NALAC Leadership Institute Alumni

Since 2001, the NALAC Leadership Institute has graduated 200 alumni from coast to coast, representing diverse cultures, a broad scope of artistic disciplines, varied administrative practices and multiple generations. We invite you to become familiar with NLI Alumni. Leadership Institute Classes are listed by year with participant names and where applicable, the organization they represented at the time.

Class of 2001 Class of 2005 Class of 2009 Class of 2013
Class of 2002 Class of 2006 Class of 2010  
Class of 2003 Class of 2007 Class of 2011  
Class of 2004 Class of 2008 Class of 2012  
       

To view a full pdf list of the Participants click here.

 

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2001 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS


Valerie Aranda
Save Our Centro Coalition
San Diego, CA
Jennifer Mendez
Mattie Rhodes Center
Kansas City, MO
Guillermo Carvajal
La Casa de Artes
Seattle, WA
Delia Montalvo
Association of Hispanic Arts
New York, NY
Manuel Castillo
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Juan Oyervides
Mexican American Center
Austin, TX
Maria Luisa Colmenarez
Danzantes Unidos
Union City, CA
Tatiana Piña
Sol Gallery
Providence, RI
Joseph Gonzales
Taller Puertorriqueño
Philadelphia, PA
Guadalupe Ramirez
Youth Defense & Advancement Productions
San Juan, TX
Marisa Gutierrez
La Raza Galeria Posada
Sacramento, CA
Rosa Rojas
Ohio Latino Arts Association
Columbus, OH
Berta Lopez
Educator
Del Rio, TX
Celeste Serna Williams
Cine Las Americas
Austin, TX
Danny Lopez
National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Verónica Vidal
International Latino Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
Raul Lozano
Teatro Visión
San Jose, CA
 


2002 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Marisela Barrera
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
San Antonio, TX
Ariel Robello
Writer
Los Angeles, CA
Susana Bautista
Independent Curator
Pasadena, CA
Rene Saenz
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
San Antonio, TX
Valerie Bustos
El Centro Su Teatro
Denver, CO
Ruben Salazar
Arts Providing Outreach
and Youth Opportunities

Waco, TX
Norma Cardenas
City of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Esmeralda Salinas
MECA
Houston, TX
Elsa Greno-Jimenez
Natural History Musuem of LA County
Los Angeles, CA
Carmela Sanchez-Casados
Latino Arts & Humanities Council of NE
Lincoln, NE
Celeste Guzman
Gemini Ink
San Antonio, TX
Susana Segura
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Tanya Mote
El Centro Su Teatro
Denver, CO
Mirta Toledo
La Peña Latino Arts in Austin
Austin, TX
Yazmin Ortiz
Films for a Purpose
Venice, CA
Victoria Young
Lincoln Theatre
Mount Vernon, WA
Victor Payan
Save Our Centro Coalition
San Diego, CA


2003 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Priscilla Aguilar
Pregones Theatre
Bronx, NY
William Moreno
Mexican Museum
San Francisco, CA
Maura Barrios
Latina de Florida de Abuelos Cubanos
Tampa, FL
Cristina Ordoñez
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Erendira Bernal
Save Our Centro Coalition
San Diego, CA
Anabelle Rodriguez
Taller Puertorriqueno
Philadelphia, PA
Evonne J. Gallardo
Self Help Graphics & Art
Los Angeles, CA
Veronica Valdez
Chicano Humanities & Arts Council
Denver, CO
Fiorella Horna Guerra
Culturas Unidas
Cary, NC
Perry Vasquez
Save Our Centro Coalition
San Diego, CA
Jesus Cantu Medel
Museo Guadalupe Aztlan
Houston, TX


2004 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS


Tamara Alvarado
MACLA
San Jose, CA
Zenaida Lopez-Cid
La Raza Galeria Posada
Sacramento, CA
Cristina Ballí
Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center
San Benito, TX
Felicia Montes
Self Help Graphics
Los Angeles, CA
Maria De La Rosa
Mexican Heritage Plaza
San Jose, CA
Amarelys Perez
Rubí Theatre
Bronx, NY
Graciela Fonseca
Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho
Nampa, ID
J. Andrea Porras
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
Sacramento, CA
Alejandro Garcia
Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina Sur
Columbia, SC
Lucas Rivera
La Colectiva
Philadelphia, PA
Micaela Garcia de Benavides
El Centro Su Teatro
Denver, CO
Roen Salinas
Aztlan Dance Company
Austin, TX


2005 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Yolanda Alameda
City of Dallas - Office of Cultural Affairs
Dallas, TX
Anel Flores
ARTery
San Antonio TX
Marco Albarrán
Calaca Cultural Center
Tempe, AZ           
Israel Garcia
Visual Artist
Kansas City, MO
Jesús Alvarado
Ice House Cultural Center
Dallas, TX
Elisa Gonzales
NALAC
San Antonio, TX
Sandra Andino
Taller Puertorriqueño
Philadelphia, PA
Jess Moreles
Teatro Vision
San Jose, CA
Nicholas Arture
Association of Hispanic Arts
New York, NY
Sandra Peña-Sarmiento
Save Our Centro Coalition
San Diego, CA
Grace Barraza-Vega
Experiencia De Arte Latino
Corpus Christi, TX
Tatiana Reinoza
CSU Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Denise Cadena
Centro Cultural Aztlan
San Antonio, TX
Fred Salas
MACLA
San Jose, CA
Ernesto Cuevas
RedCielo, LLC
Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Salinas
Skagit Valley College Multicultural Office
Mount Vernon, WA


