(WASHINGTON, DC) – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), announced today that Rosario Marin, the 41st United States Treasurer, will receive the Public Service Award at the 2019 annual American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The award celebrates Latino and Latina leadership and vision in tackling challenges in communities throughout the country.

Marin was appointed treasurer by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until May 2003. Born in Mexico City, she became the first foreign-born U.S. Treasurer to hold this office and was the highest ranking Latina to serve in the Bush Administration. In 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Marin as State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary. She has held numerous leadership positions, including mayor and councilwoman of Huntington Park, CA, a city of 85,000 residents and a population of over 95 percent Hispanic.

“We are proud to recognize Rosario Marin for her exceptional dedication to public service and the community,” said Danny Vargas, Chairman of the FRIENDS board. “A Mexican immigrant, she is a living example of the American Dream. She exemplifies the significant contributions of Latinos to the United States. She overcame cultural and economic obstacles after migrating to the U.S. at age 14 and has established an incredible career centered around helping others. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.”

“Marin’s significant contributions expand far beyond the political and business world,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, President and CEO of FRIENDS. “A mother to a son with Down’s syndrome, she has dedicated her life to advocating for Latino families with children with disabilities. She is a voice for the voiceless and we are honored to recognize her positive impacts on communities across the country.”

Marin is an entrepreneur, an international public speaker, and author.

Presented by Target and AARP, with support from Charter Communications, the ALIAs recognizes Latinos and Latinas who have had a significant impact on our nation’s culture and society and whose stories are representative of the contributions of our community throughout American history. To attend, purchase tickets for the event here. For more information on the ALIAs and FRIENDS, please visit https://americanlatinomuseum.org/.