News Release

UnidosUS Board of Directors Names Maria S. Salinas as New Chair

It also welcomes new executive officers and Board members

July 5, 2018

Washington, DC— UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) is pleased to announce that Maria S. Salinas, President and Founder of Salinas Consulting, has been elected Chair of the UnidosUS Board of Directors. Salinas succeeds Renata Soto, who will remain on the board as Immediate Past Chair.

“Maria is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur and an ardent crusader for Latino economic empowerment. She brings a passion for community engagement and nonprofit governance, as well as decades of financial expertise, to her role as chair,” said Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO. “Her innate ability to draw people together, coupled with her commitment and deep understanding of UnidosUS’s strategic mission and goals, make her an ideal candidate for the role. We are thrilled to welcome Maria as the new Chair of the Board of Directors at UnidosUS and look forward to her guidance.”

Salinas formerly served as Vice Chair of the UnidosUS Board. She is chair of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University, her alma mater; a member of the founding Board of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine; and a former Chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, a community bank in Los Angeles.

Additional appointees to the UnidosUS Board of Directors’ Executive Committee include:

  • Luis Avila, Vice Chair (Phoenix, AZ)
  • John Esquivel, Treasurer (Houston, TX)
  • Sergio González, Secretary (Providence, RI)

The new Members at Large are:

  • Gaby Pacheco (Miami, FL)
  • Pilar Rocha-Goldberg (Durham, NC)

The Board also welcomed several new members:

  • Maria G. Arias, CEO, Arias Venture, LLC (Denver, CO)
  • Enrique Gonzalez, III, Managing Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy(Miami, FL)
  • Arnulfo Manriquez, President and CEO, MAAC (UnidosUS Affiliate) (San Diego, CA)
  • Dr. Ana F. Ponce, CEO, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (UnidosUS Affiliate)(Los Angeles, CA)

UnidosUS’s Board is a 24-member body composed of representatives from UnidosUS Affiliates, the corporate sector, academia and other partner organizations. Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Latino population. By mandate, the Board must include equal representation of men and women.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Montell
gmontell@unidosus.org
(202) 249-4004