HSF Alumni Reception Series, coming to a city near you!
HSF is proud to announce its National Alumni Reception Series! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with Alumni and a host of other distinguished groups and individuals who are laying the cornerstones of our future. This series will be traveling to New York, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC.
Join us and learn what’s new, as HSF continues to advance higher education and achievement. Discover new ways to help. This year, the HSF alumni network is 38 years strong and includes accomplished professionals in a broad range of industries. We also continue to attract the growing participation of outstanding community organizations and leaders. All of you are the inspiration for a whole new generation of HSF Scholars. Be proud. Be there.
Chief Education Consultant
Raul Magdaleno, is the Chief Education Consultant for The Magdaleno Group, providing innovative education strategies to corporations, non-profit, government agencies, universities and school districts who are committed to reducing the drop out rate and increase college enrollment among Latino students. Magdaleno is also the Founder and Chairman of The Magdaleno Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to building servant leaders and become the next ‘Navy Seals’ of community empowerment. Most recently, Magdaleno was appointed by the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and confirmed by Congress, to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Congressional National Board of Directors, Congress’s highest award for youth.
Prior to becoming a CEC, Magdaleno served as Special Assistant to the Dean and oversaw the department of Diversity and Community Engagement for Southern Methodist University (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts. As Director he developed the University’s first diversity and community service office and founded Texas’ first Hispanic Youth Institute at SMU.
In addition to Magdaleno professional career, he has dedicated his life to public service, which began at age thirteen, where he served in various leadership capacities at Reconciliation Outreach (RO) accumulating over 30,000 hours of community service. As a result of his tireless dedication and commitment to his community, he earned the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by the United States Congress. In 2001 he helped found “The Refuge,” a shelter for battered women and children, through RO. Since its inception RO has raised over $5.8 million in assets, making it one of the largest privately funded non-profits in the Greater Dallas area with its creation of a low-income housing, elementary school, community soup kitchen, a single woman and men homeless shelter, a Children’s and Youth Recreation Center, and a multi-story non-profit leasing center.
As a result of Magdaleno’s exemplary community urban development initiatives and inspirational story he will be inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame on October 16,2013 in New York City. In 2010 he was voted the National Latino Leader of the Year , in the same year Dallas voted and named him the 2010 One Man Dallas. To date Raul has spoken to millions of people across the country as a champion for higher education and has been featured as a special guest on CNN, Univision Don Francisco Presenta Show and NBC among many other broadcasts and print publications.
Magdaleno professional leadership affiliations include: National Speaker for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; Board of Directors for Educate Dallas; Chairman of the Dallas Red Light Enforcement Commission; Former Texas Chairman of the Hispanic Youth Institute; Former Chairman of the Greater Dallas Hispanic, Asian, Black and LGBT Chamber of Commerce Annual Project; Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Advisory Board and Board Vice-President for Reconciliation Academy.
Raul earned a bachelor's degree in corporate communication and public affairs from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and is currently working on academic research in hopes to be a viable candidate for the Doctorate of Education Leadership Ed.,L.D.) at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, he is the proud caregiver of his elderly mother, Maria Zermeño and in the process of adopting his older sister, Sylvia Magdaleno, who is gifted with down syndrome.
Born and raised in New York, Adam dreamed of a professional baseball career and had even received scholarship offers to play in college. Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from realizing his baseball dreams. But all was not lost: in high school Adam had dabbled in acting, even winning an award from his theater class. After graduation (and a brief detour into the life of a NY stockbroker), he focused his attention on his passion: performing.
Within months of touching ground in LA, Adam landed a string of television roles beginning with a starring role in the Steven Bochco-produced “Brooklyn South,” playing Officer Hector Villanueva. Other early television credits include “All Souls” for UPN, WB’s “Felicity” and Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.” In 2002, Adam was elevated to what could be called heartthrob status, when he co-starred in the final season of the cult hit “Roswell.” This led to his most high-profile television role to date: Eric Delko on the internationally acclaimed CBS hit drama “CSI Miami,” which recently ended its successful run after ten seasons, culminating for Adam in a 2012 Teen Choice Award for ‘Choice TV Actor, Action’. During the last two seasons of the show, Adam also had the opportunity to write and direct two episodes - “Hunting Ground” and “At Risk.” In the final season of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” he starred in a major recurring role, as sexy bad boy Bobby Talercio. He was also recently seen in fun guest star turns in cable hits “Necessary Roughness” and “Psych”, and in a major recurring role on the Fox comedy “The Goodwin Games” opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley. Adam will soon be seen in the new CBS show “Reckless” starring alongside Cam Gigandet and Anna Wood.
On the big screen, Adam recently starred with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in Warner Brothers’ hit film Magic Mike, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, which was a massive critical and box office success, garnering 11 Award Nominations and 5 Wins. He was also seen starring alongside Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. He just recently wrapped the indie Lovesick, opposite Matt LeBlanc, and is currently shooting Screen Gems’ About Last Night, alongside Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, and Paula Patton. His other film credits include Caught in the Crossfire, A Kiss of Chaos, Let the Game Begin, Bohica, Take, and Love and Debate. The sexy actor has been featured in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue and in People en español magazine's "25 Most Beautiful People," as well as in Lionel Richie's video "I Call It Love" and Jennifer Lopez's breakthrough video for "If You Had My Love."
In his free time, Adam enjoys learning to play the guitar, along with writing music and an occasional poem. He loves to stay in shape with a mixture of training regimens including weights, cross-fit and boxing. On the rare occasion he is particularly stressed you can probably find him at the batting cages smashing some balls! Baseballs. Adam currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, where his family still resides.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Fidel A. Vargas is President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). After serving on HSF’s Board of Directors from January 2010 through December 2012, he assumed leadership of the organization on January 2, 2013. Mr. Vargas sets HSF’s overall direction; develops and oversees the execution of strategy; leads the senior management team; plays an active, leadership role in development and outreach activities for all constituencies, and advocates for HSF, throughout the country.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Partner of Centinela Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm that invested nearly $1 billion in and alongside leading emerging private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Principal and Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors, a private equity investment firm investing in lower middle market companies. At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Vargas became the country’s youngest elected Mayor of a major city: Baldwin Park, California, with a population of 85,000, twenty miles northeast of Los Angeles.
In addition to having served on HSF’s Board of Directors prior to becoming its President and CEO, Mr. Vargas has served on a number of public and private sector boards and commissions, including: the New America Alliance; Sponsors for Educational Opportunities; Operation Hope, Inc.; President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security; President Bush’s Commission on Strengthening Social Security; and Presidents Bush and Obama’s Commission on Presidential Scholars. He currently serves on the boards of the California Community Foundation, the Latino Donor Collaborative, and The Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Mr. Vargas has been recognized for his accomplishments by numerous organizations and media outlets, throughout his career. Time Magazine named him as one of the Top 50 Young Leaders in the United States, Hispanic Magazine named him one of the Top 30 Young Hispanics in the United States, he was named one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos by Latino Leaders magazine.
Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management.
Mr. Vargas is the eldest of eight children and has three adult children. His parents emigrated from Mexico. His father, Fidel B. Vargas worked as a carpenter and his mother, Margarita Vargas raised her family and began a career as a community organizer after Fidel left for college and continues to serve her community as a local elected official. Fidel’s brothers and sisters attended UC Santa Cruz, George Washington University, La Verne University, Brown University, and UC Berkeley. He has a deep commitment to HSF, having been a six-time, HSF scholarship recipient.