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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Gabriel Magraner

Director of Programs

Gabriel Magraner is the Director of Programs of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. At NALAC he oversees the NALAC Fund for the Arts grant program supporting the creation of new work by Latinx artists, develops regional convenings, and organizes leadership institutes in San Antonio and Washington, DC. 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.

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Roland R Ramirez

Donor and Corporate Relations Associate

Roland is the Donor and Corporate Relations Associate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.  At NALAC, Roland serves as a key cultivator of donors and sponsorships and supports individual and corporate donor fundraising events. Roland has over 25 years of experience in workforce development at the local and state levels working with Board Directors, Elected Officials, as well as state and federal officials.  He has served on the City of Dallas Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program Advisory Committee; Dallas Chamber of Commerce Education Committee; Dallas Public Schools Hispanic Advisory Committee, Fiesta Bee County Board Chairman; Bee County Literacy Council, Founding Board Member; and Kiwanis International.  Roland’s small town upbringing and his parent’s guidance taught him to give back to his community. His passion for art and culture has taken him to many places around the world, collecting along the way.

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Lucha López

Operations Manager

Lucha Lopéz is the Operations Manger 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

Program Assistant

Adriana Rios is the Program Assistant 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 is an advocate for stronger representation and equity in the arts; a film lover at heart, she hopes to one day start a production company that provides visibility and resources for underrepresented filmmakers.

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Monica A. Sosa

Data Entry Clerk

Monica Sosa is the Data Entry Clerk at NALAC, a yoga instructor, youth educator, 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 UTB Exchange Program at Sorbonne Université IV, Paris, France. Monica 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. Monica is also a proud Mama, photographer, and aspiring LICSW.

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Jess Gonzales

ILI San Antonio Coordinator

Jessica Gonzales is the ILI San Antonio Coordinator. Prior to joining NALAC she has worked in non-profits such as the San Antonio Conservation Society, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and San Anto Cultural Arts. Her work includes grassroots community organizing, cultural arts programming, education, photography, and digitizing archives. She practices meditation, drums, jarana, and kickboxing. She studied English and Women Studies at Texas A&M-San Antonio.

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Hadia Mawlawi

Houston Latino Arts Research Associate

Hadia Mawlawi is an Arts Administrator in Houston with a special interest in intercultural & community projects. She spent the past 2 ½ years working for the Texan French Arts alliance, building bridges between Houston’s diverse cultural communities through participant-driven public art projects. She is a board member of the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) where she initiated the annual Arab Heritage Month. She curates exhibitions aimed at elevating the visibility of local emerging Arab artists and is deeply involved with projects related to refugees, including a panel discussion she moderated in 2016 as part of Houston’s Citizenship Month. She was born in Beirut and grew up in London, went to a French school and loves meeting people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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Marco Seiferle-Valencia

Michigan Research Associate

Marco Seiferle-Valencia is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State University and the Technical Director of Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective. He earned his IMLS degree at University of Michigan in 2013. He is also digital archivist of El Museo del Norte, the South-Western Detroit Latinx history organization.

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Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy

Development Associate

Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy is an independent grant-writing consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. Her expertise lies in the arts and Native community development field. She has 15 years of experience and success writing grants to several foundations and federal agencies including the CDFI Fund, Administration for Native Americans, USDA, HUD and others. She 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, leadership and affordable housing.


Richard J. Garcia


Richard is a 1985 graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. He received his license as a CPA in 1994. Richard has experience in accounting, tax, payroll and management services and he enjoys working with clients in a wide range of industries and sizes (start ups to medium sized). He works with numerous clients in tax planning and tax return preparation. Richard is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also a member of the San Antonio Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served on a select number of their committees. He has been an instructor with the Becker CPA Review Program as well as a Quickbooks Pro Advisor.

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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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