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maria-patricia-corrales-presidentMaria Patricia Corrales


Ms. Corrales is a business and community leader in Washington, DC. Her contributions as professional and a community organizer has help build the strong foundation that has help Latino-owned enterprises and Latino-led nonprofit organizations flourish and prosper for the advancement of all Latinos in Washington, DC. Over the 30+ years, Ms. Corrales has mentored and coached entrepreneurs and community leaders to ensure Latinos are an integral fiber of this vibrant and great city.

Ms. Corrales is the President of Fiesta DC, which hosts the largest Latino Festival in the region with over 150K participants—now celebrating its 46th year anniversary. Past roles include Board Chairperson of National and Local organizations such as the National Hispanic Contractor’s Association, DC Hispanic Contractors Association, Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and a past Commissioner of the DC Housing Trust Fund.

Furthermore, Ms. Corrales also owns her own company, Capital Construction Enterprises Inc. a minority, woman owned CBE in the District. Through her business endeavors she has helped build schools, churches, office building, homes and apartments.  She has helped build people dreams, those of her community, and personal dreams that motivated her to leave dire conditions of her native land, like those of many immigrants, to make a better life here in DC. Among her greatest accomplishments is to have raise three children, in a loving home in Ward 4.



Rosibel Arbaiza


Rosibel Arbaiza is the owner and proprietor of Golden Scissors salon, a successful beauty salon with locations in both Maryland and Washington DC. Mrs. Arbaiza’s trajectory as a successful salon business owner expands over 10 years in which she has witnessed the transcendence of the entrepreneurial strength and influence Hispanic women have accumulated over the past years in the Washington DC metropolitan area. As such, Mrs. Arbaiza was the recipient of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2013″Unsung Hero’s” award, an award designated to recognize the achievements of influential Hispanic women.

Not only is Mrs. Arbaiza a pillar in the Hispanic community but is also heavily involved in the planning of reputable Washington D.C. metropolitan Hispanic festivals such as Fiesta DC, an annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a parade of nations, children’s festival, science fair, and a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates. Other accolades include, “Woman of the Year,” a prestigious award and title bestowed upon Mrs. Arbaiza at the 9th annual Premios Salvadorenos in 2009. Mrs. Arbaiza is also one of the founding members “Unidos Por Intipuca,” a community based foundation to help construct, renovate and remodel her beloved hometown of Intipuca, El Salvador. Mrs. Arbaiza is Vice President of the Fiesta DC organization as well as serving as Vice Chairwoman of the Caucus Salvadoreno Empresarial, Inc, in addition to serving as the treasurer for the Embajadores USA. Nevertheless, Mrs. Arbaiza continues to provide supplemental education and mentoring to future hair stylists as a professor of Keny’s Beauty Academy.

Mrs. Arbaiza hails from Intipuca, El Salvador and resides in Maryland with her husband, Manuel and their four beautiful children.


Gunter Sanabria


Gunther Omar Sanabria was born in Lima, Peru. He moved to the United States during the Summer of 1991. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1998. Gunther received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida School of Law and his LL.M from American University.

Since his admission to the Florida Bar in 2004, Gunther’s initial area of practice was criminal law. As a recent graduate, Gunther was assigned to the Domestic Violence Division of the Palm Beach County Office of the State Attorney of Florida. Later, Gunther’s criminal jury trial experience landed him a position as an insurance defense attorney representing some of the largest insurance carriers of the country.

Currently, Gunther practices law  in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia via five offices. Along with his Business Partner, Dago Rodriguez, they represent clients in personal injury claims, immigration proceedings, and criminal court.

Attorney Gunther Sanabria is licensed in Florida, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.


josue-salmeron_director_Josue Salmeron


Josué Salmerón is the CEO of Applied Tools, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic growth of enterprises. Previously, Josué  served as Deputy Director at Collaborative Solutions for Communities, where he had oversight of strategic initiatives, operations and business development. Josué also served as Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs(OLA), where he provided oversight over the four core functions of OLA: strategic management of public and private partnerships, expertise on policy, community relations, civic engagement and overall management of $10M grant portfolio, with investments in eleven health and human service areas. Josué is a certified project manager with over 10 years of experience in project and program management in the Non-profit, Private and Government sectors.

Josué was raised in Washington DC, is a graduate of DCPS Schools and holds a MBA from Virginia Tech University and a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Antioch College. Josué, children and wife live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in DC. Josué has served as the President of a limited-equity coop that operates as a non-profit with the purpose of retaining affordable housing in the District. Josué also serves as a board member for the DC Federal Credit Union.


Ana Reyes


Ana Reyes is a financial manager for the Office of the Chief Finance Officer for Washington, DC. As a key employee, Ana oversees budget functions for offices of the CFO and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.  Ana contributes to the development of the Latino Community through various roles including pro-bono consulting of small Latino owned businesses, and an advocate of economic policy that is inclusive of economically disadvantage and disenfranchised communities.




Coco Bueno


Maria del Socorro “Coco” Bueno is a pillar of the DC Latino Community. Coco has a history with Fiesta DC is almost as integrated as Festival’s history. Coco served as President of Fiesta DC in 1983—35 years ago! Coco was among the first Latino business owners along the Columbia Rd Corridor, owned and operated Zodiac Record. Coco was a key link between Latino in DC and their families in Latino America, her business imported newspapers (in real time) from Latin America which allow the community to stay informed events in Latino America. Zodiac Records was not just a store, it was a portal to the world, patrons could read newspapers and books and listen to music from Latin America and Spain

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