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This section is perhaps the most valuable tool of the edition. Here we bring to you our exclusive compilation of Latinos that are either veterans d board service, currently serving on or recently joining boards, and finally, a top quality list d premier Latino leaders that are currently available, ready and willing to make a mark in the landscape d America's boardrooms. These lists not only display the remarkable amount d Latinos qualified to serve on boards, but they are also very powerful tools for any nominating committees interested in diversifying their boards.

24 Candidates for Major Boards



Director, CRHD at UC Davis

RESIDENCE: Sacramento, California


Who he is:

Jesuit-educated Aguilar-Gaxiola was influenced by generous, hard-working parents. He grew up in Sinaloa and Guadalajara, Mexico, where he earned his M.D. As a young doctor, he worked with drug and alcohol addicted patients and was a cofounder of Mexico's first detox clinic. He continued his studies at Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Ph.D. in clinical community psychology before establishing a practice in California's Central Valley. Currently an educator and the director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis, Aguilar-Gaxiola serves on several mental health group boards.


Why he is a good candidate:

The recipient of numerous honors--including Chile's Medal of Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Minority Health Community Leader Award--Aguilar-Gaxiola is involved in key areas of national and international mental health issues. He is in a position to evaluate and help implement solutions. The principal on-site investigator of the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS), he has worked for about the last three decades in the mental health field as a researcher, clinician, professor and advocate. He understands the major roadblocks--such as a lack of education--that Latinos face when it comes to accessing mental health care.

Contact: Center for Reducing Health Disparities 916.703.9195



Former CEO, CalPERS

RESIDENCE: Sacramento, California


Who he is:

Born in California, Buenrostro received his bachelor's from Pepperdine University and his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. For more than 30 years, he has served his home state working in numerous positions, including the Deputy and Legal Counsel in the State Controller's Office and the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Personnel Administration. Since 2002, he was CEO of CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund, which provides retirement and health benefits to about 1.5 million current and retired California public employees and their families.


Why he is a good candidate:

Buenrostro, who announced in May his decision to step down from his position as CEO at the end of June, had oversight of staff, budget, operations, investments, health and retirement benefits, actuarial and employer services, and other supplemental programs. Buenrostro says he won't make any final decisions on what's next until after June 30, but he is open to board service. He says: "I'm planning to sit on corporate boards and investment company advisory boards. I'm also looking at options in the private equity sector of the financial industry." Buenrostro's experience --particularly in the areas of health care, administration and investments--will serve him well whatever his next endeavor.

Contact: Fred Buenrostro 916.718.2995



CEO, Cabrera Capital Partners

RESIDENCE: Chicago, Illinois


Who he is:

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Cabrera was a senior in high school when he competed in the Stock Market Game with virtual funds. His team came in second, but Cabrera was the real winner as he found his life's vocation. He graduated from Northern Illinois University, then went to work as a stock broker for a Chicago firm. At the age of 30, he bought an investment firm in Wisconsin that he re-incorporated in Illinois. Today, Cabrera Capital Markets has offices in nine cities. In May of 2007, he founded Capital Partners, an investment advisement firm.


Why he is a good candidate:

His quickly growing firm has underwritten over $210 billion of municipal, agency, corporate bond and equity transactions. It is this savvy entrepreneur's know-how of finance, along with his commitment to giving back and his willingness to effect change that make him a hot commodity. Cabrera Capital Markets is now one of the biggest sponsors for the Stock Market Game, which educates children as young as 9 about the trading business. He is a board member of the Illinois Council on Economic Education and a board member of the New America Alliance, where he also co-chairs the group's pension fund initiative. Through that initiative, he hopes to spur Latino businesses into participating in a nine trillion dollar stock market.

Contact: Cabrera Capital Markets 800.291.2388



President and CEO, the James Irvine Foundation

RESIDENCE: San Francisco, California


Who he is:

Native Californian Jim Canales earned his bachelor's and master's from Stanford University. He began his career as a teacher, dean and admissions director at an independent high school. In 1993, he went to work for the Irvine Foundation, holding various posts, including vice president and corporate secretary, before being appointed to the top spot. Since May 2003, Canales has overseen a foundation with 1.9 billion in assets and that has since 1937 provided more than $900 million in grants to non-profit organizations serving the people of California.


Why he is a good candidate:

In 2005, the foundation developed a framework by which it could assess its progress annually, and has since posted progress reports in the areas of program impact and institutional effectiveness. Canales currently serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He is chairman of the board of directors of the College Access Foundation of California and co-founder and past board chairman for Grant makers for Effective Organizations. Certainly, his board experience makes him an obvious asset, but it is his wealth of information of how to implement a method for measuring a program's effectiveness that is ripe for mining.

Contact: Irvine Foundation 415.777.2244



Founding Chairwoman, Promerica Bank

RESIDENCE: Los Angeles, California


Who she is:

Contreras-Sweet was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and came to the U.S. at the age of 5. She was one of six children raised by a hard working and inspiring morn. Contreras-Sweet earned a degree at Cal State and worked at various jobs at the California State Assembly and at 7UP-RC Bottling Co., where she rose to vice president. She is currently president and managing partner of Fortius Holdings, LLC, a private equity fund. Prior to founding Fortius, she served as California Gov. Gray Davis's Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, where she oversaw a $14 billion budget.


Why she is a good candidate:

Contreras-Sweet conceived the idea of a bank specializing in the Latino market during her tenure as cabinet secretary, where one of her responsibilities was to regulate banks. In 2006, the publicly traded Promerica Bank opened its doors, bringing with it the promise to help build success in the Latino community by providing access to capital. Whatever project Contreras-Sweet tackles, she arms herself with a tireless work ethic, a desire to build on commonalities and a willingness to empower. The founding president of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), she has been named to numerous boards. Last year, she was honored with a Latino Spirit Award by the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

Contact: Promerica Bank 213.613.5000



President and CEO, Border Media Partners, LLC

RESIDENCE: Houston, Texas


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