The list 101 top leaders of the Latino community in the U.S

The list 101 top leaders of the Latino community in the U.S

Kerri Allen

Here they are again: one hundred and one of the most compelling, dedicated and successful examples of leadership in this country. Most are Latinos, some are not, but all of them share one common denominator: they are the forces currently setting in motion every single change and advancement that affects the Latino community in the U.S. today. For the fourth year in a row, and this time coming to you in the heat of summer, here is our compilation of the creme-de-la-creme leaders of the Hispanic society today.

Where are they?

California = 32

Florida = 13

Illinois = 4

New York = 12

Texas = 9

Washington, D.C. = 13

Other * = 18

* Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas, Idaho,

Pennsylvania, New Jersey

What is their Gender?

Men – 81

Women – 18

Groups * – 2

* One family, one musical group

Where do they come from?

Mexico = 53

Cuba = 16

Puerto Rico = 10

U.S.A. = 7

Other * = 15

* Egypt, Panama, Spain, Colombia, Peru,

Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela

What are their ages?

28-39 = 6

40-59 = 61

60-75 = 33

75+ = 1

What’s their level of education?

Secondary/High School = 13

Bachelor’s Degree = 34

Master’s Degree = 20

Doctoral Degree = 29

Other * = 5

* Some Elementary, Some Secondary, Some College

Note: Table made from pie chart.

2007 New Arrivals:

Isabel Allende

Linda Chavez-Thompson

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Deirdre Connelly

Alfonso Cuaron

Guillermo Del Toro

Don Francisco (Mario

Kreutzenberg)

Bill Gates

Rudolph Giuliani

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Pedro Greer, Jr.

Mana

Harry Reid

Gustavo Santaolalla

Lionel Sosa

Juan R. Torruella

2007 Departures:

George W. Bush

Sandra Cisneros

Alvaro de Molina

Andy Garcia

Aida Maisonet-Giachello

Steny Hoyer

Ismael Leyva

Douglas Patino

J. Christopher Reyes

Robert Rodriguez

Carlos Santana

Shakira

Alejandro Silva

001

DAVID AGUILAR

Federal Government

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

Contact:

U.S. Border Patrol

202-354-1000

Highest Academic Level: Graduate

J. F. Kennedy School of Government

Age: 62

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Born in South Texas’ Rio Grande valley, Aguilar served as Patrol Agent in charge of thee different Border Patrol Stations in Texas from 1988 to August 1996. He was first promoted to Patrol Agent in Charge of the Dallas Border Patrol Station in January 1988 and was promoted to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station in 1992 The Rio Grande City Station is one of the most active stations for narcotics interdiction along the Texas-Mexico border. He was promoted to the Brownsville Station in July 1995, then the largest Border Patrol Station in the Central Region.

Why he made the list:

Aguilar was named Chief of the Border Patrol, in May 2004, and assumed the position July 1, 2004. 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 more than 26 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:

Expect Aguilar, on the wake of President Bush’s newly signed “Secure Fence Act”, to spend more time and effort developing new policies for the agency to handle the new challenges that building the fence will bring along with its completion.

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SERGIO AGUILAR-GAXIOLA

Health & Sciences

Mental Health America Chairman of the Board

Contact:

UC Davis

916-703-9211

Highest Academic Level: M.D.

Autonomous University of Guadalajara

Age: 53

Residence: Sacramento California

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.

Our Prediction:

As the head of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health, Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola will devote his best effort to increase the understanding and treatment of mental illness, and as usual, he will succeed.

003

ISABEL ALLENDE

Arts

Writer

Contact:

Isabel Allende Foundation

415-289-0992

Highest Academic Level: Doctor of Letters

Bates College

Age: 64

Residence: San Rafael, California

Who she is:

Allende is a Chilean writer in the “magic realism” tradition, who is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at several US colleges. After the overthrow and assassination in 1973 of her uncle, former Chile president Salvadar Allende, she, her husband and children fled to Venezuela for safety. In 2003, Allende obtained U.S. citizenship.

Why she made the list:

Allende’s impact on not only Latin American literature but also on world literature cannot be underestimated. The Los Angeles Times has called Isabel Allende “a genius,” and she has received 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 also the founder d the Isabel Allende Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting programs that promote and preserve the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected. Literary legend is on overused term and few living writers are accorded such a reputation, but in Isabel’s case, it is a perfectly befitting title.

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–Allendes continued success and popularity seem assured.

004

RENAN ALMENDAREZ COELLO

Media

Radio Personality, Host of “El Cucuy de la Manana” Radio Show

Contact:

97.9FM–La Raza

(310) 229-3210

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 53

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born in Honduras, Almendarez began his radio career at the age of 15 and moved to the United States in 1982 where he is currently the top radio personality in Southern California. In 2003, he wrote “El Cucuy: En La Cumbre de la Pobreza ” an autobiography of his humble childhood in Honduras to his eventual success as Los Angeles’s top, and hottest, Spanish speaking Radio host.

Why he made the list:

Unquestionably, “El Cucuy” has become an icon of the Latino community in the west coast. But what makes Almendarez such an inspiring leader is his commitment to the community, whether it is marching for immigration reform, registering new voters or raising millions for disaster relief in Central America, Indonesia and the United States through the El Cucuy Foundation, a non-profit organization Almendarez created in 2002. A man of very strong convictions who is not afraid to let them show, he is the quintessential “leader of the trenches”.

Our Prediction:

Renan has been quite outspoken against the proposed immigration reform going so far as to organizing marches to protest it and urging the people to vote in order to effect change. Now that the Democrats are in charge of the house, expect Almendarez efforts to begin yielding results.

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LINDA ALVARADO

Business Owners

President and CEO, Alvarado Construction, Inc.

Contact:

Alvarado Construction, Inc.

303-629-0783

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Economics

Pomona College

Age: 54

Residence: Denve, Colorado

Who she is:

Born in Albuquerque of Mexican descent, Alvarado was the only girl in a family of six children with a mother who helped support the family by taking in laundry and ironing work. She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, guided by her mother’s philosophy of “start small, but think big.” Alvarado’s first job was on a construction site as a project accountant. Now, Alvarado is the president and CEO of Alvarado Construction Company, one of the fastest-growing commercial general contracting firms in the United States, with over $41 million revenues per year.

Why she made the list:

At a time when women made up less than 1% of the construction workforce, Alvarado became a site manager and decided to start her own construction company in the mid-1970s. Today Alvarado Construction boasts more than 450 employees and annual revenues in excess of $41 million. Under her purview, Alvarado Construction erected the Denver Broncos Stadium and Denver international Airport. She was the first woman and the first Hispanic to co-own a professional major league baseball team. She serves as Chairman of the Board of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

Our Prediction:

Though Alvarado Construction keeps on growing, Linda has dedicated more and more time to promoting leadership and success among Latinos. Expect her business to continue to skyrocket, as Linda reveals her philanthropic side by spending even more time and money teaching and inspiring Latinos.

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RALPH ALVAREZ

Corporate Leaders

President and COO, McDonald’s Corporation

Contact:

McDonald’s Corporation

800-244-6227

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A.

University of Miami

Age: 57

Residence: Oak Brook, Illinois

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:

Thanks to Alvarez’s savvy vision, McDonalds now includes several healthier choices in its menu and is doing an exceptional job at promoting a healthier concept of the brand. 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. In August 2006, it was announced that effective immediately Ralph Alvarez, President of McDonald’s North America, will succeed the resigning Mike Roberts as President and Chief Operating Officer, McDonald’s Corporation.

Our Prediction:

The fast food industry has taken a beating from the health conscious sector of society, and McDonalds did not escape the attacks. Alvarez simply re-vamped the menu to appear healthier. Expect him to continue to reinvent the brand to make it more attractive to health conscious consumers.

007

EMILIO AZCARRAGA JEAN

CEO, Grupo Televisa

Contact:

Televisa

305-492-1600

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A. In Business Management

University Of California San Diego

Age: 38

Residence: South Beach, Florida

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. He stepped into the role at the age of 29 shortly after his father died. With a home in Mexico another in South Beach and a fortune valued at $1.7 billion, Azcarraga Jeans one of the richest people the world. He is also a board member of Telefonos de Mexico and Banamex.

Why he made the list:

Today, Azcarraga’s Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world. In Mexico it is the market leader, with an approximate 70 percent average audience share, and a mix of telenovelas, variety shows, entertainment, news, sports and movies on four national networks. Though he had to overcome family feuds and a painful reorganization shortly after he took over, Azcarraga has managed to realign Televisa and made it grow into one of the most powerful media conglomerates in the world.

Our Prediction:

Azcarraga’s latest project is a new joint venture with U.S. music company EMI Group. Televisa EMI Music will develop and market music, as well as produce TV advertised compilation albums. That should make him a couple more billions wealthier next year.

008

ALAIN J.P. BELDA

Corporate Leaders

CEO, ALCOA

Contract:

ALCOA

412-553-4545

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Economics

MacKenzie University, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Age: 63

Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Who he is:

Born in Morocco to a Spanish Father and Portuguese mother, Belda moved to Brazil at three years old then to Canada at age 13. He joined ALCOA 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. A post as executive vice president brought him to Pittsburgh. In 1995, he was elevated to Vice Chairman, then chief operating officer in 1997, and finally president in 1999. He advanced to the too 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:

With the company’s recent announcement that it will re-position several of its downstream operations in order to further improve returns and profitability through a targeted restructuring of operations, expect Belda to re-group and re-attack in his trademark savvy way, and succeed again.

009

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

State/Local Government

Mayor, New York City

Contact:

New York Office of the Mayor

212-639-9675

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A.

Harvard Business School

Age: 64

Residence: New York City, New York

Who he is:

Bloomberg was born and raised in a Jewish-American family in Medford, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb. He attended Johns Hopkins University, where he joined Phi Kappa Psi, and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. Later on he received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Why he made the list:

Bloomberg presides over one of the world’s most important and dynamic cities. With wide appeal across the padre his liberal, Republican approach has been quite successful in the Big Apple, securing a notable chunk of the Latino vote. Despite New York’s last bid for the 2012 Olympics, Bloomberg has taken it in stride. His role has taken on even greater importance following the attacks on September 11th, 2001 n which Mayor Rudy Giuliani became the public face of New York. In an era of terrorism warnings and high stakes, Bloomberg seems to have brought a certain sense of security to New York.

Our Prediction:

Bloomberg has repeatedly scoffed at the idea that he might run for the presidency in 2008, but as other GOP candidates struggle in the polls, we wouldn’t be surprised if he used his own money to make a bid for the White House, and maybe even win it.

010

FRED R. BUENROSTRO. JR.

Finance

CEO, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Contact:

CalPERS

800-260-0659

Highest Academic Level: Juris Doctor

McGeorge School of Law

Age: 57

Residence: Sacramento California

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 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.

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 2005, Buenrostro shared the stage with former soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev when Fred was awarded the Millenium Award by Global Green U.S.A for his contributions towards the advancement to shape a more sustainable and secure world.

Our Prediction:

Buenrostro will propel CalPERS into an even higher level of profit, placing CalPERS in an even stronger strategic position and helping to add credibility to Fred’s already proven track record.

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DIANA CAMPOAMOR

Third Sector

President, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)

Contact:

Hispanics In Philanthropy

415-837-0427

Highest Academic Level: M.A. in Communications

University of Miami

Age: 56

Residence: San Francisco, California

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 numerous boards and associations, as well as in several other non profit organizations.

Why she made the list:

With Campoamor at the helm and through the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latina Communities, HIP has raised more than $32 million from 159 donors and has made grants to 424 Latino-led nonprofits across the Americas. In 1990, when Aida Rodriguez hired Diana as President, the HIP’s annual budget was approximately $50,000 dollars. In 2000, Campoamor helped launch the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, after a three-year planning process.

Our Prediction:

As the network continues to grow and as the Funders’ Collaborative enters a new phase. Campoamor will develop models of work that recognize current trends and that build or/its strong foundation. Under her leadership, the HIP will continue to develop.

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ROEL C. CAMPOS

Federal Government

Commissioner, Securities & Exchange Commission

Contact:

SEC

202-942-8088

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Harvard Law School

Age: 57

Residence: Washington D.C.

Campos was born in Harlingen, Texas to Mexican-American parents. He later married his high school sweetheart, Mini Villarreal, now a Houston doctor, with whom he has two children. Prior to joining the SEC, he was one of two principal owners of El Dorado Communications, a Houston based radio broadcasting company. In the 1980s, he served as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles Campos’ most famous case involved the trial and conviction of three men for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of US. drug agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Why he made the list:

Campos has truly broken down a barrier and made history. As one of only five appointed SEC commissioners, he regulates all publicly traded companies, financial markets worth literally trillions of dollars Since his appointment, Campos has been a courageous advocate for corporate reform, and has became on influential voice for the convergence of standards and for rational regulation that promotes cross border transactions. As the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, he has developed productive relationships with securities regulators in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

Our Prediction:

With so many Latinos making incursions in securities and the Stock Exchange. Campos’s role within the SEC is quite crucial. His stance on corporate reform combined with his impeccable record of service will continue to make him a force to be reckoned with in the investment world.

013

RICHARD L. CARRION

Finance

Chairman and CEO, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico

Contact:

Popular, Inc.

800-377-0800

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Age: 53

Residence: San Juan Puerto Rico

Who he is:

A member 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:

Since Carrion took over the company’s operation, he has managed to expand the business not only in the US., but also in Latin America through the acquisition of already established banking institutions to make it the largest Hispanic-owned banking institution in the US The company currently boasts over $44 billion in assets In addition, after fully recovering from a money laundering scandal a few years ago in Puerto Rico, Carrion has be come and 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 its recent ad campaign “En Mi Banco Se Puede”, along with a series of ads targeting non-customers and consumers that have left, expect Carrion’s business to regain the strength that many feared his company had lost, and recover his place as the number one Latino banking guru.

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EDUARDO CASTRO WRIGHT

Corporate Leaders

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

Contact:

Wal-Mart Stores

479-273-4314

Highest Academic Level: Mechanical B.S. in Engineering

Team A&M University

Age: 50

Residence: Bentonville, Arkansas

Who he is:

Born in Ecuador, Eduardo was the President of Nabisco Asia Pacific from 1995 to 1998. The grandson of a successful Ecuadorian grocery store owner, Castro Wright learned the rapes 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 has gone 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.

