The governing Board of Directors at NALAC consists of 15 members, nominated by a board committee and elected by the full board. Directors are chosen for their demonstrated ability, expertise in their field 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.
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
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.
Vice Chairperson | Evonne Gallardo
Arts and Culture Management Specialist
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.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
Director of the Community Arts Program
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.
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.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
President and CEO
San Antonio, TX
María López De León is the President, CEO of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). Ms. De León is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of NALAC programs and strategic initiatives. She is committed to strengthening communities through the arts and is an advocate for cultural equity and social and economic justice. Ms. De Leon serves on many arts and culture boards and policy panels and also serves on the National Council on the Arts since appointed in 2013 by President Obama.
Latin Recording Academy
President and CEO
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.
The Chicago Community Trust
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.
Executive Artistic Director
Tony Garcia has been a member of Su Teatro for more then thirty years, and has served as Executive/Artistic Director and resident playwright for the last fifteen years. Under his direction El Centro Su Teatro has grown into a multidisciplinary Chicano/Latino Cultural Arts Center. Tony is also an instructor in Chicano Studies and a trainer in areas of fundraising and organizational development.
Former Deputy Director, Illinois Arts Council
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.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Associate Producing Director
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.
Culinary Arts Producer and Food Writer
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.
+ Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
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.
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.
Northwestern University School of Communication
Chair of Performance Studies Department & Director of Graduate Studies
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.
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.
|William Aguado||Bronx||NY||Bronx Council for the Arts||Former Executive Director, Consultant|
|Tomas Ybarra Frausto, PhD.||San Antonio||TX||Rockefeller Foundation||Arts Scholar and Consultant|
|Alma Martinez, MFA, PhD.||Claremont||CA||Pomona College||Assistant Professor|
|Richard Cheech Marin||Los Angeles||CA||Arts Collector||Hollywood Actor|
|Gilberto Cardenas, PhD.||Notre Dame||IN||Inter-University Program for Latino Research,|
University of Notre-Dame
|Janet Rodriguez||New York||NY||SoHarlem||Founding President and CEO|
|Jesse Borrego||Venice||CA||Hollywood Actor|
|Kathleen Pavlick||New York||NY||Consultant|