MIAMI (OCTOBER 10, 2022) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, the philanthropic arm of The Latin Recording Academy®, has appointed Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza as Executive Director of the organization, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rocky to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. Her passion, drive and hands-on work ethic will take the Foundation to the next level of growth and international awareness,” said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.
Prior to the joining the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, Egusquiza served as the Executive Director of the Miami Marlins Foundation as well as the Marlins’ Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In overseeing both roles, she worked to create and nurture a diverse and inclusive culture, on and off the field, providing meaningful impact for staff, fans, players, and the community. She joined the Marlins from NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, where she served as Vice President of Community Affairs and oversaw corporate social responsibility, community engagement, and partnerships. Prior to that, she held various roles in corporate social responsibility, diversity, multicultural marketing, and government affairs in top organizations including AARP, Ford Motor Company, and AT&T. Her experience also includes time as Executive Director for the Dade County Legislative Delegation, as an aide in the County Commission, and as a Legislative Assistant in the Florida Senate.
A lifelong servant committed to driving change, she was a founder of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Corporate Executive Forum, the PRO Sports Assembly and the Maestros Foundation, established in honor of her mother—a former public school educator—to help Latinos pursuing careers in education. And her passion for Latin culture is visible through her past service and advocacy as a member of the board of the Smithsonian Latino Center, and the Kennedy Center Latino Advisory Board.
She currently serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels America, the Florida Education Foundation, South Florida for Progress Foundation, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Egusquiza earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Miami and an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade College. She has received continuing education certificates from Harvard Business School and the University of California at Los Angeles.
In her new role, Egusquiza will report to Manuel Abud and the Board of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2014 to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture. The Foundation provides college scholarships, educational programs and grants for the research and preservation of its rich musical legacy and heritage, and to date has donated more than $7.6 million with the support of The Latin Recording Academy’s members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit latingrammyculturalfoundation.org, Amazon Smile or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.
ABOUT THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY:
The Latin Recording Academy is an international non-profit dedicated to nurturing, celebrating, honoring and elevating Latin music and its creators. Established as the global authority on Latin music, the membership-based organization composed of music professionals, produces the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, The Biggest Night in Latin Music®, which honors excellence in the recording arts and sciences, in addition to providing educational and outreach programs for the music community through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. For more information, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com.
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