Henry G. Cisneros is, and since August 2000 has been, the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American CityVista, a joint venture with KB Home to build homes in metropolitan areas. From January 1997 to August 2000, he was President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish language television network. From 1993 to 1997, he served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton. He also served as Mayor of the City of San Antonio, Texas from 1981 to 1989. Mr. Cisneros previously served on the board of directors of KB Home, and he is currently a member of the boards of American CityVista, New America Alliance and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Enterprise Foundation and an honorary life director of the National Civic League.

Jack Kemp has been Co-Chairman of FreedomWorks Empower America, a non-profit grassroots advocacy organization, since July 2004. From January 1993 until July 2004, Mr. Kemp was Co-Director of Empower America, which merged with Citizens for a Sound Economy to form FreedomWorks in July 2004. Mr. Kemp served as a member of Congress for 18 years and as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from February 1989 until January 1993. In 1996, Mr. Kemp was the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States. Mr. Kemp also serves as a director of Hawk Corporation and IDT Corporation.

 

Gary Acosta is an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the mortgage industry. He is the co-founder and ex-Chairman of the board for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the nations largest Hispanic real estate trade organization. He is the Founder and CEO of Prado Mortgage, a mortgage origination company focused on the Hispanic community.

In 2001, he co-founded Emerging Market Technologies Applications (EMTA), a housing-related technology solutions company for Hispanic and other underserved markets. EMTA developed and operates CounselorMax, which is a web-based application for non-profit housing counselors. CounselorMax has been used to educate over 80,000 underserved families about the home buying process and other housing related issues. In 2003, Realtor Magazine named Mr. Acosta as one of the nations 25 most influential people in real estate. Mr. Acosta is an executive committee member for the National Association of Realtors and is the former chairman of Freddie Mac's Affordable housing advisory committee. He serves on advisory boards for Fannie Mae and JP Morgan Chase.

The Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr. is the president and CEO of Esperanza USA, the largest Hispanic faith-based community development corporation in the country.  Beginning in Philadelphia with programs targeted to address the many unmet needs in Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, The Reverend Cortés has become a leader in building Hispanic owned institutions nationwide.  Today, with a national network of 10,000 Hispanic faith and community based agencies; Esperanza USA is one of the leading voices for Hispanics in America. 

In January 2005, Reverend Cortés was featured as one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals” and was honored to be asked to speak at the National Prayer Service the morning after the President’s Inauguration.

David Aufhauser is the Global General Counsel for UBS's Investment Bank and to UBS North America since 2004. Prior to his tenure at UBS, Mr. Aufhauser was General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Aufhauser has been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since October 1977 and the District of Columbia Bar since September 1978. He is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inns of Court.

Between 1977 and January of 2001, he practiced law with the firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, in Washington, D.C. He has served on the Steering Committee, Civil Justice Reform Task Force, as General Counsel for the Republican National Convention Credentials Committee, as a member of the Legal Advisory Group to the Republican House Leadership Conference, and as the chief counsel on the preservation and counting of military ballots in the Florida election contest of 2000. Mr. Aufhauser is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children.

Antonia Hernandez has been the President and CEO of the California Community Foundation since February 2004. Ms. Hernandez is nationally recognized for her commitment toward the betterment of underserved communities in Los Angeles and beyond. Previously, Ms. Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national non-profit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation's 35 million Latinos through the legal system, community education, research and policy initiatives.

She serves on various commissions, advisory boards, committees and panels, including the Pacific Council for International Policy. Hernández earned her B.A. in History at UCLA in 1970 and J.D. at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.

Moctesuma Esparza is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maya Cinemas North America, Inc. and is well known for his contributions to the movie industry. He has over 30 years of experience in the motion picture industry and is considered a leading producer of Latino-themed entertainment. Mr. Esparza has served as Founder, President and CEO of several media companies, including Esparza/Katz Productions, Saints & Sinners Film Development Co., and Buenavision Telecommunications, Inc. Mr. Esparza presently serves as a founder and a member of the Board of the National Latino Media Council and The National Association of Latino Independent Producers. He also serves as Chairman and founder of The New America Alliance and The National Latino Arts Education & Media Institute.

He has served as a founder and on the Boards of The Robert Redford Sundance Institute and The UCLA Chicano Research Center. Mr. Esparza currently serves on the Boards of The Motion Picture Health and Welfare Foundation and the Museum of Latino American Art in Long Beach, California. He attended UCLA, where he received a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts-motions pictures, TV (1971) and a M.F.A. in theatre arts-motion pictures, TV (1973).

Daniel D. Villanueva is Chairman of Bastion Capital Corporation and the Villanueva Companies. He began his career in broadcast media as KMEX-TV’s Spanish language News Director, then he acted as Station Manager and soon thereafter, as Vice President and as General Manager. He became director of the Spanish International Corporation covering five television stations in San Antonio, Miami, Florida, New York and Los Angeles. He moved on to oversee research and construction of several other television stations, initiated regular news coverage of Mexico and organized the Telethons that raised $15 million for Mexico City’s earthquake relief. Mr. Villanueva is on the Advisory Board to Secretary of Energy and served on Board of Directors of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business among many others. He played football with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. Villanueva received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from New Mexico State University.

Bruce Karatz is Chairman and CEO of KB Home. He joined the company in 1972 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1985 and Chairman in 1993. In 1992, Karatz was inducted into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame; in 1999, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the French government; in 2000, he was honored with the Building Industry of Southern California’s Builder of the Year Award; and, in 2001, he was given the California Home Building Association Legend Award. He has often been recognized for his deep commitment to his business and civic communities. He was past chairman of the California Business Roundtable and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and is currently a director of Avery Dennison, Edison International, and Honeywell International. In addition, he is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for RAND Corporation, vice chair of the Board of Councilors of USC Law Center, and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. A graduate of Boston University, Mr. Karatz earned his law degree from the University of Southern California.

 

Ana María Fernandez Haar is the founder and CEO of The IAC Group, a full-service, multicultural marketing and advertising firm established in 1978. She is the current Chairman of the World Trade Center Miami and National Chair of the New America Alliance, an American Latino Business Initiative. Prior to founding IAC, Ms. Fernandez Haar served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Jefferson National Bank. Before that, she held several executive positions at Flagship Banks, ranging from Financial Analyst to Assistant Vice President.

Ms. Fernández Haar serves on the board of CAMACOL (Latin Chamber of Commerce) and the Miami-Dade College Foundation. She also serves in the Community Advisory Board for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida FTAA. She is past president of the AHAA, the Cuban Woman’s Club and the Hispanic Heritage Council. A U.S. citizen born in Cuba, Ms. Fernández Haar is listed in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans.



 

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