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100 Influentials: LA Focus, Part 2

Oct. 2, 2008
100 Influentials: LA Focus, Part 2

Kevin de Leon
California State Assembly
Assemblyman de Leon was elected to serve California's 45th District in November 2006. The district includes East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, and portions of Los Angeles. Assemblyman de Leon has spent a lifetime seeking to empower working families and the poor -- as a community organizer, a teacher of English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship, and an advocate for public schools. He grew up in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights.

Maria Elena Durazo
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Ms. Durazo was elected as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO in 2006. Through more than 300 local unions, the LA County Federation of Labor represents more than 800,000 workers in every key industry, including transportation/goods movement, entertainment/media, services including janitorial and hospitality, education and construction, public sector, and retail. Among the many commissions on which she serves, she is currently a national co-chair for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Sebastian Edwards
Professor of International Business Economics,
Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA
Mr. Edwards is the Henry Ford II Professor of International Business Economics at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is the author of more that 200 scientific articles on international economics, macroeconomics, and economic development. In September 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Professor Edwards to his Council of Economic Advisors. From 1993 until April 1996, he was the chief economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Manny Espinoza
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
Mr. Espinoza became CEO of ALPFA, the leading professional association for Hispanics in accounting, finance, and related professions in 2002. During his previous position as association president, he effectively guided ALPFA in a new directions with leadership, and vision. Previously, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1986 through 2001. He served as a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Diversity Champion Task Group during 1992-2001. While at the firm, he received the prestigious Eagle Award for his dedication and commitment to leadership and diversity issues.

Monica Garcia
President, Board of Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
Ms. Garcia was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in June 2006, becoming the third Hispanic woman to serve on the board in its 155-year history. In July 2007, her colleagues unanimously chose her as board president. As a board member, she gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of children and families that rely on education for access to good jobs, healthcare, and a sustainable quality of life.

Robert Garcia
Executive Director, Counsel, and Founder
The City Project in Los Angeles.
Mr. Garcia leads The City Project in Los Angeles, which he founded in 2000. He is an attorney who engages, educates, and empowers communities to achieve equal access to public resources. He has extensive experience in public policy, mediation, and litigation involving complex social justice, civil rights, human health, environmental, education, and criminal justice matters. Mr. Garcia has influenced the investment of more than $20 billion in under-served communities. He graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Carlos G. Gutierrez
University President's Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
California State University, Los Angeles
Mr Gutierrez was named a National Associate of the National Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences in 2001 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002. In his research, he studies the interface of organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. He has been principal investigator or director on several million dollars in research and training grants to Cal State University, Los Angeles. Mr. Gutierrez has directed the school's Minority Access to Research Careers program since 1978 and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement since 1992.

Antonia Hernandez
President and CEO
California Community Foundation
Nationally recognized for her commitment toward the betterment of under-served communities in Los Angeles and beyond, Ms. Hernandez joined the California Community Foundation as president and CEO in February 2004. She oversees all operational and programmatic aspects of the foundation, which supports Los Angeles nonprofits through grantmaking, investments, and endowment building services. Previously, Ms. Hernandez was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She earned her Bachelor's in history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a J. D. at the UCLA School of Law.

Henry A. Holguin
Kelly, Lytton & Williams, LLP
As a partner at Kelly, Lytton & Williams LLP, Mr. Holguin guides the legal firm in the areas of business, health care, real estate, land use, and governmental relations. He also serves as general counsel to AltaMed Health Services Corporation, a large private nonprofit dedicated to serving the uninsured and under-insured populations of Southern California. Mr. Holguin is a member of the California Association of Dental Plans, California Society of Health Care Attorneys and the Latin Business Association.

Jaime Jarrin
Radio Sports Broadcaster
Los Angeles Dodgers
Among the most recognizable voices in Hispanic broadcasting and a Los Angeles Dodger Hall of Fame announcer, Mr. Jarrín began his 50th season in the radio booth in 2008. In the 2005, he was named all-time best Spanish-language baseball broadcaster based on "longevity, continuity, network coverage, popularity, persona, and knowledge." He was rated 28th overall among all broadcasters. Originally from Ecuador, he became the Dodger's leading Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973.

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