President, Hispanics in Philanthropy, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Diana Campoamor is President of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a network of philanthropists that includes foundations and corporations in the US that support Latino organizations. Under Campoamor’s leadership, HIP has invested over $30 million in small Latino nonprofits and leaders. Using an innovative collaborative approach, HIP has supported grassroots organizations with a potential to grow. In partnership with local funders and donors, HIP works in 15 different sites in the US and Latin America.
Diana Campoamor has served as a trustee of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Inter University Project for Latino Research, BRAVA for Women in the Arts and Horizons Foundation. The Latino Leaders Magazine, who also awarded her their prestigious Maestro Award for Philanthropy in 2008, has listed Diana as one of the 100 most influential Latinos. She received a BA from the University of Florida and an MA from the University of Miami. Diana lives in Berkeley, CA.
President, Arcos Communications, NEW YORK, NY
Roy Cosme is the founder and President of Arcos Communications. Arcos Communications works with a variety of clients to develop and implement public relations and marketing campaigns aimed at the Latino market, as well as other ethnic and premium market segments. Prior to starting Arcos Communications, Mr. Cosme attained extensive public relations experience promoting and marketing non-profit and employee relations programs for Bell Atlantic, AT&T, the City of New York, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He has implemented national product launch campaigns for Proctor & Gamble Laboratories, Gynetics, Smith Kline Beecham, Hoffman-LaRoche, and GlaxoWellcome. His experience extends into the public affairs arena, having served as Special Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York. Mr. Cosme earned his Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Yale University.
DEEPA DONDE, Secretary
Writer, Producer, President, Red Elephant Films; AUSTIN, TX
Deepa Donde has worked in television and public radio as a reporter, writer, and producer. Deepa has worked at CBS Evening News Foreign Desk, NBC Asia, and the BBC radio program The World. Deepa moved to Texas to work as associate producer for Galán Productions and worked on two public television documentaries covering the Latino experience: The Forgotten Americans and The Border. She also produced independent award-winning programs for public radio, including 9-11, One Year Later for Latino USA and Living on the Fenceline for the Public Radio International program, Living On Earth. Deepa has also completed work on four screenplays, Periphery, Suitable Match, Erase Her, and Reconstructing Rene. She produced her first short film, Echoes from Juniper Canyon, in collaboration with director Duane Humeyestewa.
Deepa has served as chair for the Texas Chapter of the South Asian Journalist Association and The Indus Women Leader, as a National Public Radio mentor for the Asian American Journalist Association, as board member for Ballet Austin, and as Advisory Board member for the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a competition that highlights global social entrepreneurship and the award winning journal, American Short Fiction. Deepa graduated from Brown University and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Vinay Bhagat, and her two children, Kishan and Yasmin.
MARIA HINOJOSA, Ex-Officio
President, The Futuro Media Group, HARLEM, NY
Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad for over 25 years. In April 2010, Hinojosa founded The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community- based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is the first Latina to anchor a Frontline report, “Lost in Detention” about deportation and immigration, which aired in September 2011 and sparked public engagement and conversation from Capitol Hill to mainstream media to the Spanish language media. Hinojosa also interviewed dozens of notable Latinos for Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ “The Latino List” which premiered on HBO in October 2011.
Maria is the anchor and managing editor of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and is currently a rotating anchor for Need to Know. She was anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, a reporter for NPR and a CNN correspondent for over 8 years. Hinojosa has told groundbreaking stories about youth and violence and immigrant communities and has taken viewers into communities that had never been shown on television.
Maria has won top honors in American journalism including 2 Emmy’s, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking Child Brides: Stolen Lives. In 2009, Maria was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. She has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. She has received the Ruben Salazar Communications Award from the National Council of La Raza and was inducted into the “She Made It” Hall of Fame at the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio in a program that honors women trail blazers in the media. Maria has a weekly syndicated column for King Features/Hearst and is author of two books including a motherhood memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son. She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College. She lives in Harlem NY with her husband, artist German Perez and their son Raul and daughter Yurema.
CEO & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, INTERNATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE-ZAPATA, ZAPATA, TX
Renato Ramirez is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of the International Bank of Commerce-Zapata. Opened in 1984, IBC-Zapata has grown to manage over $550 million and has opened twelve branches in thirty years. IBC-Zapata is owned by International Bancshares Corporation, which is one of the most profitable financial institutions in the country. Renato is on the board of the Texas Civil Rights Project, a non-profit which protects the civil rights of those who cannot afford legal counsel. He is on the Board of the Alamo Public Telecommunication Council, which operates the PBS station, KLRN, in San Antonio. Renato has raised funds for several universities, including University of Texas, Texas A & M Kingsville, and Texas A & M International in Laredo. With his wife, Patricia, Renato created a $1 million endowment for scholarships to Texas A & M International.
Renato was awarded the 2011 Latino Leadership Award for his contribution to Texas History and Culture by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in Austin, Texas. He also received the Bernard and Audre Rapaport Philanthropy Award for Human Rights from the Texas Civil Rights Project in 2005. In 2013, IBC and Renato received the most presitious award given by the Texas Bankers’ Association, the 2013 Cornerstone Award, for his work on the Tejano Monument. Renato was selected as Mr. South Texas 2014 by the Washington Birthday Celebration Association. The award recognizes leaders for their commitment to South Texas.