As principal deputy general counsel of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Ramos provides legal advice to top Air Force brass. He is also responsible for supervising and advising the Air Force's 1,700 military and civilian lawyers worldwide. Before joining the Air Force, Mr. Ramos practiced corporate and securities law at Shaw Pittman, a national law firm based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ramos first served as a Department of Defense Fellow and special assistant to the Air Force General Counsel before being appointed principal deputy in 2003.
State of New Mexico
Gov. Richardson is one of the few Americans who seem to be able to communicate successfully with North Korean strongman Kim Il Sung, making the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations a key player in current negotiations over nuclear proliferation. The former Clinton Administration Secretary of Energy was elected governor of New Mexico in 2002 by the largest margin of any candidate since 1964. He just completed his third legislative session, and can point to a balanced budget and one of the highest budget reserves in the country. Gov. Richardson currently serves as chair of the Democratic Governors' Association.
Joint Task Force North
Gen. Riojas has the daunting task of overseeing the military's contribution to guarding the continental United States during the global war on terror. The West Point graduate from Kansas City, Missouri has worn an Army uniform since 1976 when he was a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He's since served in a variety of warfighting, administrative, academic and even diplomatic posts in the service before taking his new posting working alongside domestic law enforcement to prevent attacks or other threats inside the nation or along the approaches to the United States.
U.S. Custom and Border Protection
For the last seven years Mr. Robles has held the highest legal office in U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a position even more in the public eye thanks to the vexing legal issues arising from both homeland security concerns and the increasing attention paid to immigration. The history buff and 1982 Georgetown University Law Center graduate cut his teeth clerking for an admiralty law firm and then the Federal Maritime Commission before joining the then-Customs Service right out of university, specializing in issues of international trade.
League of United Latin American Citizens
Ms. Rosales was elected national president of the LULAC this year to become the leader of the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organizations in the United States.
Her involvement with the League of United Latin American Citizens spans more than three decades. In 1994, Ms. Rosales was re-elected to a record-breaking fourth term as the LULAC Texas state director and was the first woman to hold the position. She most recently served as the national vice-president for the Southwest.
"I have the highest admiration for all past LULAC presidents," Ms. Rosales says. "I want to carry it to the next level of activism. When you have the example of education – I get tired of saying we're in a state of crisis. I would like to see some plans of action. We know the statistics, and we've done the educational summits. Get together with all the research organizations and find the best practices for dealing with the dropout rate … As we become the No. 1 minority, we have to have an educated population."
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