Armando Bucelo Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Securities Investor Protection Corp.
This Havana-born Miami attorney was named in January chairman of the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, which was created by Congress to maintain a special reserve fund to help investors at bankrupt brokerage firms. Mr. Bucelo already has been active for three years as a presidential appointee on the board, upon which he is both the first Hispanic and first Floridian. A past president of the Cuban-American Bar Association, Mr. Bucelo was also a director of Freddie Mac under the George H.W. Bush administration.
Hispanic National Bar Association
Nelson Castillo is the national president and chair of the Immigration committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), which represents more than 27,000 Hispanic law professionals nationally. Previously, Mr. Castillo was the national president-elect, the 2004 convention chair, and the New York region president of the association. He is principal of the Castillo Law Firm, PLLC, a law office that works in real estate, immigration, and naturalization law. Mr. Castillo has been recognized for his work by the New York County Lawyers' Association, the New York City Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the New York Immigration Coalition.
Board of Directors and Treasurer
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Albert Chavez serves on the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a 20-year-old nonprofit, that has worked with more than 20,000 at-risk youth, as the treasurer and vice-president of its Board of Directors. He has been a member of the board for more than 15 years. A financial consultant for beginning and troubled technology, media, and financial service companies, Mr. Chavez most recently worked as the senior vice-president/CFO of Si TV, a startup Hispanic television network in Los Angeles. His contributions to the community recently earned him the Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Twice-elected executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO, Linda Chavez-Thompson is the first person of color to be elected to one of the federation's three highest offices. With more than 35 years of experience in the labor movement, Ms. Chavez-Thompson is a member of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Her leadership includes a current position as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee and past positions as president of ORIT, the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers, national vice-president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and one of 31 vice-presidents on the Executive Council of AFL-CIO.
Colombian-born Mr. Cortazar, one of today's most highly acclaimed fashion ingenues at the age of 22, started his career at 15, debuting at Miami International Fashion Week alongside fashion veterans such as Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. "Designing became my life, my passion. My parents supported me from the beginning and we didn't feel I had to wait until I was older to live out my dream when I knew where I needed to go from a young age," he says.
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