NALEO Educational Fund Elects Dallas Mayor as New Chair
Photo: Pauline Medrano
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund announced the election of its new chair, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano along with new board members.
The chair and board leadership were elected at the organization’s board of directors meeting on November 16 in Washington DC during the organization’s 9th Biennial NALEO National Institute for Newly Elected Officials. Medrano assumes the leadership position from Fla., Representative Juan Carlos Zapata.
The NALEO Educational Fund Board of Directors unanimously elected Medrano to serve as chair of the organization. Medrano began her career as a Congressional aide to former U.S. Representative Martin Frost. She has also worked as the District Director for the Texas Department of Agriculture. More recently she served as the District Sales Manager for GTECH Corporation.
Medrano has also worked as an ESL instructor for the Dallas Independent School District in the Adult Basic Education Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a graduate of Leadership Dallas.
The board also elected two new members during its meeting in Washington DC. Monica Talan, senior vice president of corporate communications and public relations for Univision Communications, Inc. (N.Y.) and Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, executive vice president for multicultural markets and engagement for AARP (DC).
In addition, NALEO president California State Senator Alex Padilla and Texas State Representative-elect Justin Rodriguez will also serve one year terms on the NALEO Educational Fund Board of Directors as NALEO board representatives.