UnidosUS Board of Directors Elects New Members

Washington, DC— UnidosUS is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Edward C. Garza, Executive Director, Mexican American Council, Inc. (Homestead, FL)
  • Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Dean, Duke University School of Nursing (Durham, NC)
  • Laura Ponce, Executive Director, Project BRAVO (El Paso, TX)
  • Francisco Rivera, Head of Emerging Business & Broadcast Operations Latin America, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Miami, FL)

“UnidosUS welcomes four accomplished leaders with diverse and extensive experiences in advocacy, public health, education, housing, youth development and media. As the Latino community in the U.S. continues to grow in size and influence, I’m thrilled that to have the insight and expertise of these new Board members to guide our mission of creating greater opportunities for Hispanics,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS.

“I join Janet in giving an enthusiastic bienvenidos to the four new members of our Board.  We are fortunate to have the talent, skills and thought-partnership of these experts on the UnidosUS Board during a pivotal time for the organization and the Latino community,” said Luis Granados, Board Chair, UnidosUS.

The UnidosUS Board also elected its Executive Committee for 2023-2024:

  • Luis Granados, Chair (CA)
  • Maria Arias, Vice Chair (CO)
  • Maricela Garcia, Secretary (IL)
  • Arnulfo Manriquez, Treasurer (CA)
  • Josie Bacallao, At Large Member (FL)
  • Jay Bhatt, At Large Member (IL)
  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez, At Large Member (OR)
  • Ana Ponce, At Large Member (CA)

The announcement comes on the opening of the UnidosUS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of Latino advocates, community and business leaders, young advocates, and allies from across the country, held this year in Chicago, IL, from July 22-24.

UnidosUS’s Board is a 25-member body composed of representatives from UnidosUS Affiliates, elected officials, 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.