Our Prediction:

With Clear Channel Communications selling 448 of its nearly 1,200 stations, BMP is in a position to more than double its number of station holdings to an easy 70 or more. Expect BMP to significantly increase its revenues and profits in 2008.

Contact: Border Media Partners (713) 968-4400

019 MEXICO BUSINESS OWNERS AGE: 79

LLOYD G. CHAVEZ, SR.

Chairman of the Board, Burt Automotive Network

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Education: B.A. in Business Administration, University of Denver

Residence: Denver, CO

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

The Colorado native is the son of a hardworking ranch hand. An all-state quarterback in high school, Chavez was offered football scholarships to the University of Denver, University of Colorado and Colorado State University. It was wartime, though, and he deferred all offers in favor of joining the Navy in 1946. When he returned home, Chavez went to college and received a business administration degree. His first job was as a car salesman at Burt Chevrolet in Englewood, Colorado. He quickly worked his way up to become general manager and finally bought the business in 1987.

Why he made the list:

The extremely successful Burt Automotive Network operates 14 franchises that sell GM, Ford, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and Honda products. The business-savvy Chavez has embraced technology in a way few auto dealers have, despite it being the 21st-century. At the company’s website, a buyer can get pre-qualified for a loan, compare and contrast models, or schedule a service appointment. The WWII vet’s dedication to wireless networking and other technological advances has helped Burr Automotive grow and maintain its earnings of more than $2 billion per year, often ranking it among the top ten Hispanic-run businesses. Burt Automotive also takes good care of its 900 employees. With a comprehensive benefits package, the “t” in Burt seems to stand for their slogan of “trust and integrity.”

Our Prediction:

In the fast-growing Denver area, Chavez’ company has wisely acquired 270 acres of land. With Lloyd’s son as the President and CEO of Burt Automotive, there’s little doubt that Chavez Jr. will follow the family tradition of innovation, success and profitability.

Contact: Burt Automotive Network (800) 535-2878

020 MEXICO HEALTH * SCIENCE AGE: 51

FRANCISCO CIGARROA

President of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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Education: B.S., Yale, MD University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Third president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Francisco Cigarroa is a nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon. The first Hispanic in the United States to lead a health science university, and a native of Laredo, Cigarroa received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1983. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society. Dr. Cigarroa was chief resident at Harvard’s teaching hospital, Massachusetts General in Boston, and a fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Why he made the list:

As one of America’s pre-eminent Latino surgeons, Cigarroa is an inspiration to those who would follow in his footsteps. At Harvard, he received the prestigious Marshall K. Bartlett Surgical Research Award; presented to only one surgical resident per year. “Francisco is as good a surgeon as one could ever find,” said Dr. Charles Ferguson, director of the Surgical Residency Program at Harvard Medical School. “l cannot say enough positive things about him.” At the Health Science Center facility in San Antonio, Cigarroa was on the surgical team that in 1997 split a donor liver for transplant into two recipients; it was the first operation of its type in Texas. A recipient of his profession’s highest honors, Dr. Cigarroa has blazed numerous medical trails.

Our Prediction:

Cigarroa, son of a physician, understands the value of passing on the torch. At The University of Texas Health Science Center, Cigarroa will mentor and inspire hundreds of future healers.

Contact: UT Health Science Center (210) 567-7000

021 VENEZUELA MEDIA & ADVERTISING AGE: 62

GUSTAVO CISNEROS

Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies

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Education: M.B.A, Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania

Residence: New York, New York / Caracas, Venezuela

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Cisneros is a Venezuelan-born media mogul of Cuban descent. A mass media tycoon with substantial holdings in AOL, Coca-Cola, DirecTV and Pizza Hut in Latin America, Univision in the U.S. and Venevision, Venezuela’s largest television network. Born in Caracas to a trucker, Cisneros comes from a line of entrepreneurs. His father founded his own trucking company in 1929, and at the age of 23, Gustavo took over that business. Today, he is the CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies and spends his free time networking with politicians, celebrities and literati.

Why he made the list:

He is among the world’s richest men according to Forbes magazine, which estimates his fortune at $6 billion. The New York limes calls Cisneros, “one of Latin America’s most powerful figures” and says he and his wife, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, have a reputation for being “a Latin American power couple in business and the global social scene.” The Cisneros Group is one of the world’s largest privately-held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations. Using its massive technology for good, Fundacion Cisneros sponsors Professional Development for Teachers, leveraging distance challenges with technologies, creating comprehensive training, and CL@SE–the world’s first pan-regional, commercial-free educational television channel. The ultimate kudo? New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s gallery named in his and wife Gallena’s honor.

Our Prediction:

Cisneros deftly balances charitable acts with success. His killing in the mobile phone market can only be good news for his philanthropic interests,

Contact: Cisneros Group of Companies +58-212-781-5066 (Venezuela)

022 MEXICO OPINION LEADERS AGE: 59

HENRY G. CISNEROS

Executive Chairman, City View

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Education: Ph.D. in Public Administration, George Washington University

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Henry Cisneros was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1947. In 1975, he was elected to the San Antonio City Council, becoming the youngest councilperson in the city’s history and was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 1981. He served four terms as mayor. In 1992 Cisneros became the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration. A former president of Univision and a founding member of the New America Alliance; Cisneros is the Executive Chairman of City View, a company dedicated to developing housing in cities across the country. He served on the board of Fortune 500 company; Countrywide Financial Corp from 2001 to 2007.

