For the eight year, Latino, Leaders Magazine has compiled the list of the 101 Most Influential Latinos, the most comprehensive data-base of the who's who in the nation. Everyday, Latinos are making vast differences in their fields, showing drive and determination only such a vibrant group of cultures can possess. From corporate powerhouses to your favorite local mayors, these people are the face of the Latino population in America and serve as inspiration to all up-and-coming successors. However, we are often asked how we come up with such an exclusive list with so many people to choose too. Latino Leaders' editorial team along with a group of trusted advisors spend months researching and comparing recommendations from inside sources. Along, with statistical data, we then compile lists in different categories to help organize our findings. One of the questions we ask ourselves when choosing these people is "What have they done within the past year?" This is a key element to breaking the list down annually. More importantly, we want to display the signifinance of influence over power. These are leaders who, when they talk, people listen to and trust in them, all while looking up to them for advice. These are the leaders who inspire people to be better. These are the leaders our readers need to know about. We would like to thank everyone on the list for embodying what it means to be Latino Leader, and with that, we present to you The 101 Most Influential Latinos of 2013.
LINDA G. ALVARADO
Co-Owner, Colorado Rockies; President and CEO, Alvarado Construction, Inc.; President of Palo Alto, Inc.
National Women's Hall of Famer Alvarado was the first Hispanic to own a professional sports team in any league and has set the bar for women in the construction industry as head of a multimillion dollar company. This year, in conjunction with the USHCC, Alvarado and a contingent of Latino entrepreneurs met with the Obama Administration to lobby support for the development of their businesses through increased access to capital, during the first forum held by the White House about economic competitiveness for Latino businesses.
President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Andrade is one of only four Latinos in history to be honored by both the government of the United States and the government of Mexico. His leadership of the USHLI is an important one in politics, as the organization aims to have 50,000 Hispanic elected officials in the United States by the year 2025. This year the USHLI partnered with the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options to launch Futuro2020, a program focused on raising the next generation of America's innovators by engaging students and parents on career goals to reach by the year 2020.
EMILIO AZCARBAGA JEAN
CEO, Grupo Televisa; Ranks #634 on Forbes Billionaires List
After assuming the CEO position at age 29, Azcarraga Jean is widely credited for taking Mexico's Televisa from near-bankruptcy to global leader of Spanish-language programming. These days Azcarraga Jean is focusing on cementing Televisa's success in telecommunications, with continued expansion into cable, satellite and mobile technologies.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hewlett-Packard
Baez assumed the CIO role at Hewlett-Packard a year ago after a career spanning more than three decades with Fortune 100 companies, including chief information officer positions at Kimberly-Clark and Northrop Grumman Corporation. HP is looking to Baez to oversee the company's global information technology strategy and internal IT assets including applications, architecture, data management, support and operations, technology and telecommunications networks.
U.S. Representative (D-California)
A shining star in the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, Becerra is on the powerful Committee on Ways and Means and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A vocal critic of the Arizona law that allows officials to request proof of citizenship from suspected illegal immigrants, Becerra remains at the forefront of the national debate as a key negotiator for bipartisan immigration reform. Fox News has referred to him as "Obama's Latino Voice," the man emerging as the leading voice for the President in the Hispanic community.
President and Owner, Cabrera Capital Markets, Inc.
Named in 2012 by Chicago Magazine as one of the "100 Most Powerful Chicagoans," Cabrera and other Hispanic business leaders raised their voices in Washington this year to advocate for economic development for Hispanics and immigration reform. He recently became chairman of the United Neighborhood Organization, a grassroots effort to develop Chicago's Hispanic immigrant community. Under his expert leadership, Cabrera Capital Markets, Inc. maintains a broad spectrum of clients ranging from the municipal government level to Fortune 100 clients.
Former Vice Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ecuadoran-born Castro-Wright retired last year from one of the top positions at one of the world's top companies. While at the Mexican division of Wal-Mart, he led sales of 700 outlets to rise 11 percent and net income to grow 36 percent. His family has a history of retail success; Castro-Wright's grandfather founded a supermarket more than 50 years ago that became Ecuador's largest chain.
U.S. Representative (D-Texas)
While both he and twin brother Mayor Julian Castro graduated with honors from Stanford University and followed up with degrees from Harvard Law School, Joaquin has stepped into the national spotlight this year as the new representative for Texas's 20th Congressional District, filling the seat vacated by Charlie Gonzalez. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and has been named 2013 co-president for the House freshman Democrats and Assistant Whip for House Democrats. Previously he served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years.
Mayor, City of San Antonio
Castro, elected San Antonio's youngest mayor in 2009, won a third term this year. Thrust into the national spotlight after a delivering the keynote address at last year's Democratic National Convention, he has been generating buzz ever since as a rising star in the party with a future at the highest levels. Castro's increased media visibility continues to build his influence on political issues, especially those related to immigration reform and the economy.
Founding Chairman, President and CEO, Hispanic American Center of Economic Research; President and CEO; Atlas Economic Research Foundation
A mainstay organization in Hispanic business, HACR promotes the study of issues pertinent to the U.S and Latin American countries, especially as they relate to the values of personal and economic liberty, limited government under the rule of law, and individual responsibility. Chafuen is a frequent commentator on economics, security, and strategic...