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Friends of the American Latino Museum Announces Expansion of Board Leadership with Civil Rights, Private Sector, and Cultural Leaders

Five new board members added with the pivotal experience and influence needed to make a Smithsonian American Latino Museum a reality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization dedicated to the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, is proud to announce the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors: Brandon Hernandez of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino, Nicolas Medina of Exxon Mobil, Maruca Salazar of Museo de las Americas, and Massey Villarreal of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled to have five exemplary Latino leaders join FRIENDS. Their substantial strengths will bring us the diverse networks, wealth of private sector and fundraising experience, and unique commitment to U.S. Latino history and culture to move forward the creation of this long overdue museum,” stated Cid Wilson, Chair of the FRIENDS Board.

Our current Board members also boast updates – Chairman of the Board Cid Wilson was appointed President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). Board Member Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez is now Vice President for Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at the Coca-Cola Company.

Long-time advocate for Latino voter engagement and social justice, Maria Teresa Kumar is founding President and CEO of Voto Latino. An Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC, she is a leader dedicated to civic engagement and enhancing Latino political power. Maria Teresa brings a national profile for her commitment to the non-profit world and networks in communications and advocacy spheres.

With over twenty years of corporate experience at ExxonMobil, Nicolas Medina is the ExxonMobil Production Public and Government Affairs Manager for the Americas, Middle East, and Russia. As former President and current Chair for the Advisory Board for the Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos, he is dedicated to the advancement of Latinos in the private sector.

With a background in public affairs, Brandon J. Hernandez is director of Public Affairs for Pacific Gas & Electric’s Northern California region. Brandon brings years of experience with community relations and communications.

Maruca Salazar joins us from the arts and culture community as the Director of Denver’s Museo de las Américas. Maruca brings to us over two decades of experience promoting arts and education at the local and national level.

A long-time advocate of Latino-owned businesses, Massey Villarreal is CEO and President of Precision Task Group, Inc., a computer-consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Massey brings to us his years of experience in the private sector promoting Latino leadership in both local and national businesses as he was the first person to serve as chairman of a local, state, and national Hispanic chamber (Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce).

Friends of the American Latino Museum, a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., 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.


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