Why he made the list:

During his career, Cisneros has assisted Latinos to reach political office, has been instrumental in increasing Hispanic voter participation in elections, and has been successful in both business and politics. In August 2000, Henry Cisneros formed American City Vista, which was later transformed into CityView, with Cisneros as the Executive Chairman and Joel Shine as President. With offices in Santa Monica, California, Chicago, Illinois, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, CityView provides financing to housing developers and manages more than $700 million in three institutional capital funds targeted to building communities of homes for working families. CityView is now partnered in financing more than 6,000 homes in 30 communities across 14 states around the nation with a value of homes equivalent to $2 billion.

Our Prediction:

Cisneros will continue to be an innovative leader, particularly through his involvement with an innovating program called “Our Pledge”, which aims at incorporating illegal immigrants into the legal community of the U.S.

Contact: City View (210) 228-9574

023 U.S.A. U.S. CONGRESS–PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2008! AGE: 46

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Junior U.S. Senator, Illinois

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Education: J.D., Harvard Law School

Residence: Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Dorothy Rodham and the late Hugh Rodham. Her father was a small businessman and her mother a homemaker. She is married to former President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton and has one daughter, Chelsea. On November 7, 2000, Hillary was elected to the United States Senate by the people of New York, after years of public service on behalf of children and families. She is the first First Lady of the USA elected to public office and the first woman to run for the presidency.

Why she made the list:

The first woman to run for President of the United States, Rodham made history. She first made her mark as a Senator after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and worked with her colleagues to secure the funds New York needed to rebuild. A strong advocate for national health care reform, a cause she took on while still a first lady, Clinton has refused to give up on her chance to become president, even as the nation appears to favor her opponent, Senator Barrack Obama.

What she brings for Latinos:

Clinton supports a guest worker program that enables guest workers to gain citizenship, universal coverage through affordable health care options for all citizens and a limit on war funding.

Our Prediction:

Obama has the support of the people, and the delegates, going into the Democratic Convention. If he is ratified as the official candidate for the Democrats, he may well become the first African-American President.

Contact: U.S. Senate (202) 224-4451

024 CUBA CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 60

ARMANDO M. CODINA

Chairman and CEO, Flagler Development

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Education: Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, Florida International University

Residence: Coral Gables, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

A Cuban-American self-made millionaire, Codina’s first venture was the creation of Professional Automated Services, Inc. (P.A.S.), a firm created in 1970 to provide data processing services to physicians. As a result of the firm’s success, Codina is recognized as a pioneer in the development of comprehensive medical management systems, including processing, accounts receivable, management reporting and multiple financial services. In 2006, Codina Group and Flagler Development merged into one company, thus establishing one of the most respected real estate investment, development, construction, brokerage and property management firm corporations in Florida.

Why he made the list:

One of the most respected and sought-after figures of the Hispanic community, Codina has established himself not only as a highly successful entrepreneur, but also as an invaluabte board member of various large, U.S. based corporations. Having served on the Advisory Board for the Panama Canal, Codina currently serves on the Board of Directors of AMR Corp., BellSouth, General Motors and most recently, Merrill Lynch. Codina was appointed Lead Director of BellSouth in 2006.A prominent figure in Miami politics, Florida Energy, and real estate, Codina has had a close relationship with the Bush family since the 1980 Presidential Campaign of George W. Bush.

Our Prediction:

With the added resources acquired from the merger with Flager. expect Codina to reach for even more ambitious, and higher profit yielding real estate developments.

Contact: Flagler Development (305) 520-2300

025 PUERTO RICO HEALTH & SCIENCE AGE: 47

DEIRDRE CONNELLY

President, Eli Lilly U.S.A.

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Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Lyncoming College; Advanced Management Program, Harvard University

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Deirdre Connelly is president of U.S. Operations for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. Before her appointment as president, Deirdre was the vice president of human resources for pharmaceutical operations since May 2004. In October, 2006, Connelly was named as one of the 50 most powerful women in business by Fortune Magazine. In 1984, she moved to San Juan as a marketing associate. After several moves within the company, she returned to Indianapolis in 1997. Her star continued to ascend until she found herself in her lofty position of today.

Why she made the list:

Connelly, who began as a sales rep in 1983, goes under cover routinely to keep her finger on the pulse. On a recent secret mission in Indianapolis, she described how a pharmacist ignored her three times before returning to sign for samples. When Connelly told the doc she didn’t have samples but just wanted to chat for a minute, he stepped back, irritated, and asked to see her card. She handed it to him. “President, Lilly USA, he read. President? President of what?” Appointed president in June 2005, she is also senior vice president of human resources for the company and is a member of the operations committee and senior management council.

Our Prediction:

Health-care focused Americans will appreciate Connelly’s approach to the truth. The pharmaceuticals arena is ripe for revamping. This is a challenge and an opportunity, a combination that Connelly understands.

