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Brajin Vazquez

 Biotech Scientist Age:37 Organization: Unilever Title: R&D Manager City: Norwalk State: Iowa HACE served as one of the first organizations to open Brajin Vazquez’s eyes to the vast wealth of opportunities available to Latino leaders. The HACE leaders’ course greatly impacted his professional development. A native of Puerto Rico, he earned his associate’s degree at … Read more

Shantel Suárez Ávila

Shantel Suárez Ávila

HACE Family Age:32 Organization: Más Allá Consulting Title:Founder & CEO City: Escondido State: California  Having worked for HACE in her first non-profit fundraising role, Shantel Suárez Ávila’s professional history is deeply connected to the organization. As a founder and CEO of her fundraising consulting firm, Más Allá Consulting, she credits HACE with helping give her … Read more

Alexandra Turcios

 World scholar Age:28 Organization: Adobe Title: Solutions Consultant City: Waukegan State: Illinois As one of five children of Honduran immigrant parents, Alexandra Turcios was instilled with a strong work ethic and a love of culture from a young age. A Fulbright scholar to Indonesia, and a world traveler who has traveled to 25 countries, she … Read more

Kiana Vives

Project Manager Age:30 Organization: US Government Title: Project Manager City: Arlington State: Virginia Kiana Vives believes it is important for organizations like HACE to recognize the next generation of leaders to serve as examples for the next generation. As one moves up in the world, it is essential to recognize those leaders who came before … Read more

Ileana Valle

International leader Age:36 Organization: USAID Title: Citizen Security Lead City: Washington DC As the Citizen Security Lead at USAID/Colombia, Ileana Valle oversees the citizen security, human rights, and justice portfolio within the Venezuela Response and Integration Office (VRIO) which works closely with the Government of Colombia in its response to the current migration crisis. She … Read more

Roberto Valdez Jr.

Headline: Expert Communicator Age:36 Organization: Latino Policy Forum Title: Associate Director of External Affairs City: Chicago State: Illinois Roberto Valdez Jr.’s experience as a communications and policy experience professional extends from non-profit organizations, the private sector, political campaigns, and the halls of U.S. Congress. At the start of his career, Roberto began in Washington, D.C. … Read more

Cindi Santos Terraza

Bilingual leader Age:29 Organization: GEICO Title: Bilingual Hiring Supervisor City: San Diego State: California  When Cindi Santos Terraza was 11 years old, she and her family left Sonora, Mexico for San Diego to pursue the American Dream but she was terrified because she didn’t know a single word of English. With her parents’ support and … Read more

Carla Santiago

Success builder Age:38 Organization: Edelman Title: General Manager City: Miami State: Florida  When Carla Santiago was nominated for HACE’s 2021 Multicultural Leaders Program, she had recently become the first U.S. Hispanic woman in the country to be appointed general manager of an Edelman office. Being part of HACE helped her gain leadership skills and confidence … Read more

Sandi Santa Ana

Sweet legacy Age:36 Organization: Ferrara Title: Director of Category Management City: Bolingbrook State: Illinois    As Director of Category Management at Ferrara, Sandi Santa Ana is aware of the sweet legacy of the Ferrara Candy Company. The confectionary company was founded in 1908 and has nearly 6,000 employees producing 35 brands. She is a results-oriented … Read more

Mayra Salinas

Engineering integrity Age:36 Organization: Enbridge Title: Specialist, GTM Asset Integrity Business Planning City: Houston State: Texas   As a specialist in GTM (Gas Transmission & Midstream) at Enbridge, a Canadian multinational pipeline company, Mayra Salinas wears many hats. She is accountable for the development and execution of an asset integrity strategic plan, departmental communications as … Read more