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EOY Awards

Keynote Speaker

Fabián Núñez, Speaker of the California State Assembly Fabián Núñez Mr. Fabián Núñez is the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He was elected in 2002 and sworn in as the State´s 66th Speaker on February 9, 2004.

Committed to imporving California´s business climate, Mr. Núñez has been active in his efforts to implement critical energy reforms and make the necessary investments in education, infrastructure, and affordable housing. Protecting and improving education in California is the primary goal of the Speaker. He believes that ensuring a quality education is not only good for business, it is essential to leveling the playing field and building a state in which, through a quality education, every child, no matter their background, can gain the skills necessary to make dreams into reality.

This past year, Mr. Núñez authored bills to curb pollution, aid small business, help the homeless, discourage predatory lending, improve working conditions for hotel attendants, and offer solutions to California´s long-term energy needs. He also authored the Reliable Electric Service Act of 2004 (AB 2006). This legislation created a clear, durable regulatory framework to stimulate much-needed investment in new power resources while also putting California back in charge of its energy future.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Mr. Núñez was Government Affairs Director for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2000 to 2002. In this capacity, he tackled a broad range of education issues and secured millions in funding for school construction projects, children´s health insurance, and low-preforming schools. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Political Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Speaker Núñez earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and education from Pitzer College in Claremont. He resides in downtown Los Angeles and has three children.


Melinda Guzman, Partner, Goldsberry, Freeman, Guzman, & Ditora LLP

Melinda Guzman Melinda Guzman is a partner at the Northern California law firm of Goldsberry, Freeman, Guzman, & Ditora LLP. As an attorney, she has represented venture capital firms and individual entrepreneurs in mergers, acquisitions, and collections litigation.

Ms. Guzman serves in a number of other professional capacities as well, including chairwoman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, a position in which she is serving her second term. Appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Board of Trustees for the California State University system, she also serves on the boards of Pac-West Telecomm Inc. and the Nehemiah Corporation of America, which provides down-payment assistance to first-time home buyers.

The National Association of Women Business Owners has presented her its Luminary Award for leadership in business.

2005 Lifetime Achievement Honoree

Alphonso V. Díaz, Associate Administrator for Science (ret.) NASA

Alphonso V. Díaz Alphonso V. Díaz has been a leader in the United States space prgram at NASA for four decades.

In his most recent position as Associate Administrator for Science, Mr. Díaz was responsible for the management, direction, and oversight of NASA´s science flight programs, mission studies, and technology development. This program, with a total annual budget of $5.5 billion, or about one third of NASA´s total budget, includes all of NASA´s activities in science, including the exploration of the universe and solar system as well as the agency´s Earth Science Prgram. Also in this capacity, Mr. Díaz was responsible for the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Ames Research Center, and contract management of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which extended his responsibility to about one third of NASA´s total workforce.

In a previous position as Director of the Goddard center, Mr. Díaz was responsible for such activities as the development and operation of scientific spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Earth Observing System.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Díaz holds a BS degree in physics from St. Joseph´s University in Philadelphia; an MS degree in physics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and an MS degree in managment from MIT´s Sloan School of Management. He also holds an honorary doctorate in science from Maryland´s Capital College, awarded in 2004, and an honorary doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Rome (Italy), awarded in 2005.

Hispanic Business

Magazine´s Lifetime Achievement Award winner is chosen from among hundreds of influential and powerful Hispanic leaders around the country. It honors an individual who has exhibited noteworthy national influence and prominence, outstanding drive, sustained high-level career achievements, leadership, innovation, vision, and civic service.

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