Salvador Longoria

Executive Director

A native of Cuba, Salvador is a graduate of Loyola University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Loyola College of Law in New Orleans and has practiced law in both firm settings and as a solo practitioner. He served on the Loyola University President’s Council, and also served on the Loyola University Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as its President. In 2009, he was awarded the Adjutor Hominum Award as a distinguished graduate of Loyola University. In 2013, he was awarded the Maclavio Barraza Award for Leadership by the National Council of La Raza, and in 2016 he was honored by Hispanics in Philanthropy with a HIPGIVER Award. He has also contributed numerous hours and efforts to many organizations and charities and has served on committees/boards for the Volunteers of America, the United Way, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Metropolitan Area Committee. He served on the Board of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and has done general legal and pro bono work including work with prisoners and immigration detainees for many years. In 1997 Salvador was chosen as one of "40 under 40" people to watch by Gambit Weekly magazine and as Outstanding Young Lawyer for 1991 by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section. In 1990 he was featured as one of 
twenty outstanding young lawyers in the nation by the American Bar Association. He served as a supervising attorney for Tulane Law School’s Cuban Detainee Clinical Project and was an Appointee on the Louisiana State Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights. He is a past board member of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans, and a past Advisory Board Member and President of the Hispanic Apostolate, Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was inducted into the Order of St. Louis of the Archdiocese in 2010. He previously served as an appointee to the Louisiana Pan American Commission, and presently serves on the Louisiana Governor’s Latino Commission. Mr. Longoria was also an appointee and served as chairperson for the United States Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on the Hispanic Population. More recently, he was appointed a Commissioner of the Board of Commissioners of the Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans and served as the Commission’s Chairperson until 2016. He has served on the Community Advisory Board for Entergy New Orleans, the board of Esperanza Charter School and the advisory board of the Jesuit Social Research Institute. At present, Mr. Longoria serves as  Executive Director of Puentes New Orleans. He had previously been on the advisory board of Puentes and served as board Chairperson until 2017. He is also a member of the regional advisory board of the Anti-Defamation League and a member of Voces Unidas, a group in service to the immigrant detainee population in Louisiana.

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