Rodolpho Carrasco. For personifying the spirit of gratitude and the value of giving back. Rodolpho “Rudy” Carrasco is associate director of Harambee Christian Family Center in Pasadena, Calif. A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor of arts in English, Carrasco has served as managing editor of Urban Family, a national, quarterly magazine that targeted solutions to urban problems. He currently writes a regular column for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, which publishes the Pasadena Star News, Whittier Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune newspapers. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles County, Carrasco was born in East Los Angeles and lived in Norwalk, Eagle Rock and Burbank, Calif., prior to settling in Pasadena with his wife, Kafi, a local school teacher. In 1996, Carrasco was selected as one of “50 Leaders Under 40 to Watch” by Christianity Today magazine. Today he serves as an associate pastor at Northwest Fellowship Church in Pasadena.
Fortunato Tapia. For personifying limitless potential. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Fortunato Tapia is the first in his family to attend college. As the son of immigrant parents, Tapia pursued his dream of a higher education by attending Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., graduating with a bachelor of science degree in International Business and Marketing. After working with California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante as a special assistant for outreach activities, Tapia joined the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as the Community Outreach Organizer, recognizing the opportunity to make a real difference in the city where he grew up and loves. Tapia understands the challenges that LAUSD faces and is determined to be part of a solution.
Elias Fernandez. For personifying the hard work and sacrifice made by Latino families in pursuit of a college education. Elias Fernandez is one of today’s most celebrated winemakers in Napa Valley, Calif., crafting world-class wines for Shafer Vineyards, a small production facility with a big reputation. Wines from this small estate appear in top hotels and restaurants across the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2002, Fernandez was named “Winemaker of the Year,” not only by the Quarterly Review of Wines, but also by Food and Wine magazine. These are honors not lost on a small town boy born in Stockton, Calif., to farm laborer parents. After briefly attending the University of Nevada at Reno courtesy of a Fulbright Scholarship through the Jazz Program, Fernandez found his calling in the wine industry, and in 1981, enrolled full time at the University of California at Davis to study enology, the science of winemaking. Three weeks prior to graduation he was hired as assistant winemaker at Shafer Vineyards and by 1994 was named head winemaker.
Dr. Richard Carmona. For success achieved through persistence in the face of adversity. With his appointment as the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona has become the country’s leader on matters of public health. Born to Puerto Rican parents in New York’s Spanish Harlem, Carmona was a high school dropout and street gang member before enlisting in the Army at age 17. After earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, he became a doctor. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing his studies, Carmona later moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he became a trauma surgeon and clinical professor, as well as gained fame as a deputy on the Pima County Sheriff's Department SWAT team. Carmona's focus as Surgeon General is to encourage Americans to lose weight, exercise, eat healthily and stop smoking.
Lisa Quiroz is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Time Warner. She was appointed to this position in December 2003. In this role, Ms. Quiroz is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction of Time Warner’s corporate responsibility efforts. This includes oversight of the company’s social responsibility guidelines and reporting, philanthropic efforts focusing on education and the arts, employee community engagement, sustainability, and global diversity and inclusion efforts. Since her appointment, Ms. Quiroz has set a new course for philanthropy at Time Warner that aligns with the business interests of the company’s various divisions, maximizes the company’s cash and in-kind resources, and raises Time Warner’s profile among key stakeholders. In August of 2006, Ms. Quiroz's role expanded to include global diversity and inclusion efforts, including initiatives aimed at better serving and reaching a more diverse marketplace.
Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Quiroz worked at Time Inc. where she was founding publisher of People en Español, the best-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. Under her leadership, the magazine topped Adweek’s “10 Under 40 Magazine” Hot List for three consecutive years. Previously, at Time Inc., she created and launched Time For Kids, an award-winning classroom news magazine for elementary school kids with a circulation of over 3.5 million.
Active in civic issues, Ms. Quiroz was appointed to the New York City Commission on Human Rights by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She also serves on the board of directors of a number of foundation and non-profit groups including the Knowledge Works Foundation, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Federation, and the College Board. Ms. Quiroz was recently elected to the board of SiTV, the English language television network serving Hispanic consumers.
Ms. Quiroz, of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, was born and raised in New York City and received both her undergraduate degree and her Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.