2006 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Marinieves Alba
Writer
New York, NY
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera
Association of Hispanic Arts
El Barrio, NY
Betty Bastidas
Photographer
Brooklyn, NY
Chris Navarro
Laredo Center for the Arts
Laredo, Texas
Carla Cardoza
City of El Paso,
Museums and Cultural Affairs

El Paso, TX
Alda Reuter
Mano a Mano
New York, NY
M. Luisa Cariaga
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
Los Angeles, CA
Melissa Shapiro
Taller Puertorriqueño
Philadelphia, PA
Lupita De La Paz
Casa de la Cultura
Del Rio, TX
Wally Valdez
Poet
Washington, DC
Margarita Espada
Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja Inc.
Islip, NY
Laura Varela
NALIP-SA
San Antonio, TX
C. Eliana Godoy
Art for Change
New York, NY
Alida Wilson-Gunn
Borderlands Theater
Tucson, AZ
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Writer
New York, NY
Rafael Zapata
Taller Puertorriqueno
Philadelphia, PA
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera
Association of Hispanic Arts
El Barrio, NY


2007 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Rafael Zapata
Taller Puertorriqueno
Philadelphia, PA
Marisa Limon
Theater and Dance
Austin, TX
Lisa Anaya
Multidisciplinary Artist
San Antonio, TX
Lizbeth Ortiz
MECA
Houston, TX
Brent Beltran
Calaca Press
National City, CA
Joann Reyes
Teatro Vivo
Austin, TX
Valarie Castillo
El Centro Su Teatro
Denver, CO
Reuben T. Roqueni
Tucson Pima Arts Council
Tucson, AZ
Celeste De Luna
Visual Artist
Harlingen, TX
Marta Sanchez
Cascarones Por La Vida
Philadelphia, PA
Heather Eichling
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Celia Santiago
Taller Puertorriqueño
Philadelphia, PA
Gerry Garcia
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Carlos Velasquez
Teatro Vision
San Jose, CA
Xochitl Gil Higuchi
Art 4 U
Tucson, AZ
Guillermina Zabala
Multi-disciplinary artist
San Antonio, TX
Julia Grob
Theater/Performance
New York, NY


2008 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS


Francisco Aragón
Institute For Latino Studies
Arlington , VA
Otono Lujan
Side Street Projects
Pasadena, CA
Irene Castruita
Red CalacArts Collective
San Diego, California
Angel Luna,
Hip-Hop, Musician
San Jose, CA
William Flores
Latino Theater Company
Los Angeles, CA
Bosco Meneses
Gallerist/ Art Consultant
Atlanta, GA
Adriana Gallego
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tomas Montoya
RCAF Centro Dos
Sacramento, CA
Adriana M. Garcia
Visual Artist
San Antonio, TX
Rebecca Munoz,
Mujer Obrera
El Paso, Texas
Sarah Guerra,
La Pena Cultural Arts Center
Berkely, CA
Veronica Perez-Picasso
NALAC
San Antonio, TX
Guity, Ricardo
Musician, Percussionist
Seattle, WA
Michael Rowland,
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico de Texas &
Serie Project
Austin , Texas
Monica Hernandez
Casa Familiar/The Front
San Ysidro, CA
Marta Sanchez,
Cascarones por la Vida
Philadelphia, PA
Juanita Lanzo
The Bronx Council on the Arts/Longwood
Bronx , NY
Luis Valderas,
Visual Artist, Sculptor
San Antonio, TX
Raquel Lopez,
La Casa de la Raza
Santa Barbara , CA
 


2009 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Sandra Aponte
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago, IL
Antonio Navas
Guatemalan Arts Center
Chicago, IL
Melisa Cardona  
Artist
New Orleans, LA
Michelle Angela Ortiz
LINC
Philadelphia, PA
Gina Diaz
National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, NM
Irma "Carolina" Rubio
Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation
San Antonio, TX
Juan Dies
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Chicago, IL
Adriana Sanchez Alexander
Gemini Ink
San Antonio, TX
Rodrigo Garcia
Teatro Vision
San Jose, CA
Sophia Sanchez
La Peña Cultural Center
Berkeley, CA
Erica Huerta
Kalpulli Zem Anahuak
Los Angeles, CA
Gumaro Silva
MECA
Houston, TX
Alberto Mejia
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Seattle, WA
F. Javier Torres
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Jamaica Plain, MA
Gabriela Munoz-Perez
Artist
Phoenix, AZ
Veronica Valadez  
Under the Sun Cultural Arts Organization
Ventura, CA


