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List of Hispanic Commissioners

(Ethnicity and county of residence in parentheses)

Y. Maria Martinez, Chair (Colombia, Baltimore County)

  • Founder and CEO of Respira, Inc.
  • Chair of Centro de la Comunidad
  • Region V Chair, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ricardo Martinez, Vice Chair (Puerto Rico, Frederick County)

  • Founder and President/CEO of Project Enhancement Corporation
  • Commissioner, Maryland Economic Development Commission

Daniel Flores (El Salvador, Montgomery County)

  • Vice President of Regional Government Relations, Greater Washington Board of Trade

Lorena Clauser (El Salvador, Carroll County)

  • American Translators Association
  • Courts of Maryland Spanish interpreter
  • Diplomatic and judiciary interpreter and translator

Gregorio Antonio Arenas (Chile, Montgomery County)

  • President of energy vehicle solutions
  • Legal applicant for the House of Ruth, Maryland

Elizabeth Ysla Leight (Mexico, Anne Arundle County)

  • Director of Government Relations and Legal Affairs, Society of Professional Benefit Administrators
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • President-Elect Maryland PTA

Hector G. Manzano (Venezuela, Baltimore City)

  • Pollution Control Analyst III, Baltimore City Government
  • DPW Hispanic Community Liaison, Environmental Sciences

Sonia Mora (Colombia, Montgomery County)

  • Manager Latino Health Initiatives, Montgomery County Government
  • Adjunct Instructor, George Washington University, Department of Global Health
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC

Cesar Moreno Perez (Mexico, Montgomery County)

  • Executive Board Member, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Walkiria Pool (Dominican Republic, Prince George’s County)
  • Founder and President of Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF) an affordable housing, foreclosure prevention, credit rebuilding, and financial literacy organization.

Oscar Ramirez (United States, Montgomery County)

  • First Vice Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
  • Principal, Podesta Group
  • Board of Advisors, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Board of Advisors, Voces Verdes

Nicolas H. Ramos, V (Mexico, Baltimore County)

  • Business Owner, Arcos Restaurant, Ramos Realty, Rumba, LLC
  • Former President, Maryland Mexican Association

Catalina Rodriguez (Ecuador, Baltimore City)

  • Board Member, Friends of Patterson Park, Baltimore City
  • Latino Providers Network
  • Director, Baltimore City Hispanic Commission

Dr. Gilberto Zelaya (El Salvador, Montgomery County)

  • President, Montgomery County Hispanic Employees Association
  • Montgomery County Board of Elections

Liliana Robeson (Colombia, Talbot County)

  • Zumba Instructor
  • Commissioner, Maryland Real Estate Commission

Maria D’arcy (Colombia, Talbot County)

  • Works with kids in after school programs at Eastern elementary school
  • Chesapeake Multicultural Reserve Center

Richard Escalante (Prince George’s County)

  • Director of Business Development, Baltimore Development Corporation

Angela Franco (Colombia, Montgomery County)

  • President & CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Patria Lancer de Julnes (Dominican Republic, Howard County)

  • Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore
  • Founder, Pa’lante: Hispanic Students Moving Forward