Rep.-elect Norma Torres (D-Calif.-35)
Norma Torres is among five new Hispanic members of the 114th Congress. She defeated fellow Democrat Christina Gagnier to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D). A native of Escuintla, Guatemala, Torres immigrated to the U.S. at the age of five. Previously, Torres represented the 32nd Senate District which includes Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto, and San Bernardino as California State Senator. At a time when the recession had left thousands of families struggling financially, Torres responded to the crisis by successfully leading an effort to secure $2 billion in federal funds for the “Keep Your Home California” program. She helped pass the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to protect consumers from foreclosure. She authored legislation to accelerate the construction of affordable housing, help delinquent homeowners refinance their second mortgages, and make it easier for returning veterans to purchase homes. She also served as a State Assemblywoman, Pomona City Councilmember, and Pomona Mayor. An advocate for common sense solutions, Torres has championed legislation making California government more responsive to the needs of working families, children and seniors in the Inland Empire. Before serving as mayor of Pomona and a member of the California Legislature, Torres worked as a 911 dispatcher. She later authored a law to update California’s 911 system so that callers using cellphones are routed to a local police department instead of a statewide call center. The California Sheriff’s Association, League of California Cities, Professional Engineers in California Government, Yellow Ribbon America, and the American Hero’s Foundation, among many others, have recognized her for her outstanding leadership. Torres lives in Pomona, with her husband, Louis, and their sons, Robert and Matthew. Their third son, Christopher, is a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), has appointed Liz Lopez to the position of Executive Vice President of Public Policy. Reporting to Nancy Santiago Negrón, OFN’s Chief External Affairs Officer, Lopez is responsible for leading federal and state policy efforts, focusing on supporting the development and implementation of policies that benefit CDFIs. Based in OFN’s Washington, D.C. office, Lopez joins the organization with more than 10 years of public and private sector experience in government relations, legal, policy, and advocacy work. Lopez’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies and national trade associations. She has advised clients in the areas of appropriations, tax, telecommunications, and trade. Lopez has worked closely with House and Senate leadership, minority Congressional Caucuses, and other key Washington stakeholders. A graduate of Boston College Law School and The University of Chicago, Lopez has received numerous recognitions during her career. She was one of seven attorneys nationwide to receive the Top Attorneys Under 40 Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The U.S. State Department selected her to participate in its international outreach program surrounding the 2012 Presidential election. Lopez has held numerous elected leadership positions, including Hispanic Lobbyists Association (HLA) Board Member and HNBA National Vice President of External Affairs. Most recently prior to joining OFN, Lopez served as Of Counsel in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Federal Relations Group in Washington, D.C.
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Telemundo Puerto Rico / WKAQ announced Lourdes Dávila as Vice President of Sales. Dávila will be responsible for developing and implementing all local, national and digital sales strategies in Puerto Rico for WKAQ. “With nearly three decades of experience working in television advertising, I have no doubt in my mind that Lourdes will help our sales team maximize the variety of advertising opportunities that exist through Telemundo Puerto Rico and our digital platforms,” said José Cancela, President and General Manager, Telemundo Puerto Rico. “I look forward to seeing our station serve as a conduit for local advertisers and achieve new levels of success.” Before being named Vice President of Sales for Telemundo Puerto Rico, Dávila worked as Local Sales Manager from 2008 to 2014. She began her career in television advertising in 1987 at WKAQ working in different roles of increasing responsibility.