"Houston, we have liftoff': the Latinos launching the next phase.

Author:Aguirre, Yol-itzma

Latino Leaders Magazine headed to Houston in August to meet with the rising Latino leaders of the city. From civic leaders, to educators and lawyers, these dynamic professionals are very engaged in the current political climate of their city. With plenty of neighborhoods being targeted in the nation's ever growing gentrification process, these young leaders are concerned at the lasting effects this will have for Houston. The conversation stayed passionate as we continued to discuss the upcoming city elections. One key point the leaders seem to all agree on, is that, in order to make the changes they want for their city, there must be a change in current power, many of them have taken up extra civic duties in order to help get the Latino vote engaged in this upcoming cycle. United and willing to put actions behind their words, we are very excited to see this group of power Latinos catapult Houston to the next level.

Brenda Diaz

Executive Director, Justice for our Neighbors-Houston

Born in Central California and later raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Diaz is the Executive Director for Justice for our Neighbors Houston/East Texas--a nonprofit immigration legal service provider. Before arriving in Houston, she was a corporate professional, activist and dance teacher. As the daughter of farmworker immigrants, Diaz has devoted much of her life advocating towards immigrant human rights. Her professional career has taken her to 7 countries in 4 continents where her passion for global policy, human rights and facilitating cultural competencies has made an impact in marginalized communities, inspiring nonprofits and social enterprises. Diaz has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Felipe Castillo

Assistant Vice President, Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.

Felipe Castillo serves as Assistant Vice President of Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc., with greater responsibility for and involvement in all areas of International Private Banking. Felipe Castillo became Assistant Vice President on October 1rst, 2014, and has been International Private Banker of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. since June 23rd, 2014. Prior to joining Frost, he served as Associate at JPMorgan Private Bank from October 2012 to June 2014. At JPMorgan Chase, he spent eight years in a number of positions such as personal banker where he was awarded Top Banker in 2007 and promoted to International Financial Advisor from February 2008 to October 2012. Mr. Castillo graduated from the University of the Rosary in Bogota, Colombia in 1998, and he immigrated to the US in June of 1999. Currently, Mr. Castillo is single and lives in Houston, TX.

Tony Garcia

President, SDC Builds

Jose Medrano

Founder, Medrano Insurance Agency

Jose Medrano is a product of public schools in Texas and has worked endless hours to put himself through the business school at the University...

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