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100 Influentials 2008: Part 1

Oct. 2, 2008
100 Influentials 2008: Part 1

Henry Acosta
Executive Director
National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health
Sought out nationally and internationally as an expert and leader on Hispanic mental health issues, Mr. Acosta aims to address the nationwide lack of availability of, access to, and the provision of quality mental health services for Hispanics. At the same time, he works to heighten awareness, acceptance and understanding of mental illness among the Hispanic population.

Scott G. Alvarez
General Counsel
The Federal Reserve Board
Mr. Alvarez first joined the Federal Reserve Board in 1981 as a staff attorney after earning a B.A. in economics from Princeton University in 1977 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. In 1985, he became a senior attorney and was responsible for legal analysis relating to bank acquisitions and mergers. In July 2004, Mr. Alvarez was appointed general counsel of the board, collaborating with members and senior system staff in developing policies and legal positions on domestic banking issues.

Elaine Alvarez
Soprano, Opera Singer
Grand prizewinner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation competition in 2005, Ms. Alvarez made her New York recital debut under the auspices of the foundation in April 2007. Since then, critics have praised the Cuban-American soprano, saying "Conveying lyric pathos seems to come as naturally to Alvarez as breathing" (Chicago Tribune), for her performance as Mimi in La Boheme. The 2008-2009 season will see Ms. Alvarez playing the part of Mimi once again at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy.

Juan Andrade Jr.
President and Executive Director
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Mr. Andrade founded USHLI in 1982, and under his leadership, the Institute has trained over 250,000 present & future leaders, registered over two million new voters, and has published 425 studies on Latino demographics since 1982. He is a Presidential Medal recipient, honored by President Bill Clinton for his "performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation" in promoting civic participation and leadership.

Carmelo Anthony
Professional Basketball Player
Denver Nuggets
After leading Syracuse University to its first NCAA title ever in 2003, Mr. Anthony opted to end his collegiate career after only one year and entered the 2003 NBA draft. He was drafted third overall by the Nuggets and plays as starting small forward for the team. In 2008, he was named to his second consecutive All-Star game, his first as a starter, while also being selected for the "Redeem Team," the Olympic basketball squad that competed in Beijing.

Clara R. Apodaca
President and CEO
National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation
Mrs. Apodaca, former First Lady of New Mexico, returned to her hoie in New Mexico after 18 years working as a consultant in Washington, D.C. As President and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, she leads fundraising efforts to support the program's construction needs. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Art Agencies in Washington, D.C., the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in Atlanta, and the Center for Contemporary Art of Santa Fe.

David Armijo
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit
In 2007, Mr. Armijo became head of HART, overseeing a transit system that provides safe, dependable, and cost-effective public transportation services to the community. He has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, making the transition to HART after serving as chief toll operations officer for the Transportation Corridors Agency in Orange County, California.

Dennis Arriola
Senior Vice-President and CFO
San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.
Mr. Arriola was named senior vice-president and CFO of SDG&E and SoCalGas in 2006. In those positions, he oversees all of the utility's finances, accounting, and information technology. Previously, from 2003 to 2006, Mr. Arriola was vice-president of communications and investor relations for Sempra Energy. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University.

Juanita Barrena
Professor of Biological Sciences
California State University, Sacramento
A CSUS faculty member since 1975, Dr. Barrena co-authored the proposal that established the Science Educational Equity program and served as the director since its inception in 1986. During this on-going endeavor, she has been active in securing grants from federal and private agencies to support the program's efforts to redress inequities in access to higher education and careers in the sciences and health professions.

Andrea Bazan
Chairwoman, Board of Directors
National Council of La Raza
Starting in June 2008, Ms. Bazin began a three-year term as chair for the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. Mrs. Bazan is also president of Triangle Community Foundation, a charitable organization that grants funding to nonprofits. As president, she guides the strategic vision of the Foundation and is responsible for board and donor relations, asset development and public relations. She oversees the stewardship of approximately $140 million in assets housed in nearly 700 charitable funds.

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