Luis A. Ubiñas became the ninth president of the Ford Foundation, the country’s second largest philanthropy, in January 2008. His appointment followed an eighteen year career working with Fortune 100 companies and a distinguished record of leadership in the nonprofit sector.
Despite being born with a moderate-to-profound neurosensory hearing loss that wasn’t detected until she was in kindergarten, Gabriela Lena Frank is an exemplary musician.
As one of the few Latinas in classical music, and definitely one of the few Latina composers in a male dominated field, she has persevered and been hailed as representing “the next generation of American composers.”
She celebrates her Peruvian-Jewish-Chinese heritage by infusing Latin American mythology, archaeology, art, poetry and folk music into traditional western classical music. Instead of following in the footsteps of male European classical composers, Gabriela created her own brand of Latin classical music.
Gabriela earned her B.M. in 1994 from Rice University, where she went on to attain an M.M. in 1996. In 2001 she received her D.M.A in Composition from the University of Michigan. Gabriela was born and raised in Berkeley, CA.
She has been featured on National Public Radio and recognized by numerous organizations, such as American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, International Alliance for Women in Music, American Music Center, and Arts International.
Vice President, Global Pharmacoepidemiology
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
Evelyn Rodriguez, Vice President & Head of Global Pharmacoepidemiology for Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, is a successful business woman who exudes leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Progreso Independent School District
Joán Sotero Alvarez arrived in the United States from Mexico ready to go. He struggled a great deal in school, repeatedly failing the required state exam; he never gave up and eventually passed. With the encouragement of his father, and Joán’s hopeful attitude, he remained positive and optimistic to learn more.
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO-AT&T Mobility, was named to his current role in October 2007. He returns to wireless, where he served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless from 2004 to 2006, responsible for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.
Between those two positions, he served as group president-Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment, with responsibility for overall leadership in regional wireline, including consumer, regional business sales and network. He was appointed to that post in January 2007, after the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular.
Before joining Cingular in January 2004, he served as president-BellSouth Latin America, with overall responsibility for BellSouth's operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guatemala.
He also has served as BellSouth's president of Broadband and Internet Services. In this position, he had overall responsibility for the deployment, marketing and operations of broadband services. In addition, he had responsibility for BellSouth Internet Services and BellSouth's rapidly growing data support groups.
Mr. de la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Network Planning, Consumer Services, Engineering and Operations — including a rotational assignment at Telcordia (Bellcore) — and was responsible for all BellSouth Telecommunications Network Operations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mr. de la Vega's involvement with the community is extensive. He is a member of the Board of Directors of both Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Boy Scouts of America. He plays a leadership role in helping both organizations recruit Hispanic youth.
A native of Cuba, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University, and he has completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia.