Alberto O. Cappas: Poet, Writer, and Publisher. Founder of Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice, Co-Founder of Campeche Art Gallery, and a co-founder of the Educational Pledge (theeducationalpledge.com), an educational website for children and youth. Alberto is also the editor of the Buffalo Latino Village (buffalolatinovillage.com), a monthly Puerto Rican/Latino publication in Buffalo, NY. Alberto’s poetice art work in included in the city of Buffalo’s art work project in the transit system. Alberto was also co-founders of the Buffalo Latin Gallery, an artistic and cultural center located in the heart of Buffalo’s Puerto Rican community during the early 1970s.
Ramona Cappas, Bookkeeping
Ramona Cappas: Ramona is the Co-publisher of the Buffalo Latino Village, and she also handles the finances and accounting for Campeche. Ramona is a recent arrival from San Diego, California, but she is originally from New York City. She is working on getting to know Buffalo, she is an art lover, and recently joined the local Puerto Rican/Latina organization – Hispanic Women’s League. Besides her love and interest in Art, Ramona is a financial consultant.
Solomon Joseph: Solomon is the founder/president of the Manifest Diversity Institute, founder of the Educational Pledge, and editor of the Buffalo Latino Village. Solomon, who is of Indian decent, was raised in Washington Heights in New York City with Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. Based on his up-bringing, he came up with the idea for his organization, the Manifest Diversity Institute.
Solomon Joseph, Public Schools
Juan A. Gonzalez: Juan is the original founder of el Museo, now located on Allen Street, Buffalo, NY. Juan was also co-founders of the Buffalo Latin Gallery, an artistic and cultural center located in the heart of Buffalo’s Puerto Rican community during the early 1970s. Juan no longer lives in Buffalo, but maintains a relationship with the city on account that he has family ties in the city.
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Pedro Lopez: Pete, one of several financial investors in this project. He is the past owner of the Sugar Bowl, a local general store on Niagara Street, right in the heart of the lower west side community.
Jose C. Pizarro: A long time community presence. Co-Chair, Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice (PRCC), and founder of the Latino Veterans Association. Jose operates the Community Affairs Department.