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: Ricardo Henriquez ›


"You do not always have to understand what someone is asking you to do if there is trust in the middle."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Yadira Duran Ijeh ›


"It’s easier, as a young person, to see yourself doing something when you see that somebody else is doing it."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Jorge L. Perez ›


"There is no difference than with any other ethnic group. You have to get educated. You have to work hard. You have to consistently improve yourself. To me it’s doing the right thing, trying to make a difference in somebody’s life."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Evelyn Robles-Rivas ›


"It’s important that we as leaders understand that Latinos are coming from different places. They have different cultures and different ways to approach the educational system."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Fernando Muniz ›


"I think that education is the key. Even though job prospects aren't great, we have to encourage kids to look at opportunities where there are jobs. In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education) and for anyone who is bilingual and bicultural, there are great opportunities."

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