Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino Announces Expansion of Board of Directors

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Apr 17, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2018 Contact: Daniel Herrera dherrera@rabengroup.com 202-930-6805

Washington, DC - Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) announced today the addition of new members to its governing board, which includes leaders from across the political spectrum as well as business, media, finance and various other sectors.

“Having a strong and diverse board of directors to advocate for the creation of a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum is a key part of advancing the FRIENDS mission,” said Danny Vargas, FRIENDS board chair. “By having Latino leaders from prominent industries across the nation, we are affirming that our community's heritage and roots are a part of the fabric of this nation. Latinos, who have a long history in the U.S., have been underrepresented for too long, and we thank our board of directors for recognizing that by joining our cause and working toward the establishment of this museum.”

Joining the current board are: Antonio Argibay, Managing Principal, Meridian Design, Rachel Campos Duffy, FOX News Contributor and Mother of 8, Rosa J. Correa, Latino Museum Commissioner, Yvette Peña, Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, AARP, and Mario Rodriguez, Chairman, Hispanic 100.

“The board of directors plays an integral role in our goal to establish a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, FRIENDS executive director. “The members provide the campaign a national platform and expanded reach to needed influencers so that Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the public realize, similar to the role of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, how important this museum is to our nation’s long-term historical preservation.”

Biographies of New Board Members

Antonio Argibay, AIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal, Meridian Design Associates Architects P.C. Tony is the Managing Principal and a founder of Meridian Design. As such he has spearheaded the development of the firm’s Integrated Design Methodology. With his skillful balance of design vision and detail orientation, Tony leads the conceptualization and design of all of the firm’s projects. He is also an accomplished furniture and industrial designer and has led the firm’s efforts to explore the humanization of the workplace. In addition, he leads the firm’s Quality Management, Cost Estimating and Production Technology processes. Prior to his career in architecture he followed his passion for art and painting and to this day remains active and productive in this area. Tony’s diverse past project experience includes design and construction administration of a broad spectrum of projects, including: media and entertainment, network operation centers, New Media spaces, as well as commercial interiors (offices, restaurants and cultural facilities) and residential spaces (modular, single-family and multi-family apartments). Other aspects of his practice include a cultural center, educational facilities and research projects. Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute, 1976; Masters of Architecture, Pratt Institute, 1980

Rachel Campos Duffy, FOX News Contributor and Mother of 8

Rachel is an author and television personality specializing in political punditry, culture and parenting. She is the national spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative, a non-profit that educates and advocates for the economic empowerment of Hispanics through limited government, entrepreneurship and self-reliance. Rachel has a degree in Economics from Arizona State University’s Honors Program. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs with an emphasis on Economic Development in Latin America from the University of California, San Diego.

Rachel’s television credits are large and diverse. She got her television start on MTV’s iconic reality television show, The Real World. Currently, she is a recurring guest host on FOX News’ “Outnumbered” and on NBC’s Today Show where she does parenting and relationship segments. For 14 years was a recurring guest host on ABC’s The View. She is a frequent on-camera commentator on parenting, politics, and culture for popular shows such as the Dr. Phil Show, FOX & Friends, The Hannity Show, The Huckabee Show, The Steve Malberg Show, CNN, Politically Incorrect, and EWTN’s The World Over Live. Rachel writes for a wide range of publications including National Review, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator,Catholicvote.org, FOX News Latino, NBCLatino.com, CNN.com and TodayMoms.com among others.

Her book, published in 2009 by Penguin, is called “Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-home Motherhood”. In 2008 Rachel co-hosted the series “Speaking of Women’s Health” on the Lifetime Network with the Legendary Florence Henderson. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Congressman Sean Duffy and her seven awesome kids.

Rosa J. Correa, Commissioner, National Museum of the American Latino Commission Report
Rosa J. Correa was a Commissioner for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission Report. She is the founder of Greater Bridgeport United, an organization of Hispanics that support the American Red Cross in times of tragedy and disasters. Recently, she was honored as an American Red Cross Hero for leading the Puerto Relief Center; an organization that provided services to evacuees due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Prior to this, Rosa operated as the Director of Strategic Relations at Career Resources, Inc, where she worked with community providers, local businesses, government and faith-based organizations to promote workforce development initiatives. She also managed CRI programs, ReEntry Works, Fathers for Life, and AIC Employment Services. Her volunteer work spans four decades, and most notably she has volunteered for Legal Services of CT, Catholic Charities, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency, Civil Service Commission and chaired the Bridgeport Housing Authority.

She also founded the Barnum Festival La Danza to celebrate and commemorate the history, culture, traditions and unique contributions of the diverse Latin American countries. The La Danza Scholarship is still awarded annually to support student participation and study in the performing arts.

Rosa is a graduate of Sacred Heart University and the inaugural class of Leadership Greater Bridgeport.

Yvette Peña, Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, AARP
Born in New York, of Dominican parents, Yvette Peña has stood out since she was very young because of her bilingualism and "biculturalism". After graduating in Business Administration from Baruch College (New York), she dedicated herself to public service and promote community initiatives in favor of diversity.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the executive field, and her professional achievements include being the first director of multicultural marketing for Sports Authority (2014) and Walgreens (2011). In 2016, AARP named her vice president of strategies for the Hispanic / Latino audience in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Mario Rodriguez, Chairman, Hispanic 100
In 1986 Mario Rodriguez implemented his entrepreneurial skills by establishing Jonathan Grey & Associates, a leading Hispanic-owned consulting and promotional products & ad specialty company. His clientele includes various Fortune 500 companies, sports agencies, political firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Mario has been honored with the Hispanic Business Roundtable’s “Circle of Excellence” award and was named L.U.L.A.C.’s (League of United Latin American Citizens) “Businessman of the Year”. He was also featured on a KTLA television special “Making It: Minority Success Stories”, as well as receiving the Advocacy Award from Hispanic Magazine. Furthermore, Mario received the honor of being featured in “Entrepreneur Magazine” in a celebration issue featuring the accomplishments of the top forty companies with owners under the age of forty. Mario also received the 2005 O.C. Hispanic Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2005 O.C. United Way’s Hispanic Influential Lifetime Achievement award.

Mario maintains an active and prestigious role in many social organizations and foundation. He was the past President of the Hispanic Business Roundtable and former Chairman of the Latino Coalition Foundation. Additionally, he served on the Board of Advisors for the National Latino Peace Officers organization and served as an Orange County Sheriff Reserve. Mario was selected to serve as a member of President George W. Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and was elected as the Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party from 2003 to 2005. In 2004, he served as the Regional Chairman for the Bush/Cheney Presidential Campaign. In 2008, he served on the National Hispanic Steering Committee for John McCain’s Presidential Campaign and was the California State Latino Co-Chairman for John McCain. Currently, Mario serves as a member of the New Majority and Lincoln Club of Orange County. He is also a founding member of the Hispanic 100 and serves as the organization’s Chairman, and also serves as a Board Member for Trailblazers, a State Political Action Committee.

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The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life. http://americanlatinomuseum.org/