Our Prediction:

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

015

THOMAS H. CASTRO

Corporate leaders

President and CEO, Border Media Partners, LLC

Contact:

Border Media Partners

713-968-4400

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Government

Harvard University

Age: 52

Residence: Houston TX

Who he is:

A native of Watts, California, Tom Castro grew up in a working-class family and received a scholarship to attend Harvard becoming 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 through out 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 100 company and also is the Founding Chairman of the New America Alliance, a national group of Latino business people dedicated to giving beck to the community and increasing access to capital for Latino companies.

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.

016

LLOYD G. CHAVEZ, SR.

Business Owners

Chairman of the Board, Burt Automotive Network

Contact:

Burt Automotive Network

800-535-2878

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Business Administration

University of Denver

Age: 78

Residence: Denver, Colorado

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. 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 became 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 Burt Automotive grow and maintain its earnings of more than $2 billion per year, often ranking it among the top ten Hispanic-run businesses.

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 d innovation, success and profitability.

017

LINDA CHAVEZ-THOMPSON

Private Organizations

Executive Vice-President

AFL-CIO

Contact:

AFL-CIO

202-637-5000

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 62

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who she is:

A second generation American of Mexican descent, Linda Chavez-Thompson is a leading figure in the U.S.A. national labor movement and serves in the executive council of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Her success is remarkable, as not only she is a woman but also a member of a minority During the Clinton administration, Chavez-Thompson was appointed to the President’s Initiative on Race and to serve as vice chair of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Why she made the list:

Chavez-Thompson is a remarkable woman with truly a remarkable history. Her story takes a 10-year-old from the cotton fields d Texas to the executive council of the AFL-CIO. During her journey, she became a role model and effective organizer of Latino workers. Her career path includes stints as a union secretary and a union local representative. She worked her way up to the highest level of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, becoming a vice president of that organization in 1988. In her current role with the AFL-CIO, she acts as a bridge between the labor movement and minorities, working to bring together those two traditionally hostile factions.

Our Prediction:

Her enthusiasm shows no signs of waning. Currently, she is concentrating on organizing workers in such a way that, in her own words, would broaden and strengthen labor’s base through obtaining more political representation for workers. Watch her succeed and establish yet another precedent.

018

GUSTAVO CISNEROS

Media

Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies

Contact:

Cisneros Group of Companies

58-212-781-5066

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A.

Lauder Institute at University of Pennsylvania

Age: 61

Residence: New York and Venezuela

Who he is:

One of the most influential and wealthy Latinos of this century, Cisneros is a mass media tycoon who has substantial holdings in AOL, Coca-Cola, DirecTV and Pizza Hut in Latin America; Univision in the U.S.; and Venezuela’s largest television network, Venevision. Born in Caracas to a trucker, Cisneros comes from a line of entrepreneurs, like his father, who founded his own trucking company in 1929. At the age of 23, Gustavo took over that business. Today, he is the CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies.

Why he made the list:

His power as a media mogul is almost unparalleled and his personal financial worth is nearly $4 billion. 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, an initiative that leverages the distance challenges with technologies to create comprehensive training courses, and CLASE–the world’s first pan-regional, commercial-free educational television channel

Our Prediction:

Last year we predicted that the Cisneros Group would get a stronghold on the mobile phone market, and, while we hate to brag, were we exactly right. What do we see in our crystal ball for next year? More success and possibly another big acquisition.

019

HENRY G. CISNEROS

Opinion Leaders

CEO and Chairman of the Board, City View

Contact:

City View

210-228-9574

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Public Admin.

George Washington University

Age: 58

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

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, Cisneros is currently the Executive Chair of City View, a company dedicated to developing housing in cities across the country.

Why he made the list:

During his career, Cisneros has assisted Latinos 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, Cisneros formed American City Vista, which was later transformed into CityView, with Henry 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.

Our Prediction:

Cisneros will continue to be a successful leader for the advancement of Hispanic political and business interests, particularly through his involvement with an innovating program called “Our Pledge”, which aims at effectively incorporating illegal immigrants into the legal community of the U.S.

020

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

U.S. Congress Presidential Candidate 2008

Junior U.S. Senator, New York

Contact:

U.S. Senate

202-224-4451

Highest Academic Level: Juris Doctor

Yale Law School

Age: 59

Residence: Washington, D.C. and New York

Who she is:

Senator 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 elected independently statewide in New York State

Why she made the list:

As a high profile senator a candidate for the Democrat Party ticket for the Presidency of the U.S. and one of the most famous women in the world, Clinton could easily make anyone’s list of influential leaders. She first mode her mark as a Senator after the terrorist attacks d September 1, 2001, and worked with her colleagues to secure the funds New York needed to rebuild. She also fought to provide compensation to the families of the victims, grants for hard-hit businesses, and health care for frontline workers at Ground Zero She continues to work for resources that enable New York to grow, to improve homeland security for New York and other communities, and to protect all Americans from future attacks.

Our Prediction:

As a candidate for the Democrat ticket for the Presidency, Hillary’s profile will continue to remain in the stratosphere. If she fails in her bid to become the first female President, her dynamism in the senate will assure her of continued popularity and success.

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ARMANDO M. CODINA

Business Owners

Chairman of the Board, Codina Group, Inc.

Contact:

Codina Group, Inc.

305-520-2300

Highest Academic Level: Doctor of Law Degree

Florida International University

Age: 59

Residence: Coral Gables, Florida

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.

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 invaluable 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:

Codina’s diversified group of companies is constantly on the rise. Expect Codina to hit the roof of high return-on-investments, and maybe invest some of those profits in the next presidential campaign.

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DIERDRE CONNELLY

Health & Science

President, Eli Lilly U.S.A.

Contact:

Eli Lilly & Co.

317-276-2000

Highest Academic Level: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics

Lycoming College

Age: 46

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

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 Jar 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:

Even without reaching the Top in me notoriously tough pharmaceutical industry, Connelly’s academic achievements alone would have marked her as a rising star. As it is, she has nor only been named one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in the U.S. our she was also included in Fortune magazines prestigious “Young and Powerful” list. Connelly joined Eli Lilly in 1983 as a sales representative.

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:

Being hailed as one of the 50 most powerful women in business is no easy feat for a member of the Hispanic minority. Connelly will consolidate that position and will continue to be a role model for young Latinas.

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FRANCE A. CORDOVA

Education

President, Purdue University, Indiana

Contact:

Purdue University

317-484-1824

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Physics

California Institute of Technology

Age: 59

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

Who she is:

Born August 5,1947, in Paris the daughter of a Mexican American and West Point graduate, Cordova attended Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in English. After reaching success as an 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:

Just last month, Cordova was named the 11th President of Purdue University in Indiana, the first woman and first Hispanic to lead the university. In her previous job as Chancellor of UC Riverside Cordova became the first Hispanic woman to lead a University of California campus. In addition, she continues to spearhead initiatives to fund and support research across a variety of fields and is committed to encouraging research and funding for student work. In 1994, she was named one of “America’s 100 Brightest Scientists Under 40” by Science Digest magazine. She has received honors for her work including a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Our Prediction:

Now that she has the top post at Purdue, expect Cordova to take advantage of he position and begin championing a scholarship program at the university to promote scientific research, and another to encourage young Latinos to pursue careers in science.

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ALFONSO CUARON

Arts

Film Director

Contact:

Esperanta Films

(212) 219 7630

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in filmmaking

Cuec Mexico

Age: 45

Residence: New York City, New York

Who he is:

Alfonso Cuaron Orozco is a Mexican academy-award nominated film director screenwriter and producer. He is the son of Alfredo Cuaron, a cardiologist who worked for the United Nations’ IAEA sector for many years. He has a son from his first marriage to Mariana Elizondo and a son and daughter with his present wife. Annalisa Bugliani. Hailed as a star in the “Mexican wave” of film making, Cuaron has delighted cinema audiences with such films as The little Princess and Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban.

Why he made the list:

Cuaron has undoubtedly become a major figure in the world of cinema. Along with Guillermo del Toro, And Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, he has spearheaded the advance of Latin filmmakers in Hollywood. His direction of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban received criticism from some of the more purist Harry Potter fans yet author JK Rowling declared the film her personal favorite from the series so far. His newest feature, Children of Men, an adaptation of the P.D. James novel, has received wide critical acclaim, including three Academy Award nominations.

Our Prediction:

With his remarkable ability to cross cultures, expect his next two projects, the SciFi film Magneto to become a U.S. mega-blockbuster, and Mexico 68, based on the infamous student revolt, to become his next bid for the Oscar.

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HECTOR DE JESUS RUIZ

Corporate Leaders

Chairman of the Board and CEO, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Contact:

Advanced Micro Devices

408-749-4000

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Electronics

Rice University

Age: 61

Residence: Austin, Texas

Who he is:

Born n Piedras Negras, Mexico, Hector de Jesus Ruiz arrived at Advanced Micro Devices Inters largest competitor, as President and COO in 2000, was named CEO in 2002 and was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2004. He has held a variety of executive positions in the United States and overseas, including work in Texas Instruments’ research laboratories and manufacturing operations and as president of Motorola’s semiconductor products sector.

Why he made the list:

Ruiz currently serves on the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST advises the President of the United States on issues related to technology, scientific research priorities, and math and science education. He is also passionate about the role of technology in education and about empowering the underprivileged. At the 2004 World Economic Forum, he announced AMD’s 50×15 initiative a commitment to empower 50% of the world’s population with basic Internet access by the year 2015.

Our Prediction:

Ruiz’ ambitious 50×15 program has already reached Uganda. Look for AMD’s react to extend and widen in the Middle East and Northern Africa, especially in countries like Somalia, Libya and Iraq. Watch as Ruiz reaches, and surpasses, his 2015 goal.

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA

Sports

Boxer, Promoter, Singer

Contact:

Golden Boy Promotions

213-489-5631

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

California Institute of Technology

Age: 33

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

As a child in East LA Oscar De La Hoya was bullied around in the schoolyard. After one particularly violent encounter, he asked his father who was 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.” With no shortage of talent. De La Hoya released a self-titled record album a few years ago that topped Billboard’s Latin Dance charts. His hit single, “Ven a Mi”, garnered a Grammy nomination.

Why he made the list:

He first shocked the boxing world at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he overcame heavy, odds and won the gold for the United States. Six months later, he started his professional boxing career and went undefeated for seven consecutive years. In 2001, he stepped into the ring as a promoter, making him one of a select few professional boxers to simultaneously work as promoters. De La Hoya is now the head of the appropriately named company Golden Box Productions. He is also a personal fighter: he wanted to quit boxing after his mother died of breast cancer in 1990 , but he knew that she wanted him to be a great fighter and he went on to become a ten-time world champion.

Our Prediction:

De La Hoya may have lost last month’s contest against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and while we know he may be slightly past his peak, we don’t quite believe that this is the end He’ll keep knocking us out with his talent, charm and another title fight.

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA

Arts

Fashion Designer

Contact:

Oscar De la Renta

212-282-0500

Highest Academic Level: B.F.A

Madrid, Spain

Age: 74

Residence: New York City, New York

Who he is:

One of the war as leading fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic and studied painting 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 Parke, Jennifer Connelly, and Penelope Cruz, as well as three first ladies (for whom he designed Inaugural Ball dresses), de la Renta has a style that is classic but fresh. He has designed attire for First Lady Laura Bush for three consecutive years and made her 2000 inaugural ball gown. Although he’s no longer a painter, 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.

Our Prediction:

This year has been big for de la Renta, with the launch of an online boutique, digital gift cards and his sixth freestanding store. Expect 2007 to bring with it at least one more store, likely to be international.

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GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Arts

Film Director, Producer

Contact:

GDL International Film Festival

52-33-3121-7461

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Age: 42

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Guillermo del Toro is an academy award nominated Mexican film director. He executive produced his first feature in 1986, at the age of 21. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years as a makeup designer and formed his own company, Necropia, in the early 80s. He also co-founded the Guadalajara based Mexican Film Festival. He has directed a wide variety of films, from comic book adaptations to historical fantasy and horror films, two of which are set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

Why he made the list:

Along with fellow Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Del Toro has spearheaded the Latin American attack on Hollywood, making such memorable moves as Hellboy, Blade II, The Devil’s Backbone and the Academy Award winner Pan’s Labyrinth. In a scenario that could have come from one of his films, his father was kidnapped in Mexico in 1998, prompting del Toro to move abroad to live as an expatriate. A film prodigy, dedicated to Latin American cinema even as his success gave him a ticket to Hollywood Guillermo Del Toro earned a place as one of Time magazine’s 50 Young Leaders for the New Millennium before he made his third film.

Our Prediction:

Guillermo is still hard at work, currently producing a variety of high profile films while simultaneously directing others. Expect his 2008 release of While she was out starring Kim Basinger, to become another blockbuster and Hollywood’s next darling film.

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REMEDIOS DIAZ-OLIVER

Business Owners

President, All American Containers

Contact:

All American Containers

305-887-0797

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A.

Havana Business University

Age: 67

Residence: Miami, Florida

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 ob 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.

Why she made the list:

In 1968, Remedies 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:

No matter how digital the world becomes, companies and people still need computers, cell phones and iPods to be shipped to retail outlets. Expect Remedio’s company to gain even more ground in the industry by striking mega deals with some of the electronics giants.

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MOCTESUMA ESPARZA

Entertainment

CEO, Maya Cinemas North America

Contact:

Maya Cinemas

213-534-3845

Highest Academic Level: M.F.A.

University of California at Los Angeles

Age: 58

Residence: Los Angeles, California

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. With each project, he transforms the image of Latinas by exchanging Hollywood stereotypes with substantive characters. Walkout was based on the true story of a student activist staging a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968, protesting the school system’s anti-Mexican bias The project, which received high accolades, was significant to Esparza: In 1968, he was one of the students who walked out and got arrested. 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.

