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Founder: Alberto B. Mendoza

Alberto was inspired to launch Honor 41 because of his personal experience of being bullied and teased in high school for being gay.

He’s an experienced for-profit and non-profit executive, currently serving as an executive for a national non-profit organization. Previous to that he held roles as the VP of Marketing for Floe Financial Partners, Interim Executive Director for AIDS Service Center Pasadena and the Coalition for Clean Air and has served on several non-profit boards.

Originally from Mexico, Alberto was raised in Puerto Rico and San Diego. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Candice Cobarrubias

Candice is a Santa Monica Police Sergeant and is an active member of the LGBTQ community in the LA/Long Beach Area. She has been in law-enforcement for over 18 years and worked for the CA State Legislature for 5 years prior beginning her career with the LAPD. Candice earned a Master’s Degree from USC and a BA from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is an East LA native and was an honoree (#4) on the 2013 41 List.


Mariana and Maria Almaraz Perez

Mariana and Maria are long time LGBTQ advocates in San Diego, CA. They are active in SD’s PFLAG and participated in the documentary “Mi Familia”. They are 2013 41 honorees (#14) and work for a local union. After 14 years together they got married on Sept 2013.


Cesar Portillo

César is Vice President of Clinic Advancement for the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. For over two decades, César has served in senior staff positions for leading non-profits in their respective fields. As Chief of Public Affairs at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation he launched its Latin America bureau, with outpatient clinics in Mexico and Honduras. As Vice President for Strategic Development for BIENESTAR he spearheaded growth initiatives including revenue development and strategic partnerships. He is an alumnus of Princeton and Santa Clara Universities, is a life long resident of Los Angeles County and was honoree (#11) on the 2013 41 List.


Maria Roman

Maria is an activist, Trans Beauty Pageant title-holder, model, actress, and HIV prevention case manager. She appeared in the feature documentary Trantasia, Showtime’s reality hit-show Wild Things and has held multiple beauty titles such as Queen of The Universe and CA Panache Show Queen Goddess. She also serves on the Los Angeles HIV Commission and the West Hollywood, CA Transgender Advisory Board. A native of Puerto Rico, Maria was 2013 41 List honoree (#2).


Daniel Vasquez

Daniel is the Operations Manager/Human Resources at Beyond Emancipation in Oakland, CA. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University. After an eleven-year career in banking, Daniel transitioned into the social change sector by working with former foster and probation youth in Alameda County. Daniel regularly volunteers for non-profit organizations such as Puente, SF’S LGBT Center and Running for a Better Oakland. He currently resides in Oakland, CA and was honoree (#35) on the 2013 41 List.