Stanton to Receive National Latino Leadership Award

Jan. 23, 2014

Greg Stanton, With Caption 137 x 225 pixelsMayor Greg Stanton will be honored today by the Latino Leaders Network (LLN) at a Washington, D.C., event for his commitment to advancing diversity and issues important to the Latino community.

Stanton will be awarded the Antonio Villagairosa Leadership Award in recognition of his advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform, vocal opposition to SB 1070, appointments of Latinos to public boards and commissions and efforts to improve business and political relationships with Mexico.

The award, which honors mayors from cities with significant minority populations, will be presented at the organization’s annual Tribute to Mayors dinner. The award will also be presented to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray.

“The Latino Leaders Network is proud to honor Mayor Stanton at this year’s Tribute to Mayors dinner for his leadership in Phoenix to bring diverse communities together to find a common voice on issues of importance to all Americans,” said Mickey Ibarra, LLN chairman and founder.

Local leaders praised Stanton’s dedication to the Latino community.

“Mayor Stanton has shown time and again that the Valley cannot succeed without its many diverse communities working together,” said Arizona Senate Democratic Leader Anna Tovar. “This award shows the high regard we hold for his advocacy of issues important to the Latino community.”

“From his support of DREAMers to his economic development efforts with Mexico, Mayor Stanton understands that the vibrant Latino community in Phoenix plays a crucial role in its identity and its future,” said Arizona Senate Democratic Whip Steve Gallardo. “I, and my fellow Phoenicians, are proud of our mayor and he is certainly deserving of this significant recognition.”

“Mayor Stanton has been an outstanding voice of support for our efforts to put Latinos and other inner-city youth on the path to success for college, career and life,” said Gary Trujillo, chairman and co-founder of the Be a Leader Foundation. “We’re proud to see his contributions recognized across the country.”

“Mayor Stanton has been instrumental in supporting Latinos in Phoenix and throughout Arizona,” said Lisa Urias, president and CEO of Urias Communications. “Not only does he readily acknowledge our presence and history, but he truly values the contributions we’ve made and will continue to make in this great state.”

About The Latino Leaders Network

The Latino Leaders Network is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “Bringing Leaders Together” to establish relationships, build unity, and foster dialogue on issues important to the community. Mickey Ibarra, founder and chairman, served as Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House for President Clinton.

Other board members include: Ruben Alvarez, The Molera Alvarez Group, Phoenix, AZ; Soyla Fernandez, Fernández Government Solutions, Sacramento, CA; David Ibarra, Ibarra Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT; Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino, Washington, DC; Michelle Minguez, Voto Latino, New York, NY; Miguel Santana, Chief Administrative Officer of Los Angeles, CA; and Ken Trujillo, Partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Philadelphia, PA. 

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