California Latino Caucus to Host Annual Latino Spirit Awards

April 29, 2022

WHEN:  Monday, May 2rd, 2022​

  • 12pm - 1on1 Media Availability 
  • 1pm - Assembly Presentations
  • 2pm - Senate Presentations



The Latino Spirit Awards were created by the Latino Caucus in 2002 at the State Capitol in Sacramento to highlight positive role models within our diverse Latino community. 


Every year, the Latino Caucus honors Latinos in a variety of categories that range from journalism to public service and community empowerment. Many of the honorees are pioneers in their respective fields and have overcome tremendous obstacles, rising to become role models and community leaders.


The honorees will be acknowledged on each floor of the legislature for their significant contributions. 


WHO:              ​

  • Jenna C. Contreras (Achievement in Journalism & Media)
  • Alfred Diaz-Infante (In Memoriam)
  • Ron Herrera (Achievement in Public Service)
  • Sonia Manzano (Achievement in Arts & Entertainment)
  • Alfonso R. Padrón PhD (Achievement in Community Empowerment)
  • George Pla (Achievement in Business & Philanthropy)
  • Maria S. Salinas (Achievement in Business)
  • Irene Tovar (Achievement in Public Service)
  • Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela (Achievement in Health & Science)
  • Cheech Marin (Special Guest / 2018 Latino Spirit Award Honoree)

Honoree Bio's: 



Media Availability - California State Capitol, Room 317



Assembly - 

Senate - 


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Michael Tonetti