Appointed by Governor Gray Davis to head one the largest departments in California government, Ms. Bonta stands at the forefront of the emerging market for health care from a Hispanic perspective. She is the first Hispanic in charge of the state's Health Services Department. She also serves as chairwoman of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, as well as a board member for the Center for Disease Control's advisory committee and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Marion Luna Brem CEO Love Chrysler Plymouth, Corpus Christi, TX
Four years after selling her first automobile, Ms. Brem became president of her own dealership, Love Chrysler Plymouth. Her company ranks number 89 on the 1999 Hispanic Business 500, with revenues of $40.17 million. Her battle with cancer and her remarkable success in a male-dominated field have been profiled in the Washington Post, in Reader's Digest, and on The Maury Povich Show. She was honored this year by the Office of Women's Initiatives at the White House and took home the Avon Women of Enterprise award. She begins a national speaking tour this fall to support her book Auto Motives.
Louis Caldera Secretary U.S. Army, Washington, DC
Overseeing more than 1 million soldiers, 250,000 civilian employees, and a budget of $70 billion, Louis Caldera is one of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the federal government. He also chairs the Panama Canal Commission, the group charged with turning over the Canal Zone to the government of Panama later this year. Earlier, he acted as a lead spokesman for the the Clinton Administration's policy on Kosovo and the Balkans.
Silvia Cardenas Producer/Writer "Moesha" Los Angeles, CA
Starting with the show as a trainee in a Writer's Guild program, Silvia Cardenas quickly rose through the creative ranks from writer's apprentice to producer of UPN's hit sitcom "Moesha," starring pop singer Brandy. At age 29, Ms. Cardenas is one of the few Hispanics writing regularly for a network sitcom. She also has credits for "The Sinbad Show," "Something's Gotta Give," "The Wayans Brothers," and "The Nanny."
Carlos Castaneda Editor and Publisher El Nuevo Herald, Miami, FL
This year Mr. Castaņeda became editor and publisher of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language newspaper published by the Miami Herald. He previously served 25 years as editor-in-chief of El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico's leading newspaper. The newsroom chief hopes to establish El Nuevo Herald - which just two years ago was only a Spanish-language insert of the Miami Herald - as a leading source of news in the Western Hemisphere.
Ida L. Castro Chairwoman U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
Nominated by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, she became the first female Hispanic appointed to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She previously served as acting director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor. During her tenure with the Labor Department, Ms. Castro earned two "Hammer Awards" for efficiency in government from the Office of the Vice-President.
Veronica Chambers General Editor Newsweek, New York, NY
She co-authored Newsweek's July 1999 cover story on "Latin USA: How Young Hispanics are Changing America." Before joining Newsweek as General Editor, she worked for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Premiere, and Essence. Recently named a 1999-2000 Media Fellow to the Japan Society, she is also author of the books Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom (1998) and Marisol and Magdalena (1998). Her 1996 book Mama's Girl was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.
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