Hispanic National Bar Association National President Announces Key Leadership Appointments

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October 8, 2013                                                   


Hispanic National Bar Association National President Announces Key Leadership Appointments


Washington, DC – As he takes the helm of the Association, Miguel Alexander Pozo, the National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), announces several appointments for the 2013-2014 term. 

Mr. Pozo has appointed Daniel Mateo, Esq., a Litigation Partner at Reed Smith LLP, based in its Princeton, NJ office as HNBA General Counsel.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mateo served on the HNBA Board of Governors as Region III President (NJ) from 2005 to 2008 and again from 2012 through the date of his appointment. Mr. Mateo is also a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ), an HNBA Affiliate. His legal experience includes the representation of branded, specialty and generic pharmaceutical companies in a variety of commercial litigation matters in federal and state court across the country. 

Mr. Pozo has also appointed Claudine Martinez, Esq., the President and General Counsel of MCT Industries, Inc., as HNBA White House Liaison and Chief Advisor.  New Mexico based MCT Industries is a defense contractor that serves commercial clients, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and various government agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, among others.  In March of 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Ms. Martinez to serve as one of 25 Council Members on the Manufacturing Council.  She is the immediate past National Secretary of the HNBA Board of Governors and has also served as HNBA Vice President of External Affairs.  

Erica V. Mason, Esq., an employment lawyer and Litigation Shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, in the firm’s Atlanta, GA office, will assume the role of HNBA National Finance Director. Ms. Mason will chair the HNBA’s National Finance Committee, which is responsible for directing the HNBA’s fundraising efforts, developing processes to ensure the financial viability of the Association, and for managing all sponsor and supporter relationships.  In addition to having a successful practice as regional and national employment counsel to several large and medium-sized companies, she brings a wealth of experience to her new role having spent nearly a decade in the entertainment industry before attending law school.

Maria Gonzalez Knavel, Esq., a Partner in the Milwaukee, WI office of Foley & Lardner LLP, who will become Co-Chair of the HNBA Latina Commission for a two-year term ending in 2015.  In 2009, the HNBA launched the HNBA Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession (now officially the Latina Commission).  In two groundbreaking studies, the Latina Commission identified significant barriers to the success of Latinas in the legal profession. Through leadership training and other initiatives, the Latina Commission and the HNBA are committed to continuing their work to remove barriers that Latina lawyers encounter.  Ms. Gonzalez-Knavel will work closely with Co-Chair Monica MacGregor, who is now in the second year of her term.

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Esq., will return for another term in her role as HNBA Liaison to the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA).  The HNBA is one of 35 national member organizations that comprise NHLA’s national network.  NHLA’s mission is to bring together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address and raise public awareness of the major issues affecting the Latino community.  Ms. Tapia-Hadley is the Director of Communications for the DC-based U.S. Mexico Foundation and is the former HNBA Executive Director.

“I am exceptionally proud of the opportunity to lead such a talented group of attorneys,” said Mr. Pozo. “Each of them is truly committed to advancing the mission of the HNBA.  I look forward to our collective contributions.  Together, we can accomplish anything.” 



About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding three decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.