Patricia Boero, executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting, has won the 2010 Latina Leaders award. The award, to be given at a celebration on Sept. 28, 2010, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., is presented during Hispanic Heritage Month by the Imagen Foundation, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Honorary Co-Chair of the event Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California). It recognizes Latinas who have made a difference for their community in the areas of the arts, advocacy, education, entertainment, environment, health and journalism.

Huerta, Roybal-Allard and Imagen President Helen Hernandez wrote in a letter to Boero, "Your important contributions in the arts have not only helped advance the Latino community, they have also served as an inspiration to countless young people who look up to you as a role model."

Boero is one of several 2010 honorees, including Ann Lopez of the Ann and George Lopez Foundation; Lulu Flores, president of the National Women's Political Caucus; and Tina Ramirez, founder of Ballet Hispanico. Previous winners include journalist Maria Hinojosa, actress America Ferrera, Spanish-language talk show host Cristina Saralegui and Univision Senior Vice President Ivelisse Estrada. Each year, the committee also honors several Latinas who work on Capitol Hill and are nominated by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Boero has helped bring dozens of Latino-focused films to public TV, including the recent "Cachao: Uno Más," an American Experience bilingual production, "2501 Migrants: A Journey," about Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago's project to "repopulate" his abandoned Zapotec village with sculptures; and "As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos," about the toll the Vietnam War has taken on the lives of three Texas artists.

LPB's "VOCES" series, which showcases Latino culture, airs on public TV stations across the nation. LPB screens its films and hosts workshops in Latino communities. LPB recently funded 16 documentaries through its Public Media Content Fund, which makes awards annually. Boero and her colleagues advise filmmakers during the production process, promote their projects and help them secure a broadcast slot on public TV. LPB is also developing and co-producing "The Latino Americans," a six-part series, with WETA.

Born in Peru of Uruguayan and Cuban parents, Boero has directed films for Australian public TV and was a CNN producer and BBC correspondent in Havana, Cuba, in the 1980s. She was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's Warren Weaver Fellowship and served as a senior program officer for media at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She was director of international programs at the Sundance Institute in California, and also worked for the Levi Strauss Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP).

About Latino Public Broadcasting

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of public media content that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of interest to Latino Americans. These programs, including the series "VOCES," are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations. Edward James Olmos is founder and Chairman of the LPB Board of Directors. For more information, please visit and or call 818-847-9656.