Nita Gonzales is the President/CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, a nationally recognized model for Chicano/Mexicano and indigenous education located in Denver, CO. Escuela Tlatelolco was originally founded over forty four years ago to provide culturally competent and socially conscious education to predominantly Latino youth. Nita also has a long record of supporting causes and activities that promote the economic, political, social, and educational strength of Latinos and underserved populations. She is a founder of the Chicano/Mexicano Education Coalition, the Denver Youth Employment and Education Task Force, and co-founder of the Colorado Latino Forum. She also is a board member of numerous organizations working to promote the welfare of the Latino community including Clinica Tepayac, the Denver City and County Community Oversight Board, and a member of the President’s Cabinet for Metropolitan State College. Nita is a proud daughter of Chicano civil rights champion Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and Geraldine Gonzales. Married and proud mother to Estanislado A. Gonzales and Gabriela Gonzales-Lucero, and now newly arrived grandson Michael. Ms. Gonzales is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work in educational and community empowerment which includes this year’s Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2015 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver.