Maria López De León

President, CEO and NALAC Board Member

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 the National Council on the Arts. In 2012 and 2013, she was named among the nation’s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts. She serves on multiple arts and culture policy panels and is an advocate for arts and cultural equity. She serves on the board of the First People’s Fund, the Performing Arts Alliance and on the advisory councils of San Anto Cultural Arts and Women of Color in the Arts. Continue biography


Adriana Gallego

Chief Operating Officer

Adriana Gallego is the first Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. As an artist at the service of other artists, Gallego is motivated by social justice, and seeks to connect people with meaningful resources that grow personal and organizational capacity, build community, foster collaboration and bridge cultural understanding. Previously she was Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and Arts Educator. She is on the board of The Association of American Cultures. Adriana graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Arizona College Of Fine Arts.

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Lucha López

Operations Manager

Lucha Lopéz is the Operations Manager of NALAC. As a multi-ethnic native Texan, Lucha is guided by social, political, and economic equity. She brings over 16 years of diverse, grassroots non-profit experience. Lucha studied liberal arts locally and joined NALAC in 2017. Lucha retains her culture by practicing many forms of native ceremonial traditions including Aztec and Chichimeca song and dance along with American Indian singing and drumming. She also maintains an active lifestyle which includes yoga, pilates, meditation, and lifting weights.


Frances Guajardo

Accounting Manager

Frances Guajardo has over eighteen years of nonprofit experience working with community based organizations across the state. As Accounting Manager at NALAC, Ms. Guajardo is primarily responsible for daily management and bookkeeping of financial processes and human resources. In her previous five year term as NALAC’s Operations Manager, Ms. Guajardo, worked in close collaboration with the CPA doing bookkeeping and accounting, coordinated and improved day to day operations, property and equipment maintenance, record keeping and administration processes, including assistance to the CEO, COO and Board. Guajardo joined NALAC in 2009 and worked closely on the implementation of upgrades to the Buena Vista Gardens building. She studied Nonprofit Management at University of Texas San Antonio. She actively volunteers in the San Antonio community.

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Luis M Garza

Database and Digital Media Specialist

Luis Garza is the Database and Digital Media Specialist for NALAC.  He is an artist and owner of LMG Photography and Art. For eight years Luis worked with Jowdy Photography, contracting with associations, conventions and corporate events throughout the U.S. and abroad. His experiences have encompassed many facets of the photography business. ranging from fine art photography, documentary video, large format print and digital photography. His core competencies include computer networking and administration to digital content management as well as graphic design, web design and print output. Luis is an alumnus of the NALAC Leadership and Advocacy Institutes. He continues to produce and exhibit work in San Antonio, where his photographs recently formed part of the University of Texas San Antonio art collection.

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Adriana Rios

Grants Program Manager

Adriana Rios is the Grants Program Manager at NALAC. Prior to her joining NALAC, Adriana worked in the programming departments for a variety of different places, including Geekdom, the Princess Grace Foundation, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Adriana is a graduate of New York University where she had the opportunity to study Film and Television Production. During her time at NYU, she got involved with the Fusion Film Festival, a student-run organization that celebrates women in film, television, and new media. Adriana has served on panels for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fusion Film Festival. As an advocate for the arts and great stories, Adriana works to develop resources and visibility for underrepresented artists.

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Monica A. Sosa

Program Associate

Monica A. Sosa is the Program Associate at NALAC, an artist, community organizer and fronterista who embodies the border wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville and is an alumnus of the Exchange Program at Sorbonne Université IV, Paris, France. She is passionate about supporting folx in realizing their ideas and uplifting communities of color through organizing and cultural work. She uses art and body movement as a healing practice, expressive action, transformative process, and guide towards justice and equity.

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Jenna Gonzales

Program Manager

Jenna Gonzales is the Programs Manager at NALAC. She brings 13 years of experience working with museums, performing arts theatres, and community cultural centers in Texas and Oregon. Prior to joining NALAC, Jenna worked at the San Antonio Area Foundation. She supported capacity building initiatives and assisted nonprofit professionals with researching funding opportunities. Additionally, she managed the grantmaking program areas for arts and culture/medicine and healthcare. Jenna graduated with an MPA and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While pursuing her graduate studies, she supported research in the Public Administration field as a Graduate Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Portland State University. Jenna is passionate about advancing her knowledge of nonprofit leadership and advocacy while continuing to create work as a writer and illustrator.

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Gabriel Magraner

Communications Manager

Gabriel Magraner is the Communications Manager for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.  At NALAC, Gabriel manages communications strategies through the E-Boletin newsletter, press releases, email and social media campaigns. He is a recipient of two Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants to Brazil and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Latin American Studies and Spanish.  He currently resides in New York City pursuing a Masters in Latin American Studies at NYU.

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Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy

Development Associate

Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy is an independent development consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University and completed extensive advanced coursework at the Fourth World Center for Indigenous Law and Politics at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her expertise lies in the arts and Native community development field. She has nearly 20 years of experience and success developing programs and writing grants to foundations and federal agencies including the CDFI Fund, Administration for Native Americans, USDA, HUD and others. Jody is the former director of development for First Nations Oweesta Corporation and her work supports organizations focused on Native artist entrepreneurship, small business development, youth, Latinx artist leadership and affordable housing.

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Anna Laflin

Development Intern

 Anna Laflin is an artist from Houston, Texas graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Studio Art and Business Marketing from Trinity University in May 2019. Currently, Anna is the Development intern at the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) and the Director of Attendee Experience for TEDx Trinity University; a student-run organization dedicated to fostering creation and change by giving students, faculty, and alumni the opportunity and forum to share their ideas and learn from others. Prior to working at NALAC, she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. As a multi-ethnic artist, Anna is passionate about breaking the glass ceiling in the business and art world for minorities and hopes to one day create a community for people of color to come together to discuss ideas and express themselves through the fine arts.

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Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

NALAC Archives Volunteer / NALAC Advisory Council Member

Dr. Ybarra-Frausto was the Associate Director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation and served as Chairman of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Smithsonian Council. He is the recipient of Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle, the Henry Medal by the Smithsonian Institution, and the NALAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently serves on NALAC's Advisory Council.

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Dudley Brooks

NALAC Archives Volunteer

Dudley Brooks is a retired project manager for Recreational Equipment Inc. He is a long-time supporter of the arts and a community activist.








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