Nely Galán and Mike Valdes-Fauli Step onto the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program Advisory Board

October 28, 2020

Nely Galán and Mike Valdes-Fauli join the board of advisors bringing media and marketing expertise

Contact: Maria Samaniego
Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
202-736-2299 | [email protected]

Washington, D.C., October 28, 2020 – Nely Galán, CEO of Galan Entertainment and Founder of The Adelante Movement and Mike Valdés-Fauli, CEO of Pinta are the newest members of the Advisory Board to the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS), announced Domenika Lynch, Executive Director. Galán is a self-made media mogul and was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network, Telemundo, and founder of The Adelante Movement. Valdes-Fauli, CEO of Pinta, is an award-winning marketer and writer with significant clients such as Dr. Seuss, Heineken, Microsoft, NFL, T-Mobile and Western Union.

“The AILAS Advisory Board is delighted to welcome Nely and Mike as members of the Board,” said Gaddi Vasquez, Chairman of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board.  “Their diverse experience and expertise will benefit not only the Board but the AILAS program as we work together to help identify innovations that will have a profound and lasting impact on economic advancement for the Latino community.”

Lynch added, “Nely and Mike are exceptional leaders who have broken through barriers and established names for themselves with verve and distinction. We are excited for all they will bring to the Aspen Institute and the Latino community.”

Emmy Award-winning producer Nely Galán has produced over 700 television shows in English and Spanish, including the hit reality series, “The Swan” for 20th Century Fox through her multimedia company Galan Entertainment. Galan Entertainment also launched over 10 television channels abroad for companies like HBO, ESPN, FOX, MGM and Sony. A talented entrepreneur, Galán founded The Adelante Movement to empower and train Latinas economically and entrepreneurially. Her digital platform, BecomingSelfMade.com reaches over 500,000 women per month with original content in financial literacy. She has trained over 1 million women of color in entrepreneurship in person and online.

“I am so proud to join the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board, in order to work on turning big ideas into action that could address the issues that impact the future of the largest minority group in the country,” Galan said.

An award-winning marketing executive with a breadth of experience from corporate to political strategy, Mike Valdes-Fauli is President and CEO of Pinta. He runs one of the fastest-growing multicultural agencies in the country, with clients such as Dr. Seuss, Heineken, L’ATTITUDE, Microsoft, NFL, Realogy, Telemundo, T-Mobile and Western Union. He is the recipient of the “Pioneer of the Year” award from HPRA, two-time Co-Chairman of Hispanicize, and was recognized by four organizations as a “40 Under 40” recipient. A graduate of Tulane University, Mike lives in Miami with his three sons.

“It’s an honor to serve this illustrious organization, and join a Board filled with luminaries from different walks of life,” said Valdes-Fauli.  “I’ve spent two decades focused on the Latino community and look forward to putting that experience to good use with AILAS for the benefit of Hispanics across the country.”

The Aspen Institute founded the Latinos and Society Program in 2015 to identify and promote ideas and solutions that foster greater opportunity for American Latinos, and enable a more prosperous, inclusive America for all. AILAS offers a series of initiatives, programs, convenings and conversations collectively aimed at increasing the economic advancement of Latinos by seeking to generate solutions and catalyze actions that advance a more prosperous and inclusive future for all.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.  Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, New York and an international network of partners.  For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.

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