Contact: Eli Lilly & Co. (317) 276-2000

026 MEXICO FINANCE AGE: 51

MARIA CONTRERAS- SWEET

Promerica Bank

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Education: B.A., Political Science, CSU, Los Angeles

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

As a mover and shaker in California economics and politics, Maria Contreras- Sweet has spent much of her professional life enriching the quality of life for others. She has distinguished herself as a leader in business and finance, transportation, energy and health care.

Why she made the list:

Maria Contreras-Sweet is the first Latina to hold a cabinet-level position in California under Governor Gray Davis as Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing. Promerica Bank is the first Latino-owned business to open in Los Angeles in the last thirty five years. Contreras-Sweet also headed the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the California Highway. As an effective housing advocate, she led the implementation of Proposition 46, a $21-billion housing fund designed to stimulate the state’s economy. She also provided leadership in the health care industry by creating the state’s first Department of Managed Health Care to advance and streamline HMO delivery systems. She also served on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross of California.

Our Prediction:

Hispanics have benefited greatly from the leadership and contributions of Maria Contreras- Sweet. Look for the winner of last years’ Latino Spirit Award to continue to champion the rights of Latinos as well as provide healthcare, housing and employment to the Latin community.

Contact: Promerica Bank (213) 613-5000

027 MEXICO CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 59

FRANCE A. CORDOVA

President, Purdue University, Indiana

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Education: PhD. in Physics, California Institute of Technology

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who she is:

Born August 5, 1947, in Paris the daughter of a Mexican American and West Point graduate, Codova attended Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in English. After reaching success as ah author and guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine, Cordova returned to school to study physics. She earned a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. Later, as Chief Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Cordova became the youngest person and the first woman ever to hold that position.

Why she made the list:

Cordova, the 11th President of Purdue University in Indiana, is a groundbreaker. The first woman and first Hispanic to lead Purdue, in her previous job as Chancellor of UC Riverside, Cordova became the first Hispanic woman to lead a University of California campus as a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

An internationally recognized astrophysicist, Cordova has also served as Chief Scientist at NASA from 1993 to 1996, as the primary scientific advisor and the principal interface between NASA headquarters and the broader scientific community. She spearheads initiatives to fund and support research and is committed to funding student work. She has received many honors for her work, including a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Our Prediction:

Expect Cordova to use her visibility to encourage young Latinos and Latinas to pursue careers in science, and to advance the field through aggressive research.

Contact Purdue University (317) 484-1824

028 CUBA FINANCE AGE: 46

ERNESTO DE LA FE

Managing Director and Head of Latin America, Morgan Stanley

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Education: B.B.A., University of Miami

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Originally from Cuba, Ernesto de la Fe is a results oriented leader and business builder with a strong track record of achievement. He has over twenty years of experience in global financial markets with an extensive background in wealth management, private banking, and mid-tier institutional sales. He is active in community and professional organizations including serving as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Public Health Trust, and on the boards of the Florida International Bankers Association, the New America Alliance Institute, Baypoint Schools (for at risk boys), Belen Jesuit Prep School and the Cuba Study Group.

Why he made the list:

During his tenure in the financial industry, de la Fe has created one of the most productive and profitable sales forces covering Latin America of any major global investment bank. As a regional manager for Lehman Brothers, he was instrumental in more than doubling the region’s revenues for the company within a three year period. As a result of his efforts, his group ranked among the highest revenue per broker of any major firm covering the Latin American market. Recently, he was honored by the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America with the 2007 Hispanic Heritage Community Leader Award.

Our Prediction:

Doing what he’s proven to do best, de la Fe will continue to exceed expectations, this time for Morgan Stanley, and will bring that company, his third consecutive in the industry, to a new level of success.

Contact: Morgan Stanley (212) 762-7064

029 MEXICO SPORTS AGE: 35

OSCAR DE LA HOYA

Boxer, Promoter, Singer

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Education: Secondary

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

As a child in East L.A., Oscar De La Hoya was bullied in the schoolyard. After one particularly violent encounter, he asked his father, a former boxer, how to defend himself. Papa obliged and today this young Mexican-American is one of the best boxers in history, lovingly referred to by his many fans as “The Golden Boy.”

Why he made the list:

Almost since he first started boxing professionally, De La Hoya exhibited incredible business savvy and he continues to diversify his company. Most recently, he acquired a majority interest in the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer team. He first shocked the boxing world at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he overcame heavy odds and won the gold for the United States. De La Hoya is now the head of the appropriately named company Golden Boy Productions. In 2001, he stepped into the ring as a promoter, making him one of a select few professional boxers to do so. He is also a personal fighter: inspired by his mother’s memory, he makes a conscious effort to support the Latino community in all his endeavors, professional and philanthropic. His heart is as mighty as his punch.

Our Prediction:

Fresh off the victory against Steve Forbes, de la Hoya plans to box only twice more and then retire this year. Without a match to train for, we hope he accomplishes one more dream and pursues that degree in architecture he’s always wanted.

Contact: Golden Boy Promotions (213) 489-5631

030 DOMINICAN R. ARTS & FASHION AGE: 75

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

Fashion Designer

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Education: B.F.A., Madrid, Spain

Residence: New York, NY / Punta Cana, D.R

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

One of the world’s leading fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic and studied painting in Madrid, Spain. There, he fell in love with fashion design and landed an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga. He worked at the Lanvin Paris house and Elizabeth Arden before he started his own label in 1965. He owns residences in New York, Connecticut and the Dominican Republic where he divides his spare time.

