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The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names Marina Gonzales as New President & CEO

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) Board of Directors announced Marina Gonzales as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the 91-year-old organization. A native of South Texas, Gonzales, who most recently served as President and CEO of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) brings a diverse background in public policy, advocacy, strategic planning, fundraising and business development to the role. “Marina’s wealth of knowledge, experience and track-record make her the top candidate for this critical role. On behalf of the board of directors, I want to congratulate and welcome her as our new President and CEO,” said Dr. Erika Gonzalez, SAHCC Chairwoman. “Her connections with the San Antonio community and her strategic leadership will transform our organization. We are incredibly excited to begin working together and for the future of our beloved Chamber.” Gonzales holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago John Marshall Law School, and a B.A. from St. Mary’s University. Prior to her role as President and CEO of CASA, Gonzales served as an executive with CentroMed, overseeing government and legal affairs. Previously she was Chief of Staff to Texas House of Representatives District 117. “As a first-generation college and law school graduate, and daughter of an entrepreneur, I understand the critical role that Hispanic-owned businesses play in the success of our community and our economy,” said Marina Gonzales, SAHCC President and CEO. “Our businesses and our nation are facing unparalleled challenges and I want to ensure our Hispanic Chamber members are successful. I will work with staff, stakeholders and our board of directors to ensure we are at the forefront of advocacy and policy that will lead us to resiliency and recovery.”

Diana Maldonado Named President and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) Board of Directors announced Diana Maldonado as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Maldonado’s previous roles include being a financial advisor for a worldwide leading investment firm, a state representative and a school board trustee. She brings a wealth of experience across sectors and is poised for success in her new role at the forefront of the GAHCC. “As a long-time stakeholder in Central Texas, I’ve seen firsthand the integral part the Chamber provides for the Latino business community. Now more than ever, it is imperative to champion the progress and opportunities that bring a voice and presence to the 51,000 Latino-owned businesses with an economic engine of $12 billion in our area,” said Diana Maldonado, President & CEO. Previous to her role as a Financial Advisor, Maldonado was the first Latina to represent Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives. In this role, she facilitated and secured $16 million for education, $10 million for road expansions, and additional funding for renewable energy initiatives by collaborating with key stakeholders.

 

 

Alana Cueto Named President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

Alana Cueto has spent her professional career improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families living in distressed urban neighborhoods through service, scholarship, education and advocacy. Cueto is a registered professional nurse, certified clinical nurse leader, educator and Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine. She has been elected as President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) for biennium 2020 to 2022. Cueto holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a board certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader from Seton Hall University. She received a certificate as a Fellow in Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was inducted as a Nurse Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine in 2015. “A culture of care is at heart of NAHN, and what our association stands for,” Cueto said. “As a nurse leader, I am committed to our mission of advancing the health in Hispanic communities and advocating for the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of the great NAHN leaders who have come before me.”

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