NAME: Maria del Pilar Avila
ORGANIZATION: New American Alliance
WHAT MAKES THIS PERSON A GAME CHANGER: In 2010, accomplished business and civic leader Maria del Pilar Avila assumed the position of chief executive officer of the New American Alliance, an organization that aims to increase the economic development in Latino Communities. She has been named as one of the most influential Hispanic businesswoman as well as Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Prior to her current role at NAA, she served as the vice president of Palladium Equity Partners. She also served as vice president of marketing and events at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Pilar is an active board member of The Marathon Club and a former board member of the National Puerto Rican Coalition. In 2004, Pilar was the recipient of the NAA Chairmen’s Leadership Award.