Our Prediction:

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

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GEORGE FELDENKREIS

Corporate Leaders

Chairman and CEO, Perry Ellis International

Contact:

Perry Ellis International

205-873-1492

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 72

Residence: Miami, Florida

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:

He is considered creme-de-la-creme by the Cuban community in Miami and one of the most important Jewish Latinos in the U.S. In constant motion, Feldenkreis’ company operates with revenues exceeding $650 million. Proud of his mixed heritage, Feldenkreis received the Lincoln-Marti award for his role in the Cuban Refugee Program and has been honored with the David Ben-Gurion Award from the State of Israel. 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.

Our Prediction:

Perry Ellis boasted an 8.3% increase in total revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, which ended January 31, 2007 With the flagship store in Miami and a new licensing agreement for GotchaA, expect Perry Ellis to soar high in revenues.

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RAUL J. FERNANDEZ

Sports

Sport Franchise Owner / Chairman and CEO, ObjectVideo

Contact:

ObjectVideo

703-654-9300

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Economics

University of Maryland

Age: 40

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Fernandez grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland to a Cuban father and an Ecuadorian mother. While still in high school, he landed a job as an aide to Congressman Jack Kemp due to his Spanish-speaking skills. He continued to work on the Hill during his undergraduate years at the University d Maryland. In 1991, he founded Proxicom, a provider of e-business solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He now runs ObjectVideo, the leading provider of intelligent video.

Why he made the list:

With a startup of $40,000 Fernandez deftly sold Proxicom for $450 million before the dot-com bubble burst. His ability to predict business trends and anticipate the best move has made him a formidable leader in the security technology field, with a client list boasting the US. Customs and the Department of Defense. As port of his philanthropic endeavors, he donated $1 million toward a new technology building to his alma mater, St. John’s College High School, an independent, Catholic college preparatory school. Along with his wife Jean Marie, he founded the Fernandez foundation to help underprivileged children in the Washington, D.C area.

Our Prediction:

With the Democratic control of both houses of Congress, the Border Fence law might be revisited, which means less business for ObjectVideo. But as long as homeland security and immigration remain hot button issues, the need for Fernandez’ company will keep increasing.

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RICARDO R. FERNANDEZ

Education

President, Lehman College of The City University of New York

Contact:

Lehman College

718-960-8111

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Literature

Princeton University

Age: 54

Residence: Bronx, NY

Who he is:

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Fernandez has been President of Lehman College of The City University of New York since September, 1990. Fernandez received a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from Marquette University Also, he earned a MA. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University A Fellow in Academic Administration with the American Council on Education (1981-82), he attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1992.

Why he made the list:

Of the few Latinos leading large institutions of higher education, Fernandez is perhaps the most distinguished. Throughout a 30-year career in education, he has focused on methods to improve educational outcomes, especially on preparation programs enabling minority students to enter and complete their undergraduate studies. During Fernandez’ tenure, Lehman College steadily increased the level of its grant-funded research and the variety d its programs, while also becoming a major resource for economic, cultural, and educational development in the Bronx. Fernandez serves on various boards including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Our Prediction:

In addition to more published writings and research, Fernandez could likely seek a city government position to effect greater change in the Big Apple’s educational arena Yet with his existing track record, Fernandez may decide to tackle education at the national level.

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ANTONIO R FLORES

Education

President and CEO, Hispanic Assoc. of Colleges & Universities

Contact:

HACU

210-692-3805

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Education

University of Michigan

Age: 58

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

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:

In the past eleven years Flores 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. This year Flores is working with leaders in higher education and federal agencies and corporations on updating the Higher Education Act, the federal vehicle for targeting grants to HSIs. HACU is requesting $175 million for undergraduate programs and $20 million for a new graduate program.

Our Prediction:

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

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DON FRANCISCO (MARIO KREUTZBERGER)

Entertainment

TV Show Host

Contact:

Univision

310-556-7665

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 66

Residence: Miami, Florida

Who he is:

Don Francisco was born Marie Kreutzberger Blumenfeld in Chile. His parents immigrated from Germany in the 1930s, when, as Jews, their lives came under threat by the Nazi regime. His mother had been a promising classical vocalist and his father worked as a tailor His mother encouraged him to sing. Although the shy young man enjoyed performing with the neighborhood theater group in Santiago, Chile where the family lived, it was not until he created the comical character of Don Francisco that he felt at ease performing.

Why he made the list:

Don Francisco is a visionary. As a young man, he spent two years in New York and discovered television. Believing television to be the future, he returned to Chile and spent a year learning the technical side of television production at Channel 13. Kreutzberger adopted the name of “Don Francisco.” He introduced Sabado Gigante (Giant Saturday) in August, 1962, putting together an 8-hour show of skits, interviews, contests and music. Later reducing it to 3 hours, the show used the same style for forty years. Sabado Gigante is transmitted to 42 countries and reaches over 90% of Hispanic television households in the U.S. It is one of the most viewed programs of Univision Network.

Our Prediction:

Don Francisco will continue to delight and entertain households worldwide, impressing his audience with his expansion into more innovative programming, and further swelling his influence and popularity.

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WILLIAM HENRY GATES III

Third Sector

Founder, Microsoft Corporation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact:

Microsoft

503-443-7070

Highest Academic Level: Three years at

Harvard University

Age: 51

Residence: Medina, Washington

Who he is:

Bill Gates is the philanthropic Chairman of Microsoft Corporation. He grew up in Seattle, Washington with his two sisters, learning the importance of learning from their parents: His mother was a schoolteacher and his father an attorney While attending the private Lakeside School, Gates discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13. In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer Two years later, he formed Microsoft.

Why he made the list:

Under his leadership Microsoft has successfully promoted affordable home computers for everyone. He ushered a revolution with the advent of Windows 95, which made user-friendly computing commonplace and forced more competitive pricing for unlimited internet usage. After his startling retirement announcement in 2006 (as of summer 2008, Gates will start phasing out of the company), Gates and his wife Melinda have dedicated more time on their Foundation and the needs of the global community. The foundation has an endowment of approximately $33 billion to support humanitarian initiatives in the areas of global health and education.

Our Prediction:

Bill and Melinda Gates will further expand their foundation’s commitment of billions to organizations working in global health, educational opportunities, including the Gates Library Initiative to bring computers and training to public libraries in neighborhoods targeting Hispanics and African-Americans.

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RUDOLPH W.L. GIULIANI III

State/Local Government Presidential Candidate 2008

Former Mayor, New York City

Contact:

Giuliani Partners, LLC.

212-931-7300

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

New York University School of Law

Age: 63

Residence: New York City, New York

Who he is:

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was born to a working class family in Brooklyn, New York. As the grandson of Italian immigrants, Giuliani was taught the value d a strong work ethic and respect for the idea of equal opportunity. As a lawyer for the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he prosecuted medium-high profile cases, including organized crime. As mayor of NYC, Giuliani is best remembered for his role in keeping NYC strong after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Why he made the list:

Aside from all d his accolades as an attorney and as the no nonsense Republican Mayor of New York City (1994-2001), Former Mayor Giuliani is seeking a new political seat: the Presidency. In February 2007, Giuliani confirmed on CNN’s Larry King Live what most politicos already guessed: “Yes, I’m running” for President in 2008. According to CNN and Time polls, the 2008 candidate has a slight lead over fellow Republicans. This could diminish should other Republic hopefuls enter the race. Giuliani stands firm on national security Earlier this year, he addressed the immigration issue, stating that the crisis would “be solved by securing the U.S. border and accounting for all illegal aliens.”

Our Prediction:

An instant contender in the 2008 presidential primaries, Giuliani finally admitted he was in the race. Banking on his charismatic but aggressive nature and his notoriety as NYC’s Former Mayor, he’ll run strong, and his heroism during 9/11 may just win him the race.

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ALBERTO R. GONZALES

Federal Government

U.S. Attorney General

Contact:

U.S. Department of Justice

202-353-1555

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Harvard Law School

Age: 51

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Alberto R. Gonzales was sworn in as the nation’s 80th Attorney General on February 3, 2005. Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, he was commissioned as Counsel to President George W. Bush in 2001. He served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and as the 100th Secretary of State (1997 to 1999). Among his many duties, Gonzales was a senior advisor to then Governor Bush chief elections officer and the Governor’s lead liaison on Mexico and border issues.

Why he made the list:

One of the most powerful figures within the Bush Administration. Gonzales is the nation’s first Latino Attorney General. Shortly after he was sworn in Gonzales became the center of a heated race for two vacancies in the U.S. Supreme Court. Had he been nominated and ratified, he would have become the first Latino Supreme Court Justice n history. And yet, Gonzales may unfortunately De remembered as a casualty of this administration. The questionable termination of eight U.S. attorneys opened the gear on another series of scandals: the warrant less wiretaps and the memos concerning the treatment of terror suspects, which has Congress calling for his resignation.

Our Prediction:

Gonzales will continue to fight for his role as U.S. Attorney General. With the right spin Congress and the public may stop waiting for his resignation–but they will not stop watching. He may have to leave politics altogether.

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EMILIO T. GONZALEZ

Federal Government

Director, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Contact:

USCIS

1-800-375-5283

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Int’l Relations

University of Miami

Age: 52

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Originally from Cuba, Gonzalez migrated to the US in 1966 with his family, when he was 9 years old. A graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.A. in International Studies Gonzalez also earned two MA degrees: one in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, Louisiana, and another in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport Rhode island. In addition to earning his Ph.D. from the University of Miami, he also received the Graduate School Award for Academic Achievement.

Why he made the list:

Gonzalez serves as Director of Unfed States Citizenship and immigration Services an Under Secretary position Department of Homeland Security Appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in December 2005, Gonzalez leads an organization of more than 15,000 federal and contract employees responsible for the accurate, efficient and secure processing of immigration benefits.

Our Prediction:

Being at the helm of the USCIS, Gonzalez enforces any changes to the current immigration policies. Expect him to spend the next year preparing for the results of Congress talks and possible solutions for the current immigration situation.

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ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU

Arts

Film Director and Producer

Contact:

Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

424-288-2000

Highest Academic Level: Post Secondary Studies in Film

Age: 43

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu gained artistic respect and numerous awards the world over. With his first feature film, the much lauded and decorated “Amores Perros” (2000), Gonzalez Inarritu made an immediate impact on the film world, including the United States. An instinctive filmmaker, he has thrived on creating.

Why he made the list:

Gonzalez Inarritu began his snow-business career as a DJ at top-rated Mexican radio station, WFM, in 1984. Gonzalez Inarritu then introduced himself to novelist Guillermo Arriaga, author of Un Dulce Olor a Muerte (A Sweet Scent of Death), and began collaborating on short films. Intending at first, to make 11 shorts, they decided to focus on three and film feature length movies. They created Amores Perras, which won on Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Language film. Gonzalez Inarritu went on to direct 21 Grams and Babel. He is currently filming Chacun son cinema (To Each his Cinema). Gonzalez Inarritu is the first Mexican to receive an Oscar-nomination for Best Director (Babel).

Our Prediction:

He will slam his heart-wrenching, nerve-twisting style on American audiences for a couple of years, changing it to avoid predictability. Be warned! Change doesn’t mean selling out. He has no need or desire to give in to the Hollywood machine.

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DR. PEDRO J. GREER, JR.

Health & Sciences

Adjunct Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Department of Medicine, University of Miami

Contact:

Dr. Greer’s Practice

305-856-7333

Highest Academic Level: M.D.

Universidad Catolica, D.R.

Age: 51

Residence: Miami, Florida

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 net way to celebrate her birthday. In her name, he promised he would not let any of his patients suffer alone. Today, Dr. Greer 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 pioneer in providing medical care to the poor and homeless. Dr. Greer literally touches the lives of thousands of Miami residents. In 1984, while working as an intern at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, the death of a nameless man charged the direction of his career and eventually led him to the Camillus House a shelter for the homeless where he established a Clinic. In total, Dr. Greer founded and directs three clinics for the homeless, undocumented and working poor as a volunteer. me sits on several boards including the Rand Corporation and Comic Relief and was granted a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship. In 1997, he received the Presidential Service Award.

Our Prediction:

Dr. Greer’s commitment and vision proves that one person can inspire and creole change in his community. Expect to see him continue his search under highways and alleys for the less fortunate–with more Miamian volunteers behind him to help.

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CARLOS M. GUTIERREZ

Federal Government

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

Contact:

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

202-482-2000

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A. in Business Administration

Monterrey Institute of Technology

Age: 53

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he 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. In nominating him, President Bush said, “He understands the world of business, from the first rung on the ladder to the very top.”

Our Prediction:

With an administration that’s been engaged in war, thus diverting attention, and funds, away from the business sector, Gutierrez has been hard-pressed to deeply impact the D.O.C Expect him to fulfill his duties and immediately return to corporate America.

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LUIS V. GUTIERREZ

U.S. Congress

Congressman, 4th District, Illinois

Contact:

U.S. House of Representatives

202-225-8203

Highest Academic Level: Bachelor of Arts

Northeastern Illinois University

Age: 53

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

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. As a member of the City Council, he led the fight for affordable housing, tougher ethics rules, and a law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Why he made the list:

Now in his eighth term, Congressman Gutierrez continues to be an effective legislator and energetic spokesman behalf of his constituents in Illinois’ Fourth District. Gutierrez’ tireless leadership championing the causes of Latino and immigrant communities has earned him widespread acclaim. In the past, Gutierrez introduced bills such as Section 245(i) visa program that keeps family members united while an individual awaits a visa, and a bill to crack-down on firms that overcharge customers particularly within the Mexican American community sending money via international wire transfers.

Our Predictions:

Following the Democratic Party’s control of Congress, expect Gutierrez to play a key role in bringing the reform bill back to the table and make crucial amendments that will benefit both legal and illegal Latino immigrants in the U.S.

044

SALMA HAYEK

Entertainment

Actress, Producer

Contact:

William Morris

Agency

310-859-4000

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Int’l Relations

Universidad Iberoamericana

Age: 40

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who she is:

Born and raised in a wealthy Mexican home to a Lebanese father and Spanish mother, Salma Hayek Jimenez was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana when she was 12. She was sent home for being a prankster and eventually finished high school in Houston, Texas, where she lived with an aunt. She attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. After graduating, she decided to pursue an acting career, working in telenovelas. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and had her first Hollywood break in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado.

