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PALOMA BLANCA CREATIVE ENTERPRISES
President and Founder
Established consulting firm to provide marketing and consulting services to non-profit organizations, corporations and the artistic community on cultural, media and social initiatives. Special emphasis on Latin artistic and social causes. Recent projects include co-producing with acclaimed music director Andres Levin a highly popular, Spanish-language music video for Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama featuring Grammy-award winning Latin artists such as Alejandro Sanz and Paulina Rubio and actors such as George Lopez and John Leguizamo (www.podemosconobama.com) ; producing a traveling art exhibition on the legacy of the vaquero (Mexican cowboy) in the United States featuring the photography of John Dyer and paintings of Lionel Sosa; producing a music recording and video for Amnesty International to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights; producing a documentary on flamenco music in collaboration with Alejandro Sanz and establishing Music Has No Enemies, an initiative to produce music content for social causes, among other projects.
Responsible for fulfilling the Center’s mission of fostering appreciation of Latino culture and heritage by sponsoring, developing and promoting Smithsonian public programs, in Washington and across the United States. Served as advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Smithsonian on relations with Latino communities and organizations. Increased the Center’s relevance and public visibility with important constituencies, forming relationships with over 40 Latino educational, cultural, media, entertainment and corporate organizations, including Carlos Slim’s foundation, Fundación Carso. Organized, produced and supported high caliber cultural and educational programming with Smithsonian museums and research centers, including exhibitions, lectures, public programs, film screenings, educational workshops, concerts, a Latin Grammy award-winning ¬music recording series and a documentary film on vallenato music for Smithsonian Networks Channel. Led educational initiatives such as the Young Ambassadors Program for Hispanic high school students gifted in the arts and the Latino Museum Studies Program for Latino museum professionals. Led the development of an award-winning website and a
Director and Special Assistant to
the CEO, (March 2003-August 2005
Associate General Counsel,
(January 2000-March 2003)
Managed transition of COO and Vice Chairman to CEO. Advised the CEO on a wide range of business, administrative and community matters, including managing the philanthropic contributions of the executive office. Led several projects related to minority lending and outreach including authoring a strategic plan to increase Hispanic homeownership opportunities, the development of innovative loan-oriented partnerships with Latino organizations and the establishment of the American Dream Team Program™, a national mortgage industry internship program for minority college students. Company spokesperson on Hispanic issues. Advised clients on a wide range of corporate issues and transactions, compliance and securities matters. Lead legal representative for derivatives, managing all documentation staff and responsible for leading the company’s derivatives counterparty risk initiative with credit and corporate finance departments. Part of legal team that led the company’s voluntary registration with the SEC and the launch of its Subordinated Benchmark Notes program. Lead attorney on preferred stock offerings. Part of debt marketing team to sell agency debt to South America and was responsible for first sales of agency debt to
JP MORGAN & CO.
NEW YORK CITY/BUENOS AIRES
(1997-2000) Associate and
Assistant General Counsel
ROGERS & WELLS
Law Clerk/Summer Associate
Supported Latin American Practice Group, executed assignments related to cross-border finance and international trade. Drafted documentation in connection with $20 million Euro medium-term note private placement of a Venezuelan company. Drafted reports regarding foreign investment and international transparency laws in Latin America and the
Selected as one of 50 participants in annual internship program. Worked in Legal Department, supporting senior attorney with research on issues related to international trade and governance, including the establishment of the International War Crimes Tribunal.
GOLDMAN, SACHS & CO.
Trading Desk Analyst,
Latin American Equities
Researched and analyzed Latin American equity markets as the firm’s new emphasis on emerging markets. Provided daily coverage to trading desk managers on Latin American stocks including research reports and spreadsheet analysis. Co-authored Goldman, Sachs & Co. 1993 Guide to Mexican Equities.
WHITE & CASE
Supported attorneys with research on European Community, French, and
Juris Doctor, 1996
President, La Alianza del Derecho (Hispanic Law Students Association) • James Brown Scott Society of International Law • GANAS Hispanic Political Education
B.S. in Western European Studies and French, 1991
Dean’s List • Honors English Program • National French Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi) • Honorable mention, Certificat de Commerce d’ Industrie de Paris
Hispanic Heritage Foundation •
“2006 Influentials: Ten to Watch” (Hispanic Business Magazine) • “15 Phenomenal Latinas of 2006” (
Dual US/Colombian Citizen; Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian.
References Upon Request.