Sindy Marisol Benavides, a Honduran immigrant who came to the United States at the age of one and grew up to become a life-long champion of social justice and civil rights was named Chief Executive Officer of the League of United Latin American Citizens.”I feel humbled and honored to serve in a capacity for which I have prepared my entire life,” says Benavides. “Everything I’ve had the opportunity to live, learn, see and do enables me to now take on this responsibility with a sense of urgency, strong personal commitment and determined resolve that we must fight and prevail against the enormous challenges Latinos are facing in our country.”

Benavides has served on the Democratic National Committee as Director of National Community Outreach, a role she performed as the only Latina senior staff member at the DNC. She also held key positions for Virginia Governor Tim Kaine who was later selected as the Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2016.

Benavides was the Founder and President of LULAC Council 4611 (Richmond). Benavides’ academic background includes a BA from Virginia State University graduating as Valedictorian with a focus on Political Science. Additional studies include Executive Management and Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Benavides is an alumna of the Sorenson Political Leadership Program through the University of Virginia; the Virginia Executive Institute and Minority Political Leadership Institute through Virginia Commonwealth University; and alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. She resides in Virginia with her husband and two children, three-year old Victor Hughes and one-year old America Westfield.

Miami City Ballet has appointed Tania Castroverde Moskalenko as the ballet company’s new Executive Director. Castroverde Moskalenko, who returns to the city where she immigrated with her family 30 years ago as a political refugee from Cuba, assumed the leadership role alongside Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez on August 7, 2018. As Executive Director, she leads the company’s institutional strategy, fundraising, and operations, building upon Miami City Ballet’s achievements as it advances its vision for the future.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Tania–a Cuban-American woman with tremendous experience in arts management–to the dynamic and diverse culture of our Florida home,” says Lopez. “Borrowing from Maya Angelou ‘in diversity there is beauty and there is strength,’ Tania’s South Florida and Cuban roots reflect the community in which we perform, but these are additional benefits we gain with Tania, because quite simply, she is the best person for the position. She will be a vital force in helping Miami City Ballet advocate our national position and provide the leadership that will allow us to continue to do bold things in dance.”

Castroverde Moskalenko comes to Miami City Ballet from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, where she served as Chief Executive Officer since 2016. Prior to her tenure at Auditorium Theatre, Castroverde Moskalenko spent four years as the President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation in Indiana, where she provided both the artistic vision and the strategic direction for the organization.

The National Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) recognized Ilia Calderon, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision as recipient of the 2018 BRAVO! Journalist and Pioneer of the Year Award, respectively.
“Every year, HPRA identifies trailblazers in our industry of media and public relations, whose impact on the Hispanic community at-large give a voice to those who most need it,” said national HPRA President Veronica Potes. “Ilia and Jorge have been galvanizing our industry for decades and shaped the future for our next generation of journalist and communications leaders. HPRA is thrilled to recognize both of these innovators for their relentless efforts and outstanding achievements throughout their years of influence.”
Before becoming co-anchor of Univision Network’s flagship evening newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” she served as co-anchor of “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna” and “Primer Impacto.” Prior to joining Univision, Calderon anchored several news casts including “Cada Día con María Antonieta Collins” and Telemundo’s weekly morning newscast covering major national/international events and interviewed prominent politicians and celebrities.
A native of Colombia, Calderon began her career in 1994 anchoring a local newscast in Colombia, Medellín. Three years later she became the anchor of a highly respected nightly national newscast and also of a travel program, roles she held until she moved to the United States in 2001.
Calderon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
She currently resides in Miami, Florida, with her husband and daughter.

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