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100 Influentials 2008: Part 5

Oct. 2, 2008
100 Influentials 2008: Part 5

Federico Pena
National Co-Chair
Barack Obama Presidential Campaign
Denver mayor from 1983 to 1991 and the first Hispanic to win that position, Mr. Pena now leads Sen. Obama's national Latino outreach strategy. Late last year, in one of many moves to help familiarize Hispanic voters with the Democratic presidential nominee, Mr. Pena launched Nevada Latinos for Obama. He is a former Transportation Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and he has also served as Secretary of Energy.

Marcela Perez de Alonso
Executive Vice-President, Human Resources
Hewlett-Packard Co.
Based in Palo Alto, California, Ms. Perez de Alonso is responsible for Hewlett-Packard's human resources programs and initiatives worldwide and manages a workforce of 172,000 employees in more than 170 countries. A graduate of the Catholic University in Chile, she received a certificate in finance and accounting from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and is one of just three women among HP's executive team.

Mari Carmen Ramirez
Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas,
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Ms. Ramirez, who holds a PhD in art history from the University of Chicago, has won three awards for curatorial excellence. Besides curating numerous exhibitions of Latin American art, she also publishes and lectures regularly on issues of identity, power, and politics as they relate to Latin American and Latino artists.

Henry Renteria
Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services
State of California
Mr. Renteria had 20 years experience in emergency management when appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004. As director of the Oakland Office of Emergency Services, he traveled to Mexico City after the 1985 earthquake, gathering research to help prepare the Bay Area for such a disaster. He learned more after being caught in the 1995 Kobe earthquake that killed almost 6,000 Japanese.

Luis Reyes
Region II Administrator
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mr. Reyes, who graduated from the University of Puerto Rico 35 years ago with a degree in electrical engineering, was one of the agency's first reactor inspectors. Today the NRC has about 200 inspectors. Mr. Reyes has overseen the renewal of more than 40 reactor licenses and received the commission's highest award, the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, four times in 1991, 1999, 2003 and 2004.

Alex Rodriguez
Baseball Player
New York Yankees
Third baseman for the Yankees, Mr. Rodriguez is one of the best-known and highest-paid players in baseball. In December last year, he announced the signing of a new 10-year contract reportedly worth $275 million, with $30 million more if he breaks the homerun record of 762, making this the richest contract in baseball history. He is already the youngest player ever to hit 500 homeruns.

David Rodriguez
Executive Vice-President, Global Human Resources
Marriott International Inc.
Mr. Rodriguez, who joined Marriott International 10 years ago, was appointed a corporate officer in 2000 and to the board's Committee for Excellence in 2004. With a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from New York University, he began his career with Assessment Systems Inc. and later joined Avon Products. Before moving to Marriott, he held several senior roles in human resources at Citicorp (now Citigroup).

David Rodriguez
Fashion Designer
New York City
Mr. Rodriguez, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, won the Moet and Chandon Designer Debut Award in 1999 and the MODA award for Hispanic Designer of the Year in 2001. His flattering use of fine fabrics and styling has made him a favorite with many celebrities; those less famous can find his collection at Saks Fifth Avenue and boutiques throughout the country.

Tony Romo
Football Player
Dallas Cowboys
Current starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Mr. Romo last October agreed to a six-year, $67.5 million contract extension with the club, meaning he will play 11 seasons in Dallas. The same day, he led the Cowboys to a 35-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers in his first game as a starter. Last year, he set club records with single-season best in completions (335), passing yards (4,211), and touchdowns (36).

Alex Sanchez
Senior Vice-President of Community Impact Leadership
United Way of America
Mr. Sanchez is responsible for a number of national community programs in areas like education, health, and economic self-sufficiency. He was previously president and CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America, representing about 800 community facilities with combined annual budgets exceeding $1 billion. A law graduate from the University of Michigan, Mr. Sanchez is a former director of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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