His influence extends beyond baseball into the philanthropy realm with the establishment of the Nomar 5 Foundation, an organization that helps the Boston community. Nomar 5, a name that includes his Red Sox number, works to improve the underprivileged community by restocking local libraries and providing better TVs, VCRs, and exercise equipment, among other things. "We do things that fall very near and dear to my heart," Mr. Garciaparra says.
Editorial Page Editor
Los Angeles Times
As the Los Angeles Times newest editorial pages editor, 40-year-old Mr. Martinez helps set the tone for the news agenda in Los Angeles and throughout the world. The Ivy League-educated Mr. Martinez previously worked as an editorial writer at the New York Times, where he was named the 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. Before his journalism career, the native of Mexico City practiced law briefly in Washington, D.C. He is the author of, 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas.
Service Employees International Union
From his own roots as a teenage grape picker supporting the UFW, Mr. Medina has grown in stature and is now described as one of the most successful labor organizers in the country. He became international executive vice-president of the Service Employees International Union in 1996, becoming the first Mexican-American elected to a top post at the 1.8 million-member union. He has helped make the SEIU the fastest-growing union on the West Coast and the largest in California. In the last decade, more than 900,000 workers across the country have joined the SEIU, which has the largest membership of immigrant workers of any U.S. union.
Vice-President of International Baseball Operations
Major League Baseball
Mr. Melendez was named vice-president of International Baseball Operations in the Office of the Commissioner for Major League Baseball in 2000, putting him in charge of the MLB teams' global events, among them the Olympics. Mr. Melendez, a New York native whose parents emigrated from Puerto Rico, was the general manager of Team Puerto Rico in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Before his promotion, the 55-year-old Rutgers School of Law graduate spent 16 years in baseball's labor department.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Mr. Olmeda joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2000 and in June was elected its president. The Bronx native spent six years as a reporter for the New York Daily News covering his hometown before joining the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as a general assignment reporter in 1999. He moved up the ranks and is now assistant city editor at the paper. In 2004, Mr. Olmeda was part of a team of reporters nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2004 hurricane season. He is an adjunct professor of print journalism, general writing and grammar at Florida International University.
Innovative hairstylist Oribe's work has appeared in countless publications, including 400 covers for magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar. The first Cuban-born hairstylist to do couture shows in Paris and Milan, Oribe also has salons in New York City and Miami. Among his A-list clients are Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz. He is also the only contemporary hairstylist to have a permanent exhibit at The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, for which he created over 100 wigs portraying 500 years of hair fashion.
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