Latina Leaders: On a mission to increase Hispanic presence in our national parks

NBC Latino

Midy Aponte has one mission – ensuring that Latinos are an integral part of America’s national parks and historic sites. She was appointed as the Founding Executive Director of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation in the Fall of 2011.

Established by former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, the mission of the American Latino Heritage Fund is to assist the National Park Service, and communities across the country, to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos throughout American History and for future generations.

For the past two years, Aponte has been spearheading the Fund’s strategic direction and overseen management of programs and development to establish the Fund’s national presence.

Speaking about Salazar, Aponte says, “He saw an opportunity to make a change that is going to have a lasting legacy, not only for him…

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