Luis A. Miranda Jr.

Board Chair

Luis A. Miranda Jr. is the Founding Partner of The MirRam Group, a government affairs, lobbying and political consulting firm in New York City. He has previously served in three New York City mayoral administrations. Mr. Miranda is the Founding President of the Hispanic Federation and past chairman of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. He is chair of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and board member of The Public Theater, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Amber Charter School Foundation. Mr. Miranda chairs the advisory boards to Broadway League’s Viva Broadway, and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. He earned his BA degree from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University. He and his wife Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have been married for 39 years and have two adult children, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Lin-Manuel Miranda. They reside in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights/Inwood.

Leopoldo Martinez

Board Member

Leopoldo Martinez serves as Director at IQ AMERICAS Political Consultants. He produced, directed and hosted Constructores de un Pais, one of Venezuela’s most praised talk shows and linked it to a foundation that worked with “grass-root” movements in social development and entrepreneurial education for low-income communities. Martinez is the Chairman and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Development in the Americas and an advisor to the Group of Fifty Foundation ( Leopoldo Martinez, JD, LLM, is a Lawyer with Graduate Studies at Harvard, Princeton and the University of Miami.

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Stuart Appelbaum

Board Member

Stuart Appelbaum is the President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. He is also the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store International Union and Industry Benefit Funds.

Applebaum also currently serves as an Executive Vice-President of the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Legislative and Political Affairs Department.

Appelbaum is a Vice-President of the national AFL-CIO and a member of the federation’s Executive Council. He is the vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO.

He is an officer of two global union federations: IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations) and UNI (Union Network International). Appelbaum is President of UNI Global Commerce (representing 160 unions and 4 million workers worldwide).

Appelbaum was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the Regional Economic Development Committee for New York City, where he serves on the Executive Committee.

Kyle Ferari-Muñoz

Board Member

Kyle Ferari is a millennial philanthropist and activist based in San Antonio, Texas. Informed by his experience growing up as the only openly gay individual in his rural Pennsylvania hometown, Ferari is deeply passionate about social justice, minority representation, and LGBTQ rights. He credits his years working in outward-facing roles in the beauty and wine industries for helping him navigate politics and relationship building. In the last election, Ferari was a member of the National Finance Committee for Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee’s Texas Victory Leaders Council.