Why she made the list:

Perhaps the most highly-acclaimed Latina in the industry, Hayek has developed a reputation of being a diva. She has appeared in more than 30 films including Desperado, Wild Wild West, Dogma, and After the Sunset. But it was the film Frida that ultimately proved Hawk’s stellar acting and producing abilities. Her project, the ABC sitcom Ugly Betty, was deftly moved from the Friday night dead zone to Thursdays at 8pm preceding Grey’s Anatomy. Her latest project, a big departure for her, is her first pregnancy and engagement to wealthy French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault.

Our Prediction

With her reputation as a credible and respectable producer already clearly established, expect Salma to take a year off to enjoy the thrills of a fresh marriage and first time motherhood, then come back with a vengeance with another TV hit.

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DAVID HAYES-BAUTISTA

Health & Science

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

Contact:

CESLAC at UCLA

310-794-0663

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Medical Sociology

University of California-San Francisco

Age: 56

Residence: Los Angeles, California

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’s studies focus on the dynamics and processes of the Latino population’s health issues. His studies have helped the medical field in proving equitable services to Latinos and even helped dispel certain myths surrounding Hispanics. One of his studies concluded that California’s congested highways would be less crowded if more commuters followed the example of Latinos and other immigrants, most of who use public transportation or carpool. The study reported that U.S.-born Latinos were more likely than Anglos to share rides or use public transportation. The findings contradict presumptions that the increase in the state’s Latino population would increase traffic congestion.

Our Prediction:

With new studies due to be published on topics such as targeting physician density differences in Los Angeles County, expect Hayes-Bautista to successfully stir again the waters of Hispanic awareness and continue to make his indelible mark on demographic research.

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ADOLFO HENRIQUES

Corporate Leaders

Chairman, President and CEO, Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.

Contact:

FECI

904-829-3421

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A. in accounting

Florida International University

Age: 52

Residence: Miami, Florida

Who he is:

Prior to accepting his current FECI past last spring, the Havana-born Miami winner of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship had served on the Board of Directors and as chairman of the Audit Committee. His selection was based on the strong business ties he nurtured in South Florida, where, before being named to the head of FECI, he had served as CEO of Regions Bank and CEO of Union Planters Southern Group, as well as other senior executive positions with NationsBank, Barnett Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Why he made the list:

Henriques worked magic with Union Planters. Over a three-year period that staffed in 1997, he oversaw five acquisitions and helped the bank grow from $1.2 billion to $6.8 billion. So far, FECI, Inc. is on the same track. FECI reported consolidated revenues of $107.0 million for the third quarter, up from $86.7 million in the third quarter of 2005. That increase is due to added revenue produced by two wholly owned subsidiaries, one d which was a recent FECI acquisition.

Our Prediction:

In 2006, Henriques and long time friend, land developer Armando Codina completed a lucrative merger, acquiring 30 million square feet of land in Florida’s hot real estate markets. We’re belling he will sell a good chunk for a substantial profit.

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CAROLINA HERRERA

Arts

Fashion Designer

Contact:

Carolina Herrera

U.S.A.

917-403-2651

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 66

Residence: New York City, New York

Who she is:

With a sales volume of over $100 million worldwide, Carolina Herrera has rose to international fashion icon status. With determination and encouragement from her friend, Count Crespi, and the fashion expert, 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 Onassis, who employed Herrero for over a decade as her personal designer Her unique designs and fragrances are sold exclusively at the world’s top specially stores.

Why she made the list:

With a sales volume of over $100 million worldwide, Carolina Herrera has rose to international fashion icon status. With determination and encouragement from her friend, Count Crespi, and the fashion expert, 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 Onassis, who employed Herrera for over a decade as her personal designer. Her unique designs and fragrances are sold exclusively at the world’s top specialty stores. Her leadership, vision and accomplishments earned her the 2007 Star Gazer Award, presented by Fashion Group International.

Our Prediction:

Herrera’s popularity will continue to soar, especially along the West Coast Los Angeles becomes home to the “Carolina Herrera, New York” boutique. The boutique, located on Melrose Place, serves as the West Coast flagship of the Carolina Herrera empire.

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ALBERTO IBARGUEN

Third Sector

President, CEO and Trustee, The Knight Foundation

Contact:

The Knight Foundation

305-908-2600

Highest Academic Level: Honorary Ph.D.

George Washington University

Age: 63

Residence: Miami, Florida

Who he is:

Ibarguen was born in Puerto Rico, one of five children of a Puerto Rican mother and a Cuban father. He was 8 when his father, a marketing executive for a pharmaceutical company, moved the family to the New York metro area He studied at Wesleyan University and later served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon territory and in Colombia. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he practiced law in Hartford.

Why he made the list:

As head of The John S. and James L Knight Foundation, Ibarguen is at the helm of one of the nation’s largest private independent foundations With assets of $1.9 billion, the foundation makes grants of more than $90 million annually to promote excellence in journalism worldwide and invest in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities where the Knight brothers, the foundation’s founders, operated newspapers. He is the former publisher and Chairman of the award-winning The Miami Herald. The newspaper won three of its 19 Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure and El Nuevo Herald won the Ortega y Gassel Prize for excellence in journalism.

Our Prediction:

Ibarguen left the Miami Herald alter being accused of allowing staff reporters to work for Fidel Castro-friendly media. With his appointment at the foundation, we expect Ibarguen to solidly re-establish his reputation as an advocate of free and responsible press.

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DAVID C. LIZARRAGA

Business Owners

President and CEO, TELACU/Chairman, USHCC

Contact:

TELACU

323-721-1655

Highest Academic Level: Honorary doctorate

California State University, Los Angeles

Age: 58

Residence: Los Angeles, California

In the 1960s, as a young man in East LA., Lizarraga saw the many empty buildings and the out-of-work families in his neighbor 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 hefty $10 million 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 an the West Coast. Under his guidance, TELACU’s assets grew to nearly $400 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:

In 2006. The USHCC applauded the Senate Immigration Bill S 2611, which aims at re solving the immigration controversy. With the changes in Congress, Lizarraga and the USHCC will keep a watchful eye for any departures from the bill’s initial objective.

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EVA LONGORIA

Entertainment

Actress

Contact:

United Talent Agency

310-273-6700

Highest Academic Level: B.S. in Kinesiology

Texas A&M

Age: 32

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas to Mexican-American Catholic parents Enrique Longoria Jr. and Ella Eva Mireles, Eva is the youngest of bur daughters. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. After completing college, she entered a talent contest, which led her to Los Angeles, California. Shortly thereafter, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent.

Why she made the list:

As Hispanic ex-model Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Longoria has developed a huge fan base. In 2005, she took home a Screen Actors Guild Award, along with her fellow cast members, for outstanding performance by an ensemble. Longoria is also actively involved in a variety of charities, as well as initiatives to recognize Latinos in the US. With her high profile image, Eva has also become the new face, and soul, of the NCLR’s famous Alma Awards.

Prediction:

On November, 2006, Longoria announced the creation of her foundation, Eva’s Heroes for the mentally and physically challenged, in honor of her sister. Expect Longoria to shift gears, spending more time as a philanthropist and less time as an actress.

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GEORGE LOPEZ

Entertainment

Actor, Stand-up comedian

Contact:

Marleah Leslie & Associates

323-966-4669

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 46

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

George Lopez faced many obstacles and overcame them all, getting us to laugh with him. Born in Mission Hills, California, Lopez was two when his father left him. Later, his mother remarried, leaving Lopez with his grandmother His first comedic experience occurred in 1979. It was open mike night at a Los Angeles club-the same day he graduated from high school. In 2004, he set a record at Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles with seven sold-out performances. For this year’s tour, he’s looking to do it again in every dry.

Why he made the list:

Lopez has set new standards on prime-time TV as the star of the successful English-language, prime-time television sitcom George Lopez has completed its sixth season as one of the most-watched shows on ABC He’s also been featured in films including Real Women Have ‘ Curves, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D, and Tortilla Heaven. He has received the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award, the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award, and the Vision Award. He and his wife Ann are the national spokespeople for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California.

Our Prediction:

Lopez will start to conquer the big screen as a leading man, not in small roles or voiceovers He already has a few movies in the works. Next up, look for Lopez as Agent Ernie Rodriguez in Ben Garant’s Balls of Fury.

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JOHN C. LOPEZ

Business Owners

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Lopez Foods, Inc.

Contact:

Lopez Foods

405-789-7500

Highest Academic Level: Some College

Northern Arizona University

Age: 56

Residence: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Who he is:

Born to working parents in the barrios of Glendale Arizona, Lopez grew up with a desire to have a better future. Though he won a football scholarship to play in college, John left before completing his degree in order to get married and start a family. Later on, he became one of the first staff members of the Southern Council of La Raza, which later became the NCLR. A few years later, when he became a Franchisee for McDonald’s Corporation, a remarkably fruitful and successful business relationship was born.

Why he made the list:

Lopez innate business sense earned him the confidence of the fast-food giant, and eventually McDonald’s urged him to buy a meat processing plant in Oklahoma that was for sale. Timid at first, but ever the businessman, Lopez took a chance and purchased Normac Foods in 1992. Three years later, he changed the name to Lopez Foods, and today his company is the largest Latino-owned manufacturer of beef and park products in the United States. His company is a major producer of meat products for McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Sonic, Burger King, Sam’s Club and Applebee’s, and it boasted sales of approximately $460 million in 2005.

Our Prediction:

With the recent acquisition of two new plants in the U.S., Lopez is hoping to cross the $1 Billion mark this year. He’s not only going to do it, he will also well surpass it.

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THE LOZANO FAMILY

Media

Founders, La Opinion Newspaper

Contact:

ImpreMedia

212-807-4770

Highest Academic Level: Various

Age: N/A

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who they are:

In 1926, Mexican-born Lozano founded La Opinion newspaper in Los Angeles, California. His vision to form an independent newspaper for the Mexican population has continued for the past eight decades by his children and grandchildren. Ignacio’s grandson Jose Ignacio was the publisher from 1986-2004, when ImpreMedia acquired La Opinion. Today, he serves as ImpreMedia’s vice chairman, and his sister Monica is senior vice president and publisher of La Opinion.

Why they made the list:

For more than 80 years, the Lozano family has kept the integrity of journalism alive through their publications. Most importantly, they have been able to change with the times, growing from a small paper for Southern California in the 1920s to a large, digital enterprise in the 21st century. Their Latino family loyalty is strong and the lineage has not been broken from Ignacio to Francisco. La Opinion’s community outreach commitment was extended a few years ago to include the Exito Empresarial program. The company offers training courses designed by the Small Business Administration in marketing, accounting, financial planning, and business plan development for entrepreneurs.

Our Prediction:

As ImpreMedia grows, so will La Opinion and the Lozano family’s publishing prowess. With newspapers struggling to survive the digital revolution, this South California staple reported an 11% increase in readership. As La Opinion Digital gains momentum, that number should increase.

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GREGORIO LUKE

Arts

Museum of Latin American Art

(MoLAA)

Contact:

MoLAA

562-437-1689

Highest Academic Level: M.A. in Communications

American University

Age: 46

Residence: Long Beach, California

Who he is:

Born n Mexico City in 1960 Luke is the son of an American engineer and Gloria Contreras, the world famous Mexican choreographer In 1968, Gregorio and his mother established themselves permanently in Mexico City, where Gloria founded the Taller Coreografico de UNAM. In 1996, Gregorio worked at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles as fine Consulate for Cultural Affairs. Two years later, he left the Mexican Consulate. In 1999, he was named Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California.

Why he made the list:

With an impressive background in The arts and culture, Luke is at the helm of the only museum in the Western U.S. to feature Latino art exclusively, and few know how to showcase Latino art like he does. His work at the museum, coupled with a lifetime of promoting Latino arts and culture, have won him numerous awards, such as the Nuestra Imagen Award and the Irving Leonard Award, conferred by the Hispanic society of the Library of Congress.

Our Prediction:

MoLAA is fast becoming the reference place of choice for Latino art in the U.S., Luke’s expertise and commitment is a catalyst for that change. Expect Luke to soon turn the museum into the West Coast version of New York’s MOMA.

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CATHY LYONS

Corporate Leaders

SVP of Strategic Change Management, Imaging and Printing, Hewlett-Packard

Contact:

Hewlett Packard

650-85701501

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A. in Marketing

University of Colorado

Age: 50

Residence: Boise, Idaho

Who she is:

A second generation Mexican-American, Lyons has always been proud of her Latino roots, and she’s made a point of “welcoming people for who they are, with their culture, values and perspectives intact,” thus fostering a diversity-friendly atmosphere among HP’s workforce. A 28-year HP veteran, Lyons’ skills have been tapped for such positions as senior vice president of business imaging and printing and vice president and general manager of the supplies business.

Why she made the list:

As former CMO of one of the world’s largest computer corporations, Lyons was responsible for the company’s comprehensive global marketing strategy. A 28 year veteran of HP, Lyons most recently led the company’s worldwide branding efforts all its marketing initiatives, including external communications, internal communications, brand marketing, marketing strategy and excellence, corporate affairs, region corporate marketing, and total customer experience and quality. In her new role at HP, Lyons will take on responsibility for strategic change management and will perform a key role in driving further innovation and market leadership within the organization.

Our Prediction:

Our image of HP’s future is clear–Lyons will use her proven skills to drive change in the HP imaging and printing division. What about the big picture? Many happy customers, of course.

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PATRICIA MADRID

Judicial System

Former Attorney General, New Mexico

Contact:

Dickstein Shapiro

202-420-2278

Highest Academic Level: Juris Doctor

University of New Mexico

Age: 60

Residence: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Who she is:

A native New Mexican and the first woman elected to New Mexico district court in 1978, Patricia Madrid became the nation’s first Latina attorney genera in 1998. Reelected in 2002, Madrid has been honored by the Latina Bar Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and has received the Trailblazer Award from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. Her term as attorney general came to an end when she lost to incumbent Heather Wilson by only 875 votes.

