Latinas Today

Monica Lozano Elected to Apple’s Board of Directors

Monica Lozano, president and CEO of College Futures Foundation has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Lozano brings with her a broad range of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, as well as a long and storied track record as a champion for equity, opportunity, and representation. Prior to joining College Futures Foundation, Lozano spent 30 years in media as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the U.S., helping shine a light on issues from infant mortality to the AIDS epidemic. She went on to become chairman and CEO of La Opinión’s parent company, ImpreMedia. Lozano continues to serve on the boards of Target Corporation and Bank of America Corporation.

“Monica has been a true leader and trailblazer in business, media, and an ever-widening circle of philanthropic efforts to realize a more equitable future — in our schools and in the lives of all people,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Her values and breadth of experience will help Apple continue to grow, to innovate, and to be a force for good in the lives of our teams, customers, and communities.”

Throughout her accomplished career as a business leader, public servant, and philanthropist, Lozano has made an indelible impact on companies and communities in the U.S. and around the world, earning awards from organizations like The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Isabel Casillas Guzman, Nominated to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

Currently serving as the director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, Isabel Guzman was previously deputy chief of staff at the SBA during the Obama administration. Guzman was also listed as a volunteer on the transition’s agency review team for small business, which was tasked with preparing the new administration to take over from current SBA head Jovita Carranza.

Since April 2019 she’s been director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, part of that state’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Before working at the SBA Guzman was a director of strategic initiatives at ProAmerica Bank, a commercial bank that serviced small and mid-sized businesses, according to her LinkedIn biography. ProAmerica was acquired by Pacific Commerce Bancorp in 2018.

Guzman is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Rivera Sworn in As Central Falls, Rhode Island’s First Latina Mayor

Maria Rivera was sworn in as mayor of Central Falls by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea during a live-streamed ceremony at the city’s high school due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Falls, which is about 1.3 square miles with a population of roughly 20,000, has been hard hit by the pandemic and Rivera said improving access to testing and vaccine distribution are among her priorities.

Rivera is a strong voice who is fighting to rebuild Central Falls’ middle class by advocating for increased youth opportunities, increased economic development incentives for small businesses and more programming for city seniors. Rivera works everyday with the state’s diverse communities as a Senior Eligibility Technician at the Department of Human Services. She is also a graduate of Roger Williams University, with a major in Public Administration.

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