Sayre Quevedo, 2016 Transnational Cultural Remittances Grantee

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

The governing Board of Directors at NALAC consists of 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lucas RiveraSecretary | Lucas Rivera

Los Angeles, CA

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.

Head-shot Photo of F. Javier Torres-CamposInterim President and CEO | F. Javier Torres-Campos

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Interim President and CEO
San Antonio, TX

F. Javier Torres-Campos (Javier) is the Interim CEO and President for NALAC. He has worked in philanthropy for over twelve years. His work centers on caring for people and community while investing in imagination, narrative and culture change, and power building. Most recently, he served as the director of Thriving Cultures at the Surdna Foundation, where he designed and implemented a national world-building portfolio of investments. Prior to working at Surdna, he served as the Director of National grantmaking at ArtPlace America. He is a co-founder of 2043 Ventures (a.k.a. The BIPOC Storytelling Fund) and the Constellations Narrative and Culture Change Fund. He is an alum of the NALAC Leadership Institute and has served as a board member for NALAC and as chair of the Boston Cultural Council. As a philanthropic leader, he is dedicated to liberated and self-determined futures for BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and disabled communities, and all peoples of the global majority.

Gabriel Abaroa

Latin Recording Academy
President Emeritus
Miami, FL
Gabriel Abaroa is President Emeritus of The Latin Recording Academy, Inc. 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.

Sandra AponteSandra Aponte

MacArthur Foundation
Program Officer, Chicago Commitment
Chicago, IL

Sandra Aponte is the Program Officer for the MacArthur Foundation.  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.

Dr. Ariana A. Curtis

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

Dr. Ariana A. Curtis is dedicated to building inclusive frameworks that disrupt systemic misrepresentation and erasure. She is the first curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and has held leadership roles in major initiatives including Our Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past and the American Women’s History Initiative. An experienced public speaker, Ariana’s TED talk has over 3 million views. She is a Fulbright scholar, a founding member of the Black Latinas Know Collective, and holds a doctorate in Anthropology with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice.

Anthony GarciaAnthony Garcia

Su Teatro
Executive Artistic Director
Denver, CO

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.

Abel LopezAbel 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.

Rosalba RolonRosalba 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.

Ani Rivera

Galería de la Raza
Executive Director
San Francisco, CA

Ani Rivera, a Chicana from the borderlands of San Diego/Tijuana, has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for over 25 years. Since 2012, Rivera has served as Executive Director of Galería de la Raza. Her work explores intersections of community development and art in a social practice with the goal to create equitable and sustainable communities. She is the board treasurer of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, whose mission is to empower Chicana/Latinas through scholarship and leadership training. In 2022, Rivera was appointed by San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, to the commission of the department on the status of women. In 2023, Rivera joined the board of directors of the GLBT Historical Society Museum & Archives, whose mission is recognized internationally in the field of LGBTIQ public history.

Ramon Rivera-ServeraRamón Rivera-Servera

The University of Texas at Austin
Dean and Professor of the College of Fine Arts
Austin, TX

Dr. Ramón H. Rivera-Servera is Dean and Professor in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. 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.

Advisory Council

William AguadoBronxNYBronx Council for the ArtsFormer Executive Director, Consultant
Tomas Ybarra Frausto, PhD.San AntonioTXRockefeller FoundationArts Scholar and Consultant
Alma Martinez, MFA, PhD.ClaremontCAPomona CollegeAssistant Professor
Richard Cheech MarinLos AngelesCAArts CollectorHollywood Actor
Gilberto Cardenas, PhD.Notre DameINInter-University Program for Latino Research,
University of Notre-Dame
Executive Director
Janet RodriguezNew YorkNYSoHarlemFounding President and CEO
Danny RiveraCamuyPRMusician/Composer
Jesse BorregoVeniceCAHollywood Actor
Kathleen PavlickNew YorkNYConsultant