Why she made the list:

Her record as New Mexico’s attorney general included crack-downs on Internet crimes against children, violent crimes and identity theft. Also during her tenure, Madrid helped increase the number of prosecutions against violent crimes and tackled health care issue by working to decrease prescription costs. Not one to be thwarted by defeat, Madrid remains in politics, currently working at John Edward’s National Finance Committee and serving as a consultant for Dickstein Shapiro, LLC

Our Prediction:

Madrid’s time in politics is hardly over. Now part of the Washington political scene, Madrid’s know how and reputation will continue to grow. Even though she is currently not seeking office, we believe we’ll see her name on the ballot again soon.

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MANA

Entertainment

Musical Group

Contact:

Angelo Medina

787-724-3277

Highest Academic Level: Various

Age: N/A

Residence: Federal District, Mexico

Who they are:

Originally known as Sombrero Verde, Mana first came to be in the late 1970s, back when four teenage musicians got together to produce tribute rock in honor of the bands they admired, namely The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. In 1986, they adopted the name Mana, Polynesian for “positive energy,” and gained international recognition. Today, Mana consists of Sergio Vallin, Fher Olvera, Alex Gonzalez and Juan Diego and has become a global phenomenon.

Why they made the list:

Few artists can command global stardom as Mana has. But Mana is about more than fame. In 1995, the group established Fundacion Selva Negra, which works to preserve the global environment. Recently, they met with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss immigration and environmental issues. U.S. crowds adore Mana, who will begin a 19-city U.S. tour in August and end it in October with a New York concert that rumor has it will echo the famed Live Aid concert of the 1980s. U.S. sales of their most recent album, Amar as Combatir, topped 500,000 after only a month on the market and helped Mana reach #4 on the Billboard 200.

Our Prediction:

Mana’s message is loud and clear–care. Just as Bono and U2 called attention to issues closest to their hearts, Mana will inspire the same call to action and become important social champions of the 21st Century.

058

MELQUIADES “MEL” MARTINEZ

U.S. Congress

Senator, Florida

Contact:

U.S. Senate

202-224-3041

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Florida State University College of Law

Age: 60

Residence: Orlando, Florida

Who he is:

Cuban-born Martinez arrived in the U.S. at 15 as part of the humanitarian mission, Operation Pedro Pan. Having come to the U.S. without his family, Martinez lived in youth facilities and Foster homes until, 1966, when he and his family were reunited. A successful trial attorney, Martinez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. At the urging of the president, he sought the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida. He won and was swam in as Florida’s 33rd U.S. Senator in January 2005.

Why he made the list:

The first Cuban-American to serve in the U.S. Senate, Martinez is considered a conservative Republican–he is prolife, opposes same-sex marriage, and supports the troops and their mission in Iraq. A steward of his state, Senator Martinez helped to push through legislation which created a 125-mile buffer zone along Florida’s coast, thus protecting that area from off-shore drilling, and has been praised for his gentlemanly conduct throughout negotiations. Also passionate about democratic reforms, Martinez is dedicated to advancing civil society throughout the Western hemisphere and is actively involved in U.S. Cuban policy.

Our Prediction:

Helping to craft the Hagel-Martinez compromise that protects Florida’s coast earned Martinez a reputation as a gentleman and master negotiator. Those skills will make Martinez a valuable resource and prominent voice in Washington, especially after the next election.

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JORGE L. MAS, JR.

Business Owners

Director and Chairman of the Board, Mas Tec, Inc.

Contact:

MasTec

305-599-1800

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A.

University of Miami

Age: 44

Residence: Miami, Florida

Who he is:

Jorge Mas is the son of the late Jorge Mas Canosa, a Cuban exile who helped pioneer telecommunications and who founded the Cuban American National Foundation. In 1994, Jorge L. Mas brought his father’s construction firm to a higher level. He made an aggressive move to acquire rival construction company Burnup & Sims, and successfully merged the two to become MasTec. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation.

Why he made the list:

In 1999, MasTec became the first Hispanic-owned business in American history to reach $1 billion in revenues. The telecommunications firm deals in cutting-edge technology, providing energy infrastructure construction to major wireless providers, cable TV companies and energy groups including Time Warner and Sprint. MasTec also has a large humanitarian scope. In anticipation of Hurricane Katrina, the MasTec Family Foundation sent donations of $25,000 to U.S.A. Harvest, a non-profit organization providing food for displaced hurricane victims. Mas is also the executive director of the Mas Family Foundation, which currently manages a $5 million endowment funded by the Mas family.

Our Prediction:

MasTec just reported first quarter income from continuing operations of $7.0 million a 70 percent increase over the same period in 2006. As telecommunications, satellite and energy capital expenditures continue to boom, MasTec can count on more hefty profits in 2008.

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ELISEO MEDINA

Private Organizations/Advocacy Groups

Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Contact:

SEIU

202-898-3200

Highest Academic Level: 8th grade

Age: 61

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

As a boy, Medina crossed me U.S.-Mexican border with his mother and siblings to join his laborer father Medina’s experience as a laborer inspired him to join Cesar Chavez in the famed UFW strike in the 1960s. In 1989 thousands of immigrant workers marching through the towers of Century City were attacked and badly beaten by the Los Angeles police, resulting in a huge city uproar and pressure on contractors to sign union agreements. They were represented by SEIU. Today, Medina is a leader in SEIU, the nation’s largest labor union

Why he made the list:

As International Executive Vice President of SEIU Medina helped make it the fastest-growing union on the West Coast and the largest union in California. Named to the Labor Federation’s Special Committee on Immigration Policy, Medina eventually became involved the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s historic shift in immigration policy in February 2000 and helped strengthen ties between the Catholic Church and the labor movement on common issues, such as immigrant labor rights and health care access. Through the SEIU, he is working to bring union protection to workers in the least union-friendly states ana actively supports new immigration legislation.

Our Prediction:

As immigration continues to be a hot topic, powerhouse Medina will push for positive changes to current policy. And with a sympathetic Democratic majority controlling Washington, Medina’s chances for success couldn’t be better.

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MANUEL “MANNY” MEDINA

Business Owners

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Terremark WorldWide, Inc.

Contact:

Terremark Worldwide

305-856-3200

Highest Academic Level: B.S. in Accounting

Florida Atlantic University

Age: 55

Residence: Coral Gables, Florida

Who he is:

Manny Medina arrived in the U.S. with his parents in 1965. A product of Florida public schools, Miami Dade College and Florida Atlantic University, Medina is an accomplished businessman who is currently acclaimed for founding Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a leading operator of integrated Tier-1 Internet exchanges and a global provider of managed IT infrastructure solutions for government and private sectors. A member of the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame. Medina has earned many honors, including being named 2006 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year.

Why he made the list:

Medina is considered a king in the technology World and he’s worked hard to earn that title. Currently, Terremark, which Medina founded in 1980, delivers its portfolio of services from eleven locations in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. An active and successful businessman, Medina is also sought after by national and community leaders for committee work. For example, Medina was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Board of Directors for IT Florida and went down in history as the first chairman of the State of Florida’s Digital Divide Council.

Our Prediction:

Technology’s hold on global business and global relations continues to expand. True to his ambitious nature, Medina will stay on top of new technologies and turn Terremark Worldwide, Inc., into a household name.

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ROBERT “BOB” MENENDEZ

US Congress

U.S. Senator, New Jersey

Contact:

U.S. Senate

202-224-4744

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Rutgers University School of Law

Age: 53

Residence: Hoboken, New Jersey

Who he is:

Bob Menendez grew up the son of immigrants in a tenement building in Union City, New Jersey. A product of New Jersey’s public schools and a graduate of the state’s universities, he has served as a school board member, a mayor, and a state legislator, first as a congressman and now as senator. He earned national notoriety after 9-11 when he reformed the nation’s intelligence and public health systems, as well as working to create an independent commission to investigate terrorist attacks.

Why he made the list:

An experienced public servant, Menendez left Congress when he was appointed in January 2006 by New Jersey Governor John Corzine to fill in an empty seat in the senate. He was officially elected last November to a six-year term. As senator, he serves on the Senate Committees on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Budget; and Foreign Relations. He is also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection.

Our Prediction:

Menendez is not afraid to take on mountainous tasks, as he demonstrated when taking on the mayor of Union City for abusing his office. He will continue to fight for his beliefs, and the true winners will be the voters.

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J. MARIO MOLINA

Business Owners

President and CEO, Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Contact:

Molina Healthcare

888-562-5442

Highest Academic Level: M.D.

University of Southern California

Age: 49

Residence: Pasadena, California

Who he is:

Son of Dr. C. David Molina, Mario runs Molina Healthcare, a managed healthcare company that provides care to individuals covered under Medicaid, the Healthy Families Program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other government-sponsored health insurance programs in seven states (California, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington). He has served as medical director of Molina Healthcare as well as vice president, overseeing provider contracting, member services, market and quality assurance.

Why he made the list:

Part of Molina Healthcare’s vision is to keep the individual physician central to providing healthcare–not the HMO. To further help its patients, Molina Healthcare created the Cultural and Linguistics Services Program to help physicians and other employees learn more about their patients’ cultures and thus improve their approach to care. In April, Molina was recognized as one of three honorees of a Lo Maximo award from Homeboy Industries. Along with his bother John, he was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Molina’s success has also caught national attention.

Our Prediction:

Molina’s prescription for success will raise Molina Healthcare higher on the list of the 100 fastest-growing companies that operates in an American inner city. The end result will be better healthcare for those in need of real options.

064

ARTURO “ARTE” MORENO

Sports

Owner, Los Angeles Angels, Major League Baseball Team

Contract:

Anaheim Stadium

714-940-2000

Highest Academic Level: B.B.A.

University of Arizona

Age: 60

Residence: Tucson, Arizona

Who he is:

The oldest of 11 children, Moreno joined the army as a young man and fought in the Vietnam War. In 1973, the Tucson native was hired by the billboard company Eller Outdoor, which started his lucrative career in the outdoor advertising business. Listed by Forbes as one of America’s wealthiest and an avid baseball fan, Moreno has used his wealth to buy various teams, including the minor league Salt Lake City Trappers and the major league team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Why he made the list:

Under Moreno’s ownership, the Angels are currently worth $368 million, twice the amount Moreno initially paid for the club. The increase is due to Moreno’s financial genius. Among his strategies were renaming the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, lowering ticket and concession prices and spending more on players. Just prior to the start of the 2006 Major League season, Moreno scored another success by signing a lucrative contract with Fox Sports Net for the TV broadcast rights for the Angels’ regular season games. The 10-year deal will significantly increase the team’s broadcast revenue.

Our Prediction:

Currently at the top spot of the American League’s West Division, the Angels may well win the division’s pennant by season’s end. With a strong pitching staff and defense, they could easily return to post-season play in 2007, and maybe even win the championship.

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JANET MURGUIA

Private Organizations/Advocacy groups

President and CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Contact:

National Council of La Raza

202-785-1670

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

University of Kansas

Age: 46

Residence: Kansas City, Kansas

Who she is:

Mexican-American Janet Murguia stepped into her role in 2005, succeeding Rail Yzaguirre as President and Chief Executive Officer of the NCLR. Murguia began her career in Washington as legislative counsel to former Kansas congressman Jim Slattery, serving for seven years. She then worked at the White House from 1994 to 2000, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She served as deputy director of legislative affairs.

Why she made the list:

As NCLR president, Murguia oversees the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, which works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The organization focuses on four major functions: capacity-building assistance; applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy; public information efforts; and special and international projects. Not one to be easily intimidated, Murguia stepped into her new role and forged ahead with a determination that made skeptics realize that she, like her predecessor, means business.

Our Prediction:

With the Rupublican-to-Democrat changeover, Murguia stands a great chance to be heard in political circles. Expect her to continue to advocate for Latinos and become one of the strongest voices in promoting a solution for the current immigration situation.

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ALEX NOGALES

Entertainment

President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition

Contact:

National Hispanic Media Coalition

213-534-3026

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in film and television

University of California at Los Angeles

Age: 63

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

The son of migrant farm workers from Mexico, Nogales grew up in Calexico, California. He spent the majority of his childhood traveling with his family and helping them pick craps. Later in life, he was able to pursue an education and obtained an undergraduate degree in film and television at the age of 32. He worked as a staff writer for Villa Alegre, a bilingual children’s television show, and moved on to CBS. He left television in 1989 and became a formidable businessman and was elected to his current post in the late 1990s.

Why he made the list:

Nogales presides over a very powerful organization in the U.S. media: the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC). Among his many credits, Nogales has been instrumental in persuading the major TV networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox), to incorporate more diverse programming to their schedules that promote a positive image of Latinos. Nogales recently spearheaded a an initiative to persuade PBS to ensure that Latino contributions were included in a public-funded documentary about World War II named “The War”. His successful efforts resulted in PBS hiring Latino producer Hector Galan to assist in the re-edition of the documentary, soon to be aired on PBS.

Our Prediction:

Currently, Nogales is evaluating diversity performances at the nation’s four major networks. Riding on the waves of his success at including Latinos in PBS’ “The War,” we can safely bet we’ll be seeing more Latino-based television in the next year.

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EDWARD JAMES OLMOS

Entertainment

Actor, Director, Producer

Contact:

Olmos Productions

818-560-8651

Highest Academic Level: Some College

Age: 60

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born and raised in East LA., Olmos’ first passion was baseball. Though his father was convinced that Eddie would make it to the majors, Olmos soon discovered a passion for music and dance. By the time he was 25 he was engaged in experimental theater, and in 1978 landed the part of “El Pachuco” in the Luis Valdez’ Broadway musical, Zoot Suit. The role landed him his first Tony Award nomination and helped propel what has become a truly illustrious acting career.

Why he made the list:

Not only a famous face, Olmos is also tireless activist for all causes that promote equal rights for Latinos and often stands as the Latino voice in Hollywood. Besides his extensive recognition as an actor (a Golden Globe and two Academy Award nominations). Olmos is deeply involved with the community. Olmos’ philanthropy and pride have been recognized with an LA. Heritage Award, a Nosotros Foundation Golden Eagle, the Harvard multicultural Award and just this March, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Olmos is also a spokesperson and board member of various organizations.

Our Prediction:

Olmos has achieved the perfect combination of celebrated performer and dynamic activist. He is a voice that many will listen to, and a talent that people enjoy. Expect to see more of him in the Marches for Immigration Rights.