Why he made the list:

With a fortune estimated at $100 million, de la Renta is one of the wealthiest Latinos in America. The choice designer for celebs as diverse as Sarah Jessica Parker, and Penelope Cruz, as well as theme first ladies, and most recently, the wedding dress for Jenna Bush, de la Renta has a style that is classic but fresh. His high-profile status offers the opportunity to speak for millions. He supports the arts as a board member of the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall. In 2000, he received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes from the King of Spain. He has also helped build two much-needed schools in the Dominican Republic, incorporating orphanages and day-care centers for more than 1,500 children.

Our Prediction:

His fashions continue to tantalize while he continues to develop his role as a Latino Leader of international proportions We’d like to see him as a guest judge on the next season of Project Runway.

031 CUBA CORPORATE LEADERS AGE: 56

RALPH DE LA VEGA

President and CEO, AT&T Mobility

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Education: MBA from Northern Illinois University and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia

Residence: Atlanta, Georgia

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Born in Cuba, De La Vega came to the U.S. under the “Operation Peter Pan” program. He started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. He served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless from 2004-2006, responsible for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.

Why he made the list:

In 2004, he helped execute one of the biggest mergers in business history and the largest cash merger ever–the combination of Cingular and AT&T Wireless–to form the largest wireless company in the U.S. AT&T reported strong first-quarter results, highlighted by a significant ramp in consolidated revenue growth, led by improved results in wireless and enterprise, and further expansion of wireless and consolidated margins. This marked AT&T’S twelfth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in adjusted earnings per share. AT&T’ first quarter revenues totaled $30.7 billion, up 6.1 percent versus reported results in the year-earlier quarter and up 4.6 percent compared with first-quarter 2007.

De la Vega he is a member of the Board of Directors of both Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Boy Scouts of America.

Our Prediction:

Already a community leader, we anticipate that Ralph will take on a more visible platform, perhaps in a philanthropic organization.

Contact: AT&T (201) 238-2117

032 MEXICO JUDICIAL SYSTEM AGE: 47

ROCKARD “ROCKY” DELGADILLO

L.A. City Attorney

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Education: J.D. Columbia Law School, Harvard University

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

A native of the Eastside of Los Angeles, Rocky Delgadillo became the highest-ranking Latino to win citywide office in more than 100 years when he was elected Los Angeles City Attorney on June 5, 2001. Running unopposed, he was re-elected in March 2005 to a second four-year term.

Why he made the list:

In his first term, Delgadillo more than tripled the number of gang injunctions in the city to 22, while effective legal work by his team helped bring to a close the Rampart scandal at a substantial savings.

Not content to just do a good job, Delgadillo has introduced innovative programs as preventive measures. He created Operation Bright Future, a tough anti-truancy program that targets sixth-graders with excessive absences and teaches their parents about the importance of education and ultimately holds parents legally responsible for making sure their kids go to school. His signature program is the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program that places prosecutors in the neighborhoods, to get to know residents on a first-name basis, and attack quality-of-life crimes where they occur.

Our Prediction:

He’s a natural leader, constantly searching for new solutions to age-old problems. If he continues to build on his accomplishments, we see a long and successful political career for Delgadillo.

Contact: Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office {213) 978-8100

033 CUBA STATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGE: 53

MANUEL “MANNY” DIAZ

Mayor, City of Miami

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Education: J.D. University of Miami School of Law

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

Diaz immigrated to the United States with his mother, Elisa, in 1961 and grew up in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. First elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005, Diaz is now recognized as one of America’s most innovative mayors, chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president beginning in the summer of 2008.

Why he made the list:

Diaz exhibits foresight and creativity when addressing the city’s challenges. Plans have included a billion dollar Capital Improvement Plan to rebuild the city’s infrastructure without levying new taxes and Miami 21, a land use and zoning master plan that incorporates new urbanism and smart growth. He is a signatory to the Mayor’s Climate Protection agreement, pledging to reduce global warming emissions, promote “Green Building” throughout the City, and convert the city fleet to hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicles by 2012.

Private investment has poured into Miami, increasing to well over $30 billion worth of development projects. This boom has dramatically improved Miami’s tax base, which grew by over $7 billion in 2006 to a new all-time high of $34 billion.

Our Prediction:

Where there’s a boom, a bust isn’t too far behind and while Miami now faces challenges from over development, Diaz will steer the ship, and the city, back into prosperous times..

Contact: Miami Mayor’s Office (305) 250-5300

034 CUBA BUSINESS OWNERS AGE: 69

REMEDIOS DIAZ-OLIVER

President, All American Containers

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Education: B.B.A., Havana Business University

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who she is:

The President of All American Containers, Diaz-Oliver oversees a major global supplier of containers and caps. The Cuban native graduated from Havana Business University and Havana College but eventually left the island with an infant daughter to pursue freedom in the U.S. She got a job with American International Container and later became the company’s president. She resigned from AIC in 1991 to found her own supplier, All American Containers. Her client list includes Coca-Cola, McCormick, Schering, and PepsiCo, however more than 50% of the company’s revenues come from abroad, largely South America and the Caribbean.

