The 2018 LCF Annual Gala brought together almost 700 corporate, political and community leaders to celebrate fierce Latina leadership and the power of youth! We were thrilled to celebrate Nuestro Orgullo Awardee Maria Elena Salinas, Peabody and Emmy award winning journalist and former Univision anchor, for her integrity in journalism, bold leadership in shaping a new narrative, and her lifetime commitment to elevating the diverse voices of Latinos. The 2018 awardees also included Edna Chavez, Youth Trailblazer Awardee, youth activist of Community Coalition who captured the world’s attention at the March for our Lives Rally on Washington D.C. Susana de Anda, Leading Change Awardee, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Community Water Center committed to empowering Latino families and shaping public policies for a more prosperous Central Valley. The Honorable Arabella Martinez, Latina Legacy Awardee, first Latina to be appointed to a sub-cabinet level position and leader of a historic revitalization of the Fruitvale neighborhood. View 2018 Photos.

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On 2017 LCF honored Luis A. Miranda Jr., a long-time activist and champion for the Latino community. The founding President of the Hispanic Federation, Luis has set a high standard for civic leadership and activism. Luis is the proud father of Lin Manuel Miranda, playwright, composer, and creator of the 11-time Tony award Broadway musical Hamilton. Luis’ legacy has inspired a new generation of Latinos infusing hope and action through art, political activism, and nonprofit leadership. we will also honor Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E. As the highest ranked Latina in Corporate America, Geisha is a visionary, exemplary leader grounded in the values and principles of family, community, and culture. Our Trailblazer in Philanthropy awardees, Alma-Ruth and Arnoldo Avalos, have dedicated their lives to investing in young people from the Central Valley and securing a better future for them through higher education. Johnny Rodriguez, our Leading Change Awardee, is the founder and Executive Director of One Day At a Time, ODAT. Johnny has transformed the lives of thousands of Latino youth—helping them turn their lives around, attend college, and live out their fullest potential.