Progreso Latino Fund

Celebrating Latine Leaders

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

Joe Rodriguez, State Deputy Director for Sen. Richard Blumenthal Credit: Contributed

Leading From Where You Are

The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is pleased to present the series: Celebrating Latine 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 Latines.

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

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Celebrating Latino Leaders: Alicia Caraballo ›


"I believe we as individuals and as a community have the passion, desire and urgency to work to make this a better place. I feel this is the time for our Latino community to be recognized as a powerful force in our region and in the nation.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Yolanda Caldera-Durant ›


"A really important part of my continued success is my giving back to young people, helping them develop leadership skills and helping them understand that they deserve success as much as anyone else."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: John Padilla ›


"No matter where you go in life, you have to get involved and give back. That’s our personal tax for being on the planet."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Raquel Santiago-Martinez ›


“If you live by a certain set of values and people respect you for those values, 90 percent of your success is achieved.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Norma Rodriguez-Reyes ›


“I’m a strong advocate for role models.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Pedro Soto ›


“I love being responsible for making something."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Jordy Padilla ›


“It’s a duty of mine, as an educated individual, to fight for the people who didn’t have the same opportunity as me.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Luz Catarineau Colville ›


“We need to start reconnecting with our heritage and bring it into how we’re raising our kids. We need to be building each other up not tearing each other down.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Saul A. Cardenas ›


"Success is when you inspire others to create opportunities for themselves."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Kyisha Velazquez ›


"I am meant to help make change and give a voice to those who feel their voices are not being heard."

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