The Gwinnett Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named several community members to the 2019 list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia.
Gwinnett County Public Schools employee Nury Crawford, co-founder and creative artistic director at Aurora Theatre Anthony Rodriguez and Atlanta Gladiators new team president Jerry Jones, Hispanic Organization Promoting Education co-founder Angela Hurtado and House District 99 Rep. Brenda Lopez were among those recognized on Sept. 4 at a luncheon at the Infinity Room at SunTrust Park.
Candidates were selected from a pool of more than 450 applicants.
Crawford was recognized for her work in GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program for Hispanic students.
“This honor is a reflection of the hard work and effort I put in to lead our Hispanic Mentoring Priority,” Crawford said in a statement. “I promote, engage, and share our program’s vision, mission, and goals every time someone invites me into their space. I am proud to spread the word about the district’s commitment to and support of Latino students and families.”
Crawford serves as the director of the Hispanic students in GCPS’ Office of Academic Support and Mentoring. She launched the Hispanic focus of the district’s Community-Based Mentoring Program in January 2019. She recruits, trains, supports and retains mentors who work with identified Hispanic students in GCPS. Her job has a community engagement element with students and their parents, providing support and resources to help students develop personally, socially and academically.
GCPS has developed its Community-Based Mentoring program in January 2018 to connect caring adults in the community for fourth through 12th graders by providing encouragement and support to promote their success both in and out of school.
Rodriguez and Anna-Carol Pence co-founded the nonprofit Aurora Theatre Inc., in 1999 and relocated the venue to downtown Lawrenceville. The theatre company provides a number of community projects such as the Learning Library, an educational theatre program, Aurora’s Apprenticeship for recent college graduates, Aurora Academy and Conservatory where students learn from working professionals and Teatro Aurora, a professional Spanish-language theatre company.
James has several years of experience in professional sports front offices. Prior to joining the Gladiators for the 2018-19 season, James spent nine years with the Fresno Grizzlies as their assistant general manager and vice president of Revenue.
Hurtado is a North Gwinnett High School alumna. The HoPe organization helps facilitate a pathway to and through high school and college for local students. Within 10 years, HoPe has expanded its youth leadership development and educational attainment programming to 60 high schools in Georgia reaching over 4000 families yearly achieving a 100% graduation rate.
Lopez sits on the education, retirement and state planning & community affairs committees in the Georgia General Assembly. She is the principal attorney at The Lopez Firm and handles removal and family-based immigration cases. Lopez received the Georgia Association of Educators’ 2017 Friend of Education Award and serves and volunteers with many civic organizations.