María López De León
María López De León is the President and CEO of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. In 2012 and 2013, she was named among the nation’s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.
Under her leadership, NALAC developed and launched three grant programs: NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), that supports Latino artists and organizations; Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR), that supports artists and organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Central America; and NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces, that supports organizations to expand their Latino programming to diverse audiences and outreach to diverse communities. She has directed 16 editions of the renowned annual Leadership Institute and six convenings of the Latino Arts Advocacy Institute in Washington, DC; directed the convening of six NALAC National Conferences and dozens of Regional Arts Training Workshops across the country. Under Ms. De León’s leadership, NALAC completed production of Visiones, a six-part documentary series on Latino art and culture for PBS and development of accompanying education curriculum distributed to over 35,000 schools.
Ms. De León serves on the board of the First People’s Fund, the Performing Arts Alliance, and the Hispanic Leadership Agenda and is an advisory council member Women of Color in the Arts and the National Latino Media Council. She studied Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso.