Our Regional Leadership Networks

As Congress enters into an exciting new session, Friends of the National American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is galvanizing high-profile supporters across the nation with the launch of its Regional Leadership Networks. Local and national leaders will serve as the champions and ambassadors for the campaign to create a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum on our National Mall. They represent the incredible strength and support this campaign has cultivated since its inception over a decade ago.

Starting with New York, regional networks are expected to be launched throughout 2019 in California, Illinois, Florida, and Texas. Members will spread awareness and support for the long-overdue museum through the media, in-person advocacy, and digital engagement to create momentum for the campaign in their communities. They will continue the drumbeat that began over 25 years ago when the Smithsonian and Congress were made aware of the severe underrepresentation of American Latino history throughout the institution.

New York Network

  • Jerry Alvare, Regional Communications Specialist, FedEX
  • Antonio Argibay, Managing Principal, Meridian Design Associates and board member, Friends of the American Latino Museum
  • Fernando Betancourt, Executive Director, San Juan Center Inc.
  • Luis Cancel, CEO, Entrepreneurial Cultural Consulting and board member, Friends of the American Latino Museum
  • Rosa Correa, Board Member, Friends of the American Latino Museum
  • Rubén Blades, Salsa icon and multi-Grammy winning artist
  • Jazmin Chavez, Kivvit and Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • Carlos Chirinos, Director, Music and Social Change Lab at NYU Steinhardt
  • Elena DeMurias, Former Museum Executive, The de Murias Family Collection
  • Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, Executive Chairman, PVBLIC Foundation
  • Jimena Florez, CEO and Founder, Chaak
  • Frank Garcia, Chairman, National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce
  • Lili Gil Valletta, Co-Founder and CEO, CulturIntel and CIEN+
  • Margaret Hoover, best selling author and host of PBS’s Firing Line
  • Melissa Mark Viverito, Leading progressive voice fmr Speaker of NYC Council
  • Kristian Mercado, Filmmaker and Director
    Ben Ortiz, Independent Curator, The de Murias Family Collection
  • Werner Oyanadel, Senior Commission Analyst, Connecticut General Assembly Commission on Equity and Opportunity
  • Mireya Ramos, Co-Founder of Flor de Toloache
  • Senator Gustavo Rivera, State Senator, New York State Senate
  • Bobby Sanabria, Multi-Grammy Nominated Musician and NYU Educator
  • Juana Silverio, Manager, National Grid
  • Gail Smith, Managing Director, Impacto Latino

Arizona Network

  • Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner of Molera Alvarez, Board Member of the Phoenix Art Museum and the CALA Alliance
  • Rep. César Chávez, Arizona State Representative and Vice President for Membership at the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
  • Carlos Contreras, Government Affairs Director for Emerging Technology at Intel
  • Judith E. Dávila, President of Los Abogados
  • Chad Guzman, Government Affairs Representative at Arizona Public Service
  • Casandra Hernández Faham, Executive Director, CALA Alliance
  • Reyna Montoya, Founder and CEO of Aliento AZ
  • Tony Navarette, Senator for the Arizona State Senate
  • Lorna Romero, Chief Strategy Officer, Arizona Chamber Foundation
  • Carmen Ronan, Manager of International Trade Services, Molera Alvarez
  • Jennifer Sanchez, Communications Consultant
  • Christian Vera, Host of Right This Minute
  • Nikkie Whaley, Governing Board Member Washington ESD
  • Andrea Whitsett, Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University

Florida Network

  • Natalia Crujeiras, Executive Director of Cultural Affairs, Miami Dade College
  • Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation
  • Emilio Estefan, Producer, Director, Entrepreneur
  • Aida Levitan, Congressional Commissioner, National Museum of the American Latino 
  • Locos Por Juana, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominated musicians
  • Maestro Eduardo Marturet, Conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra
  • Gaby Pacheco, Program Director for Advocacy, Development and Communications at TheDream.US and immigration activist
  • Kira Romero Craft, Managing Attorney, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Fmr. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senior Advisor, Akin Gump
  • Lisbeth Suarez, P&D Manager, FedEx
  • Pedro Torres Diaz, Attorney at Law at Jackson Lewis

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