Top 100 Influentials 2010 - Government
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Lorenzo Arrendondo
Lorenzo Arrendondo   Judge, Lake Circuit Court, Crown Point, Ind.

Lorenzo Arredondo is a Judge of the Lake Circuit Court in Crown Point, Ind., and is the longest serving Hispanic state court judge in the country. In his 35-year service on the bench, Judge Arredondo has provided service for numerous institutions. They include the Indiana Supreme Court's Commission on Race and Gender Fairness, the Board and Executive Committee of the American Judicature Society and the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association.

Edward Avalos
Edward Avalos   Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mr.  Avalos provides leadership and oversight for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which addresses animal and plant pests and diseases; the Agricultural Marketing Service, which provides standardization testing and marketing of commodities and crops; and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, which promotes marketing of livestock, cereals and meats, as well as trade practices. He has more than 30 years experience in livestock and agriculture marketing.

Patrick H. Brady
Patrick H. Brady   Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Brady provides decision superiority systems to achieve information dominance for Navy and joint warfighters.  Previous assignments included commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center; deputy director of Submarine Warfare and deputy commander for Undersea Warfare. He is a recipient of personal and campaign awards including four Legion of Merits awards and three Meritorious Service Medals.

Judith Canales
Judith Canales   Administrator for Business and Coop. Programs, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development

Ms. Canales was appointed in June of 2009. Prior to that, she served as the executive director of the Maverick County Development Corp. in Eagle Pass, Texas. Before that she served as an adjunct faculty member for Southwest Texas Junior College. Her previous government positions include deputy state director for Texas Rural Development, and acting associate administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

Alejandra Castillo
Alejandra Castillo   National Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency

Ms. Castillo serves as the principal adviser to the MBDA National Director and assists in managing the day-to-day activities of the agency. She plays an integral role in developing and implementing MBDA's Global Export Initiative for the minority business community as part of President Obama's National Export Initiative.  Prior to her appointment with MBDA, she served as special advisor to the under secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.

Joseph Castillo
Joseph Castillo   Commander, Coast Guard 11th District, U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Castillo oversees Coast Guard operations in the 11th District, covering 3.3 million square miles, extending 1,000 nautical miles off of California and south to the Colombian/Ecuadorian border in South America. Prior to this assignment, he served as the director of response at Coast Guard headquarters. In that role, he oversaw the development of strategic doctrine and policy guidance.

Julian Castro
Julian Castro   Mayor, City of San Antonio, Texas

Mayor Castro is the youngest mayor of a top-50 American city. Throughout his tenure in public service, Mayor Castro has championed economic growth and a top-notch quality of life. He has emphasized education during his first term in office with a goal of attracting the jobs of the future. In 2005, Castro founded The Law Offices of Julian Castro, PLLC, a civil litigation practice.

Hector Cortez
Hector Cortez   Senior Director for Strategic Diversity Initiatives/Chief Diversity Officer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

Mr. Cortez is Chief Diversity Officer for the nation's largest donor-funded network of volunteer youth mentors, comprising 385 agencies that support the most vulnerable children in the nation: primarily those of single, low-income and incarcerated parents. The agencies support more Hispanic children than any other organization in the country. In his role, Cortez supervises Hispanic, African-American and Native American mentoring program managers.

Edward Davila
Edward Davila   Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Prior to becoming a judge, Mr. Davila spent 20 years as a trial lawyer, first as a deputy public defender in the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office from 1981to 1988 and later in private practice at the law firm of Davila & Polverino from 1988 to 2001. He also has taught trial advocacy course sessions at Stanford Law School, Santa Clara University School of Law, and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Marisa J. Demeo
Marisa J. Demeo   Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

In 2010, before becoming an Associate Judge, Ms. Demeo handled more that 300 preliminary and detention hearings. In 2007, she was appointed as a Magistrate Judge. Previously she served as a criminal trial judge and presided over approximately 120 trials involving criminal traffic and minor misdemeanor charges. Judge Demeo is an Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law.

Paul J. De Muniz
Paul J. De Muniz   Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court

As Chief Justice, the Honorable Paul J. De Muniz is the administrative head of the Oregon Judicial Department.  In 2008, he was elected to the board of directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, and is one of eight state chief justices selected to attend a three-year Harvard University Executive Session to study the role of state court leaders.

