Alfredo Jaar Independent Artist New York, NY Mr. Jaar is among the 25 people who received the MacArthur Fellowship, a scholarship of $500,000, for the year 2000. He utilizes his art to challenge established opinions about the relationship between art and politics. He fuses the aesthetics of art and the ethics of politics to depict the injustices in the world. His subjects – laborers, miners, boat people, refugees, and massacre victims – are illustrated as strong, proud, and dignified individuals, despite the exploitative, desperate, dangerous, and even deadly circumstances.
Luis Jimenez Morning Show Host Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. New York, NY At 28, Mr. Jimenez has been referred to as the king of New York’s Hispanic airwaves. His morning show, “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” has more than 1.9 million listeners and is only second in local ratings to Howard Stern’s show. SBS became the first Hispanic station to climb to number 1 in the New York Arbitron thanks to Mr. Jimenez’s syndicated show, which brought in about $15 million in advertising revenues last year.
Petra Jimenez Maes Justice New Mexico Supreme Court Santa Fe, NM Ms. Maes is the first Hispanic woman in history to serve on the New Mexico Supreme Court. She also is the court representative on the Judicial Information Systems Council. One of her goals to implement a statewide judicial information system, with emphasis on sharing information and data resources. As the first member of her family to complete college, she hopes to inspire young Hispanics to remain in school and accomplish their goals.
Carmela G. Lacayo President/CEO National Association for Hispanic Elderly Pasadena, CA Ms. Lacayo informs policy-makers and the public about the needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income, elderly people. As the founder of one of the largest Hispanic organizations in the U.S., Ms. Lacayo ensures that her association provides employment, housing, education, and other social services. In addition, she oversees the National Hispanic Research Center, which conducts national gerontological studies on the Hispanic community.
Luis Lauredo Ambassador Organization of American States Washington, DC Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Mr. Lauredo works with international leaders to strengthen democracy, advance human rights, promote peace and security, and expand trade throughout North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. In addition, he is the president of Greenberg Taurig Consulting, an affiliate of the international law firm Greenberg Taurig.
Ronnie Lopez President Phoenix International Consultants Phoenix, AZ Mr. Lopez runs a lobbying and public relations firm, with clients such as Southwest Airlines, Cigna Healthcare, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the William Mercer Company. He serves on the board of directors for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, as well as the finance chairman for Congressman Ed Pastor. In addition, he has been the chief of staff to former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt, justice of the peace for the West Phoenix Precinct, president of Chicanos Por La Causa, and director for Bank of America in Arizona.
Anel Lopez Gorham Actress WB Drama Series “Popular” Hollywood, CA Ms. Gorham plays Poppy Fresh, a Latina cheerleader, on the highly rated WB television series, “Popular.” In the beginning, the Poppy character was one-dimensional, but it has since expanded.Viewers are interested in Poppy’s quirky life and interests, including her involvement in the Hansen Fan Club and the Knees Together Club, which supports sexual abstinence. Ms. Gorham also has said a few lines in Spanish on the show, as well as discussed a woman of color being homecoming queen.
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