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HARRY PACHON

Opinion Leaders

President, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

Contact:

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

213-821-5615

Highest Academic Level: Ph.D. in Government

Claremont Graduate School

Age: 61

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

As the president and professor at Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Pachon is an acclaimed expert in Latino policy and immigration policy, information technology and political behavior. His notable work has earned him national and international prestige. In the United States, Pochon was handpicked to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. For his continued work in support of Mexican Americans, the Mexican government presented Pachon with the Ohtli(humanitarian) Award.

Why he made the list:

Few Latinos have championed such issues citizenship and education for Latino Youth as much as Pachon. It’s one thing to cry out in anguish over a problem and another to study it, bring it into public view and propose solutions. But the latter tactic is the one that Pachon implements. The ability to take the tougher road is something to admire in him. Pachon also helped establish the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and he launched a much lauded U.S. citizenship project that has been replicated on a multi-ethnic basis nationally He has published many articles and journals and co-authored three books on U.S. Latino politics and political behavior

Our Prediction:

Pachon’s studies on Latino home ownership, immigrant assimilation and children’s health care were completed this past year. Policy makers will definitely pay attention to Pochon’s findings when creating policies, which will impact American Latinos for the better.

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NANCY PELOSI

US Congress

Speaker of the House, House of Representatives

Contact:

U.S. Congress

202-225-4965

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

Trinity College

Age: 67

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who she is:

Born Nancy D’Alesandro in Baltimore, Pelasi is the daughter of a congressman and former mayor of Baltimore. When she married Paul Pelosi, they moved to his hometown of San Francisco. First elected to office in 1987, she went down in history in 2003 when she was chosen to lead the Democratic party, becoming the first woman in America to lead a major political party in either house of Congress. She made history again earlier this year when she became the first woman to be elected House Speaker.

Why she made the list:

Pelosi is generally considered a member of the party’s liberal/progressive wing, partly because of the fact that she represents San Francisco, long a bastion of liberal politics. However, she is sometimes seen as moderate than liberal. With her ascension this January to Speaker of the House, Pelasi is garnering more prestige every day, as her voice and ideals reverberates throughout the Capitol. Representing the intellectual capital of Northern California, she is the highest-ranking politician in Washington from the state with the largest Hispanic population.

Our Prediction:

This year, Pdosi led Congress in passing a vote to end the war in Iraq. The Democrats under Pelosi’s leadership, are more united than ever. Expect her to push Jot the Senate to approve the bill to end the war, and win.

070

GUILLERMO PERALES

Business Owners

President and CEO, CG Management

Contact:

CG Management, LLC

972-620-2287

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A

Texas A&M University

Age: 43

Residence: Dallas, Texas

Who he is:

Born in Mexico City and raised in Saltillo, Mexico. Perales is the largest Latino franchisee in the U.S. In 1992. he graduated from Texas A&M with an MBA in Finance. He started getting involved in the development and operation of restaurants in 1993 and by 1997, using his experience in restaurant operations. Perales found immediate success with a singe Golden Corral location. Today he owns over 130 restaurants, including Denny’s, Popeye’s, Burger King and Golden Corral and he employs more man 4,000 people.

Why he made the list:

Unquestionably, Perales is the epitome of successful entrepreneurship, as his accomplishments in the franchising business clearly denote. His company is the third fastest-growing Hispanic company n the country. In 2003 Perales’ company was considered one of the toe ten minority-owned businesses in me U.S., with revenues of more than $180 million and more than 40,000,000 meals served per year. The #1 company in job creation in the last five years. Perales’ CG Management has also been awarded the Popeye’s Gold Plate award for #1 in Operations Excellence in 2006.

Our Prediction:

Much can happen in a few years, as Perales has proved time and again by molding fledgling enterprises into financial successes. We wouldn’t be surprised if Perales takes his company from the third growing to fastest growing minority-owned business in the US.

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ANTONIO M. PEREZ

Corporate Leaders

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company

Contact:

Eastman Kodak Company

585-724-2137

Highest Academic Level: B.S. in Electronics Engineering

Spain

Age: 60

Residence: Rochester, New York

Who he is: A naturalized U.S. citizen. Perez Joined Kodak in April 2003 after a career that included 25 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company’s Executive Council. Just prior to joining Kodak Perez served as an independent consultant for large investment firms, providing counsel on the effect of technology shifts on financial markets. Perez became Kodak’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2005.

Why he made the list:

Perez is leading a four-year transformation of the company into a digital industry leader. Under his lead, Kodak formed a Graphic Communications Group that delivers variable digital printing and workflow solutions to commercial printing customers. Kodak’s digital cameras in the $200-$399 category earned the top ranking in JD. Power & Associates’ 2006 digital camera customer satisfaction study for the third straight year In 2007, he spearheaded the launch of Kodak’s new consumer inkjet printers, which use premium inks and papers designed to save consumers up to 50 percent over conventional inkjet products.

Our Prediction:

Perez is a proven leader who has what it takes to take advantage of the popularity behind digital technology. He won’t be shy about taking Kodak past its comfort zone of film and into a major player in digital imaging.

072

JORGE M. PEREZ

Business Owners

Chairman of the Board, The Related Group of Florida

Contact:

The Related Group

305-460-9900

Highest Academic Level: M.A.A.

University of Michigan

Age: 57

Residence: Coconut Grove, Florida

Who he is:

The largest real estate developer in Miami Dade County, Perez was born to Cuban parents in Argentina. Perez moved to The U.S., and went to C.W. Post College in New York before receiving a Masters Degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He began his career by building affordable housing in Miami neighborhoods like Little Havana and Homestead, and eventually worked his way up to form The Related Group. He is also an avid collector of Latin American an with more than 400 paintings in his personal collection.

Why he made the list:

Although financially successful, Perez’s chief goal is building communities. Considered the father of South Florida urban revolution, Perez’s buildings are designed with a “walking” community in mind-shopping, restaurants, work and home are all within steps of one another. Be cause of his development efforts. Perez is the recipient of such accolades the 2006 Urban Land Institute Life time Achievement Award and Miami Dade County’s Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board’s Hispanic Role Model of the Year. Perez is also the only American to ever receive the 2006 Icon in real Estate Award of Excellence at MIPIM. His name also graces the Miami Wellness Center and the University of Miami’s architectural center.

Our Prediction:

With projects valued in excess of $10 billion and revenues of more than $1.4 billion for 2006, Perez is sure to continue building his success. Expect his newest projects in Miami to sell like hot cakes, and another couple of developments to surface very soon.

073

WILLIAM D. “BILL” PEREZ

President and CEO, William Wrigley, Jr., Company

Contact:

Wrigley Corp.

312-645-4077

Highest Academic Level: Graduate degree

American Graduate School

Age: 59

Residence: Chicago, Illinois

Who he is:

Born in Akron Ohio to Colombian parents, Perez came to Wrigley in October 2006. Perez’s rise had humble beginnings. His career began in 197,0 when S.C. Johnson hired him to serve as a sales representative. Over a 34-year period. Perez held such posts at S.C. Johnson as vice president and regional director of consumer Products in Latin America Vice President of the US Home Care Business and Executive Vice President of Consumer Products for North America and President and Chef Executive Officer.

Why he made the list:

Perez came to Wrigley after a stint as CEO of Nike, Corp. Perez’s departure made news, as he and Nike’s board mutually agreed they should part ways, due primarily to leadership differences between Perez and Nike Founder and Board Chair Philip Knight. Not long after Perez came on board, Wrigley announced a 14 percent increase in third quarter earnings. Under Perez. Wrigley continues to raise profits, reporting record-making first quarter sales of $1.26 billion up 17 percent from the some quarter in 2006, including a 12 percent increase in worldwide shipment.

Our Prediction:

Perez will take Wrigley even higher, especially this summer, when Wrigley introduces c new sugar-free stick gum designed to invigorate the senses, available in the flavors of Rain, Cobalt and Flare. Summer is going to be hot for Wrigley, and for Perez.

074

JAMES R. “RICK” PERRY

State/Local Government

Governor, State of Texas

Contact:

Texas Office of the Governor

512-463-2000

Highest Academic Levels: B.S.

Texas A&M University

Age: 57

Residence: Austin, Texas

Who he is:

A fifth-generation Texan, Rick Perry was born in the West Texas town of Paint Creek, sixty miles north of Abilene. Perry graduated from A&M in 1972, then joined the U.S. Air Force, flying C130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977 Perry won his first stale office in 1990, serving as commissioner of agriculture for two terms, then went on to become lieutenant governor in 1999. He became Texas’ Governor when George W Bush won the presidency, and was later elected to his first lull term in 2002

Why he made the list:

Perry is keenly aware of the Latino impact on Texas. Census date shows that the state is now 51% Latino. In his role as governor of a largely Latino state, Perry has the ability to influence the lives of millions of Hispanics. He regularly reaches out to Hispanic voters, although recently he created some alienation from them by mandating that all females over 12 receive the hotly debated HPV vaccine in order to curtail cervical cancer, of which a large number of cases are reported among Latinas. After winning the election again this past November,, Perry became the longest serving governor in Texas history, with 10 years of total service.

Our Prediction:

While many speculate that Perry can win a senatorial seat, some also see Perry as a potential candidate for a future vice presidency. With his appealing southern charm, we see Perry eventually moving on to Washington and occupying yet another seat.

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SAMUEL A. RAMIREZ, SR.

Finance

Founder & Majority Owner, Ramirez & Co.

Contact:

Ramirez & Co.

800-888-4086

Highest Academic Level: B.A. in Economics

St. Francis College

Age: 66

Residence: Manhattan, New York

Who he is:

Samuel Ramirez’s parents immigrated to New York City from Puerto Rico in the 1920’s. He began his career on Wall Street in 1960 in equity sales and trading at Kidder Peabody & Co. Inc. In 1971 he founded Ramirez & Co., Inc. In addition to retail and institutional sales and trading operations, the firm provides investment banking services to state and local governments, as well as, multinational corporations. Today, Ramirez’s firm is recognized as a Full Service Investment Bank which is a nationally ranked underwriter of municipal bonds, taxable bands and equities.

Why he made the list:

A very successful businessman and a known philanthropist, Ramirez and his wife Diane were honored by the Valerie Fund, an organization that provides programs and activities for children with cancer He is the past President of both the Municipal Bond Club of New York, and the Municipal Forum. As President of the Municipal Forum, he was intimately involved with and is proud of the Forum’s “Futures and Options” program, which gives minority high school students the opportunity to work as interns in various New York financial services companies, rating agencies, bond insurers and low firms.

Our Prediction:

Ramirez has established a premier investment bank with a 36 year history, while showing outstanding community stewardship. We’re certain that this success and dedication will continue, and he will continue to be a role model and a treasured community hero.

076

JORGE RAMOS

Opinion Leaders

TV News Anchor, Writer

Contact:

Univision

305-471-3900

Highest Academic Level: M.A. International Relations

Texas A&M University

Age: 48

Residence: Miami, Florida

Who he is:

Born in Mexico in 1958, Ramos is the eldest of five children. He graduated with a degree in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico and later received his M.A. from the University of Miami. He immigrated to California in 1983, and just one year later began broadcasting for the network that would become Univision, where he is the main news anchor today His newscast is seen by over one million viewers in the United States and in 13 Latin American countries.

Why he made the list:

Ramos reaches 40 million Latinos in the United States and Latin American countries. He was the first American network TV evening news anchor to broadcast live from Middle East at the inception of the Iraq War and has witnessed some of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the former Soviet Union. Ramos writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in more than 40 newspapers in the U.S. and Latin America. And is the author of several best-selling books, including the acclaimed “Dying to Cross.” He has won eight Emmy Awards and was nominated for Vivir Latino’s Most Influential Latino 2006.

Our Prediction:

An intelligent informed and conscientious journalist, Ramos is the expert voice behind many Latino-related issues. His influence and the power of his opinions will grew even more as the 2008 presidential race heats up later this year.

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HARRY REID

U.S. Congress

Senate Majority Leader

Contact:

US Senate

202-224-3542

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

George Washington University

Age: 67

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Born in December 1939, Reid is a native of the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada and a converted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reid attended Basic High School in Henderson, received an A.S. from Southern Utah State College and a B.S. from Utah State University then moved to Washington, D.C. and worked there as an officer for the U.S. Capitol Police while attending George Washington University for his law degree. Reid graduated in 1964 and returned to Nevada to work as a lawyer in the state before entering politics.

Why he made the list:

When the U.S. Congress reconvened in January, he did so as the new Senate Majority Leader, putting him on par with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Known for his gutsy, take-the-bull-by-the horns nature, Reid has shown he is willing to fight for his convictions, whether for a chance of direction in Iraq, for immigration reform or other matters of importance to him. Reid also shows great interest in the Latino community and has received such honors as the 2007 LULAC National Legislative Award, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2005 Congressional Leadership Award.

Our Prediction:

Together with Nancy Pelosi, Reid is already making it clear that the country can expect change. One of the cogs that powers the Democratic Party, expect Reid to become a catalyst for what can amount to big changes in U.S. policy.

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WILLIAM B. “BILL” RICHARDSON III

Local/State Government Presidential Candidate 2008

Governor, State of New Mexico

Contact:

New Mexico Governor’s Office

505-476-2200

Highest Academic Level: M.A. in Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University

Age: 59

Residence: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Who he is:

Born in Pasadena, California, Bill Richardson was raised in Mexico City, but his parents took him to Massachusetts at age 13 to attend a Boston-area preparatory school. He played baseball in high school at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and was a pitcher Richardson went on to play for Tufts University At Tufts, he majored in French language and political science. He then earned a master’s degree from Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. While still in high school, he met his wife, Barbara Flavin. They have been married for 33 years.

Why he made the list:

Richardson won a second term in office by a historic vote, primarily because voters approved of his performance during his first term, in which he improved education, cut taxes, rebuilt New Mexico’s economy and developed a statewide water plan. Richardson’s work as governor has propelled New Mexico to be one of the top ten cities in the U.S. in job growth, with more than 83,000 New Mexicans working. New Mexico also enjoys a balanced budget and the highest budget reserve in the state’s history. He hopes to put all his skills to use as the new U.S. President in 2008. He officially threw his hat in the ring early this year, becoming the first Latino to run for the Democratic nomination.

