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December 8, 2023

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Julián Castro Tapped To Run Latino Community Foundation

By Rafael Bernal

From The Hill: Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is taking over as CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), a California-based nonprofit focused on expanding Latino economic, civic and political representation.

Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio and 2020 presidential candidate, will take over the organization on Jan. 1, 2024.

“One of the things that I find very appealing about LCF is that it does several things excellently and it combines them in a way that you don’t often find in Latino nonprofits,” Castro told The Hill.

“And by that I mean that it does direct service work like the Latino nonprofit accelerator and giving circles cultivating Hispanic philanthropy.”

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Latino Victory Project Announces New Leadership Team With Focus On Deepening Organization’s Impact

Sindy M. Benavides (previously Executive Director) is appointed President and CEO, and Katharine Pichardo-Erskine to serve as Executive Director 

From Latino Victory: WASHINGTON – Today, Latino Victory Project, the most influential national organization helping to build political power within the Latino community at every level of government, announced a new leadership team. Sindy M. Benavides, previously Latino Victory’s executive director, has been appointed President and CEO, and Katharine Pichardo-Erskine, a veteran political expert and long-time leader in advocacy, has been named Executive Director. The move comes as Latino Victory Fund aims to deepen its impact in electing more Latinos at the local and state levels while working to flip the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nathalie Rayes, who until recently served as President and CEO, was nominated by President Biden to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.

“With unprecedented challenges as a community, it is vital that we have a leadership team at the helm committed to developing Latino Victory by electing more Latinos to office, re-electing President Biden and expanding the Latino electorate,” said Latino Victory Project Board Chair, Luis A. Miranda, Jr. “I am confident that Sindy and Katharine are the right leaders at this political juncture.”

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Irma Carrillo Ramirez, President Joe Biden's nominee for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, at a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing in Washington on May 17. 
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Senate confirms first Latina judge to conservative-majority 5th Circuit

The Senate voted 80-12 to elevate U.S. Magistrate Irma Carrillo Ramirez — the daughter of Mexican immigrants — to the New Orleans-based court.

By Reuters

From NBCNews: The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the first Latina judge to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving Democratic President Joe Biden his second appointee on a court whose conservative majority has often blocked his policies.

The Senate voted 80-12 to elevate U.S. Magistrate Irma Carrillo Ramirez to the New Orleans-based court, where she would become the fifth active Democratic appointee on a court dominated by the 12 judges nominated by Republican presidents.

The bipartisan vote reflected the support of Texas’ two Republican senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. They had recommended Biden nominate Ramirez, who has served as a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of Texas since 2002.

Luis Fernández 
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Luis Fernández Tapped as Chairman of Telemundo Enterprises

The former Telemundo news chief will run NBCUniversal's Spanish-language division, with Beau Ferrari exiting to become a senior advisor to Cesar Conde.

By Alex Weprin

From The Hollywood Reporter: Telemundo Enterprises is getting a new chairman.

The Spanish-language content division of NBCUniversal has named Luis Fernández its new chairman. Fernández, the former president of its news division Noticias Telemundo, will report to Cesar Conde, who oversees the NBC News Group, the NBC local stations and Telemundo.

He succeeds Beau Ferrari, who was elevated to chairman of Telemundo three years ago. Ferrari will become a senior advisor to Conde.

Fernández, who had led Telemundo’s news division since 2015, had previously retired from the company at the end of 2021. Before joining Telemundo, he served as CEO of Radio Television Española (RTVE), Spain’s state-run TV and radio service; as president of Univision Entertainment and Univision Studios; and as international CEO of Real Madrid.

“Throughout his extraordinary career, Luis has time and again shown visionary leadership, building and growing the most successful Spanish language media organizations in the United States and overseas,” Cesar Conde said in a statement. “At this moment in Telemundo’s storied history, we are so fortunate to have someone of Luis’s experience and stature to rejoin our team and excited about what the future holds for Telemundo and its audiences under his leadership.”

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