Board of Directors


The Governing Board of Directors consists of 15 members, including the chairperson. Nominated by a board committee and appointed by the full board, Directors generally serve two six-year terms. Directors are chosen for their demonstrated ability, good judgment, expertise and profound commitment to Latino arts and culture. Exemplary of NALAC’s investment in cultivating the capacity of new generations of leaders, three Board seats are reserved for alumni of the Leadership Institute. NALAC strives to ensure geographic and ethnic representation of all areas of the country. Directors attend quarterly board meetings, ratify grant awards and formulate policy.


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CHAIRPERSON | Charles Rice-González

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Executive Director

Bronx, NY

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, NY, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, publicist and Executive Director of BAAD!, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, which he cofounded with award-winning choreographer and dancer Arthur Aviles in 1998.

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VICE CHAIRPERSON | Evonne Gallardo

Arts and Culture Management Consulting

Los Angeles, CA

Evonne Gallardo is an arts and culture management specialist dedicated to honoring and valuing artists and arts organizations as critical components to a successful society.  Through her leadership positions in a wide range of arts organizations, Evonne has hands-on leadership experience in arts management, programming, public art projects, board development, fundraising, organization management, and approaches to cultural equity, inclusion and diversity in the arts and culture sector.

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SECRETARY | Elena Calderón Patiño

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Director of the Community Arts Program

Providence, RI

For many years, Elena Calderón Patiño has been dedicated to the promotion and advancement of art and culture as an artist, a designer and an art administrator. In her current role as Director of the Community Arts Program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), she has advocated for artists of color by creating partnerships with art museums, non-profit organizations, universities, and government institutions. 

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TREASURER | Ernest Bromley

Pescador Public Strategies, LLC


San Antonio, TX

Ernest W. Bromley is the former Chairmen/CEO of Bromley Communications, LLC founded in 1981. As CEO, he wore many hats throughout his career at the agency — director of research, executive vice president and president. Ernest was also instrumental in developing the agency’s research and marketing approach and a trailblazer in building the agency to be the leading Hispanic marketing communications company. 

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President and CEO | Maria López De León

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

President and CEO

San Antonio, TX

María López De León is the President, CEO and board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Ms. De León was named among the nation’s 2012 Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.

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Gabriel Abaroa

Latin Recording Academy

President and CEO

Miami, FL

Gabriel Abaroa is President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy, Inc. since 2002. He has over 35 years’ of international business experience focusing on the entertainment arena, with expertise in Latin America, US, and Europe. Previously, he worked for Mexico’s President Press Office and started his own firm, representing clients such as Warner Music, EMI, Sony, Polygram, BMG, Apple Records, and many other entities and association.

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Sandra Aponte

The Chicago Community Trust

Program Officer

Chicago, IL

Sandra Aponte is the Program Officer for The Chicago Community Trust.  Ms. Aponte brings several years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, specifically in the arts and education field. Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Aponte was the school partnerships and programs manager at The Field Museum.  She managed collaborative partnerships among several institutions, universities and education systems and supported the museum’s institutional advancement efforts in securing funds for the school partnerships and programs division.

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Anthony Garcia

Su Teatro

Executive Artistic Director

Denver, CO

Tony Garcia has been a member of Su Teatro for more then thirty years, serving as Executive Artistic Director and resident playwright for the last fifteen years. Under his direction El Centro Su Teatro has grown into a multi-disciplinary Chicano/Latino Cultural Arts Center. Tony is also an instructor in Chicano Studies and a trainer in the areas of fundraising and organizational developmen

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Eliud Hernández

Visual Artist

Former Deputy Director, Illinois Arts Council

Chicago, IL

Dedicated to diversity, capacity building, and innovation, Eliud is a veteran arts administrator with over four decades of experience. A hallmark of Eliud's public service is his tenure at the Illinois Arts Council Agency where he worked for 30 years in varied programmatic and leadership roles culminating in his position as Deputy Director of the Agency.

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Abel López

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Associate Producing Director

Washington, DC

Abel López is Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre, and a frequent lecturer and consultant on workshops on board development, cultural diversity, and public relations and marketing.  Lopez is Chair of Americans for the Arts; past president of the Helen Hayes Awards, Theater Communications Group, the Performing Arts Alliance, and Leadership Washington and various organizations.

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Adán M. Medrano

JM Communications

Culinary Arts Producer and Food Writer

Houston, TX

Adán M. Medrano is Online Culinary Arts Producer and Food Writer at JM Communications. An award-winning documentary producer, he is also a working chef, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. An arts advocate, he served for six years as Commissioner on the Texas Commission on the Arts, on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and on funding panels of the NEA, NEH and CPB.

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Rosalba Rolón

Pregones Theater
 + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

Artistic Director

Bronx, NY

Rosalba Rolón is Artistic Director of Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, based in The Bronx, NY, which she co-founded in 1979. Ms. Rolón is a 2008 United States Artists Fellow, a Ford Foundation New Works Visionary Fellow and a performer, director and dramaturg. She favors the art of stage adaptation in an ensemble setting, working from non-dramatic texts.

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Lucas Rivera


Senior Vice President

Los Angeles, CA

Lucas Rivera is currently the Senior Vice President of Fairplex in Pomona.  Mr. Rivera made a name for himself in LA as the visionary behind Grand Park, a new Los Angeles County Park in Downtown Los Angeles operated by The Music Center. As the former Vice President, his vision for park programming was grounded in place making through arts engagement and artist development focusing on local community artist. Rivera is also an accomplished visual artist, arts educator, dancer and producer. Rivera’s work has become the vehicle by which he expresses and promotes his culture and life.

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Ramón Rivera-Servera

Northwestern University School of Communication

Chair of Performance Studies Department & Director of Graduate Studies

Evanston, IL

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera's research focuses on contemporary performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender, and sexuality are negotiated in the process of (im)migration. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, fashion, and speech.

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Kinan Valdez

El Teatro Campesino

Producing Artistic Director

San Juan Bautista, CA

Kinan Valdez is the Producing Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino. In addition to his work in theater as a playwright and director, Kinan is an award-winning filmmaker and a lecturer in the Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.