Friday, March 1, 2024

Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, and Chef Jose Andres Named for the Latino Museum Board

For the Latino Museum Board, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, and Chef Jose Andres among other have been named

Actresses Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, musician and producer Emilio Estefan, and chef-activist Jose Andres have been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Latino, Smithsonian Board of Regents.

Also named are Alberto Ibarguen, Chief Executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former publisher of the Miami Herald; Henry R. Munoz III, who served as chairman of the commission that reported to Congress in 2011 on the potential of the museum; Jose Luis Prado of Wind Point Partners and former President of Quaker Oats North America; and health-care executive and physician J. Mario Molina, one of five siblings who together donated $10 million to the Smithsonian for the Molina Family Latino Gallery, the precursor to the museum that is expected to open in the National Museum of American History.

Last December, Congress authorized the creation of the Latino Museum and the American Women’s History Museum and set a 6-month deadline for the Smithsonian to appoint two boards. Establishing the board of trustees is the first step in the long process of creating a Smithsonian Museum.

The trustees will advise the Smithsonian on the Latino museum’s operations, including its collections, exhibitions, programs, and on the location, design, and construction of its building. Members will also help to raise money for its construction.

Representative Tony Cardenas, who is also part of the Latino museum board stated, “At the heart of the American story are Latino stories, those of individuals, many of them immigrants, who encompass an unwavering spirit of perseverance and positive contributions. Each of these trustees bring the energy and experience needed to build one of the greatest museums this country has ever known.”

The Washington Post