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The Colombian American Coalition is a non-for-profit 501-C-3 organization established in Miami-Dade County since 1996. The Colombian American Coalition is committed to empowering Colombian Americans by fostering civic-engagement, advocacy and cultural initiatives. The Coalition works in cooperation with various local, state and national organizations and agencies to advance its organizational goals.

Executive Board
jose_luis Jose L. Castillo

Mr. Jose Luis Castillo is a prominent member of the Colombian-American community with a long track record of community service that is highlighted by his personal dedication to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering others to succeed. In providing a solution driven leadership style, Mr. Castillo has served as a catalyst in developing strategic alliance building among top corporate and civic leaders in South Florida.

Mr. Castillo is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Miami Dade County Jay Malina International Trade Consortium (ITC) where he champions issues on trade, job creation and economic development. The ITC plays a key role in promoting Miami-Dade County as a Global Gateway for trade. He has served as the Chair of the ITC’s Internal Management Committee where he worked on programmatic and administrative projects with the goal of strengthening the agency’s operations.

More recently, he serves as the Chair of the ITC Ad Hoc Seaport Committee, which has been charged with exploring ways for the Miami Seaport to retain and expand its market share with respect to the movement of cargo. Mr. Castillo was originally appointed to the ITC by County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and subsequently appointed Vice-Chair by County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro.
His dynamic negotiation skills and proven ability to build consensus has gained him a reputation for effectiveness. These skills have proven useful in his public service. He was recently appointed by the Miami-Dade County Manager’s office to serve on the Economic Development Community Planning Team (CPT) for the County’s Strategic Plan update.
As a former board member of the Miami-Dade County Boundaries Commission, appointed by County Commissioner Javier Souto, he frequently applied his skills when confronting difficult annexation and incorporation issues that impact Miami Dade County.
Earlier in 2008 he was recognized by the Colombian government with the medal of the “Order of Democracy Simon Bolivar” for his contribution to the Colombian-American Community in the United States.

Mr. Castillo is a principal at Green Point Consulting of Florida, a consulting firm specializing in multilevel government affairs, strategic planning and media relations.

alfredo Alfred Santamaría

Alfred is a Colombian young professional, who graduated with a political science Bachelor from Florida International University. Alfred was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Alfred since a very early age has been actively involved with social and community activities focus to the underprivileged community of Miami Dade County.

Alfred is a natural leader with a great sense of human sincerity who has had the opportunity to work with distinguished leaders of our community. Alfred worked as assistant to Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and with Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick. These positions have given Alfred the opportunity to be near the reality and needs of the community at large and as well of that in the Colombian community.
Also, Alfred has work with diverse communitarian programs and social organizations that provide assistance to the community. For example: Rotary Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Stop TV Inc a non-profit organization that helps the youth.

Alfred has organized a series of communitarian events called Buena Vibra Concerts and Expo whose mission is to help and inspire the youth of Miami Dade County to stay away from drugs, promotes abstinence and continuing education. The Buena Vibra Concerts and Expo were celebrated by the Miami Dade Commission Board with a proclamation on its third edition.
Currently Alfred is the Chairman of Family Builders USA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help those families in crisis of Miami Dade through the assistance of a well prepared group of professionals in different files such as psychology, counseling and medical.

Alfred has the great honor of serving the Colombian community as vice-president of the Colombian American Coalition an organization that assist and defends the interest of the Colombian community. Last, Alfred in his daily occupation works as a case manager and career advisor for a government agency that distributes federal and state assistance to the needed community. For example; unemployment compensation claims, food stamp assistance, Medicare assistance, elderly assistance among other services.

marina Marina Araujo

Ms. Marina Araujo is a driven and consistent force in South Florida Colombian American Affairs. Ms. Araujo is deeply committed to public service, as well as political and community endeavors, where she serves in a wide range of leadership roles.
Ms. Araujo’s contributions to numerous boards and committees are well noted and are a testament to her passion in serving others.  The vast relationships she has developed, linked with her vision of service, have reaped many benefits for institutions she has served with.
Ms. Araujo began her community service with the “Jaycess International”, where she acted in various capacities. This organization is dedicated to conducting programs that assist community leaders around the world and help develop tomorrow's leaders. Ms. Araujo received much accolades for her commitment to business development, and international affairs during her time at the “Jaycees International”.
Later she spearheaded various activities targeted at solidifying business and cultural relations between Colombia and Miami Dade County. Ms. Araujo Co-organized an assembly between Mayor Alex Char of the city of Barranquilla Colombia, Governor Eduardo Verano de la Rosa of Atántico Colombia, and the South Florida Barranquilla community.  Due to the success of this assembly, she has been named Special Liaison in organizing a trade mission between entrepreneurs from Miami and Barranquilla.  Subsequently, Ms. Araujo led a delegation along with Mayor Julio Robaina of the City of Hialeah, and several members of the Chamber of Commerce to Barranquilla and Santa Marta, Colombia. 
Ms. Araujo is a principal and “Cronos Solutions Servicios al Inmigrante” a full service provider focused on assessing complex and sensitive legal matters for immigrants seeking assistance.
nelson Nelson Hincapie

Nelson Hincapie joined the Voices For Children Foundation, Inc as President and CEO in 2009, bringing with him significant experience in the political arena, and a commitment to public service.

Mr. Hincapie began his career in government on the staff of Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, as part of the team that led the successful statewide campaign for Universal Pre-K. The ensuing constitutional amendment guarantees a high quality pre-kindergarten education for every four-year old child in Florida.

Later, as Central Florida coordinator for Mayor Penelas’s campaign for U.S. Senate, Mr. Hincapie had the opportunity to visit many of Florida’s 67 counties, providing him a unique perspective of Florida’s issues, and in particular, the needs of its children and families.

Most recently, he was an aide to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, where his responsibilities included policy and legislation, land use, media relations, and constituent issues. Mr. Hincapie also served as Commissioner Gimenez’s liaison with community-based organizations.

Since joining CHS in August 2007, Mr. Hincapie has raised more than $1.1 Million, secured major gifts from Dontrelle Willis, the former Florida Marlins’ star pitcher and with the help of dedicated volunteers from the NBA, built a new playground for the Phoebe Morse Day Care.

Mr. Hincapie currently serves as the Chair of the Community Based Organization Advisory Committee, created by Miami-Dade County Commissioners, he sits on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission for Miami. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Colombian American Coalition.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Nelson Hincapie is married to Carolina Sanchez; the couple has two children, Sarah and Simon.