Eva served as a national cochair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words, “The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.” She also cofounded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits children with intellectual special needs, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.
Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabriel Solis on the hit show “Desperate Housewives.” Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards; Harvest, a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream, a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin Steakhouses Beso Hollywood and Beso Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.
She has always believed that every individual deserves the same opportunities in life. Her desire to provide growth and opportunity for others has been a common thread throughout Christiane’s educational and professional careers.
Christiane graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1994. She earned her Master’s of Education in Special Education from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) in 1998. She and her husband, Rene, reside in San Antonio and have two beautiful children, Tiannah and Gavino.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Damian Figueroa
In 2009, David Damian was invited by Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF’s new president and general counsel, to return to the organization.
David Damian is the former associate state director of the Los Angeles County Region for AARP California, where he oversaw the implementation of social campaigns, community alliances, volunteer management, membership development, and member value. He has a wealth of experience in working with diverse segments of the population. David Damian helped launch AARP’s Segunda Juventud bilingual magazine as special editor, securing several celebrity covers.
In 2008, David Damian was appointed by Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as commissioner of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. He has served as chair of the Communications Committee for the Office of the Mayor’s Complete Count – Census 2010 campaign for the city of Los Angeles.
David Damian serves as philanthropic advisor to several influential individuals and specializes in connecting celebrities to nonprofit organizations, like Familia Unida Living with MS, AltaMed Health Servies, The Dolores Huerta Foundation, Farmworker Justice, The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, and United Farm Workers of America. He is a former board member of Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, Familia Unida Living with M.S., and The Getty House Foundation; he is an advisory board member for the PBS flagship television station KCET; and currently serves as an advisor for Shine Global.
The Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive of UCLA maintains the David Damian Figueroa Collection. These materials document his career as a performer and an entertainment publicist, as well as his work in civil rights and public policy with MALDEF, the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, and the AARP. The collection, which includes photographs, correspondence, ephemera, books, serials, and audio and visual materials, serves as a resource for researchers interested in Chicano popular culture and Chicano participation in civic service and civil rights organizing.
David Damian has been lauded by many elected officials and is the recipient of Family Unida’s Living with M.S. Founder’s Award, 2008 President’s Volunteer Service Award, and the Pasadena Playhouse District Association’s Culture, Commerce, and Community Award.
David Damian, an avid collector of Chicano Art, resides in Pasadena, California, and is active in the community and on a national scope.
He is responsible for all aspects of H-E-B’s advertising and marketing, including acting as Publisher/Editor of My Texas Life magazine. Cory serves on a number of boards, including St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Spurs Foundation, Alamo Heights School Foundation and also does work for Family Endeavors, San Antonio Children’s Shelter and Mission Road Ministries.
After getting asked…”Why?” many times by his children over the years…he also decided to write a series of Children’s books to answer the many questions that inquisitive kids have…and do it with a mix of education and entertainment…or “edutainment.”
Cory is originally from California and attended Pepperdine University. He currently resides in Terrell Hills, with his wife Dorothy and three highly inquisitive kids Hudson (16), Brandt (14) and Anabelle (8)…the main character featured in his award winning Children’s book “Why? Moon.”
Bennett began working with Eva’s Hero’s as a Board Advisor in 2014 and joined the Board in 2015. Bennett is an active member of the San Antonio and Boerne community donating his time to his local church and other community centered initiatives such as Leadership San Antonio. Bennett is married to Vicki and they have two children, Kohl and Kade.
His hard work paid off when his class had some of the best test scores. Graduate school at A&M university helped shape his passion for helping teachers improve, leading to his consulting work with Forde-Ferrier. He led countless workshops and conducted many model lessons, improving scores at each school he worked with. His transition into real estate came in 2009. After joining Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, Tomas began teaching a different subject with the same passion. Starting a new luxury real estate publication for the San Antonio area was the next logical step after two years of working one-on-one with buyers and sellers. As with each job, Tomas saw that San Antonio needed a luxury real estate magazine. As the publisher and owner of Luxury Home Magazine, he is now teaching realtors how to effectively market their luxury listings. His passion and enthusiasm helps to create trust and lasting relationships.
Tomas and his wife also own Spanish Grove Academy, a local Spanish emersion preschool in the Stone Oak area. They have been married for 16 years and have one child, Enzo.
She also served two years on the NISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee and has volunteered as an assistant coach for the Special Olympics Area 20/Best Friends Team.
Lori has a background in interior design and is currently focusing on her wedding invitation business.
Lori is married to her husband of 14 years, Brian, and has three children; Matt, Mark, and Ciara. They reside in San Antonio.
She was greatly influenced by her mother, a retired special education teacher. Shawne spent seven years as the regional executive director of a national nonprofit, which experienced double-digit growth for revenue and programs. She received an Associate of Arts in Fine Arts from Kilgore College and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas State University. Shawne serves on the board of CTRC Council and Prospera. When she’s not at work, she loves traveling internationally, learning new languages, watching Madam Secretary, and spending time with her family.
From California to Texas, Jennifer has shared her love for young adults with intellectual challenges through the gift of teaching.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Special Education from California State University Chico in 2004. During her educational career, she also obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching and Education Specialist credentials.
With over 15 years of nonprofit experience, she is no stranger to making an “ask.” Lisa splits her time between fundraising and program support as the Development and Outreach Associate. When she is not at work, you can find Lisa taking on DIY projects like painting, tile work, landscaping – even plumbing if something is broken. She studied at Texas State University.
With 5 years of experience in corporate America and superior administrative skills, Elizabeth made the leap to nonprofit and hasn’t looked back. As the executive assistant, she helps manage critical projects and is the best task master―but, always with a smile!