Three Powerful Latinas Named Among Friends of National Museum of The American Latino Board of Trustees
WASHINGTON, DC –News Direct– Friends of the National Latin American Museum
(LATINX NEWSWIRE) – Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS), an advocacy campaign fighting for the creation of a Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall dedicated to the 500-year history of American Latinos in the United States, announced three new additions to its board: former Obama White House official and women’s health advocate Alejandra Campoverdi, businesswoman and impact investor Angelica Fuentes, and activist and founder of Justice for Migrant Women, Monica ramirez.
“This dynamic trio of change makers and influential leaders will go a long way in our efforts to fulfill the dream of so many Americans of having the story of Latinos in America told on the most big stage that our nation has to offer, the National Mall, ”said Estuardo Rodriguez, President and CEO of FRIENDS.
“We are honored to have such an accomplished and well-equipped group of champions join our fight, and I look forward to tapping into their expertise as we enter the next phase of advocacy for the long-awaited Smithsonian Museum, which is to secure the best location on the National Mall for our future museum and to raise the $ 350 million in funds needed to start the building, ”said Lili Gil Valletta, Chairman of the Board of FRIENDS.
The additions come during a pivotal season for the AMIS campaign. Most recently, FRIENDS sent a letter signed by over 100 influential Latino leaders to Smithsonian secretary Lonnie Bunch. The letter urges him to have the museum built on the National Mall. It was sent in response to news that space issues on the National Mall could affect the location of the future Latino Museum. Additionally, FRIENDS successfully passed the National Museum of Latin America Act through Congress in December 2020, officially inaugurating the museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Learn more about the new Board members below:
Women’s health advocate and former Obama White House official
Alejandra Campoverdi is a nationally recognized women’s health lawyer, member of the Medical Board of California, and former Obama White House official. An influential patient advocate for breast cancer awareness and health equity, Campoverdi produced and appeared in INHERITANCE, a PBS health documentary that intimately follows the surgical journeys of three women genetically predisposed to cancer. It was named one of ELLE’s “Best Documentaries of 2020”. In 2020, Campoverdi was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Medical Council, whose mission is to protect the public and promote access to quality medical care. She is the founder of the Well Woman Coalition, an initiative that empowers women of color to take action on their own health through awareness, education and advocacy. Campoverdi also founded LATINX & BRCA in partnership with Penn Medicine’s Basser Center for BRCA, a BRCA gene mutation awareness campaign that provides educational materials and resources in Spanish. From 2009 to 2012, Campoverdi served in the Obama White House, first as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and later as Deputy Director of Hispanic Media at the White House, where she developed and implemented the White House communication strategy aimed at Latinos. community around a wide range of issues, including health care. Campoverdi hosts the Pod is a Woman podcast, a weekly conversation about politics and pop culture led by three veterans of the Obama White House. She sits on the boards of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard and the California Community Foundation, and is a former commissioner of First 5 California. Campoverdi received a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and graduated with honors from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Businesswoman and impact investor
Angélica Fuentes is a Latin American businesswoman and impact investor. Equity, women’s empowerment, education and ESG investments have always been a priority in all of its efforts. Angelica’s entire career has been fueled by a strong and lasting commitment to the cause of women.
Angélica was appointed CEO of Grupo Imperial in 1992 at the age of 29. She quickly positioned the company as a leading player in the energy sector in northern Mexico. She was President of the Mexican Natural Gas Association from 1996 to 2000, and President of the Business Energy Network of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Agreement (APEC) from 2002 to 2004. From 2007 to 2015, she was CEO by Grupo Omnilife Angelissima-Chivas. Under his leadership, the company has grown into one of the 100 largest companies in Mexico.
In 2014, she founded the Angélica Fuentes Foundation dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in Latin America. In 2019, she founded Muvop, a microfinance institution that targets those without access to credit and provides an online learning platform focused on personal empowerment and financial education. Angelica is an active investor in Banqu, a software technology company whose mission is to connect the world’s poorest to the global economy.
His work in this field has been recognized with numerous honors and awards. In 2015, UN Women awarded her the WEP CEO Leadership Award; she was the first female CEO to receive this award for championing gender equality in the private sector. In 2016, the PVBLIC Foundation, the Ismael Cala Foundation and the United Nations awarded her the Latin Woman Empowerment Prize. In 2017, she received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Maestro Cares Foundation.
Founder of Justice for Migrant Women and The Latinx House
Monica Ramirez is an activist, lawyer, author and entrepreneur. For more than two decades, she fought for the civil and human rights of women, children and immigrants. In 2003, Ramirez created the first legal project in the United States dedicated to addressing gender discrimination against women farm workers, which she later expanded to create Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative. from the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2014, Ramirez founded Justice for Migrant Women to provide technical assistance to lawyers, advocates, political leaders and law enforcement agencies on tackling sexual violence in the workplace, as well as other issues facing the workplace. faced by migrant women. In 2019, she founded The Latinx House, a gathering place for people who appreciate and support the Latinx community and who celebrate Latinx excellence in film and entertainment. She is also a co-founder of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (The National Alliance of Women Agricultural Workers), which is the first national organization of women agricultural workers in the United States. Ramirez received the inaugural Change for Gender Equity Award from Harvard Kennedy School, the Majority Feminist Global Women’s Rights Award, the 2018 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Social Progress and she was Named on TIME100: NEXT 2021 list. She is currently President of Justice for Migrant Women, President of the Latinx House and is one of the main founders of Poderistas.
About the Friends of the National Latin American Museum
The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino organization strives to establish a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the Latin American experience in United States and its territories. highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life. AMIS is in no way affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
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