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2018 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Members


Ernest Rodriguez

Salvador Lopez

Warren Morrow

Ernest M. Rodriguez, Bettendorf, IA 

A founding father of what is now the Iowa Commission & Office of Latino Affairs and long time activist.

Salvador (Chavo) J. Lopez, Davenport, IA 

Champion of social and economic justice for all races, but especially those of Hispanic heritage.

Warren Morrow (posthumous), Des Moines, IA 

Honored by the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival, he was an activist, visionary and game changer in the state.

Vanessa Espinoza

The First recipient of the Iowa Latinx Youth Leadership Award: Vanessa Espinoza, Columbus Junction, IA - A young activist, educator, and co-founder of  Latinos for Washington, Inc.

Gov. Robert D. Ray

The first recipient of the Iowa Latino Ambassador award for Equity and Justice: Governor Robert D. Ray (posthumous), Des Moines, IA - Governor, a humanitarian and civil rights activist. Served as the 38th governor of Iowa for 14 years, signed into law the Spanish-Speaking People's Commission which is now known as the Office of Latino Affairs, and charged it with coordinating services for the states expanding Latinx population.

From October 20, 2018, this will be the Robert D. Ray Award for Equity & Justice.



2018 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Selection Committee:

  • Lorena Gingerich, Committee Chair
  • Marlu Abarca, Commissioner
  • Michelle Reuss, Commissioner
  • Marta Codina, Public Member
  • Nick Salazar, Public Member