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100 Influentials 2008: Part 3

Oct. 2, 2008
100 Influentials 2008: Part 3

Manny Diaz
Mayor and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors
City of Miami
Re-elected to his second term as mayor of Miami in 2005, Mr. Diaz pursued a vast administrative overhaul that brought with it financial stability, healthy level of financial reserves, continued tax cuts, lowered mileage rates, and an A+ bond rating on Wall Street for the city. He is recognized as one of America's most innovative mayors and, in summer 2008, was elected to lead the United States Conference of Mayors.

Patricia Diaz Dennis
Chair, National Board of Directors
Girl Scouts of the USA
As the highest volunteer within the Girl Scouting ranks, Mrs. Diaz Dennis leads the board in guiding and overseeing the world's preeminent organization for girls' leadership development. She is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and feels that it is important to guide girls in becoming self-confident leaders of their lives.

Jessica Herrera Flanigan
Staff Director & General Counsel, Majority Homeland Security Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Mrs. Herrera Flanigan, a Harvard-trained lawyer, directs, supervises, and manages the legislative, policy, and oversight activities of the staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Her responsibilities include advising committee members on policy and strategy relating to homeland security and global counterterrorism matters. She played a lead role in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation, including H.R.1, and implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act. She is probably the first Latina to serve as the top staffer on a House Committee.

Sergio J. Galvis
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Attorney Galvis serves on Sullivan & Cromwell's Managing Partners Committee as co-head of business development and coordinates the firm's Latin American and Spanish practices. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Galvis has advised on Latin American political risk matters, joint ventures, acquisitions, privatizations and nationalizations, and sovereign financing. He advises a diverse group of clients, including government bodies, corporations, and investment banks. A Harvard Law School graduate, he previously clerked for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Julio Garcia
Partner and CFO
Parella Weinberg Partners
Mr. Garcia is a partner at the recently founded corporate advisory and money-management firm Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg, he was a partner and CFO at FrontPoint Partners LLC. At FrontPoint, he actively participated in the execution of the firm's growth of $100 million in assets under management to over $6 billion in less than a four-year period. Previously, he held executive positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management, DLJ Merchant Banking's Controllers' Group, Chancellor LGT Asset Management, and Ernst & Young.

Ted A. Garcia
Senior Vice-President, Television Content
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Mr. Garcia's career spans more than 37 years in public and commercial broadcasting. He joined CPB after seven years serving as GM and CEO of KNME-TV, serving northern and central New Mexico. Under his leadership, KNME became the first digital broadcast operation in New Mexico in 2001. His community engagements include the Albuquerque Museum Foundation Board, the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation Board, and the New Mexico Commission for Public Broadcasting.

Rafael G. Garza
Co-founder, President, and Managing Director
Bravo Equity
As President and Managing Director of Bravo Equity, Mr. Garza has worked since 1989 almost exclusively on U.S./Mexico businesses, specifically those benefiting from the U.S. Hispanic market. Mr. Garza has been a frequent speaker on forums addressing U.S. Hispanic growth and U.S.-Mexico integration. He received, on behalf of Border Media Partners, the Trading Partner Award from Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition for connecting a new minority company with mainstream Wall Street capital.

Carlos Godoy
Chief Scientist
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division's Weapons Analysis Facility
In a distinguished career that spans 35 years at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Carlos Godoy has established an extraordinary record of innovative research. He is an internationally recognized technical expert in the unique and specialized field of undersea warfare target physics, the study of how submarines respond to acoustical interrogation (active sonar). Currently, Mr. Godoy is chief scientist for the division's Weapons Analysis Facility, the most advanced torpedo modeling and simulation environment in the Navy.

Antonio Gonzalez
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Mr. Gonzalez is president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the United States. He assumed the presidency in 1994. He and SVREP have been central figures in the dramatic growth of Hispanic political participation across the nation. During the first dozen years of Gonzalez's tenure, SVREP helped double Hispanic registration, from 5.4 million in 1994 to more than 10 million registrants in 2006. He is a leading expert on Hispanic voting characteristics and tendencies in America.

Arturo J. González
Morrison & Foerster Trial Practice Group
Mr. González has been a litigator with Morrison & Foerster for 23 years and is chair of the firm's Trial Practice Group. He has tried cases in state and federal court, for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has practiced in a wide variety of substantive areas and been recognized nationally for his work. Mr. González received his B.A. from the U.C. Davis in 1982, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. In 1992, he became Morrison & Foerster's first Latino partner. He is also an associate on the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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