Progreso Latino Fund

Celebrating Latino Leaders

Inspired by HBO's "The Latino List," Celebrating Latino Leaders brings you up-close and personal interviews with Latino leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut.

Jacob Padrón, Long Wharf Artistic Director Credit: Contributed

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The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is pleased to present the series: Celebrating Latino Leaders. While the individuals profiled represent a diverse group of men and women from many countries, professions and age groups, each is united by his or her commitment to social change through giving back and creating opportunities for others. PLF seeks to expand the definition of leadership to promote the leadership and advancement of Latinos.

We hope you are inspired by the profiles below of Latino leaders in our community.

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Celebrating Latino Leaders: Sergio Rodriguez ›

“The greatest influencers in my life were my family and mentors. The greatest joys in my life are my family and our family created through fostering and mentoring many, many children.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Addys Maria Castillo, M.S., M.P.A. ›

“I hope that my legacy shows how valuable it is to have a commitment to ensuring that all children have a nurturing and safe forever home.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Enna Garcia ›

“I hope that my legacy shows how valuable it is to have a commitment to ensuring that all children have a nurturing and safe forever home.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Dr. Abie Benitez ›

“I remember the beginning of PLF, when things started we didn't know enough about our potential as a community. I think what PLF has done is informed us and shown us that.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Daniel (Danny) Diaz ›

"No matter your background, no matter your ethnicity, no matter the obstacles that you find in life — if you work very, very hard and give back, you will be rewarded."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Luiz Casanova ›

"We work for the community, they are ‘our boss.’ There has to be some controls put in, but, I think oversight by the community needs to happen.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Marta Moret ›

"We’ve made a commitment in the five years we have been doing this to use the resources of Yale for the needs of New Haven. It has been a wonderful blend of our commitment to the community and the wonderful resources that Yale University has."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Grace Guidet ›

"Seeing the different abilities among my students motivates me to help them obtain their goals. I encourage them to set high standards for themselves and to not give up. I want them to challenge themselves and learn that they can overcome obstacles."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: George Logan ›

"When you pull together the strengths of individuals collectively you can get a lot more done."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Sara Lulo ›

"For many reasons I find New Haven to be civically engaged, very switched on in many ways, very accessible to become involved with, very smart and active on issues that I care about."

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