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Nathalie Rayes

Chair of the Board

Nathalie Rayes

Nathalie Rayes is the Vice President of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas in the U.S., a Mexican conglomerate with US$6 billion in annual sales and 90,000 employees in Mexico, the United States, and Central and South America, and with operations in the broadcasting, retail, banking and financial services, telecommunications and internet. Nathalie is also the Executive Director of Grupo Salinas’ philanthropic arm in the United States, Fundación Azteca America that seeks to improve the quality of life of Latinos by partnering with existing nonprofits to empower, create awareness and motivate change on social and civic issues.

Previously, Nathalie served as Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn Deputy Chief of Staff, directing the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations, serving as chief liaison to federal, state and regional governments and to the Los Angeles City Council, International Trade, Protocol, Immigrant Affairs, as well as Mayor’s appointments to City commissions and boards. Prior to that, she was Senior Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Feuer, heading all aspects of Councilmember’s activities with respect to citywide legislation and ordinances impacting the Fifth Council District. Nathalie also served as a Department of State Fellow in the Economic/Political Section of the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Nathalie serves as a United States Presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, as well as the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Hispanic Federation, Voto Latino and Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Nathalie is the recipient of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality “Ray of Hope” award of 2015, UCLA Masters in Public Policy Alumna of the Year 2014, Santa Monica College Distinguished Alumna Recognition Award for Outstanding Professional and Community Service Achievement of 2013, and 2012 “Mujeres Destacadas Award” a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding women in our community. She is also a Fellow of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the leading cross-sectional leadership development program in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nathalie has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology cum laude and Masters in Public Policy with concentrations in International Relations and Education from the UCLA. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational Arabic. She resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with her husband, Dr. Tarek Samad, and their young sons, Julian and Alexander.

For more information, contact Carolyn Martinez, Executive Assistant to the President.

Jose Calderón


Jose Calderón

José Calderón is President of the Hispanic Federation (HF), the nation’s premier Latino non-profit membership organization. José manages HF’s overall operations with a primary focus on strategic planning, program development, public policy advocacy and resource development. He is a leading advocate for Hispanic grassroots organizations and pro-Latino legislation locally and nationwide.

José has worked in various capacities for the Federation since 2001, including Program Coordinator, Program Director, Vice President and Senior Vice President. During that time, he has helped develop and launch several of HF’s most important initiatives including its Latino College Success Program, Workforce Development ABLE project, Board Leadership Development Initiative, DREAMers Scholarship Fund, Diabetes Awareness Campaign, Latino Immigration Task Force, among others. He has also spearheaded HF’s civic engagement efforts, helping to register and mobilize hundreds of thousands of voters in key federal and local elections over the last decade.

As the Federation's principal spokesperson, José works to disseminate the organization's public policy positions to the media, public officials, the private sector and the community at large. Through public hearings, weekly newspaper columns and Federation-produced radio and television shows, he also works to educate Latinos about issues and services of critical importance to them and their families.

José currently serves as Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the leading Latino organizations in the nation. He also serves on the advisory committee for The Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change. A recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, José is most proud and grateful for the continued support and acknowledgments he receives from HF's network of Latino nonprofits.

José received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College and a Master of Arts Degree from St. John’s University with a concentration in Latin American studies, Spanish literature and political science. He is married and a proud father of two daughters.

For more information, contact Carolyn Martinez, Executive Assistant to the President.