UnidosUS Board of Directors Elects Luis Granados as New Chair

It also welcomes new executive officers and Board members

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, is pleased to announce that Luis Granados, CEO of Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), has been elected Chair of the UnidosUS Board of Directors. Granados succeeds Maria S. Salinas, who will remain on the Board as Immediate Past Chair.

“Luis is a respected community leader and ardent advocate for expanding Latino economic opportunity and brings a passion for community development to his role as chair,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “His innovative approach to creating greater equity and prosperity for low- to moderate-income Latino families and his deep commitment to UnidosUS’s mission make him an ideal person for the role. We are thrilled to welcome Luis as the new Chair of the UnidosUS Board of Directors and look forward to his guidance.”

Granados formerly served as Vice-Chair of the UnidosUS Board. He also serves as Board Member of the California Reinvestment Coalition; Community Advisory Board Member for JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Board Member of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders and Board Member of the Raza Development Fund.

In addition, new appointees to the UnidosUS Board of Directors’ Executive Committee include:

  • María Cristina González Noguera, Vice Chair
  • Maria Arias, Secretary
  • Michael Toledo, Treasurer
  • Maria S. Salinas, Immediate Past Chair
  • David Adame, At-Large Member
  • Roy Cosme, At-Large Member
  • Arnulfo Manriquez, At-Large Member
  • Maria Gabriela (“Gaby”) Pacheco, At-Large Member

The Board also welcomed four new members:

  • Jay Bhatt, Principal, JDB Strategies (Chicago)
  • Maricela Garcia, CEO, Gads Hill Center (Chicago) (UnidosUS Affiliate)
  • Arthur J. Ochoa, Senior Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer, Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles)
  • Myrna Soto, Founder and CEO, Apogee Executive Advisors LLC (Hollywood, Fla.)

UnidosUS’s Board is a 25-member body composed of representatives from UnidosUS Affiliates, the corporate sector and other partner organizations. Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Latino population. By mandate, the Board must include equal representation of men and women.