Sergeant Major Louis M. Espinal
Sergeant Major Louis M. Espinal   Senior Enlisted Advisor, U.S. Southern Command

Sergeant Major Espinal assumed his duties Oct. 9, 2009.  Previously he served as Sergeant Major for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Forward/Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. His diverse 30-year career includes assignments in the infantry, combat service support, air wing, reserve establishment, recruiting duty, diplomatic arena and multiple combat tours in Iraq .

Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez   Assistant Secretary, Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, U.S. State Department

Mr. Fernandez oversees work on international trade and investment policy. He also oversees international finance, debt policy, along with economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing, international energy security policy, international telecommunications and transportation policies. Additionally, he supports U.S. businesses and the private sector overseas. Prior to joining the State Department, he was a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he was global chair of the firm's Latin America practice.

Edmundo A. Gonzales
Edmundo A. Gonzales   Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Force Management Integration, U.S. Air Force

Mr. Gonzales provides guidance for all matters pertaining to Air Force military and civilian human resource functions and activities. These activities include military and civilian personnel; manpower; medical readiness; health program benefits and entitlements; services; base exchanges and commissaries; family readiness; sexual assault prevention and response programs; family advocacy; and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Eva Guzman
Eva Guzman   Justice, Texas Supreme Court

Justice Guzman handled more than 5,000 cases on the trial court bench. Since her elevation to the appellate bench, she has ruled on over 2,000 appeals and authored hundreds of opinions. She was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in October 2009. This year the Hispanic National Bar Association named Guzman ̉Latina Judge of the Year.'

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez   Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Mr. Hernandez was selected as an astronaut candidate in 2004. In February 2006, he completed rigorous astronaut candidate training, and was assigned to the Shuttle Branch to support Kennedy Space Center Operations in support of launch and landing preparations. He held various technical assignments until his selection in 2008 as a mission specialist for the STS-128 mission, which launched on 2009. While in orbit, Hernandez became the first person to use Spanish language in space while tweeting.

Abel Maldonado
Abel Maldonado   Lt. Governor, California

Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado, son of immigrant field workers, first ran for city council for Santa Maria, Calif., in 1994. Two years later, at age 28, he was elected mayor. After guiding the city out of financial crisis, he was elected to the state Assembly in 1998. Maldonado was sworn in as Lt. Governor on April 27, 2010.

Susana Martinez
Susana Martinez   County Prosecutor and candidate for Governor, New Mexico

Ms. Martinez has been district attorney for Dona Ana County for 13 years. In 2009, she entered the race for governor of New Mexico, pledging to cut wasteful spending, lower taxes to create more jobs, end ̉pay-to-play' practices and other corruption and reform education. Some local media have referred to her candidacy as a ̉game changer.'

Rudolf Montiel
Rudolf Montiel   President, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Mr. Montiel has transformed the authority, which was on the brink of federal receivership, to an agency achieving ̉high performer' status in both Public Housing and Section 8 for the first time in its history. Additionally, through Mr. Montiel's leadership, HACLA has put in motion a billion-dollar, 100-acre redevelopment effort at the Jordan Downs public housing site in Watts.

Eduardo M. Ochoa
Eduardo M. Ochoa   Asst. Secretary for Postsecondary Education, U.S. Dept. of Education

Dr. Eduardo Martín Ochoa is the principal adviser to the secretary on postsecondary education, overseeing policies for more than 40 programs, with a budget of more than $2.6 billion. These programs provide financial assistance to eligible students and improve educational facilities and programs. Additionally, they prepare disadvantaged students and promote the study of foreign languages  and  cultures.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Ochoa was a faculty member and administrator at Sonoma State and other universities.

Thomas Perez
Thomas Perez   Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Mr. Perez is responsible for transforming the Civil Rights Division, in the spirit of its traditional role as the ̉conscience of the nation,' to fulfill our nation's promise of advancing equal opportunity, leveling the playing field and protecting the rights of all. Prior to his nomination, he served as the secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and was an architect of a sweeping reform package to address his state's foreclosure crisis.

Alexander M. Sanchez
Alexander M. Sanchez   Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Sanchez leads the department responsible for labor, licensing and regulation, which protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland's economy. He oversees 1,888 people and manages a budget of more than $251 million. 

Francisco J. Sanchez
Francisco J. Sanchez   Under Secretary of Commerce for IntÕl. Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, IntÕl. Trade Administration

Mr. Sanchez served as a senior policy advisor for President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. He also served as the chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council and provided support on Latin American issues. He currently leads the International Trade Administration, which performs an array of functions. These include assisting in the development of U.S. global trade policy, creating jobs and economic growth by promoting U.S. companies and strengthening American competitiveness.