Latinas Today

Adriana Kugler Named Federal Reserve’s First Latina Governor in its 109-year History

Colombian-American economist Adriana Kugler was confirmed by the Senate as a Federal Reserve governor. Kugler, 53, an expert on labor and international economics, is the World Bank’s group executive director for the U.S. She took a leave from Georgetown University, where she has been a professor of public policy and economics since 2010 and has also been vice provost.

Previously, she served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Kugler was also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.

Dr. Kugler’s other professional appointments include being the elected chair of the Business and Economics Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. She was also a member of the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy of the National Academies of Sciences and served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dr. Kugler received a BA in economics and political science from McGill University and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Connie Perez-Andreesen, First Latina Appointed Chair of the California State University, Bakersfield Foundation Board of Directors

The first Latina to hold the position, Connie Perez-Andreesen, an alumna of CSUB, served two years on the foundation’s board as vice chair before becoming the first Latina chair. The foundation’s main focus is to support the university through advocacy and fundraising, according to a release from CSUB.

Perez-Andreesen, who is the chief administrative officer for the United Farm Workers (UFW), brings years of experience through her work at the UFW and as a CPA to her new role. She has already been heavily involved with CSUB over the past few years. In addition to serving a term as vice chair of the board, Perez-Andreesen is also on the university’s Latino/ Latina Advisory Council. She was inducted into the CSUB Hall of Fame last year.

NPR Appoints Latina Eva Rodriguez as its New Executive Editor

In this leadership role, Rodriguez will oversee NPR’s global 200-plus-person newsgathering operation including reporters based internationally, across the country and in Washington DC. She will serve as the senior editorial leader for all of NPR’s platforms, news desks, and beats, including desk editors, reporters, correspondents and associated production staff.

“Eva’s award-winning journalism career is deep and varied with extensive experience in digital media and a strong commitment to making sure the audience is front and center,” said Chapin. “The breadth and depth of Eva’s experience both in areas covered and organizations she has worked in will serve us well. In addition, she has a terrific sense of humor, which is always welcome.”

Rodriguez joins NPR from The Fuller Project, a global nonprofit newsroom focusing on coverage of the interconnected issues affecting women, where she was Editor in Chief. Before that she spent 14 years at The Washington Post in various roles, most recently as the deputy foreign editor, overseeing coverage of Ukraine, Afghanistan, the global Covid-19 pandemic, among other important international stories. Rodriguez played a leading role directing teams that won consecutive Overseas Press Club Awards in 2021 for “Losing Control,” a series about violence and corruption in Mexico, and 2022 for the “Africa’s Rising Cities” multimedia storytelling project. Prior to The Washington Post, Rodriguez was Legal Affairs and Congress editor for The New York Times and was a Justice Department reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She started her career at the Miami Review, where her work was recognized as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Rodriguez has edited and reported extensively on global affairs, politics, business, the environment, arts and culture, legal affairs and courts.