President George W. Bush has appointed Alex López Negrete, president and CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications to serve on a commission to study and report on the establishment of a National Museum dedicated to American Latinos. The Museum would document more than 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States and be home to thousands of artifacts, images and personal stories.
The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino Act of 2007 was signed into law by President Bush on May 8, 2008. The seven commission appointees named to the committee in addition to López Negrete include Ricardo Romo of Texas, Regula Haug de Cablik of Georgia, Gilberto Cardenas of Indiana, Doreen M. Colon Camacho of Puerto Rico, Dorene C. Dominguez of California, and Jose B. Fernandez of Florida.
“It is a privilege and honor to be appointed by President Bush for this important endeavor,” said López Negrete. “My entire life has been dedicated to the betterment of all Latinos and to the celebration and accurate portrayal of Latino culture in America. Our community is a vital element of our heritage and culture in this country. A National Museum dedicated to our role in the United States not only makes sense, but it is an idea whose time has come. Needless to say, I look forward to working diligently and serving alongside my very distinguished fellow appointees.”
According to The National Museum of the American Latino website, the Commission will be responsible for conducting a national conference to bring stakeholders, experts, policymakers and other interested parties together to discuss the Museum's viability, a fundraising plan to create an extensive public-private partnership, and, ultimately, submit a report to Congress.
López Negrete is the sole marketer to be appointed to The National Museum of the American Latino Commission. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush in March 2002 to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on which he has served since.