Washington D.C. - The Smithsonian Latino Center recently announced Joe Ávila, of Ford Motor Company Fund, to its national board of directors. The Smithsonian National Latino Board is the Latino Center's volunteer advisory arm. Its members are philanthropists, corporate leaders and accomplished individuals who bring experience, geographical balance, diverse backgrounds and cultural expertise to the Latino Center. They advise the director on programming and external relations, assist with outreach and advocacy, and identify and secure financial support.
Ávila, Manager of Community Outreach for the Ford Fund, manages strategic partnerships with key organizations and external corporate initiatives on a national and local level. He also manages strategic investments in Hispanic markets.
Prior to joining Ford, Ávila worked at MillerCoors, Molson Coors and Coors Brewing Company. At MillerCoors, he served as the multicultural relations, corporate social relations and marketing program manager and managed national and local Hispanic alliances and programs. Ávila earned his B.A. from Rafael Urdaneta University in Venezuela and a Master of Business Administration and Masters of International Business from the University of Denver.
"The Smithsonian Latino Center could not have found a more dedicated and hard-working professional than Joe Ávila," said CHLI Executive Director Mary Ann Gomez. "As a member of our Corporate Advisory Committee, we have witnessed first-hand his unceasing commitment to the Hispanic community and helping our nation's youth realize their leadership potential. There is no finer advocate than Joe and CHLI congratulates him on this prestigious appointment."
About The Smithsonian Latino Center:
The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that Latino contributions to arts, sciences and
humanities are highlighted and advanced through the development of public programs, research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian and its affiliated organizations across the U.S. For more information, visit www.latino.si.edu. For the official press release announcing the new members, please click here.