The Powermeter 2019

Powermeter 2019

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Here They Are!

This is a unique sought-after list of the 100 most influential people for that Nation’s Capital Metro-Area Latinos. The Powermeter 100 list is a testimony to the influence that thee 100 powerful individuals have had in the Hispanic community and the community at large. In order to select the 100 individuals that comprise the list, El Tiempo Latino holds a nomination process open to the public. With more than 400 nominees collected, a panel of judges from the community and the paper’s editorial council selected those, whom based on their merits throughout 2018-2019 deserve to called “one of the 100.” The Powermeter 100 list is presented in alphabetical order by last name.


  • Canek Aguirre, Alexandria City Council
  • Gabe Albornoz, Montgomery County City Council
  • Alma America Alfaro-Laska, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC)
  • Luis Almagro, Organization of American States
  • Jose Andres, ThinkFoodGroup
  • Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Marty Baron, The Washington Post
  • Geraldine and Mariana Barrientos Roig, PR Entrepreneurs
  • Sindy Benavides, LULAC
  • Pedro Biaggi, Pedro Biaggi Encendío
  • Marla Bilonick, Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
  • Maria Fernanda Borja, Latino Student Fund
  • Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC
  • Jose Campos, Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce of the Washington area
  • Taina Caragol, National Portrait Gallery
  • Jovita Carranza, 44th Treasurer of the United States
  • Jaime Contreras, 32BJ’s Capital Area District
  • Veronica Cool, Cool & Associates, LLC
  • Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby
  • Maria Corrales, Fiesta DC Inc.
  • Patricia De Lima, El Zol 107.9
  • Carla Decker, DC Credit Union
  • Eduardo Diaz, Smithsonian Latino Center
  • Freddy Díaz, Salvadoran Festival
  • Margarita Dilone, Crystal Insurance Group
  • Geraldina Dominguez, NIH
  • Barbara Ebel, Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties Division of Workforce Development
  • Dora Escobar, Chiquita Express
  • Paula Fitzgerald, AYUDA
  • Angela Franco, DC HealthLink
  • Mario Gamboa, CENAES
  • Elba Garcia, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
  • Franklin Garcia, U.S. Representative, District of Columbia
  • Ana Sol Gutierrez, Maryland State Delegate
  • Elizabeth Guzman, Delegada de la Asamblea de Virginia
  • Jay Haddock, Capital Hotels & Suites Washington DC
  • Larry Hogan, Governor , of Maryland
  • Elmer Huerta, Washignton Hospital Center
  • Lori Kaplan, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
  • Yariela Kerr-Donovan, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Allison R. Kokkoros, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
  • Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, Peruvian Brothers
  • Sean P. Lawler, Department of State
  • Syddia Lee Chee, Energetica International Group
  • Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
  • Fernando Lemos, Mi Casa, Inc
  • Luis Lobo, BB&T Bank
  • Rosa Lobos, WRTC
  • Julissa Marenco, Smithsonian Institution
  • Alberto Mariño, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Susana Mariño, Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Neri Martinez, Republican State Leadership Committee
  • Silvia Martinez, DC Democratic State Committee
  • Hugo y Rebecca Medrano, GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • Lori Montenegro, Telemundo - National
  • Paola Moya, Moya Design Partners
  • Janet Murgía, UnidosUS
  • Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Council
  • Syndia A. Nazario-Cardona, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez (SUAGM)
  • Carlos Ocasio, The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • Maria Paige, Mary's Center
  • Monica Palacios, DC Office of Human Rights
  • Yvette Peña, AARP
  • Joseline Pena Melnyk, Maryland State Delegate
  • Myrna Peralta, CentroNía
  • Ramón Pérez-Goizueta, DC Department of Employment Services
  • Carlos Ponce, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Jacquelyn Puente, Comcast Corp.
  • Delvy Quezada, Macy's INC
  • Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Latin AmericanYouth Center (LAYC)
  • Nicole Quiroga, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC)
  • Javier Quiroga, To Your Taste Catering
  • Roberto R. Ramirez, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Jackie Reyes Yanes, DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA)
  • Daisy Rickert, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (former PG's Office of the County Executive)
  • Grace Rivera-Oven, Activist, Montgomery County
  • Reemberto Rodriguez, Silver Spring Regional Area
  • Pedro J. Rodriguez and Julio Robledo, Gran Cata
  • David Rosario, Latino Providers Nertwork
  • Deborah F. Rutter, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Maria Sachetti, The Washington Post
  • Gerardo Sanchez, Así es Mi Gente
  • James Schenck, PennFed Credit Union
  • Catalina Sol, La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US
  • Inez Stewart, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Sara Suarez, Univision DC
  • Karla Silvestre, Montgomery College
  • Deni Taveras, Prince George's County Council
  • Walter Tejada, The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • José Antonio Tijerino, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)
  • Hector Torres, Absolute Hospitality
  • Gustavo Torres, CASA
  • Tatiana Torres, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Rocio Treminio, Mayor of Brentwood
  • José Alberto Uclés, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • David Velazquez, PEPCO Holdings
  • Lorna Virgili, Montgomery County Government
  • Teresa Wright, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Michel Zajur, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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    The 2019 Powermeter 100 Judges

    Our Powermeter 100 judges are influencers in the DC community, and helped select 100 honorees from more than 400 nominations.

    "We are honored the D.C. community nominated more than 400 people who have made outstanding contributions to Latino communities in the D.C. area," said Rafael Ulloa, executive editor of El Tiempo Latino. "I'm pleased to announce our judges, the prominent people who weighed the accomplishments of the nominees and select those most deserving of this honor." The judges, in alphabetical order are:

    Gabriela Mossi - Washington English Center

    Abel Núñez - CARECEN

    Geovanny Vicente Romero - Political Consultant

    Lyda Vanegas - Mary’s Center

    Ana Julia Jatar - El Tiempo Latino

    Javier Marin, El Tiempo Latino

    Rafael Ulloa, El Tiempo Latino

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