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100 Influentials 2008: Part 4

Oct. 2, 2008
100 Influentials 2008: Part 4

Mario Hernandez
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
Mr. Hernandez has logged an impressive record of accomplishments over three decades in the economic development field. As president of San Antonio's Economic Development Foundation, he has provided his city with a trusted, respected leader who gets results. Some highlights of Mr. Hernandez' tenure as SAEDF president since 1990 include working with AT&T to move its headquarters from St. Louis to San Antonio in 1993 and spearheading the effort to locate Toyota's new manufacturing plant in San Antonio, an announcement made in 2003.

Elmer Huerta
Cancer Preventorium at the Washington Cancer Institute
As head of the low-income clinic the Cancer Preventorium, which he founded in 1994, Dr. Huerta specializes in the areas of cancer prevention and screening. In addition, he is intensively involved in medical education among the U.S. Hispanic community. Since 1989, Dr. Huerta has produced a daily one-minute health radio program, "Cuidando su Salud," which airs on over 120 Spanish-language radio stations in the United States and more than 350 stations in Latin America. He is currently serving as President of the American Cancer Society.

Arturo L. Jaramillo
Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico General Services Department
As Cabinet secretary, Mr. Jaramillo directs the strategic planning, policy development, financial management and business operations of his department. His responsibilities include managing over $82 billion in assets and resources for the executive branch of the state government, In addition the department provides a verity of legal and insurance coverage to the state and its employees. Prior to his appointment as cabinet secretary for GSD in .2006, Mr. Jarmillo served as superintendent of New Mexico's Regulation & Licensing Department.

Cindy Jimenez
Vice-President of Government Relations, Information Technology Association of America
Ms. Jiminez is ITAA's chief advocate on in Washington, D.C. and seeks to shape legislation and regulation on issues relating to the high tech industry, such as e-commerce, trade, homeland security, immigration and the nation's ability to compete in a global economy. Prior to joining ITAA in 2007, she worked for five years for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi serving most recently as an advisor on Hispanic affairs, the federal budget, immigration, and other issues.

Lilia Larin
American Association of Women Dentists
Dr. Larin, an immigrant from Mexico, earned her California dentistry license in 1989 and bases her practice in Chula, California. Before being elected president of the American Association of Women Dentists, she served on many advisory boards for dental and health associations. She is responsible for a number of initiatives that seek to improve access to oral health care and has organized many continuing dental education conferences for dentists over the years.

Enrique Lavernia
Dean, College of Engineering; Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
University of California, Davis
A world-renown scientist and researcher into the chemical engineering properties of nanostructured and multi-scale materials, Professor Lavernia was ranked 21st in the world by Science Watch, ISI in terms of citation impact for research in materials during 1990-1994. Since earning his Ph.D. at MIT in 1986, he has served on the faculty University of California, Irvine, subsequently becoming Dean of the College of Engineering at UC, Davis. He has co-authored over 400 journal articles and won numerous awards and honors.

Steven Lopez
U. S. Taekwondo Olympic Team
Beginning Taekwondo at the age of five, 25 years later Mr. Lopez was at the Beijing Olympics hoping to repeat his gold medal performances in 2000 and 2004. Mr. Lopez made history when he, his brother Mark and sister Diana all won gold at the 2005
World Taekwondo Championships. They then became the first three siblings to qualify for a U.S. Olympic team since 1904.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Composer, Performer, Lyricist, and Writer
Mr. Miranda wrote the award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards this year and won four best musical, best original score written for the theater, best choreography, and best orchestration. The hip-hop, salsa and meringue influenced musical, created by and starring Mr. Miranda, tells the story of a Latino neighborhood in Washington Heights, upper Manhattan. In the Heights also won numerous off-Broadway awards.

Peter Navarro
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
Professor Navarro was appointed to the faculty of UC Irvine 20 years ago. With a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, he's the author of several books, including If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks and When the Market Moves, Will You Be Ready? His work has been widely published in magazines and newspapers, and he has appeared regularly on radio and television.

Marlon Quintanilla Paz
Senior Counsel to the Director of Trading and Markets
U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Mr. Paz is national vice president-regions for the Hispanic National Bar Association, a director of the Delaware Bar Association and president-elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Before joining the SEC he practiced business and securities law. He has a BA, an MA and a law degree plus a Master of Laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University.

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