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For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2019

Media Contact:
Griselle Marino
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Community and District Champions to be recognized at the Annual Hispanic Advocate of the Year reception


MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board (HAAB) under the Office of Community Advocacy, will celebrate its third Annual Hispanic Advocate of the Year Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables.

During the reception, HAAB will celebrate and highlight advocates and leaders in Miami-Dade County who work tirelessly for the betterment of Hispanic and minority issues in our community.

Community Champions for 2019 are:

  • Kattia Castellanos, Crime Victim Specialist, Victim Witness Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Coral Gables Police Department
  • Claudia Gonzalez, Homestead Area Organizer, Farmworker Association of Florida
  • Pauline Green, Executive Director, The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth
  • Jennifer Moon, Deputy Mayor and Budget Director, Miami-Dade County Government – Moons and Stars Co-creator
  • Jesika Diaz Munar, President and Founding Attorney, Munar Law
  • Rachel Tourgeman, Community Relations Director, Florida National University

HAAB also will be presenting awards to advocates selected by various County commissioners for their hard work within their commission district. The District Champions are:

  • District 1 Champion – Marvin Cordero, Retired Associate Administrator, Communications and Outreach, Jackson Health System
  • District 3 Champion – Luis De Rosa, Executive Director, South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
  • District 4 Champion – Jennifer Enslein, Executive Vice President, Trade Consulting International, Inc.
  • District 5 Champion – Gabriel Paez, HMD GLOBAL: Human Resources Director for US & Latin America, City of Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee: Chair, Miami-Dade Community Relations Board: Vice Chair
  • District 6 Champion – Cristina Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, Coral Gables Hospital
  • District 8 Champion – Marisol Zenteno, President, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade
  • District 9 Champion – Maria Garza, President, Mexican American Council, Inc.
  • District 13 Champion – Magaly Rubio, President, Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce      

The board will also be presenting a special recognition to Cheryl Little, Executive Director of Americans for Immigrant Justice for her work and leadership on immigration policy and advocacy. As well as a special award to Simply Health Care, in recognition of their continued leadership and commitment to healthcare services for the Hispanic Community.

The event will raise funds for HAAB’s scholarship program, which is aimed at granting support to minority college students. For ticketing information, visit

For more information, please contact Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board Director Natalie Milian at 305-375-5098.

The Office of Community Advocacy is charged with making Miami-Dade County "One Community" that embraces our diverse and unique population. Follow @AdvocacyMDC on YouTubeFacebookInstagram and Twitter and follow HAAB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @MiamiDadeHAAB.

Who: Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board and the Office of Community Advocacy

What:2019 Hispanic Advocate of the Year champions to be recognized

When: November 01, 2019, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Where:Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134


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