Back in May, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the executive director and board member for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Maria Lopez De Leon, to the National Council on the Arts. Lopez De Leon is finally about to take the oath of office, in two days.
“This appointment marks Maria Lopez De Leon’s next phase in a brilliant career serving Latino arts and artists throughout the country,” said Rosalba Rolon, NALAC board member and artistic director of Teatro Pregones, in a press release.
“Her organizing experience and her passion for serving others have contributed to her path as an extraordinary leader. The arts field in general, and our Latino arts field in particular, just took another step forward with this appointment. I am proud to call her a friend, a colleague and an inspiration.”
Maria Lopez to lead National Council on the Arts
According to a press release from the White House, Maria Lopez De Leon has been with the San Antonio, Texas-based NALAC for 13 years and has served as its executive director for 10 years.
The National Council on the Arts is comprised of 18 members that advise the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on agency policy and programs.
The president’s decision to appoint Lopez De Leon was welcomed by many, and earned praise on social media. The list of those praising the appointment included well-known faces, such as Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.).
— Joaquin Castro(@JoaquinCastrotx) January 30, 2013