WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc. (NAHP) and the National Hispanic Press Foundation (NHPF) have tapped Latina PR pro Mary Ann Gomez as their joint executive director. The NAHP and NHPF also announced that they will return to the National Press Building where Ms. Gomez will manage all sponsorships, partnerships, alliances and programs for both organizations.
“We are very excited about Mary Ann Gomez serving as our executive director. Her expertise in public relations and public affairs, as well as her corporate marketing background brings us a wealth of knowledge and we are looking forward to taking NAHP to a new level with her leadership to better serve the members,” stated Clara Padilla Andrews, President of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and Publisher of El Hispanic News and Más New Mexico newspapers.
“It was great to find a bilingual bicultural Latina who is from our community and who has experience developing programs and understands the publishing and media businesses, noted Eddie Escobedo, Chairman of the National Hispanic Press Foundation and Publisher of El Mundo newspaper.
Ms. Gomez is currently the President/CEO of Gomez Communications Group, Inc., a public relations, public affairs and marketing firm established in 2001 to serve non-profits, public agencies and small businesses with specific emphasis to reach Latino communities, leaders and customers. She also teaches management and marketing courses at the University of Phoenix. She is a former marketing manager for Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation. She currently serves as a board of director for the Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation, California Capital Airshow, Pacific Alumni Latino Club and is still an active volunteer as a former President of the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Conference.
Mary Ann was born and raised in Stockton, California to Mexican farm worker parents. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and her Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Ms. Gomez added, “I’m very proud to be the executive director for the NAHP and the NHPF. I am looking forward to working with the members, board of directors, sponsors and supporters.”