President, CEO and NALAC Board Member
María López De León is the President, CEO and board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to the National Council on the Arts. In 2012 and 2013, she was named among the nation’s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts. She serves on multiple arts and culture policy panels and is an advocate for arts and cultural equity. She serves on the board of the First Peoples Fund, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Performing Arts Alliance.
Chief Operating Officer
As an artist at the service of other artists, Adriana Gallego’s work in arts administration and education is motivated by human rights, where she seeks to connect people with meaningful resources that grow personal and organizational capacity, build community, foster collaboration and bridge cultural understanding. Leading from this perspective, Gallego is the first Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and co-chairs the Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artist Committee. Previously, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and arts educator throughout the Southwest. She has served on many review panels, advisory boards, and committees including the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Mexico Commission, Arizona Public Art Network, Transportation Enhancement Review Committee, Asset Building for Artists of Color Advisory Board and Flagstaff Cultural Partners Arts Advisory Board, and The Association of American Cultures.
Grants Program Manager
Adriana Rios is the Grants Program Manager at NALAC. Prior to her joining NALAC, Adriana worked in the programming departments for a variety of different places, including Geekdom, the Princess Grace Foundation, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Adriana is a graduate of New York University where she had the opportunity to study Film and Television Production. During her time at NYU, she got involved with the Fusion Film Festival, a student-run organization that celebrates women in film, television, and new media. Adriana has served on panels for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fusion Film Festival. Most recently, Adriana was accepted as one of fourteen fellows of the Center for Justice and Renewal’s inaugural Cohort of Emerging Leaders of Color. She is an alumni of Venture for America and the NALAC Leadership Institute. As an advocate for the arts and great stories, Adriana works to develop resources and visibility for underrepresented artists.
Frances Guajardo is the Accounting Manager of NALAC and has over 24 years of nonprofit experience working with community based organizations across the state. Ms. Guajardo joined NALAC in 2009 and worked closely on the implementation of upgrades to the Buena Vista Gardens building. She studied Nonprofit Management at University of Texas San Antonio. She actively volunteers in the San Antonio community.
Monica A. Sosa
Monica A. Sosa is the Program Associate at NALAC, an artist, community organizer and fronterista who embodies the border wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville and is an alumnus of the Exchange Program at Sorbonne Université IV, Paris, France. She is passionate about supporting folx in realizing their ideas and uplifting communities of color through organizing and cultural work. She uses art and body movement as a healing practice, expressive action, transformative process, and guide towards justice and equity.
Database and Digital Media Specialist
Luis Garza is the Database and Digital Media Specialist for NALAC. He is an artist and owner of LMG Photography and Art. Prior to joining NALAC Luis worked with Jowdy Photography for over eight years, contracting with associations, conventions and corporate events throughout the U.S. and abroad. His experiences have encompassed many facets of the photography business. ranging from fine art photography, video and photo documentation, studio photography, large format print, and digital photo editing. His core competencies include computer networking and administration to digital content management including graphic design, web design and print output. Luis is an alumnus of the NALAC Leadership and Advocacy Institutes. He continues to produce and exhibit work in San Antonio, where his photographs recently formed part of the University of Texas San Antonio art collection.
Lucha Lopéz is the Operations Manger of NALAC. As a multi-ethnic native Texan, Lucha is guided by social, political, and economic equity. She brings over 16 years of diverse, grassroots non-profit experience. Lucha studied liberal arts locally and joined NALAC in 2017. Lucha retains her culture by practicing many forms of native ceremonial traditions including Aztec and Chichimeca song and dance along with American Indian singing and drumming. She also maintains an active lifestyle which includes yoga, pilates, meditation, and lifting weights
Gabriel Magraner is the Communications Associate for NALAC. In this role he leads communications strategies on social media, the E-Boletín newsletter, and special projects. Gabriel has been active with NALAC since 2012, most recently serving as NALAC’s Director of Programs overseeing convenings in Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. as well as the management of NALAC grant programs. Currently Gabriel resides in New York and is pursuing a master’s degree at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is a recipient of two Fulbright ETA grants to Brazil.
Jody Sarkozy-Banoczy is an independent grant-writing consultant based in the Washington D.C. area. Her expertise lies in the arts and Native community development field. She has 15 years of experience and success writing grants to several foundations and federal agencies including the CDFI Fund, Administration for Native Americans, USDA, HUD and others. She is the former director of development for First Nations Oweesta Corporation and her work supports organizations focused on Native artist entrepreneurship, small business development, youth, leadership and affordable housing.
Anna Laflin is an artist from Houston, Texas who recently graduated in May 2019 from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Studio Art and Business Administrative Marketing. Currently, Anna is the Development Assistant at the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) and the Director of Attendee Experience for TEDx Trinity University; a student-run organization dedicated to fostering creation and change by giving students, faculty, and alumni the opportunity and forum to share their ideas and learn from others. Prior to working at NALAC, she worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. As a multi-ethnic artist, Anna is passionate about breaking the glass ceiling in the business and art world for minorities and hopes to one day create a community for people of color to come together to discuss ideas and express themselves through the fine arts.