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David Damian Figueroa, MALDEF Vice President & Dir.

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David Damian Figueroa
In 2009, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz invited Figueroa to return to the organization. Since then, Figueroa has served as Vice President and Director of Strategic Development Initiatives, leading organizational efforts to increase partnerships with corporate and philanthropic sectors, help improve capacity and raise the profile of MALDEF. His work benefits scores of key constituents including Latinos, LGBT individuals, seniors, people with disabilities, women and children. Figueroa is the first openly gay member of MALDEF’s executive team and first openly gay Latino director at AARP. Figueroa has received recognition from KCET as one of the five LGBT Local Heroes, those who devote their time and energy doing unrecognized but critical work for their communities.  Figueroa gave compelling remarks on behalf of MALDEF at National Council of La Raza’s 2012 National Convention in Las Vegas on marriage equality and the growing acceptance of LGBT’s in the Latino community.  
Mr. Figueroa was also an Associate Producer of “The Harvest”/ “La Cosecha,” a documentary film by Shine Global about child migrant laborers. In 2011, MALDEF hosted a screening of the film with executive producer Eva Longoria and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who announced the introduction of “The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment” (CARE), legislation that would protect children working in agricultural fields.