Vilsack, Pederson announce new

Administrator of Latino Affairs

DES MOINES – Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson announced today the appointment of Armando Villareal as Administrator for the Division of Latino Affairs. Villareal will assume his duties December 14, 2005.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Armando Villareal,” Vilsack said. “He will be a strong advocate for diversity and education in a variety of areas because he understands our responsibility to continue to strengthen economic security for all Iowans.”

Villareal, has worked to help Latino communities with voting rights issues and civic education not only in the United States, but also in Central America and South Africa.

He has most recently been an advocate for Latino immigrant groups and labor unions to the Texas legislature. Villareal has also worked as a consultant on Latino community out- reach.

He is a graduate of both Universidad Veracruzana and Antioch College.

“Armando Villareal is a great choice for this position because of his dedication to social issues and human rights for citizens in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and Peru,” Lt. Governor Pederson said. “He brings a breadth of experience to the position.

Because Mr. Villareal has dedicated his professional life to empowering Latinos in social and political activism, this will be a great opportunity for the Division of Latino Affairs to continue strengthening the Latino community and improving the quality of life for all Iowans."