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About Us

Founded in 1990, the Hispanic American Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation, appreciation, and promotion of Hispanic culture through scholarships, grants, and the presentation of cultural programs. Established as a nonprofit organization, HAF operates under IRS Rule 501(c)3, and donations made to the organization are bound by the rules that govern nonprofit giving. These are deductible to the extent of the law. 

The Foundation operates with a fully volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors along with its Trustees and Advisors guide the organization in fulfilling its mission.

Emphasis on Education

The Hispanic population in Tulsa County is growing with more than 85,000 people (approximately 13%) in Tulsa County identify as Hispanic or Latino. Most (10.2%) are of Mexican heritage, with 0.7% and 0.3% having Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage respectively (American Community Survey, 2018). 

This growth has increased the number of Hispanic students, and over the next seven years, Hispanic student enrollment will outpace all other ethnic groups in grades 9 to 12. Higher graduation rates also have increased matriculation rates into college. Many Hispanic students are first-generation college students from lower-income families (Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities Legislative Report, April 2020), and these students have financial barriers that may limit their post-secondary educational opportunities. 


At the forefront of the HAF mission is education. Helping students overcome financial barriers to education is at the heart of the HAF mission. 

Laughing during a Lecture
Board of Trustees
Pablo Lugo
Cathy Campbell
Ismael Martinez
Taylor Pride
Krisheena Suárez
Pedro Mari
Vicky Porto
Clara Murphee
Chairwoman Esmeralda Vega
President Jacob Parra
VP Rebecca Marks-Jimerson

Treasurer Ellen Risk
Board of Advisors
Thomas Bueno
Ron Brown
Nilda Reyes, Ed. D.
Rosalio Martinez
Jeff Merwin
In Memoriam
Frederick A. Bendana
Harold Charney
Jose Medina, M.D.
Sylvia Morgan
Luis A. Reinoso, M.D.
Tucky Roger
Denny Saunders
Phil Wood

HAF Leadership

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