Why she made the list:

In 1968, Remedios became the first woman to receive the “E” award for Excellence in Export from the President of the United States. In the early 90S, she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as one of three international trade advisers for the Advisory Committee for Trade Policies and Negotiations. Today, she sits on the board of a Fortune 1000 company and her family is listed among the wealthiest Hispanic families in the U.S. Diaz-Oliver is a global entrepreneur: despite the name, All American Containers distributes to 52 countries.

Our Prediction:

Diaz-Oliver has seen fortunes come and go. We like her tenaciousness and feel confident that her company will gain even more ground in the industry by striking mega deals.

Contact: All American Containers (305) 887-0797

035 MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT AGE: 59

MOCTESUMA ESPARZA

CEO, Maya Cinemas North America

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Education: M.F.A., University of California at Los Angeles

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

A first-generation Chicano who grew up listening to his father’s stories of the Mexican Revolution, Esparza was destined to be a socially aware adult. As a teenager, he dreamed of becoming a community organizer and activist. Esparza found his outlet at UCLA’S film school and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1973. He earned his first Oscar nomination four years later as the producer of the documentary Agueda Martinez. Esparza is best known as the producer of the films Selena, Gettysburg and most recently, the HBO documentary, Walkout.

Why he made the list:

Esparza is a producer with a purpose. His latest project, Moe, a tale about a man named Moe, a fun-loving Latino who is living his remaining days to the fullest as he suffers from AIDS, is directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela (Luminarias) which is in post production and due in December of this year. With each project, he transforms the image of Latinos by exchanging Hollywood stereotypes with substantive characters. In addition, Maya Cinemas is revitalizing the ritual of family and community theatergoing. The Salinas, California Maya megaplex has 14 screens featuring first-run Hollywood films with one screen reserved for Spanish-language, foreign or independent films. Esparza’s innovative theater model is a big bet for the growing Hispanic population.

Our Prediction:

Maya Cinemas plans on opening a theater in Bakersfield, California, possibly in 2008. This, combined with the Motion Picture Association of America’s report that Latinos are the most active movie going demographic, brings Esparza closer to his goal of 500 screens.

Contact: Maya Cinemas (213) 534-3845

036 CUBA ENTERTAINMENT AGE: 55/50

EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN

Estefan Enterprises

Education: Associate’s degee, Miami Dade College; B.A., University of Miami

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who they are:

She was born Gloria Fajardo, in Havana, Cuba and fled as a toddler with her family when Communist dictator Fidel Castro rose to power. In 1975 Gloria met keyboardist Emilio Estefan, a sales manager for the rum dealer Bacardi who also led a band called the Miami Latin Boys. Born in Havana, Cuba. Estefan moved to the U.S. as a teenager. He started his musical career playing in restaurants and for weddings and other events. Emilio heard Gloria sing, and when he met her again at a wedding at which the Miami Latin Boys were entertaining, he asked her to sit in with the band. The rest, as they say, is history.

Why they made the list:

In September 1978, they were married and since their collaboration began, they have literally made beautiful music together. The latest release from the Grammy Award winning singer is 90 Millas, a tribute to the music of her native Cuba. Emilio, the Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter has lent his talents to other Latino superstars, such as Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Ricky Martin. Developing Estefan Enterprises into an entertainment empire that incorporates music, television, and film production, restaurants and hotels, most recently, the Costa d’Este resort in Vero Beach, Florida, they give new meaning to the word, multitaskers. Most recently, Gloria became a board member of Univision.

Our Prediction:

The Estefans will monitor the changing tide in Cuba carefully. They may ultimately provide the leadership needed in the Cuban community to resolve the stalemate between the exiles and developing a relationship with the island.

Contact: Estefan Enterprises (305) 695-7000

037 CUBA BUSINESS OWNERS AGE: 72

GEORGE FELDENKREIS

Chairman and CEO, Perry Ellis International

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Education: Secondary

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Feldenkreis is one of the most important Latinos in the apparel industry and heads a successful international apparel company. Born in Cuba to Ukrainian immigrants, Feldenkreis, with his wife and infant son, moved to the U.S. in 1961 with little more than $700. Using contacts he made in Cuba, he started Carfel, a distributor of Japanese auto parts. Later, in 1967, he and his brother Isaac started Supreme International, an apparel wholesale business, which his son Oscar later joined and help grow. In 1999, they acquired Perry Ellis International.

Why he made the list:

Over 15,000 stores carry Perry Ellis International products and the company acquired two new brands in 2008, Laundry by Shelly Segal and C&C California. The company boasted revenues of $864 million in revenues in 2007 a record for Perry Ellis international, and a 14 percent increase over last year. In 2001, he established the George Feldenkreis Endowment Fund, which created the Feldenkreis Distinguished Scholar, a permanent professorship in Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. Feldenkreis also founded the Universal National Bank of Miami and serves on the Board of Trustees for both the Jewish Federation and the University of Miami.

Our Prediction:

With the two new acquisitions, the company entered the women’s apparel business. We expect Perry Ellis International to soar high in revenues.