Our Prediction:

Richardson’s outstanding service record, achievements and likeability are solid draws that could reap big-time voter support in 2008. Should he win, expect Richardson to apply his negotiation skills, cool head and firm decision-making to the first term of his presidency.

079

ARTURO S. RODRIGUEZ

Private organizations/Advocacy Groups

President, United Farm Workers

Contact:

United Farm Workers

661-823-6250

Highest Academic Level: M.A. in Social Work

University of Michigan

Age: 58

Residence: Keene, California

Who he is:

The grandson of a small cattle farmer, Rodriguez, a San Antonio native, attended Catholic schools in San Antonio, graduating in 1967 from La Salle High School and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at St. Mary’s University in 1971. He received a Masters degree in social work in 1973 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor In 1993, he took over the role that Cesar Chavez created as leader of the United Farm Workers Union.

Why he made the list:

Currently, the union is active in California, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Florida and Washington State. Under Rodriguez, the UFW continues to organize and represent farm workers, including 27,000 farm workers who labor under union contracts at least one day out of the year Recent years have witnessed dozens of key UFW union contract victories, among them contracts with the largest strawberry, rose, winery and mushroom firms in California and the nation. Many recent UFW-sponsored laws and regulations aid farm workers.

Our Prediction:

Negotiation of the AgJobs bill, which allows undocumented farm workers to earn the right to permanently stay in this country by continuing to work in agriculture, will yield huge victories both for Rodriguez and the UFW.

080

MARCOS A. RODRIGUEZ

Finance

Founder and Managing Partner,

Palladium Equity Partners

Contact:

Palladium Equity Partners

212-218-5150

Highest Academic Level: M.B.A.

The Wharton School of Business

Age: 45

Residence: Hartford, Connecticut

Who he is:

Born in Cuba and raised in New York, Marcos Rodriguez founded Palladium Equity Partners in 1997 and is the company’s managing partner Prior to forming Palladium, Rodriguez was a partner of Joseph Littlejohn & Levy a prominent takeover firm, which he joined in 1989. He was responsible for spearheading a number of JLL’s major investments. A graduate of General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Program, he Worked in GE operations in the United States, Mexico and France.

Why he made the list:

Rodriguez is the founder of one of the largest Latino-owned investment firms in the U.S. His company has invested nearly $1 billion of equity in 28 investments since the 1980s, and Palladium has been recognized as the largest minority-owned firm in the New York City tri-state area by Crain’s New York. Palladium Equity Partners also manages Palladium Equity Partners III LP., a buyout fund that targets companies that can benefit from the growing U.S.-Hispanic demographic In addition, Rodriguez serves on the Board of Directors of Haden International, Hilsinger Company, Wise Foods, Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of The Robed Toigo

Our Prediction:

Last March, Palladium signed two back-to-back partnerships with Todobebe and with Sahale Snacks, two solidly established companies. With $520 million of committed capital available, expect Palladium to continue growing its already impressive port folio of acquisitions.

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ANTHONY D. ROMERO

Private Organizations

Executive Director, ACLU

Contact:

ACLU New York

212-607-3300

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Stanford University Law School

Age: 41

Residence: New York City, New York

Who he is:

Born in New York city to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first of his family to graduate from High School. After earning a respectable college education, he went to work for the private sector and later became the ACLU’s sixth executive director, the first Latino and also openly gay man to serve in that capacity.

Why he made the list:

Romero took the helm of the 87-year-old organization just four days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Still, under his leadership the ACLU gained court victories on the Patriot Act and filed landmark litigation on the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody. Most recently, the ACLU successfully challenged the Bush administration’s illegal spying program. Romero, an attorney with a history of public-interest activism, has presided over the most successful membership growth in the ACLU’s history and more than doubled the budget and national staff of the organization since he began his tenure.

Our Prediction:

In 2005, Romero was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and he has received dozens of public service awards. Expect him to continue to successfully push the envelope and get even more of the ACLU’s initiatives passed.

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RAUL R. ROMERO

Political Advisors

President and CEO, Alliance Consulting Group

Contact:

Alliance Consulting Group, LLC

202-974-1365

Highest Academic Level: M.S. in Civil Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Age: 47

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Romero left his native Panama when he was 17 to get an education in the United States. Grateful for the U.S. military’s removal of Manuel Noriega during George H. W. Bush’s presidency, Romero became involved with the GOP. In the mid-90s, he fostered a friendship with George W. Bush during his first campaign for Governor of Texas. He worked with Bush during his time as governor and, more recently, as an effective recruiter of Hispanic talent for the President.

Why he made the list:

As a personal advisor to the President of the United Status, Romero has a special place in national politics. He is a key player in Republican political circles and was instrumental in the appointments of Hector Barreto, former SBA Administrator, Rosario Marin, the former U.S. Treasurer, Eduardo Aguirre, former director the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Deportment (formerly INS), and countless other government officials. He is currently the president and CEO of Alliance Consulting Group, a marketing consulting group to public and private organizations headquartered in the District of Columbia. Romero also serves as secretary of the Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Our Prediction:

Now that Bush’s Republican Party has lost control over congress, expect Romero to become an even stronger presence at the White House, as the President wrestles his way through his last two years as the head of the country.

083

ROSA ROSALES

Private Organizations/Advocacy Groups

National President, LULAC

Contact:

LULAC

210-733-5454

Highest Academic Level: B.A. In Liberal Arts

University of Michigan

Age: 63

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

Who she is:

Born April 7, 1944 in San Antonio, Tens, Rosa Rosales grew up in the San Antonio “barrios” helping her parents to advance the Union Fraternal Latino Americana, a progressive form of a cooperative which her father, Herminio Salazar, led for twenty-five years. The Salazars, which included Rosa and her five sisters, helped the less fortunate by bringing them toys and organizing community events.

Why she made the list:

Rosales was elected as the National President of League of United Latin American Citizens with over 70% of the membership’s vote in July 2006. LULAC is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States, advancing the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans and operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. An activist since her childhood, Rosales was among the first Mexican American women to become labor organizers in recent times. Active in LULAC for more than 15 years, she was the first woman to hold the position of State Director of that organization.

Our Prediction:

LULAC’s annual convention is taking place this year at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Rosales has some presidential candidates on the bill, which will surely help make the organization’s membership increase and cement the importance of the Latino vote in 2008.

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HAIM SABAN

Media

Chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group, Inc.

Contact:

Saban Capital Group

212-687-8080

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 63

Residence: Beverly Hills, California

Who he is:

Born in Alexandria, Saban and his family fled Egypt for Israel in 1966, where they arrived penniless. In 1983, he moved to the U.S., bringing his savings with him. He used his funds to produce entertainment hits like The X-Men and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He established Saban Entertainment (which later became Fox Family Worldwide) in 1988 and sold it to the Walt Disney Corporation in 2001 for $5.2 billion.

Ranked by Forbes magazine in 2006 as the 98th richest person in the nation, Haim Saban has a net worth of $2.8 billion.

Why he made the list:

Saban is a media mogul in a small category of major power brokers, Saban Capitol Group makes both controlling and minority investments in public and private companies, and adds strategic value from both a financing and operating perspective. As illustrated by his past accomplishments, Saban’s eye is always on the prize. In June 2006, he moved forward again by joining a consortium of investors to purchase Univision Communications, the largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S.

Our Prediction:

Ready to tackle life’s next challenge, Saban and his group successfully bought out Univision from follow media moven Jerry Perenchio. As the U.S.-Hispanic market grows more powerful, look for Saban to make a bid for Televisa or TV Azteca in the next few years.

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KENNETH L. “KEN” SALAZAR

U.S. Congress

U.S. Senator, Colorado

Contact:

U.S. Senate

202-224-5852

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

University of Michigan

Age: 52

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Salazar was born in 1955 to Mexican-American parents who raised a total of eight children. Salazar attended Colorado College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1977, and he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. In 1998, he was elected state attorney general. Six years later, he ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate and beat Pete Coors of the Coors Brewing Company. He will hold the office of Junior Senator through 2011.

Why he made the list:

As an American with both Mexican and Spanish lineage, he and his family have been ranchers and farmers in the San Luis Valley since before Colorado was a state. His family helped settle what is now Colorado. As farmer executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, Salazar helped protect Colorado’s water and crafted reforms for mining, and oil and gas operations to provide greater public and environmental protections. He wrote the constitutional amendment creating Great Outdoors Colorado, the most successful land conservation effort in the state’s modern history He is the founder of the Youth in Natural Resources program for thousands of Colorado’s youth.

Our Prediction:

He’s supported Republican legislation in the past, like the PATRIOT Act, but recently expressed his disappointment in President Bush’s veto of the Emergency Supplemental appropriations bill We bet he’ll come back to his Democratic roots as next year’s presidential election nears.

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MANUEL “MANNY” SANCHEZ

Executive Independent Professionals

Managing Partner, Sanchez, Daniel & Hoffman, LLP

Contact:

Sanchez, Daniel & Hoffman, LLP

312-641-1555

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

University Of Pennsylvania

Age: 60

Residence: Lisle, Illinois

Sanchez is a Mexican-American who grew up in a tough neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. He was a first generation college student at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and later earned law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was class president. In 1987, he founded the Chicago law firm of Sanchez, Daniel & Hoffman-now the second largest minority-owned law firm in the nation. They have worked with top clients including Daimler-Chrysler Corp., General Motors, Allstate Insurance Company and Kraft Foods.

Why he made the list:

Sanchez uses his influence to ensure that other Latinos succeed in business with a post-graduate education. In 1996, Sanchez was appointed as one of the founding members of NIU’s board of trustees. When he was named chair five years later, Sanchez earned the distinction of becoming the first Latino in Illinois–and only the second in the nation–to lead a public university’s board. Working with NIU, he also has taken a leadership role in helping increase college enrollment among minority students. Sanchez is a founding member of the Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar Association.

Our Prediction: One of his firm’s newest clients is AT&T. Expect Sanchez and his partners to expand their impressive portfolio of clients, while he ups his contributions to his beloved North-eastern Illinois University.

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GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA

Arts

Music Composer / Producer

Contact:

Surco Records

323-661-7289

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 55

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born in Buenos Aires, Santaolalla spent his early musical years forming various rock/folk groups. He moved to California in 1978 and brake out as a solo artist with a self-titled album at age 26. It took 14 years for the release of his second album, but he was busy producing and promoting “rock en espanol” in the meantime. In the late 90s, he produced movie soundtracks for Amores Perros and 21 Grams. He composed the scores for Brakeback Mountain, which won hire his first Oscar, and for Babel, which won him his second consecutive.

Why he made the list:

Whether he’s writing glorious instrumental scores, composing pop hits for MTV Latino or producing some of the hottest rock albums, this two-time Oscar winner doesn’t believe in creative barriers. In addition to his success in Hollywood, Santaolalla has won nine Latin Grammys as a producer. He founded Surco Records in 1997, the label behind Juanes’ 2002 album Un dia normal, featuring the smash hit “A Dios le Pido.” The album sold more records in the U.S. than any other Spanish language album that year. Always trying to champion Latin heritage and broaden people’s understanding I of the rich diversity, he dedicated his second Oscar to his father and to his native Argentina.

Our Prediction:

Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild is slated to come out this fall and Santaolalla’s score could earn him another Oscar, or at least a Golden Globe. If not that, he’s sure to hit the high note with the newest Walter Salles-Jose Rivera project, On the Road.

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

State/Local Government

California State Governor

Contact:

California Governor’s Office

916-445-2841

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 60

Residence: Sacramento, California

Who he is:

Born in Austria in 1957, as a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful bodybuilder, and was nicknamed “The Austrian Oak” in his body building days. He later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film star. More recently known as “The Governator” (after his blockbuster roles in the “Terminator” movie series) he became California’s Governor on October 7, 2003 in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis.

Why he made the list:

Schwarzenegger governs the state with the largest population of Hispanics in the nation. According to U.S. Census data Hispanics represent 80% of California’s total population gain since 1990. There are now well over 11 million Latinas in California alone, making one in three Californians Hispanic As the state’s top decision-maker, he has tremendous influence on the Hispanic population of California. He recently signed the Public Safely and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, providing $Z7 billion to add 53,000 prison and jail beds to fundamentally shift how the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation approaches rehabilitation.

Our Prediction:

Recently reelected, Schwarzenegger has the opportunity to lead the Golden State into a better fiscal and societal position before the decade’s end. He’s already decreased the state’s deficit by $12.5 billion. Rest assured that he’ll “terminate” the remaining $4 billion.

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HILDA SOLIS

US Congress

Congresswoman, 32nd District, California

Contact:

U.S. Congress

202-225-5464

Highest Academic Level: M.P.A.

University of Southern California

Age: 50

Residence: El Monte, California

Who she is:

The proud daughter of hardworking immigrants from Mexico and Nicaragua, Solis was the first in her family to graduate from college. She was born in Los Angeles and was educated at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of Southern California. She served in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs as an analyst with the Office of Management and Budget. She was also a member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate before entering the House.

Why she made the list:

Solis is starting to make a mark on access to health care for women and minorities general, and for the estimated 42 percent of uninsured U.S. Hispanics in particular. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and has distinguished herself as a nationally recognized advocate for women, environmental justice and working families’ issues. She has been a leader in efforts to end the murders of women in Guatemala and the U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and played a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act in 2006.

Our Prediction:

She won the election lost November and was later appointed Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. In this powerful position, she has the ear of party leaders on policy decisions, which she will surely lean towards her own passionate issues.

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LIONEL SOSA

Opinion Leaders

President and CEO, MATT.org

Contact:

MATT.org

830-216-4415

Highest Academic Level: High School Diploma

Age: 68

Residence: Floresville, Texas

Who he is:

Sosa grew up in Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants, and wanted to make it big as a businessman. He founded Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates (now Bromley Communications), which became the largest Hispanic ad agency in the U.S. Inspired early on by Republican president Eisenhower, Sosa worked with the GOP to woo Latino votes in six presidential elections, from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. He has authored two books and is an acclaimed portrait painter.

