Press Release

UnidosUS Welcomes Five Dynamic New Leaders to its Board of Directors

July 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. The new Board members include: Mayra Aguirre, Vice President and Secretary, Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.; Roy Cosme, President, Arcos Communications in New York City; Fernando S. Godínez, President and CEO, Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) in San Antonio; Luis Granados, Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in San Francisco; and Maria Gabriela Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.US in Washington, DC.

“UnidosUS is fortunate to welcome these five committed leaders whose diverse and extensive experience in the Latino community will help us continue to evolve,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “These new members to our board bring a wealth of experience in the areas of immigration, community development, affordable housing, the Latino consumer market and more, and they are all passionate about helping Latinos achieve the American Dream. As our community continues to grow in numbers and influence, UnidosUS will benefit from the insight of our Board members as we create opportunities for Latino families, strengthen communities and contribute to our nation.”

The UnidosUS Board of Directors is a 25-member body composed of elected officials and representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector and academia. Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Hispanic population. By mandate, the Board must include equal representation of men and women. The UnidosUS Board Chair is Renata Soto, cofounder and Executive Director of the Nashville-based nonprofit Conexión Américas, a member of the UnidosUS Affiliate Network to which MAUC and MEDA also belong. MAUC’s Godínez also serves as Chair of the UnidosUS Affiliate Council.

“I’m delighted to welcome these new members to the UnidosUS Board of Directors,” said Soto. “The work we do with UnidosUS goes to the heart of our communities’ needs. Partnering with Janet Murguía and her team, Board members from throughout the country can elevate to a national perspective the challenges and opportunities for Latinos that we see in our own hometowns.”

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 at the national and local levels. For almost 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:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259