Contact: Perry Ellis International (305) 873-1492

038 MEXICO EDUCATION AGE: 59

ANTONIO FLORES

President and CEO, Hispanic Assoc. of Colleges & Universities

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Education: Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Flores is the third president and CEO of HACU, a national organization that represents over 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. As president and CEO, Flores oversees the leadership, executive management, public and community relations, policy formulation and advocacy, association governance affairs, advancement planning, financial and investment oversight, human resources policies, strategic planning, programmatic accountability and reporting.

Why he made the list:

Leadership in higher education is sorely needed in the Latino community, and Flores is our top guy. He has tripled HACU’s membership and expanded its programs. Flores has fought for legislation, increased federal funding for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) from $12 million in 1997 to more than $100 million in 2006, as well as private funding for HSIs, including a $28 million HSI Kellogg initiative. Flores works with leaders in higher education and federal agencies and corporations on updating the Higher Education Act, the federal vehicle for targeting grants to HSIs. The HACU Scholarship Program for the 2008-2009 academic year will distribute more than $350,000 to deserving students at HACU-member universities.

Our Prediction:

HACU’s strategic plan calls for greater growth in the coming years. Expect Flores to recruit even more institutions to increase the power of HACU and its already strong reach among the Latino community.

Contact: HACU (210) 692-3805

039 PUERTO RICO FINANCE AGE: 47

JOSE A. FOURQUET

Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

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Education: M.B.A., Columbia Business School

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Jose A. Fourquet is the managing director in charge of the Miami Private Investment Management Branch for Lehman Brothers. In that capacity, he manages Lehman’s high net worth and mid-market businesses for South Florida, Puerto Rico, and Latin America. The Miami Branch consistently ranks amongst the highest revenue-producing wealth management offices for the firm.

Why he made the list:

Founded in 1850, Lehman Brothers maintains leadership positions in equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, investment banking, private investment management, asset management and private equity. In the wake of Bear Stearns, Lehman posted record revenues of $968 million for the quarter ending Feb. 29, which is a 39 percent increase than a year ago.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Fourquet served as the twelfth United States executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). A native of Puerto Rico, Fourquet is the youngest person ever to hold this position. He began his career in the Central Intelligence Agency where he spent over six years as an operations officer posted abroad in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Prediction:

Fourquet recently resigned from Lehman Brother. With his vast experience and proven record, we are certain he will resurface in another firm, or is it time for him to start his own? We’ll see.

Contact: Not available

040 MEXICO JUDICIAL SYSTEM AGE: 61

EMILIO GARZA

Fifth Court of Appeals

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Education: M.A., Notre Dame, J.D. University of Texas School of Law

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who he is:

A native of San Antonio, Garza received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame before serving in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1976 and joined Clemens & Spencer, a small San Antonio law firm, where he spent eleven years. President Ronald Reagan appointed Garza to the federal bench in 1988 after serving as a state judge in Texas for only one year. Three years later, President George H.W. Bush named him to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why he made the list:

A forceful advocate for judicial restraint, Garza has been on the Republican short list for a Supreme Court spot for over a decade. His career may be described as meteoric, by judicial standards. He first made the short list for the Supreme Court in 1991, after only three years on the bench, and within a year, the White House was considering him for the Supreme Court slot now held by Clarence Thomas. Had he been nominated, he would have been considered a “stealth” choice, with a limited judicial record and very few written opinions. In two cases during the 1990s, Garza voiced his opposition to the Roe v. Wade decision and questioned its constitutionality. Since then, his views on at least one hot-button issue, abortion, are more clear.

Our Prediction:

Depending on which party takes the White House, we anticipate that Garza will make the short list again for Supreme Court nominee.

Contact: Fifth Court of Appeals (210) 525-2950

041 ARGENTINA SPORTS AGE: 30

EMANUEL “MANU” GINOBILI

San Antonio Spurs Basketball Player

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Education: Secondary

Residence: San Antonio

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Emanuel “Manu” Ginobili, comes from a family of professional basketballers. He is a member of the Argentinean national basketball team and the 2007 World Champion San Antonio Spurs NBA team. Ginoili spent the early half of his basketball career in Argentina and Italy, where he won several individual and team honors. The San Antonio Spurs drafted the shooting guard as the fifty-seventh overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He’s considered one of the biggest draft steals of all time.

Why he made the list:

Hi-profile, talented, and accomplished Latinos lead by example, and Ginobili sets a good one. Not only is he a three-time world champion with the San Antonio Spurs, he enjoyed success with Argentina’s national team. He debuted in the NBA in 1998 and was a member of the team that won the gold medal during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Ginobili is also the only basketball player ever to win a Euroleague title, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. Married and fluent in three languages, English, Spanish, and Italian, he was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in Argentina in August of 2007. Like all good leaders, he gives back to his community, namely through the Manu Ginobili Foundation, which collaborates with organizations that help poor children, at home and abroad.

Our Prediction:

We expect Ginobili to continue to lead the Spurs to future championships but we hope he won’t do the same for Argentina at the Summer Olympics this year in Beijing.

