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Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar

Luis A. Aguilar is a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was sworn in on July 31, 2008. Commissioner Aguilar was appointed by President George W. Bush and was reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Prior to his appointment as an SEC Commissioner, Mr. Aguilar was a partner with the international law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, specializing in securities law. During his career, his practice included matters pertaining to general corporate and business law, international transactions, investment companies and investment advisers, securities law, and corporate finance. He also focused on issues related to corporate governance, public and private offerings (IPOs and secondary offerings), mergers and acquisitions, mutual funds, investment advisers, broker-dealers, and other aspects of federal and state securities laws and regulations.

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Victor Arias, Jr.

Victor Arias, Jr. is a Senior Client Partner in the Dallas office of Korn/Ferry International and was recently named Global Leader of Diversity and Inclusion for the firm. His practice specialties include Boards, Real Estate, and Higher Education.

Mr. Arias boasts more than 15 years of executive recruitment experience gained through working at several of the world’s most preeminent search firms. His clients, which range from medium-sized to major global firms, benefit greatly from his deep knowledge of Latin America and expertise in the area of diversity.

Since 2001, Mr. Arias has served on the Board of Directors of AFC Enterprises and the Board of Advisors for the University of Notre Dame Institute of Latino Studies.

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Rep. Joe Baca

Rep. Joe Baca has served in Congress since winning a special election in 1999. Rep. Baca represents the 43rd District of California, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Ontario and San Bernardino, as well as the areas of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Rep. Baca serves on the House Agriculture Committee, and he is the Ranking Democratic Member of the Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture. He also is a member of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry. He also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and also the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Tom Castro

Tom Castro is the Founder and CEO of El Dorado Capital, a Houston-based boutique investment firm that partners with a select number of growth companies. El Dorado is also a vehicle for Mr. Castro to mentor younger entrepreneurs. He is also a partner in IMB, a lower-middle market investment fund.

Mr. Castro serves on the board of Time Warner Cable, a Fortune 125 company. He is a member of the audit and nominations and governance committees. He also serves on the boards of Teach For America in New York; the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; IESE, the Barcelona, Spain-based business school; the Surdna Foundation in New York; Media Matters for America in Washington, D.C.; the Latino Donor Collaborative of Phoenix; and the Environmental Defense Fund in New York.

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Stephen P. Holmes

Stephen P. Holmes is chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies with operations in nearly 100 countries, and recently ranked by FORTUNE magazine as the most admired company in the hospitality industry.

Prior to the formation of Wyndham Worldwide in 2006, Mr. Holmes was vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw hotel franchise, vehicle rental, timeshare development, timeshare exchange, and vacation rental businesses. Earlier in his career, Holmes also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of HFS Inc. and managing director of The Blackstone Group.

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Janet Murguía

Janet Murguía has devoted her career in public service to opening the door to that dream to millions of American families. Now, as a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community, she continues this mission as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

Since 2005, Murguía has sought to strengthen NCLR’s work and enhance its record of impact as a vital American institution. One of her first priorities was to harness the power of the nation’s 50 million Hispanics and improve opportunities for Latino families by strengthening the partnership between NCLR and its network of nearly 300 community-based Affiliates which serve millions of people in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Lou Nieto

Luis (Lou) P. Nieto currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ryder System, Inc. and AutoZone. Mr. Nieto retired as Consumer Foods President for ConAgra Foods, one of North America’s largest packaged foods companies, in 2009.

Prior to ConAgra, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federated Group, a private label supplier to the retail grocery and food service industries from 2002 to 2005.

Mr. Nieto earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is also a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

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John W. Rogers Jr.

John W. Rogers Jr., the founder, chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, is the featured Power Player on this week’s edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke. Chicago-based Ariel Investments manages more than $16 billion in assets and is the nation’s fifth largest Black-owned asset management firm.

Rogers founded Ariel Capital Management, now Ariel Investments L.L.C., in 1983, creating the first family of equity mutual funds managed by African Americans. For close to 30 years, he has promoted financial literacy and wealth-building through investing using the Ariel Education Initiative and advocates for diversity through the Black Corporate Directors Conference.