“A Wise Latina” Alphabetical Index







 Place of birth 

Somos Primos Issue 


Alaniz-Thomas, Dorina

Co-founded of the Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research for Dallas (HOGAR de Dallas)

Dallas, Texas

Kingsville, Texas

January  2012 

Baca, Polly

First Latina Colorado State Senate, 34th District


Greeley, Colorado

October 2010

Berebichez,  Dr. Deborah

Mexican Physicist and (science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Mentor.  




Mexico City 

October 2013

Castillo, Susan

Superintendent of Public Instruction for a third four-year term


Los Angeles, California

May 2011 

Carbajal-Sutton, Sylvia

Genealogy Consultant



San Antonio, Texas

May 2010

Chalas, Marisol A.

The nation's first Latina National Guard Black Hawk pilot

Unites States National Guard

Bani, Dominican Republic

December 2011 

Chapa-LaVia, Linda

Illinois State Representative, 83rd District  


IIlinois House of Representatives

Aurora, Illinois 

April 2011 

Cordova, France Ann

11th President of Purdue University.   First and Smithsonian’s Board of regents member

West Lafayette, Indiana campus

Paris, France

January 2011

Durazo, Maria Elena

Chair of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE





May 2013

Garcia, Dr. Maribel

Superintendent for El Monte City School District.



El Monte, California

El Monte, California

September 2013  

Guzman, Judge Eva M.

Texas Supreme Court Justice


Chicago, illinois  

December 2009 

Huerta, Dolores

Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom   

The White House

Dawson, New Mexico

August 2012 

Inzunza, Theresa

Founder of the National Latina Business Women’s Association (NLBWA


Oakland,  California

April 2010

Jaramillo, Rita

Founder and President for MRJ Smart Solutions  

Washington District of Columbia

Belen, New Mexico

April 2013 

Lizardi-Frazier, Christine

First Kern County Superintendent of Schools



Kern County, California


January  2010

Madrid-Erhard, Evelyn

Professor in Communication and Critical Writing, and Writer


New Mexico

Española, New Mexico

December 2012

Marinez, Dr. Diana

Professor of Biochemistry and Dean of College of Science and Technology



Laredo, Texas

June  2010

Marquez-Britsch, Judge Raquel

First Latina Judge in the combined Riverside-San Bernardino counties.  



Riverside County Superior Court's


December 2013

Martinez, Debbie

Deputy Manager for the Flight Test Article project at Langley


New York

New York

March 2010 


Owner and designer of Li’K Designs


West Covina , California

November  2011 

Mendez,  Sylvia

Presidential Medal of Freedom



The White House

Santa Ana, California

March 2012

Moreno, Suzanne

Founder, CEO, and President of Encourage Tomorrow


Fresno, California  

July 2010

Murguia, Janet

Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza   


National Council of La Raza  


Kansas City, Kansas

August  2010 

Murguia, Judge Mary Helen

Federal Judicial Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Kansas City, Kansas

September 2010 

Ocampo, Roxanne– aka “Quetzal Mama”

Author Roxanne Ocampo College Admissions Coach; focuses exclusively on Latino students


San Jose, California 

November 2013 

Paredez, Dr. Deborah Paredez

Dr. Deborah Paredez is the Interim Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies



San Antonio, Texas

July 2011

Perales, Nina

Southwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio,


New York

November 2010 

Perez-Halperan, Elizabeth

President and founder of GC Green.





June 2013

Reyes, Ana

First Hispanic City Council member in Farmers Branch


Dallas, Texas


July 2013


Rivas-Rodriguez, Maggie

Director of the Latino/Latina Veterans of World War II Oral History Project  

University of Texas at Austin

San Antonio, Texas

October 2009

Rodriguez, Cristina

First Latina tenured Law professor since its founding in 1824.


Yale Law School

San Antonio, Texas 

March 2013 

Rodriguez- Sadler, Viola

One of the original Pioneer’s for Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHAAR).    


Orange County, California

Robstown, Texas

February 2010

Roybal-Allard, Lucille

U.S. Representative for California ’s 34th Congressional District

California ’s 34th Congressional District

Boyle Heights, California

December 2010

Ruiz, Vicki

Dean at School of Humanities and Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies  


University of California- Irvine

Atlanta, Georgia    

April 2012 

Sanchez, Linda

U.S. Representative for California’s Congressional 39th District.



Orange County, California

March 2011   

Sanchez, Loretta  

111th U.S. Representative California’s 47th Congressional District, and is the first and only Latina ever to be elected to Congress from Orange County 



47th Congressional

District – Orange County

Lynwood , California

February 2011

Sotomayor, Sonia Supreme Court Justice  

First Latina U. S. Supreme Justice

United  States

Bronx, New York

September 2009 

Tienda, Marta

Director of the Princeton University Office of Population Research.


Princeton University, New Jersey


November  2012

Torres-Stahl, Judge Catherine

Federal Judge for the Western District of Texas, 144th District Court


San Antonio Texas 

June 2012

Treviño-Savala, Marcelina

Farm worker advocate and attorney.   Services


Detroit,  Michigan

September 2011

Villanueva, Addy M.

Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Miami Regional Operations Center

San Francisco, California   

February 2012


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