Contact: San Antonio Spurs (210) 554-7787

042 PUERTO RICO MEDIA & ADVERTISING

EDDIE GONZALEZ

CEO, The Bravo Group

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Education: B.F.A., New York University

Residence: New York, New York

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST OF NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

A native of Puerto Rico, Gonzalez started his advertising career in 1975 with Norman, Craig & Kummel, where he became the youngest general manager in the company’s history. In 1982 he joined Young & Rubicam Puerto Rico, where after a year he was named managing director. A year later, he was promoted to general manager, and three years later was appointed president. In 2006, Gonzalez was named chairman and CEO of the Hispanic marketing firm The Bravo Group. He succeeded Gary Bassell.

Why he made the list:

Gonzalez was formerly Bravo Group’s Young & Rubicam (Y&R) Latin America head. He went on to steer Y&R Latin America into becoming the second-largest network in the region and making it one of the top creative agencies there. He has worked for Y&R across four continents, having also served as chairman and CEO of Y&R Madrid and having held senior management roles in Asia. Under his administration, The Bravo Group has achieved unquestionable creative leadership, and billings have grown consistently during his tenure.

Our Prediction:

With mega clients such as Sears, Phillip Morris, Kraft, Chevron and others, we’d be surprised if the agency posted record low billings for the remainder of 2008.

Contact: The Bravo Group (212) 780-5800

043 CUBA HEALTH & SCIENCE AGE: 52

PEDRO GREER, JR.

Adjunct Assoc. Professor, U. of Miami School of Medicine

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Education: M.D., Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Internal Medicine; Pontifica Universidad Cato1ica Madre y Maestra, Dominican Republic

Residence: Miami, Florida

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: high

Who he is:

A Cuban born in Miami, Florida, Dr. Greer grew up in the western suburbs of Miami. One of the turning points in his life was the death of his sister, Chichi, who died alone in a car crash on her way to celebrate her birthday. In her name, he promised he would not let any of his patients suffer alone. Today, Dr. Greet is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida International University and a practicing hepatolgastrologist and gastroenterologist at Mercy Hospital.

Why he made the list:

A MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Greer is a pioneer in providing medical care to the poor and homeless. He’s the founder and director of three clinics for the homeless, undocumented and working poor, beginning with Camillus House, a non-profit organization proving humanitarian to the homeless, serving more than 10,000 annually. He was recently honored at “El Espiritu de la Comunidad” Awards and Scholarship Benefit helping Florida International University’s First Generation Scholarships He has published more than 25 articles and book chapters ranging from digestive disorders to issues of policy and poverty in America and has been featured on network and cable television, even hosting segments for the Travel Channel, HBO’s documentary AMERICANOS, and the PBS/BBC series “Medicine at the Crossroads.”

Our Prediction:

We think Greer would make a fabulous Surgeon General and wouldn’t be at all surprised if indeed he became one.

Contact: Dr. Greer’s Office (305) 856-7333

044 CUBA FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGE: 54

CARLOS M. GUTIERREZ

35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce

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Education:: B.B.A. in Business Administration, Monterrey Institute of Technology

Residence: Washington, D.C.

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who ha is:

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1953, Gutierrez fled Cuba and came to the United States with his family as a child in 1960. He studied business administration at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Queretaro, Mexico, and joined Kellogg Company as a sales representative in 1975, and eventually became the youngest CEO in the company’s nearly 100-year history.

Why he made the list:

The voice for business at the federal level and the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company, Gutierrez is a core member of President Bush’s economic team. Sworn into office in February 2005, Secretary Gutierrez oversees a diverse Cabinet agency with some 40,000 workers and a $5.8 billion budget focused on promoting American business at home and abroad. As Secretary of U.S. Department of Commerce, Gutierrez has significant influence over national and international business concerning the United States. At a meeting of the Council of the Americas at the State Department, Gutierrez called on the international community to stand in solidarity with Cuba’s political prisoners and he continues to press Congress to ratify the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Our Prediction:

We expect Gutierrez to fulfill his duties and immediately return to corporate America after the November election but before that happens, he will do all he can to see FTA ratified.

Contact: U.S. Dept. Of Commerce (202) 482-2000

045 PUERTO RICAN U.S. CONGRESS AGE: 54

LUIS V. GUTIERREZ

Congressman, 4th District, Illinois

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Education: B.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Gutierrez was born in Chicago on December 10, 1953. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1975 and diligently worked as a teacher, social worker, community activist, and city official until his 1986 election as Alderman in the city’s 26th ward. He began his first Congress, representing the Illinois Fourth District in 1992.

Why he made the list:

Now in his eighth term, Gutierrez effectively utilizes his seniority to advocate for Latinos in his district and nationwide. Because of the congressman’s outstanding work on immigration issues, he was appointed chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force, where he is the party’s leading strategist and spokesperson on immigration issues and was recently named to the Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee.

As a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, Gutierrez has spearheaded efforts to bring more minorities into the banking system. He also has played a prominent role in cracking down on predatory lenders.

Our Prediction:

A super delegate pledged to presidential candidate Barack Obama, we anticipate a cabinet appointment may be offered, should Obama win the White House.

Contact: U.S. House of Representatives (202) 225-8203

046 MEXICO HEALTH & SCIENCE AGE: 57

DAVID HAYES-BAUTISTA

Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, UCLA

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Education: Ph.D. in Medical Sociology, University of California-San Francisco

Residence: Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

Los Angeles native David Hayes-Bautista is perhaps the most important Latino health researcher in the country. His parents were both born in the United States, but his grandparents hailed from Atlautla, Mexico. Bautista’s work focuses primarily on the growth of the Latino community in California and its impact on the state’s present and future economic status.

