Author: Henry Sanders, Madison365

Madison365 releases list of Wisconsin's 32 most powerful Latinos

32 residents to be revealed in 5-part series

Since our founding in 2015, Madison365 has published lists of the most influential African Americans and Latinos in Wisconsin. I intended these lists to highlight the beauty of the diversity in our community. I wanted kids here in Wisconsin to see role models of people who are succeeding, to know that it's possible for people of color to achieve great things here, and to highlight people of color doing great work in a variety of fields and pursuits.

12 on Tuesday: Patrick Farabaugh

Patrick Farabaugh was an up-and-coming magazine designer in New York City before he came to Madison and founded Our Lives, the city’s first magazine by and for the LGTBQ community.  

12 on Tuesday: Caliph Muab-El

Chicago native and longtime Madisonian Caliph Amiri Muab-El has many irons in the fire, always with an eye toward justice and improving the lives of young people of color.

29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin, Part 3

This is the third in a five-part series highlighting Wisconsin residents of Latino heritage who have accomplished great things and made a real impact in business, education, government, media and the nonprofit sector.

29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin, Part 2

This is the second in a five-part series highlighting Wisconsin residents of Latino heritage who have accomplished great things and made a real impact in business, education, government, media and the nonprofit sector. 

29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin, Part 1

This is the first in a five-part series highlighting Wisconsin residents of Latino heritage who have accomplished great things and made a real impact in business, education, government, media and the nonprofit sector.

12 on Tuesday: Israel Lopez

In his day job, Israel Lopez is a business attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions for Madison-based law firm Nieder & Boucher. He's also the founder of Chins Up Foundation, an organization that pairs college athletes with at-risk kids in a penpal relationship. The Milwaukee native came through a stint of homelessness to attend Concordia University – Saint Paul on a football scholarship, graduate with honors, and attend the University of Wisconsin Law School.

12 on Tuesday: Keetra Burnette

Chicago native Keetra Burnette currently works as the senior director of community impact at United Way of Dane County. She formerly served as chief operating officer of the Urban League of Greater Madison, president of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, education specialist with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and several other professional and volunteer roles.

12 on Tuesday: Aaron Perry

Aaron Perry has dedicated himself to the health of African American men as the founder and CEO of Relabanced-Life Wellness Association, which recently announced it will offer health education resources inside JP Hair Designs, the first such partnership in the country.

12 on Tuesday: Jennifer Leavitt-Moy

Jennifer Leavitt-Moy is an economist and economic consultant who works with  multi-national consumer product companies. She co-founded The Good Life Organization and a co-authored of the Fulfill the Dream (FTD) curriculum, and was involved in the founding of the young professional group Magnet as its first executive director.

12 on Tuesday: Ronnicia Johnson-Walker

In just two and a half years as the TOPS Program and Internship Manager at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Ronnicia Johnson-Walker has helped more than 450 young people gain real-world experience and take steps toward the workforce.

12 on Tuesday: Pastor Joshua McHenry Miller

Pastor Joshua McHenry Miller is a relative newcomer to Madison. In the last four years, though, he has jumped in with both feet, seeding a new church in the Leopold neighborhood and forging strong and deep partnerships with Leopold Elementary and a number of other organizations.

12 on Tuesday: Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera earned a degree in Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts – a major he built for himself – from the University of Wisconsin in 2004. He went on to earn a master's degree in youth development from the University of Illinois – Chicago and is now a doctoral candidate back at UW.

12 on Tuesday: Captain Willie Brown

Captain Willie D. Brown of Rockford, Illinois is a 25-year veteran of public service, a firefighter and founder of Internal Intelligence Group© LLC, which offers diversity and inclusion training.

12 on Tuesday: Anthony Cooper

Anthony Cooper made the most of his time after he got out of prison, and now dedicates his life to helping others make the transition as the director of Re-entry Services as Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership.

12 on Tuesday: Karen Menendez Coller

Dr. Karen Menendez Coller was a relative unknown when Centro Hispano of Dane County's board of directors chose her as its new executive director in the summer of 2013.

12 on Tuesday: Rasheid Atlas

Designer and developer Rasheid Atlas has worked with some of the top marketing and communications agencies in Madison, including Zebradog and Stephan & Brady. Last year he joined Nehemiah Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development as Director of Communications, handling all print, digital, social, video and audio production.