Why he made the list:

Although he has officially retired, Sosa continues to work towards the empowerment of Latinos in the U.S. To that end, he is executive director of MATT.org, [Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together], a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage bicultural Mexicans and Americans to understand, address and solve the major problems of our two nations to the benefit of both peoples. By working in both advertising and politics, Sosa has been one of the most influential personalities for the Latino population in the U.S. He currently serves on the board of directors of PBS, NOR, The Smithsonian Latino Center and QuePasa.com as well as Eastman Kodak’s External Diversity Advisory Panel.

Our Prediction:

There is little doubt that Sosa’s expertise will be called upon by at least one Republican candidate for the 2008 election. With the current disapproval of the Bush administration it might be a tough challenge, but Sosa definitely can get it done.

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EDUARDO “EDDIE” SOTELO

Media

Radio DJ, “El Piolin de la Manana”

Contact:

KSCA Radio

818-500-4500

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 35

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo started his radio career in Corona, California in 1991. Since then, he has broadcast his show from various points in California, such as Riverside, Santa Ana, Oxnard, y San Jose. In 2003, his show captured the number one position in morning drive radio among all FM stations in Los Angeles. He is now the morning radio host of the Univision station La Nueva 101.9 FM in LA.

Why he made the list:

Despite his popularity, Satelo has not forgotten that he was first an immigrant that came to this country to better himself. He is a firm believer in God and in the power that radio grants him to both help and humor his listeners. He was very active in the immigration debate last year and started the campaign “Por la Reforma Migratoria con Piolin” (“For Immigration Reform with Piolin”). He created an online letter in Spanish and English, with the goal of having one million people send it to the i White House.

Our Prediction:

With amazing charisma, Sotelo can easily persuade the masses to express themselves. If the immigration issue heats up again in Congress, expect Sotelo to become a powerful voice against those who fight to keep immigration and undocumented workers’ rights on the back burner.

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SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Judicial System

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Contact:

Federal Judicial Center

202-502-4250

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Yale School of Law

Age: 53

Residence: New York City, New York

Who she is:

Born in the Bronx, Sotomayor is a first-generation American born to Puerto Rican parents. She received a BA. from Princeton and went on to Yale Law School. Sotomayor worked as an assistant district attorney in the New York County DA’s Office and started her own private practice in 1984. Her litigation partner urged her to apply when the Senate Judicial Committee was seeking nominations for the federal bench. She was appointed in 1992, making her the first Puerto Rican woman to serve as a U.S. Circuit Court judge.

Why she made the list:

In July 2005, a number of Senate Democrats suggested Sotomayor, among others, to President Bush as a good nominee to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor The suggestion was criticized in the conservative magazine National Review as being in bad faith, allegedly reflecting a lack of effort to suggest nominees whom Bush could also support. She was not appointed to the position, but is widely respected within and beyond the Second Circuit as a brilliant and formidable judge. Sotomayor is lauded for her careful, fair and even-handed opinions. She is also seen by many as an excellent role model for women and minorities seeking to enter law.

Our Prediction:

As a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School this fall, we expect Sotomayor to champion the next generation of Latina lawyers. She could find her own successor this semester.

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ROBERTO SURO

Opinion Leaders

Director, Pew Hispanic Center

Contact:

The Pew Hispanic Center

202-419-3600

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

Yale University

Age: 58

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Who he is:

Born in the United States of parents from Puerto Rico and Ecuador, Suro has more than 2B years of experience researching and writing about Latinos, most recently for The Washington Post. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for Time and The New York Times in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Suro is author of Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America. He became the director of the Pew Hispanic Center in 2001.

Why he made the list:

For a quarter-century, Suro has kept the issues and opinions of Latinos in the mainstream media. He has become an authority in Hispanic statistics research. His work with the Pew Hispanic Center has received national attention in politics and policy making, as it helps more clearly retied the lifestyles and perceptions of Latinos in the United States. As the head of a non-partisan “think-tank” whose mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation, Suro only stands to gain influence and relevance as time goes on.

Our Prediction:

Pew’s April 2007 report, Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion, has already been one of the most quoted and discusses topics of the spring Expect to see Suro quoted in many newspapers and books about this headlining trend.

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JUAN R. TORRUELLA

Judicial System

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Contact:

U.S. Court of Appeals

787-977-6146

Highest Academic Level: L.L.M. in Judicial Process

University of Virginia School of Law

Age: 74

Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Who he is:

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, judge Torruella began his career in private practice in San Juan 1959. In 1974, President Gerald Ford nominated him to serve as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan elevated him to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate that year and became the first Hispanic to serve in that court. He is married to Judith Wirth and has four children.

Why he made the list:

Torruella has consistently been an advocate of Puerto Rican rights. He dissented from a 2005 ruling that Puerto Ricans are rightfully denied a voice in the U.S. presidential elections because Puerto Rico is not a state. Considered to be a moderate, he has ruled in favor of abortion, including the First Circuit Court’s Opinion on Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood. Torruella is the author of the book The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico: The Doctrine of Separate and Unequal, a study of the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Insular Cases, a decision arguing that U.S. constitutional rights did not automatically extend to all areas under American control.

Our Prediction:

With rumors abound about his soon to come retirement, the honorable Torruella could shift his attention to writing yet another important book. Look for some more wise words from one of America’s top judges in the near future. 095

JOHN TRASVINA

Private Organizations / Advocacy Groups

President and General Counsel, MALDEF

Contact:

MALDEF

213-629-2512

Highest Academic Level: J.D.

Stanford Law School

Age: 46

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born in San Francisco, this Mexican-American attended Harvard University and Stanford Law. He began his career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF] in Washington, D.C. as a legislative attorney in 1985. He later worked for U.S. Senator Paul Simon as General Counsel & Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Trasvina as Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices.

Why he made the list:

For the past two decades, Trasvina has played a major policy role at local and federal levels on immigration and civil rights matters affecting immigrants, minority communities, and women. As the newest leader of MALDEF, Trasvina says he’ll push to grow the Los Angeles based organization. Trasvina has vowed to continue to focus on defeating and mounting legal challenges to local ordinances that prohibit landlords from renting to illegal immigrants Trasvina has appeared nationally debating Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchanan and others about immigration, and testified before Congress in support of the Voting Rights Act and against English Only legislation.

Our Prediction:

With the introduction of comprehensive immigration reform legislation by U.S. Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake JR-AZ), MALDEF will be feeling triumphant. Whether the STRIVE Act will be signed into law, is another question

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NINA G. VACA

Business Owners

CEO, Pinnacle

Contact:

Pinnacle

214-740-2424

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

Texas State University

Age: 36

Residence: Dallas, Texas

Who he is:

Born in Quito, Ecuador and arriving in the U.S. at two years old, Nina Vaca was raised by two highly entrepreneurial parents. She studied business at Texas State University, and graduated in less than four years. Then, in 1996, she founded Pinnacle Technical Resources as an information technology service provider to Fortune 500 companies. Today, the company’s client base includes industry leaders in the telecommunications, financial services, health care, technology, consumer products, and business process outsourcing sectors.

Why he made the list:

Under Vaca’s leadership, Pinnacle has grown twenty-fold during the past three-and-a-half years, and now includes approximately 600 consultants across 23 major locations in the United States. When the tech industry tanked in 2001, Pinnacle nearly went bankrupt. Her partner offered to sell his part and she bought it. Vaca then re-structured Pinnacle’s focus to provide IT consulting on a per-project basis to businesses that had been laying off their tech staffs. She charged a fixed price per project rather than an hourly fee, and after landing clients like PepsiCo and Verizon, revenues soared up to $10 million by 2003 She is the first two-time winner of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Woman of the Year Award.

Our Prediction:

With revenues predicted to surpass $60 million this year, expect Nina to keep he hands full, pursuing much larger clients with an even more aggressive strategy in 2008 Watch her solidify her position as one of America’s top females in the IT industry.

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JEFF VALDEZ

Media

Chairman and Founder, Si TV

Contact:

Si TV

323-543-2778

Highest Academic Level: Secondary

Age: 50

Residence: Beverly Hills, California

Who he is:

One of nine children raised in the housing projects in Pueblo, Colorado, Jeff Valdez found ways to laugh at life. His father worked at an automotive piston factory and his mother cleaned houses. Jeff built mobile homes, worked as a janitor, and even had a stint in a drill bit factory. Always the joker, he took his humor to the stage and began working as a stand-up comedian. After working for Tri-Star Television, he co-founded the English-language cable network Si TV in 1997.

Why he made the list:

Valdez saw an opportunity to create a station for Latinos like him who didn’t feel connected to the programs on Univision or Telemundo. The network now reaches more than 12 million households with a line-up of award-winning programs and advertising campaigns from 65 Fortune 500 companies. Si TV is the tangible result of Valdez’s entertainment genius. Valdez has been named among CNN’s Top 50 People Who Matter and won the Center for Ethnic Understanding’s Racial Harmony Award and three Image Awards.

Our Prediction:

Si TV recently partnered with actor Maria Lopez (Dancing with the Stars, Saved by the Bell), who executive produced a The Bachelor-like show, Dating Factory. If viewers continue to tune in weekdays at 4:3Op.m., Valdez will have another hit on his hands

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ARTURO VARGAS

Private Organizations/Advocacy Groups

Executive Director, NALEO

Contact:

NALEO

213-747-7606

Highest Academic Level: M.Ed.

Stanford University

Age: 43

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Vargas has been an activist since age 10, when he protested the overcrowding of his elementary school. Encouraged by a history teacher to follow his talents, Vargas eventually earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish and a Master’s degree in education from Stanford University. Vargas accepted a position in Washington, D.C, as an education policy fellow at the National Council of La Raza. After three years at NCLR, Vargas returned to Los Angeles to work for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national litigation and advocacy organization_

Why he made the list:

As the executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and Educational Fund (NALEO), there is no doubt that Vargas and his organization are having a major impact on the Latino community. Vargas’ greatest joy is helping people to become citizens. He hopes that will leverage the power of the vote and become the support network Latino policymakers need to enact policies benefiting the community at-large. In April 2005, Vargas testified to the Commission on Federal Election Reform, advocating for changes that will empower Latinos to participate fully in the American political process. Vargas also actively supports immigration reform.

Our Prediction:

The Citizenship Promotion Act, introduced in March by Barack Obama (D-IL) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), brings NALEO one step closer to its god of helping legal permanent residents become full citizens. As Obama gains clout, look for NALEO to follow suit.

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DANIEL D. VILLANUEVA

Finance

Managing Partner, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners

Contact:

RC/Fontis

626-744-7799

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

University of Mexico

Age: 70

Residence: San Marino, California

Who he is:

Born in New Mexico, Villanueva grew up in Calexico, California, but returned to attend college at the New Mexico State University on a football scholarship. After a successful NFL career, he became a prominent broadcast journalist. He became senior vice president of Spanish International Communications Corp from 1971 until 1986, when Univision Holdings acquired it. In 1990, Villanueva founded Bastion Capital Corp., a private equity investment firm with the stated mission of helping the Hispanic community.

Why he made the list:

As an investment venture, Villanueva’s Bastion Capital was a resounding success. Now, Villanueva is involved in a new, joint venture with his son named FONTIS. The $150 million fund focuses on minority investments, mainly in the southwest, and mostly consists of businesses targeting emerging domestic markets and companies such as Meximerica Media that market products and services to Hispanics. In addition, Villanueva is a noted philanthropist who, during homecoming each fall, returns to his alma mater to help raise money for scholarships for Hispanic students who demonstrate leadership at NMSU.

Our Prediction:

Successful in nearly every endeavor, expect this former athlete to reach another touchdown this year with Fontis. As his son continues to follow in his footsteps, watch Fontis grow by the millions.

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ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

State/Local Government

Mayor of Los Angeles

Contact:

Los Angeles City Hall

213-485-2121

Highest Academic Level: B.A.

University of California at Los Angeles

Age: 54

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Born in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa understood the social disparities of the big city. The son of a Mexican immigrant, he witnessed domestic abuse before his father left the family Drifting between odd jobs after dropping out of school, Villaraigosa lived an unsettled life and dabbled in gangs. He changed his life and became committed to education and organized labor. He was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. He is married to Corina Villaraigosa and is the father of four. Originally Antanio Villar and Corina Raigosa, the couple joined their last names.

Why he made the list:

Although he served as a member of the California State Assembly and a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, Villaraigosa erupted onto the national political scene only recently When he was elected the 41st mayor of Los Angeles, he was the first Latino to gain the position since 1872. Hailed as the new face of the Democratic Party and as a new voice for Latinos, Villaraigosa is a rising star that has made a buoyant entry into dynamic and turbulent political waters. He is working on a historic reform plan for the Los Angeles Unified School District was signed into law last fall.

Our Prediction:

With an impressive margin of victory, Villaraigosa stirred a buzz as the new voice of Latino political power. He prefers, however, to present himself as a builder of bridges rather than simply a representative of a single voting block. Don’t be surprised if his next stop is the governor’s mansion.

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RAUL YZAGUIRRE Opinion Leaders Executive Director, Center for Community Development and Civil Rights, Arizona

Contact: ASU, CCDC 602-496-1020

Highest Academic Level: B.S. George Washington University Age: 67 Residence: Los Angeles, California

Who he is:

Yzaguirre grew up in the South Valley of Texas. After graduating from high school in 1958, he joined the U.S. Air Force and later received a B.S. from George Washington University in 1968. Trying to take NCLR to the nation’s capital, Yzaguirre moved to Washington, D.C., where he decided to expand his help services to other micro-communities of the Hispanic society in the United States as well. In 2005, he was appointed executive director and professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights.

Why he made the list:

Yzaguirre led the National Council de La Raza for over 30 years, making himself not only an intrinsic part of the organization, but a living icon and symbol of a united Latino movement. In his current role at ASU, Yzaguirre is taking his wisdom to the classroom and is using his skills to turn ASU into a catalyst for public change. Yzaguirre’s accomplishments and accolades within the political, educational, corporate, and community service are unparalleled, which lends authority to the center he leads, Hillary Rodham Clinton recently announced that Yzaguirre would co-chair her presidential campaign and lead its outreach to Hispanic voters.

Our Prediction:

By working on the Clinton ’08 campaign, Yzaguirre might help make yet another Clinton the President of the United States. In any case, he will surely usher in new programs for ASU.

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