NCLR Celebrates 40 Years

In 2008 NCLR celebrated it's 40th Anniversary with events and activities highlighting four decades of impact and influence in the Latino community and setting an agenda to continue our work in building a hopeful future for millions.

We kicked off our yearlong celebration on March 3 with the Official Grand Opening of the Raul Yzaguirre Building and Dedication of the new Plaza de los Afiliados. NCLR's partners, friends, and familia gathered on this special day to unveil this permanent landmark for the Hispanic community in the nation’s capitol only a few blocks from the White House.

NCLR 40th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Please join us in recognizing our Honorary Committee, a distinguished body, comprised of leaders who have played and continue to play a critical role in the achievements and success of NCLR throughout its 40 year history. Their contributions have been instrumental in the creation of this great American institution. During this year of commemoration, we are filled with pride and appreciation for their leadership, commitment, sacrifice, and passion for NCLR and the advancement of our community.


  • Maclovio Barraza, Founding Member (in memorium)
  • Dr. Ernesto Galarza, Founding Member (in memorium)
  • Herman Gallegos, Founding Member and first Executive Director
  • Raúl Yzaguirre, former President and CEO
  • Carmen Samora, daughter of Dr. Julian Samora, Founding Member
  • Stina Santiestevan, wife of Henry Santiestevan, Founding Member
  • Dr. Audrey Alvarado, former Board Chair
  • Rita DiMartino, former Board Chair
  • Angela Fischman, daughter of Irma Flores, former Board Chair
  • Monica Lozano, Board Chair
  • Janet Murguía, President and CEO
  • Ramon Murguía, former Board Chair
  • Hon. Ed Pastor, former Board Chair
  • Juan Patlan, Founding Affiliate and former Board Chair
  • Tony Salazar, former Board Chair
  • Dr. Marta Sotomayor, former Board Chair
  • Gilbert Vasquez, former Board Chair
  • Jose Villarreal, former Board Chair
  • Hon. Arabella Martinez, Founding Affiliate and former Board Member

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