August 24, 2021

The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents has named two additional members to the National Museum of the American Latino board of trustees. They are:

  • José E. Feliciano, co-founder and managing partner of Clearlake Capital Group LP., a leading private investment firm
  • Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist; anchor and producer for Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien; founder and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions

Feliciano and O’Brien join 17 board members announced June 29. The legislation creating the National Museum of the American Latino calls for a 19-member board of trustees that consists of 13 citizens, the Smithsonian Secretary and Under Secretary for Museums and Culture, the chair of the Smithsonian Latino Center advisory board, one member of the Regents and two members of Congress. 

“We are pleased to round out the composition of the Latino museum board with the addition of Mr. Feliciano and Ms. O’Brien,” said Eduardo Díaz, interim director of the National Museum of the American Latino and director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. “Their unique sets of experience and expertise will add greatly to the success of this important national project.”

The board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Latino advises the Board of Regents and makes recommendations on the location, planning, design and construction of the museum; helps with fundraising; acquires artifacts; and provides for the maintenance of the collections.

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