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20 influential Latinos in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – All round San Antonio, hard-working Latinos are making a distinction. Last year, we talked about 25 Latinos who’re influential to many, and this year, we’re spotlighting 20 extra Latinos.

From political figures to docs, cooks, entertainers and group members, they’re all impacting San Antonio and past.

The following are in no explicit order:

Shea Serrano: A New York Times best-selling writer, Serrano writes about basketball, films, music and different issues. Beyond his literary work, Serrano provides again to the group. Most not too long ago, he and his FOH Army (Twitter followers) helped the “I Support the Girls” nonprofit, which helped distribute menstrual merchandise and new underwear for Afghan girls and ladies.

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Shelly Lares: A Tejano music pioneer, Lares, often known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” not too long ago introduced that she could be retiring from her 40-year career to pursue a career as a hospice nurse.


Tejano music pioneer to embark on a brand new well being care career

Isabel Ann Castro: A visual artist from the South Side, Castro co-founded St. Sucia, a Latina/x feminist journal that includes up to date writing and artwork. She additionally co-organized San Anto Zine Fest.

Judge Ron Rangel: The administrative decide additionally presides over the 379th Criminal District Court. During the pandemic, Rangel has been tasked to ensure instances proceed to maneuver alongside. This fall, Rangel will introduce the Manage Assigned Council System, which can overhaul the prison justice system in Bexar County.

Judge Ron Rangel – 379th Dist. Court (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

April Monterrosa: Putting the South Side on the map is Monterrosa’s mission. In 2020, she created the “Live From the Southside” journal.

Unheard: April Monterrosa - Live From the Southside
Unheard: April Monterrosa – Live From the Southside

Cicilia Lopez: She is the Founder of A21 Freedom Chasers, a nonprofit group with a mission to forestall, defend and put an finish to human trafficking. Lopez, in 2015, launched San Antonio’s first Freedom Chasers stroll to boost consciousness about human trafficking. The subsequent stroll is scheduled for Oct. 16.


Ricardo Chavira: A proud SA native, Chavarria can most frequently be discovered on the TV display screen. Recently, he starred in “Selena: The Series” on Netflix, taking part in the position of Abraham Quintanilla.

KSAT Q&A: Actor Ricardo Chavira talks about playing Selena’s father on Netflix series, living in San Antonio
KSAT Q&A: Actor Ricardo Chavira talks about taking part in Selena’s father on Netflix collection, residing in San Antonio

Dr. Ray Altamirano: Casa Salud Family Medicine Clinic was created by Altamirano. The clinic on the South Side is for many who are uninsured or undocumented. Proceeds from Altamirano’s work assist fund the clinic. Altamirano hopes his clinic can function a mannequin for others and assist extra sufferers in want throughout town.

San Antonio doctor uses his love of art to help uninsured patients
San Antonio physician makes use of his love of artwork to assist uninsured sufferers

Graciella Sanchez: She is an activist of San Antonio and director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Sanchez has helped develop applications reminiscent of CineMujer, efficiently fought the demolition of Alazan-Apache Courts and defended the Hays Street Bridge towards the event of close by companies. She’s additionally an advocate for the LGBTQ group.


Victor Medina & Roxanne Delgado: In 2009, Victor Medina was struck by an IED in Iraq. He survived however suffered a traumatic brain harm. Years later, he and his spouse, Dr. Roxana Delgado, have began the TBI Warrior Foundation, which helps others residing with brain accidents and gives assist for his or her caregivers.

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Amanda Reyna: In 2020, Reyna launched the Latina Vote initiative to assist Latinos work out in the event that they have been registered to vote or assist them register. The initiative rapidly grew, and plenty of took half in serving to get individuals registered to vote earlier than the 2020 presidential election. The Latina Vote initiative continues to advocate and be concerned in the group.

New San Antonio initiative looks to increase number of Latina voters in the U.S.
New San Antonio initiative appears to extend variety of Latina voters in the U.S.

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier: The inaugural president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Ferrier additionally had the position of director of Mexico relations for the college. Prior to her career on the college, she held nationwide academic appointments beneath each Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.


John Quiñones: The ABC News correspondent and host of “What Would You Do?” was born and raised in San Antonio. He graduated from Brackenridge High School and acquired his undergrad at St. Mary’s University. He usually returns to the Alamo City to go to or shoot episodes of his present.

Flashback interview with San Antonio native John Quinones | SA Live | KSAT 12
Flashback interview with San Antonio native John Quinones | SA Live | KSAT 12

Dr. Carmen Tafolla: The first City Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Tafolla is understood for her poetry. She has authored greater than 30 books and was additionally named the State Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015.

Alex Ramirez: He is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and San Antonio Film Society training coordinator. Ramirez created the manufacturing company Mala Bruja Pictures and teaches media and movie at SAY Sí.

Eva Ybarra: Known as “La Reyna del Acordeon,” or the queen of the accordion, Ybarra is a conjunto legend. She is the primary lady to make historical past in the male-dominated world of conjunto music.


Robert Salcido: As the manager director of the Pride Center of San Antonio, Salcido is an advocate for the LGBTQ group. Earlier this year he and his workforce launched a free group remedy for LGBTQ youth of colour and Spanish audio system.

Pride Center San Antonio creates counseling groups to help people of color, Spanish speakers in San Antonio's LGBTQ+ community
Pride Center San Antonio creates counseling teams to assist individuals of colour, Spanish audio system in San Antonio’s LGBTQ+ group

Rico Torres & Diego Galicia: The chef duo made the 2017 Food & Wine Magazine listing for greatest new cooks and proceed to shine with their Mexican meals. Their restaurant Mixtli is a eating expertise like no different in San Antonio and offers you a tour of Mexican delicacies. If you get a reservation, you’ll get pleasure from a 10-course rigorously crafted dinner.

Dr. Lyssa Ochoa: She is the founding father of the San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic on the South Side. Ochoa noticed the necessity for her clinic after seeing the variety of diabetes-related amputations in San Antonio occurred in town’s most underserved zip codes. She had partnered with hospitals, different docs, faculties districts and metropolis council to develop amputation prevention applications.


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Juan Morales: The Holmes High School head soccer coach and athletic coordinator has been a soccer coach in the San Antonio space for greater than 25 years. Morales can also be a part of the Hispanic Texas High School Football Association.

Juan Morales – Holmes HS Football Coach (Copyright 2021 by KSAT – All rights reserved.)

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