As usual, these are not all of the leaders, but those in the list are all leaders. Fantastic leaders with a diverse activity, all of them advancing Latinos all over the country and all across industries and professions. All of the leaders included have proven an actual influence on the national scene, not only for the Hispanic community but for the entire country. From lawyers to cabinet members, from media personalities to powerful business figures, this list is a snap shot of the power and influence of Latinos in the US today.
Newcomers, like Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has a powerful voice in the entertainment industry, or Agustin Arteaga, the only Latino with the title of Director at one of the most important museums of art in the country, or Andre Arbelaez, who may be the most respected voice for Latinos in the hi-tech industry, make this list a very special one.
We hope you enjoy reading who they are, where they live, what has been their professional path and even contact them, for these are the leaders forging the future of America.
ARTIST, CARTOONIST, WRITER
* 1964 in San Diego, CA
* Bachelor's degree in Art and Industrial Design from San Diego State University, Master's degree In Architecture from University of California, Berkeley.
2017 Ruben Salazar Award for Communication at National Council of La Raza Annual Conference
Alcaraz is best known for his comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino dally comic strip. Launched in 2002, La Cucaracha has become one of the most controversial in the history of American comic strips. He is also the creator of "Daniel D. Portado", a satirical Hispanic character who in 1994 called on Mexican immigrants to return south--""reverse immigration"--as a response to the controversial Proposition 187. In 2012, Daniel D. Portado returned to the headlines thanks to Mitt Romney's call for undocumented Immigrants to exercise "self-deportation. A leading figure In the Chicano movement, Alcaraz also contributes political cartoons for LA Weekly and hosts a radio show on KPFK called the "Pocho Hour of Power." He also contributed a work of art to the 2008 Obama campaign called "Viva Obama." Alcaraz led a social campaign in response to Disney's attempt to trademark El Dia de los Muertos for Disney film, "Coco". He won and was then hired by Pixar to consult on the film.
* August 2, 1942 in Lima, Peru
2003 Cyril Magnin Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom 2016 California Hall of Fame Inductee 2017 CA Latino Legislative Caucus, Latino Spirit Award, Achievement in Literature 2017 Premio Sicily
Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselllng first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published In 1982. She has since written 22 more works. Allende, who has received dozens of international tributes and awards over the last 30 years, describes her fiction as "realistic literature," rooted In her remarkable upbringing and the mystical people and events that fueled her Imagination. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter, Paula, in 1992, she established in her honor a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and girls worldwide. She has been awarded 15 International honorary doctorates and more than 60 awards in over 15 countries. In 2017, she published her latest novel, In The Midst of Winter.
EUGENE MCDERMOTT DIRECTOR OF DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
* February 14, 1958 in Veracruz, Mexico
* B.A in Architecture from Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, M.A. and Ph.D from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
2000-2002 Founding Director of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) Fundacion Constants in Argentina 2013 Ohtli Award 2013 Director and CEO of Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City 2016 Appointed new Eugene McDermott Director of Dallas Museum of Art
Arteaga formerly served as the director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, one of Mexico's largest and most prominent cultural institutions, presenting work from the mid-16th through the mid-20th centuries. Prior to his tenure at MUNAL, Arteaga was the director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) In Puerto Rico, and the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) Fundacion Costantini in Argentina. Arteaga has organized more than 100 exhibitions over the course of his career, including major monographic presentations of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Diego Rivera. Arteaga was decorated as a Chevalier in the French Republic's Order of Arts and Letters in 1998, and he received the Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico in 2013, which is the highest honor bestowed to Mexican citizens for support of Mexican culture abroad. He also organized Mexico's Modern Art Exhibition Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahio, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Gardem Dallas, TX making it the only first and only stop in the U.S.
* Puerto Rican-Cuban
* May 9,1979 in New York, NY
* Lee Strasberg Institute
2006 Won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rent 2008 Became spokesperson for More Than Footprints, Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children 2012 Launched the first annual Unbottle the World Day
Dawson Is an American actress and activist. Her film debut in the 1995 controversial teen drama Kids launched a huge career which has been a mix of Hollywood big budget films and indie movies She is also very politically active. Dawson is Co-founder of Voto Latino. Very involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club, she supports numerous charities including environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee and Stay Close.org, and serves on the board for V-Day, a global non-profit movement that raises funds for women's anti-violence groups. Dawson is a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com's philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.
GUSTAVO ADOLFO DUDAMEL
MUSIC DIRECTOR AT SIMON BOLIVAR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF VENEZUELA/ MUSIC AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
* January 26,1981 in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
* Latin American Academy of Violin
2013 Musician of the Year by Musical America 2016 Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award 2017 Youngest-ever conductor to lead the Vienna Philharmonic's famous New Year's Day Concert, watched annually by over 60 million people in 90 countries.
Dudamel was the son of a trombonist and a voice teacher. He studied music from an early age, with El Sistema, and took up the violin at age ten. Dudamel began to study conducting in 1995, first with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, then later with Jose Antonio Abreu. In 1999, he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar, the national youth orchestra of Venezuela. Dudamel has won a number of conducting competitions, including the Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize in Germany in 2004. Dudamel made his debut at La Scala, Milan, with Don Giovanni in November 2006. In 2013 Dudamel conducted the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra during the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In 2015 Dudamel conducted both the opening and end titles, for the official motion picture soundtrack and film of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. His contract with the LA Philharmonic has been extended until 2021-2022
* March 12,1949 in Los Angeles, CA
* B.A. of Theatre Arts-Motion Pictures, Television, M.F.A. of Theatre Arts-Motion Pictures, TV...