National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) Is proud to join Engage Cuba, as part of the advisory coalition group of an exciting new coalition dedicated to coalescing and mobilizing non-governmental organizations, non-profit groups, civil society organizations, citizens, businesses and associations for the purpose of supporting the ongoing U.S.-Cuba normalization process and reforming U.S.-Cuba relations.
Mariachi Women's Founder and Director, Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez, began performing mariachi music in the 1970's at Griffith Junior High School which is located in East Los Angeles. This was the first youth mariachi group in California and among the first in the United States. Dr. Perez went on to perform with mixed-gender groups in Los Angeles and in Washington DC. Performance highlights include playing at two Presidential Inaugural Balls (one at 19 years old) and at two MARIACHI USA Festivals at the Hollywood Bowl. Mariachi Mujer 2000 was the last high-profile performance group that Dr. Perez performed with prior to starting her family and focusing on her career in education. Dr. Perez obtained a Bachelor's degree in psychology and PhD in Education from UCLA. She also obtained a master's degree from Harvard in human development and psychology. She was a Dean at East Los Angeles College for 8 years and, for 2 years, an Administrator at the Harvard Medical School.