September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for a panel discussion with Hispanic leaders and business owners in our local community. Let’s recognize the positive impact that Hispanic Americans have on the country.
Meet The Panel:
Christina D’Elosua Lambert
West Palm Beach City Commissioner
Christina D’Elosua Lambert is known by her peers as an innovative leader full of energy and new ideas, Christina’s passion for the community can be seen through the work she has done to support local education, children and women’s issues and leadership development programs.
Raised in a blended family, Christina learned early on the value of hard work and the importance of family and teamwork. Christina’s grandparents, who immigrated to America from Mexico, showed her that service to your country and to your neighbors was an integral part belonging to a community. Christina instilled these values into her role as the West Palm Beach City Commissioner for District 5 as well as her career.
Assistant City Administrator, City of West Palm Beach
Armando Fana’s experience with housing and social services programs and initiatives spans over 20 years. In 2015 he joined the City of West Palm Beach as the Director of Housing and Community Development where he was responsible for the oversight of funding and programs that provide attainable housing, community and economic development, homelessness prevention and social services to residents of the City of West Palm Beach. In 2019 he was appointed as the City’s Assistant City Administrator for Community Services by Mayor Keith James, which includes oversight over Housing and Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Community Events, the Mandell Library, Arts in Public Places and other community engagement initiatives. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an Associate in Science Degree in International Business Management and is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where he served for 7 years. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for ChildNet and The Florida Housing Coalition.
Rick Gonzalez, AIA
President & Co-Founder, REG Architects
Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President of REG Architects, Inc., opened his architecture office in West Palm Beach with his father Ricardo in the Spring of 1988, and has been in Downtown ever since. His major projects include Mar-a-lago Club-Palm Beach, Harriet Himmel Theater-West Palm Beach, Marriott Hotel- Singer Island; Cultural Council of Palm Beach County-Lake Worth, and 1916 Historic Palm Beach County Courthouse-West Palm Beach.
In the Fall of 2019 Rick was nominated by President Trump to serve on the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and he presently acts as the Vice Chairman. In 2008 Rick was appointed by then Governor Crist to the Florida Historical Commission (FHC) for a three-year term and in 2012 reappointed by Governor Scott for a second term, (Vice Chair in 2013-2017). Presently, he is serving as a board member.
Rick received two architectural degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with additional university course work at Miami-Dade College, Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City, Autonomous University of Central America in San Jose, Costa Rica. and continuing education course work under Andres Duany at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Manuel Ponce’s Venice, Florence, and Veneto Classic Design in Italy.
Claudia Ruiz Levy
President, CRL Media Multicultural Advertising & PR
Claudia Ruiz Levy is always juggling numerous projects for her CRL Advertising and Public Relations firm clients and the numerous non-profits that her efforts help support. A graduate of Manizales Catholic University with a B.A. in advertising and a B.A. in journalism from the the Autonoma University of Occidente, the Colombian-born continued her studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Claudia’s career began in Colombia working for a South American branch of McCann-Erickson, one of the world’s largest ad agencies.
Relocating to Palm Beach County, Claudia was the Executive Director for “Mas Magazine” where she quadrupled the publication issues from 5,000 a month to 10,000 every other week and launched the radio show “Mas en el Aire.” This role led her to open her own ad agency which focuses on the growing multicultural markets. In her daily management of CRL Media, Claudia combines her passion for the community with her knowledge of the market. Claudia has volunteered her expertise for non-profits such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Red Cross, Hispanic Children’s Fund, ASPIRA of Florida, El Alma Hispana, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Moderator, Carla Trivino
Reporter, Palm Beach Daily News
Originally from Argentina, Carla Triviño moved to South Florida at a young age. She lived in Miami until she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida International University, and then relocated to Palm Beach. She’s currently a reporter for the Palm Beach Daily News where she covers high society and fashion events featuring the industry’s biggest names like Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Emilio Pucci, among others. She’s also involved in Palm Beach County’s Hispanic community, which she reported on for newspaper Mundo Hispánico and co-hosted Hola Palm Beach, a local television show featuring the county’s distinguished Hispanics in all things art, politics, sports and entertainment. On her time off she loves cuddling with her 1-year-old baby Jason.