Out Lesbian Catherine Pino Honored by National Council of La Raza
In partnership with the Gill Foundation, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, held a reception at its Annual Conference to honor NCLR board member and out lesbian Catherine Pino for her work in both the Latino and LGBT communities.
Pino is the Principal and Co-Founder, along with her partner Ingrid Duran, of D&P Creative Strategies, a company which aims to advance social justice and civil rights issues through corporate, philanthropic and legislative efforts.
In addition to her role at NCLR, Pino has served the LGBT community through her advocacy as a board member for such groups as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). She was also the first Latina co-chair and board member of the Hetrick-matin Institute in New York City, and currently serves as a board member of The Arcus Foundation, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the NCLR.
Pino’s desire to help others began at an early age and grew as she participated in numerous volunteer activities in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After college, she learned first-hand how public policy and legislation intersect with nonprofit efforts while working in the Capitol Hill office of New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman.
NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia delivered remarks at the event in Washington, DC highlighting Pino’s many achievements.