Last week, Obama for America announced the campaign’s national co-chairs. They will play a fundamental role serving as ambassadors for the President, advising the campaign on key issues, and helping engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states. We’re proud that seven of the 35 are Latinos. You can learn more about them below.
Lynette Acosta: Acosta graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2000, before beginning her professional career with General Electric. After five years in the corporate world, she met her husband with whom she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Since her return, she has been living in Central Florida, raising her two children, and working as a Fellow with Organizing for America.
Julian Castro: Castro is the twice-elected mayor of San Antonio, serving since 2009, and is the youngest mayor among the largest cities in the U.S. In 2010, he was named on TIME’s “40 Under 40” list. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to being elected mayor, Castro served as a San Antonio city councilman.
Maria Elena Durazo: Durazo is the current Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, which serves over 800,000 workers across a broad spectrum of industries. She also sits on the National Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO. Previously, she served in leadership positions with UNITE-HERE, Local 11, the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, and the AFL-CIO National Immigration Committee. Durazo was Vice Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee. She also served as a National Co-Chair in 2008.
Charlie Gonzalez: Gonzalez is currently in his seventh and final term in the United States Congress as the U.S. Representative from the 20th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the City of San Antonio. In the 112th Congress, he serves on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and House Administration. He is the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is also a member of the New Democrats Coalition. He is one of eight children of the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez and Bertha Gonzalez. His father served as United States Congressman representing the 20th District from 1961-199 He has one son, Leo Gonzalez.
Eva Longoria: Longoria is an actress, best known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and The Young and the Restless. In addition to her acting career, she is an active philanthropist. Longoria co-founded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit organization which benefits developmentally disabled children, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. She recently formed the Eva Longoria Foundation, which will help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In addition, Eva is a member of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
Federico Pena: Pena served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration, and was Mayor of Denver, Colorado, in the 1980s, the first Hispanic to serve in that position. He served on the Obama-Biden Transition Project Advisory Board. Currently, he is Senior Advisor to Vestar Capital Partners and he sits on a number of corporate boards.
Antonio Villaraigosa: Villaraigosa is the current Mayor of Los Angeles and the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. As mayor, he has helped reduce crime to its lowest levels since the 1950’s, doubled the number of schools reaching the state’s academic performance goal, and passed a half-penny sales tax, which is doubling the size of LA’s rail network and putting people back to work. As president of USCM, he has built bi-partisan coalitions in support of the Common Sense Jobs Plan and an innovative transportation infrastructure initiative called America Fast Forward.
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