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About the Museum Director and Board of Trustees

Jorge Zamanillo serves as director of the National Museum of the American Latino. 

The board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Latino advises the museum director and Smithsonian Leadership on key decisions relating to the museum’s development, and partners with the institution on outreach and fundraising efforts.  

The 19-member board includes 13 citizens appointed by the Board of Regents, the Smithsonian Secretary and Under Secretary for Museums and Culture, the chair of the Smithsonian Latino Center advisory board, one member of the Regents, and two members of Congress. 

The members appointed to the board of trustees are: 

  • Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian (ex officio) 
  • Kevin Gover, the Smithsonian's Under Secretary for Museums and Culture (ex officio) 
  • Margarita Paláu-Hernández, chair of the Smithsonian National Latino Board 
  • Franklin D. Raines, member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents 
  • Raul A. Anaya, president of business banking for Bank of America 
  • José Andrés, restaurateur, chef, and owner of ThinkFoodGroup; creator of World Central Kitchen 
  • Emilio Estefan, Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, and TV producer; co-founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation 
  • José E. Feliciano, co-founder and managing partner of Clearlake Capital Group LP., a leading private investment firm 
  • Rick Gomez, executive vice president and chief food and beverage officer for Target Corp. 
  • Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; former publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald 
  • Eva Longoria, award-winning actor and producer; founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation 
  • Dr. J. Mario Molina, principal of JM Molina Investments; former CEO of Molina Healthcare 
  • Henry R. Muñoz III, businessman; former chair of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission 
  • Soledad O'Brien, award-winning journalist; anchor and producer for Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien; founder and CEO of Soledad O'Brien Productions 
  • José Luis Prado, executive advisor partner with Wind Point Partners; former president of Quaker Oats North America 
  • Alfredo Rivera, president of Coca-Cola North America 
  • Sofía Vergara, Emmy-nominated actress, television producer, presenter, and philanthropist 

The members of Congress appointed to the board are: 

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), appointed by the Congressional Hispanic Conference 
  • Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), appointed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus 

Smithsonian National Latino Board

The Smithsonian National Latino Board is a volunteer advisory board that advises the director of the National Museum of the American Latino and other Smithsonian leaders. Through its 19 members and alumni network, the National Latino Board members contribute their advice and service through committees and ad hoc working groups. They have shown their extraordinary commitment to philanthropy through gifts and pledges totaling $3.4 million, which fueled the momentum of the Molina Family Latino Gallery campaign. 

Board Members

Margarita “Maggie” Paláu-Hernández (Chair)
Hernández Ventures
Pasadena, CA

Philip "Phil" Fuentes (Secretary)
Chicago, IL

Joedis "Joe" Ávila
Charlotte, NC

Cesar Baez
Soela Partners, LLC
New York, NY

The Honorable Roel Campos
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Washington, D.C.

Álvaro "Al" de Molina
Charlotte, NC

Michael Hausknost
Los Angeles, CA

Ann Serrano López
Moving Target Productions
Woodland Hills, CA

Milagro "Millie" Magid
Magid Realty
Albertson, NY

Dr. Mary Martha Molina Bernadett
The Molina Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

Richard Neri 
Schulzman-Neri Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA 

Carlos Orta 
Miami, FL 

Christine "Chris" Ortega 
San Antonio, TX 

Juan Otero 
Comcast Corporation 
Arlington, VA 

Carlos Palomares 
SMC Resources 
Miami, FL 

José Luis Prado 
Wind Point Partners 
Chicago, IL 

María Ríos 
Nation Waste, Inc. 
Houston, TX 

Yolanda "Dusty" Stemer 
Chesterton, IN 

Henry R. Muñoz III (Chairman Emeritus)
Muñoz & Company 
San Antonio, TX 

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