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Annette Taddeo with family during swearing-in ceremony on October 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Florida Senate.

Annette Taddeo, First Latina Democrat to Serve in Florida State Senate.

Annette Taddeo was recently sworn in as the first Latina Democratic woman to serve in the Florida Senate. The Colombia-born Taddeo replaces former Sen. Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican who resigned in April. Taddeo defeated former Republican House member Jose Felix Diaz during a September 26 special election in Miami-Dade County’s Senate District 40.

Taddeo, a former chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party, was U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s running mate in 2014.

Taddeo was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. Her early life was spent in Colombia until she moved to live with family friends in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of 17. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in commercial Spanish. Shortly after, she moved to Miami. In 1995, Taddeo set out to build her own business, providing translation services. Today, LanguageSpeak provides translations in more than 240 languages and has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States.

During the swearing-in ceremony on October 10, 2017, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince administered the oath of office to Taddeo, who was joined by her 11-year-old daughter, Sofia, husband, Eric Goldstein, and mother, Elizabeth Taddeo.

Nicole Quiroga, New CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC)

Nicole Quiroga, a native of Washington D.C., is the new President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and former General Manager of Telemundo WZDC-25, Washington D.C. and Telemundo WZTD-45, Richmond, VA. In her current position, Quiroga promotes the economic growth, development and interest of the Hispanic business community.

Quiroga’s expertise to predict market trends, set budgets and performance expectations plays a vital role in fostering the continued success of GWHCC members, partners and sponsors. Her experiences in media sales, journalism, multi-cultural marketing, and strategic planning directly aligns with the new position she holds at GWHCC.

Quiroga is highly experienced in the planning, financing and executing of local and national campaigns that focus on the advancement of Latinos in the U.S., to include Hispanic-targeted trade shows, grassroots events and over-the-air initiatives.

Quiroga holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Maryland. She is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Washington Executive Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Leadership Program and the National Hispana Leadership Institute.

Richmond City Council Appoints Ada Recinos to Council

Ada Recinos has been appointed to fill Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin’s vacant seat. Born in Los Angeles, Recinos is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, and grew up on the Southern California towns of Hawthorne and Torrance.

Since October 2015, Recinos has been an advancement manager with Prospera Community Development.Most recently, Recinos was researching effective strategies to improve school meals for migrant farmworker students at the Migrant Legal Action Program and organizing immigrant tenants with Causa Justa in the Fruitvale as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.

A 2014 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Recinos is the second youngest candidate to serve on the Richmond City Council and was recently appointed to the Richmond Human Rights and Human Relations Commission, where she currently serves as Vice Chair.