2010 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Kathy Barnes
Memphis Latino Cultural Center
Memphis, TN
Lisandra Ramos-Grullon
Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano
New York, NY
Ruth Buentello
San Anto Cultural Arts
San Antonio, TX
Tony Rocco
Cameras for Columbia
Philadelphia, PA
Armando Castellano
Quinteto Latino
Menlo Park, CA
Nixa Sanchez
MACLA
San Jose, CA
Eduardo Cervantes
Centro Cultural de la Raza
San Diego, CA
Gloria Sanchez-Arreola
La Casa de la Raza
Santa Barbara, CA
Cynthia Cuellar
Xochipilli Compania de Danza Mexicana
Soquel, CA
Selene Santiago de Nasseri
Cornerstone Theater Company
Los Angeles, CA
Briana Fitzpatrick
Multicultural Education and Counseling
through the Arts

Houston, TX
Jose Urdaneta
Casa Cultural Dominicana, Inc.
Lancaster, PA
Melinda Gonzalez
BombaYo
Brooklyn, NY
Kinan Valdez
El Teatro Campesino
San Juan Bautista, CA
Teresa Hayes-Santos
University of Notre Dame
Institute for Latino Studies

Mishawaka, IN
Katie Ventura
Rainbow Theater
Vista, CA
Lorena Moran
Teatro Jornalero (Cornerstone Theater Co.)
Los Angeles, CA
 


2011 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Tomas Aguilar
CEO
Universal Grammar
San Jose, CA
Michele Orduña
Board President
Safos Dance Theatre
Tucson, AZ
Estevan Azcona
Music Director/Performance Series Director
Houston, TX
Jose Ovalle
Executive/Artistic Director
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Co.
Chicago, IL
Eduardo Chavez
Art Educator
San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio, TX
Elena Patiño
Community Arts Program Director
Rhode Island State Council
On the Arts
Providence, RI
Jorge Fiffe
Leadership Council
Emerging Arts Leaders
Lynwood, CA
Cesar Ramos
Writer
Houston, TX
Abner Gutierrez
Volunteer
Teatro Americano of Latinos Progresando
Chicago, IL
Cynthia Renta
Executive Director
Project Cimmarona
Oakland, CA
Ana Herrera
Executive Director
Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
Dallas, TX
Ani Rivera
Board Member
Galeria de la Raza
San Francisco, CA
Maria Jimenez-Torres
Executive Director
Plaza de la Raza
Los Angeles, CA
Leslie Roybal
Dancer
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
New York, NY
Bobby LeFebre
Founder
Café Cultura
Denver, CO
Nuvia Ruland
Visual Artist
San Diego, CA
Yvette Martinez
One World Arts, Inc
Executive Director
Bronx, NY
Armando Somoza
Digital Media Coordinator
New York, NY
Yvonne Montoya
Director
Safos Dance Theatre
Tucson, AZ
David Zamora Casas
Artist
San Antonio, Tx


2012 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

Jason Aragon
Free Lance Producing Member
Media Education Coodinator
Pan Left Productions
Tucson, AZ

Michelle Mejia
Film and Radio
Producer and Administrative Assistant
Texas Folklife
Austin, TX

Jesus Barraza
Graphic Artist Printmaker
Dignidad Rebelde
San Leandro, CA

Giselle Mercier
Executive Director
Visual Artist
Pros Arts Studio
Chicago, IL

Leenda Bonilla
Program Manager
Visual Artist
Lifetime Arts
New Rochelle, NY

Amalia Ortiz
Poet, Writer, Actor
South Padre Island, TX

Maya Chinchilla
Multidisciplinary Artist
Oakland, CA


Jennifer Portillo
Business Manager
MACLA
San Jose, CA
Ara Cruz
Director
Spoken Word Artist
Café Cultura
Denver, CO

Alejandra Regalado
Photographer
New York, NY
Joel Garcia
Program Manager
Visual Artist
Self Help Graphics & Art
Monterey Park, CA

Sheyla Rivera Rios
Associate Managing Director
Multidisciplinary Artist
AS220
Providence, RI
Liselotte Harrity
Secretary
Casa de Venezuela
Lafayette Hill, PA

Lisa Suarez
Producing Director
Performing Artist
Jump-Start Performance Co.
San Antonio, TX

Armando Huipe
Development Associate
Latino Theater Company
Los Angeles, CA

Fabiola Torralba
Multidisciplinary Artist
Educator
San Antonio, TX
Javier Hurtado
Performance Artist
Oakland, CA
Archie Villeda
Graphic Designer
Multidisciplinary Artist
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Denver, CO

Yadhira Leon
Director of Public Relations
Autry National Center
Burbank, CA

Samuel Wargin
Visual Artist
Oklahoma City, OK
Summer Joy Main
Chief Executive Officer
Latino Film Fund
Marina del Rey, CA
Rio Rene Yañez
Curator and Building Manager
Graphic Artist
Somarts
San Francisco, CA