* Why he made the list:

Bautista combines action with intellectualism, a rare commodity in a leader. At age 25, with a budget of $240 and a group of volunteer doctors, community activists and students, Hayes-Bautista opened up the doors of La Clinica de la Raza in 1971. Now in its thirty-fifth year of operation, “La Clinica” has expanded to 23 locations in three counties and serves over 100,000 patients a year. In 1992 he also established the Center for Latino Health and Culture to map-out the Latino epidemiological profile. Bautista’s studies focus on the dynamics and processes of the Latino population’s health issues. He’s currently working on a detailed demographic study from the early Latino settlements in Los Angeles from 1781 to 2005.

Our Prediction:

A passionate advocate for the rights of all Latinos, Bautista will continue to quantify his rhetoric with trailblazing demographic research.

Contact: CESLAC at UCLA (310) 794-0663

048 VENEZUELA ARTS & FASHION AGE: 69

CAROLINA HERRERA

Fashion Designer

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Education: Secondary

Residence: New York Ci New York

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who she is:

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, to a wealthy family, Herrera spent many years as a wife and mother of four, when, armed with an uncanny sense for fashion and an undaunted determination, she started her own design business in 1981. Her elegant designs emphasize feminine comfort while maintaining a classic chic. This stamp of originality has made Herrera a fashion legend, and the longevity of her business in a cutthroat industry is a true testament to her talents.

Why she made the list:

With a sales volume of over $100 million worldwide, Carolina Herrera has risen to international fashion icon status. With an innate understanding of how women want to look coupled with her confidence and encouragement from her friend, the late fashion publicist Count Rudi Crespi, and her mentor, the late Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, she exceeded the critics’ expectations and built a world-renowned label. She has created designs for celebrities and politicians, including the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ who employed Herrera for over a decade as her personal designer. Her leadership, vision and accomplishments earned her the 2007 Star Gazer Award, presented by Fashion Group International. On Monday June 2nd, she will be honored with a prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.

Our Prediction:

Herrera will continue to gain devotees as her beautifully crafted garments; accessories and fragrances become more widely available. She now has 39 CH Carolina Herrera lifestyle stores worldwide.

Contact: Carolina Herrera U.S.A. (646) 862-5004

047 MEXICO THIRD SECTOR AGE: 60

ANTONIA HERNANDEZ

President and CEO of t he California Community Foundation

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Education: J.D., from the UCLA School of Law

Residence: : Los Angeles, California

CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: Medium

Who she is:

At 8, Hernandez moved from Torreon, Mexico, to LA with her family. The eldest of seven and a summer migrant worker, she had an up close view of social injustice: Her American-born father was arbitrarily deported in the ’30s. Hernandez, who saw the law as a venue for addressing injustices, began her career at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, where she gained expertise in civil rights and immigration issues. She was a counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary before joining the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in 1981.

Why she made the list:

As president and general counsel of MALDEF, Hernandez led the successful legal challenge for Proposition 187. A frequently called upon speaker, she is a trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. Since 2004, she has served as president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Southern California. As the head of the CCF, Hernandez oversees more than $650 million in assets.[he foundation seeks to improve the lives of L.A.-area residents by addressing such concerns as accessible healthcare, affordable housing, quality education and increased exposure to the arts.

Our Prediction:

The CCF recently funded a study from the Migration Policy Institute on the successful integration of immigrants. A visionary, Hernandez is in a position to test some of those findings and set an example to other cities struggling with large immigration populations.

Contact: California Community Foundation (213) 413-4130

049 MEXICO BUSINESS OWNERS AGE: 67

DAVID C. LIZARRAGA

President and CEO of TELACU & Chairman of the USHCC

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Education: Honorary doctorate, California State University, Los Angeles

Residence: Los Angeles, California CHANCES OF MAKING THE LIST NEXT YEAR: High

Who he is:

In the 1960S’ as a young man in East L.A., Lizarraga saw the many empty buildings and the out-of-work families in his neighborhood. Lizagarra learned about generosity through his parents’ community work. In 1973, he became president of The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), a not-for-profit community development corporation. He leveraged a $10 million dollar federal grant and used his real estate investing knowledge to turn that into $100 million for TELACU.

Why he made the list:

Lizarraga has devoted his life to building hundreds of high-quality affordable homes, creating jobs’ and lending millions of dollars to families and small business entrepreneurs Lizarraga is one of the most successful businessmen on the West Coast. Under his guidance, TELACU’s assets grew to nearly $550 million. He also serves as the Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the largest organization for Latino businessmen in the U.S. He was elected to USHCC at a time when the organization was in serious political and financial struggle, and he revitalized its shaky foundation. He serves as a board member for various organizations.

Our Prediction:

This year, Lizarraga has testified at a hearing on the economic mortgage and housing rescue bill and before a subcommittee on housing for the elderly. As the mortgage crisis worsens expect Lizarraga to fight so that homeowners and small business owners don’t lose their assets.

Contact: TELACU (323) 721-16555

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