Boards and Commissions

Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board

Mayor Sylvester Turner


The Hispanic Advisory Board exists to serve as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the Mayor.  The Board will provide viable recommendations on policies that will advance the social, economic, and political issues of all Hispanics and citizens in the City of Houston.


  • Appointments Subcommittee:  Sofia Adrogué and Rose Salas, Co-Chairs - Identify and recruit a diverse pool of talented Hispanics from our community to recommend to the Mayor to serve on Boards and Commissions of the City of Houston. Members: Belinda Castro, Lenora Sorola-Pohlman, Judy Camarena
  • Education Subcommittee:  David Medina and Susie Molina, Co-Chairs - Advise the Mayor on education and training issues facing the Hispanic community, and compile, analyze and report on survey data on attitudes and issues of concern to the Hispanic community in Houston. Members: Yolanda Alvarado, Gilda Ramirez, Paula Santamaria
  • Economic Development Subcommittee:  Victoria Lara and Michael Treviño, Co-Chairs- Advise the Mayor on job creation, economic development, finance issues, access to capital, and small business promotion with a focus on the Hispanic community in Houston. Also, assist the Mayor with collaboration with City, County, Regional, National and International individuals and organizations to welcome all people to Houston with a particular focus on the Hispanic community. Members: Gilda Ramirez, Paul Puente, Michele Leal, Rey Guerra, Epi Salazar, Roberto Contreras, David Solis, Victoria Lara, Dr. Laura Murillo
  • Events Subcommittee:  Lauren Soliz and David Solis, Co-Chairs - Assist the Mayor on identifying planning, production and execution of events, promotions, town hall meetings, and job fairs, including Hispanic Heritage Month and Citizenship Week and other events. Members: Lenora Sorola-Pohlman, Roland Garcia, Gila Ramirez, Yolanda Alvarado, Rose Salas, Susie Molina, Marisela Vasquez, Michele Leal, David Gonzalez, Victoria Lara, Tim Martinez, Tony Diaz
  • Civic Engagement and Promotions Subcommittee:  James Lee and Ximena Magana, Co-Chairs – Assist the Mayor in engaging the Hispanic community by fostering a vibrant local culture that involves stakeholders, promotes civic engagement, and communicates concerns that affect the community, and that recognizes and celebrates the heritage and contributions of the Hispanic community. Members: Michele Leal, Grace Olivares, Rey Guerra, Alina Garcia, Cynthia Cisneros, Dr. Laura Murillo, Helen Cavazos
  • Arts Subcommittee:  Tony Diaz and David Medina, Co-Chairs – Advise the Mayor on arts issues facing the Latino community, and compile, analyze and report on survey data and attitudes of concern to the Latino arts community in general. Allocate resources to promote Latino arts for the benefit of Houston. Advocate for Latino Arts in Houston. Members: Tony Diaz, Sofia Adrogué, Michele Leal, Rey Guerra, Helen Cavazos, Christian Navarro, Alina Garcia