The Latino Leaders Network (LLN) presented San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria with the Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award during the 37th Tribute to Mayors event on Jan. 18. The award is bestowed biannually to one mayor from a city with a large Latino population “who has exhibited an outstanding commitment to bringing diverse communities together.”
The event was held at The St. Regis in Washington, DC. Attendees included Tucson Mayor and Latino Alliance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Chair Regina Romero; Julie Chávez Rodríguez, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; LLN Chairman Mickey Ibarra; Lidia S. Martinez of San Diego, member of the LLN Board of Directors; Esteban Moctezuma and Batbayar Ulziidelger, ambassadors of Mexico and Mongolia to the U.S.; and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who presented the award.
Gloria is San Diego’s first mayor of color and the first openly gay person to hold the job. He is a third-generation San Diegan of Filipino, Dutch, Puerto Rican and Native American descent.
“As a kid who grew up in Clairemont, I didn’t see people who looked like me leading practically anything -- let alone the 8th largest city in the United States,” Gloria said at his inauguration in 2020. “This is a testament to what we all know: San Diego is a unique place, with incredible people, where anything is possible. It is the birthplace of California and a bridge between two nations. It’s the home of artistic creativity, groundbreaking innovation and research that changes the world. It is the place where the son of a hotel maid and a gardener, a Native American, Puerto Rican, Dutch gay guy has just become your mayor.”
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