Welcome Inspiring Latinos Features!

Inspiring Latinos is a project that seeks to inspire America by recognizing Inspiring Latinos everywhere.  This page provides features of Inspiring Latinos with resources and inspiration from the individuals. The individuals exemplify at least one of our five pillars: financial viability, education, health, cultural heritage, and civic engagement.

We welcome you to submit your story or recommend someone that has inspired you.

Vanessa Otero

Vanessa Otero

January 3, 2023

VANESSA OTERO Is the founder and CEO of Ad Fontes Media, but this wasn’t always her plan. She earned a B.A. in English from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Denver. She was a patent attorney leading up to the 2016 election when social media users were growing polarized and posting links to … Read More

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

November 8, 2022

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA Grew up in Manhattan, New York City, specifically Washington Heights. When Miranda was just seven years old, his Puerto Rican parents took him to see Les Miserables which sparked his interest in musicals. As he matured, his music taste widened to R&B and Hip Hop but his love for musical theater stayed strong. … Read More

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star

September 16, 2022

JASMINE STAR While enrolled in law school, she made the difficult decision to drop out to be with her ill mother. She decided to pursue her passion of photography and now is one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the world, along with helping other female entrepreneur and is a first-generation Latina. Jasmine Star … Read More

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

June 10, 2022

JESSICA ALBA Intelligent founder who truly lives the values of her company. was born on April 28th, 1981, in Pomona, CA. Her father is of Mexican descent and her mother of various European descent. Since her father was in the US Air Force, they moved around to Mississippi and Texas before settling down in southern … Read More

Dr. Les “Coach” Fernandez

Dr. Les “Coach” Fernandez

March 31, 2022

Dr. Les Fernandez worked many jobs as a boxing coach to psychotherapists, but he was also a dedicated youth worker. Coach, as most of the youth he worked with called him, believed that all kids, regardless of if they were drop-outs, drug users, or youthful offenders, were not loving or feeling loved. Coach made this … Read More

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde

February 16, 2022

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde was born in Panama on September 6th, 1920 and arrived in the U.S. in 1945. Her nursing career began in San Antonio, Texas where there was a large Hispanic population but few Hispanic nurses. This experience promoted her determination to obtain a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at New … Read More

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa

January 15, 2022

ELLEN OCHOA Born in California, Ellen Ochoa earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from San Diego State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, was the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center; the first Hispanic director and only the second female director. Before … Read More

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

November 24, 2021

SONIA SOTOMAYOR was born in the Bronx, New York in 1954 to Puerto Rican-born parents, Juan Sotomayor and Celina Baez. Her father was a manual labor and her mother was a nurse. Her father died when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother. The family took residence in the Bronxdale Houses, … Read More

Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

October 6, 2021

RUBEN GONZALEZ a four-time Olympian, a professional keynote speaker and a bestselling author. Gonzalez has spoken for over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies about developing mental toughness, attitude, and the principles that lead to success in business and in life. Gonzalez was born in Campana, Argentina, an oil town about 50 miles north of … Read More

Molina Speaks

Molina Speaks

June 18, 2020

MOLINA SPEAKS an artist, poet, musician, lecturer, educator, and human bridge. As Artist, he has been named a Westword “Mastermind.” Molina has released over a dozen lyrical albums and has performed at a long list of Denver’s iconic cultural and performance venues. Molina is an honoree of the Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival and has served … Read More

Karma Leigh

Karma Leigh

June 10, 2020

KARMA LEIGH a Chicana from Colorado who was blessed to grow up between two worlds, the urban life of the city and the natural wonders of the Rockies. Both have inspired her work as an artist and educator. She teaches art to children, typically with non-profit organizations. She spent 7 years teaching with Museo De Las … Read More

David Ocelotl Garcia

David Ocelotl Garcia

May 21, 2020

DAVID OCELOTL GARCIA an accomplished across several mediums including painting, sculpture, and murals. His work can be seen in public art commissions, and both museum and private collections.  He is a resident artist at the Latino Cultural Arts Center in Denver, Colorado. David discovered his natural ability and passion for fine art at the age … Read More

Juan-Maria Gallego

Juan-Maria Gallego

October 28, 2019

JUAN-MARIA GALLEGO About Juan-Maria Gallego , PsyD. Juan was attracted to different cultures very early on.  Born in Spain, he attended a French school, Le Lycée Français D’Alicante, since the age of three.  After spending several summers learning English in Cork, Ireland, he completed his high school in Walled Lake, Michigan, completing his bachelor’s degree … Read More

Bobby Herrera

Bobby Herrera

October 22, 2019

BOBBY HERRERA About Bobby Bobby believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed and is an unwavering champion for the underdog. He’s co-founder and CEO of Populus Group—one of the fastest-growing HR services companies in the United States with annual revenue of $500 million and many Fortune 100 customers. As one of thirteen children in … Read More

Chandra Brooks

Chandra Brooks

September 26, 2019

CHANDRA BROOKS Chandra Brooks is a Women’s Rights Advocate and former Vice Chair of The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the Co-Director for Women’s March San Jose. In 2017 Chandra launched The Socialpreneur, a purpose driven business that prepares potential political candidates to get ready to run for … Read More