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Graduates of the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forums may vote for the 2016 IMPACT Award winner through September 19th, 2016. Each grad may cast 1 vote.

IMPACT Award Criteria:   Candidate must be a Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum Graduate. The candidate’s community service is having a meaningful and beneficial impact on the people of the greater Houston region in any area addressed by the Center’s Leadership Forums and other programs, such as education and workforce, energy, environment, health, immigration, quality of place, public safety, social services, technology, mobility, arts, or cultural heritage.

MEET THE 2016 IMPACT Award Finalists: (shown in alphabetical order)

Nory Angel Alberto Cardenas Laura Jaramillo
Nory Angel, MBA, is passionate about empowering people and driving social change. Her career has been devoted to workforce development, community impact, and improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals. Nory works, lives, and plays in the East End, where she has been a force for good throughout the community. As CEO of SER-Jobs for Progress, she has expanded access to opportunities for individuals in need throughout the region. Nory serves as a voice for low-income, and minority individuals looking to obtain financial stability and economic inclusion, including opportunity youth, returning citizens, elders, veterans, and women. As co-founder of the East End Collaborative, she has led cooperative efforts between residents, community organizations, government agencies, and businesses to promote growth and progress. Nory’s commitment is also evident in her Board service with the Greater East End Management District (Chair) and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Beto Cardenas, Counsel at Vinson & Elkins LLP, is passionate about building a better Houston and dedicates a substantial portion of his time to making sure nonprofit organizations and poverty-stricken individuals have high-quality legal representation. He is a member of the board of directors of the Houston Food Bank, Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and the Houston Parks Board, and previously served as an appointee to the Harris County Housing Authority board of commissioners. There, serving as chairman, Beto ushered in a change in administrative leadership, implementation of accountability measures, and guided transparency with reforms in ethics, policies, and procedures. Beto serves as counsel to the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force, works to repair our broken immigration system, and provides pro bono representation to immigrants, unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers. Laura R. Jaramillo, SVP of Community Relations at Wells Fargo, has dedicated her focus of community involvement to housing, education, and community and economic development – especially as it impacts the minority and low/moderate income population. She has been able to leverage her role in corporate America to do this as well as to connect and assist in the strategy of philanthropic decisions. Her ongoing involvement with the Center for Houston’s Future after completing the Leadership Forum 2004 Class included the year-long work of the Scenarios 2040 team. She served as past chair of the Houston Housing Authority, AAMA and LISC and served on various other boards including Recipe for Success and the Texas Mezzanine Fund. She currently serves on LISC, Texas Council on Economic Education and Holocaust Museum Houston where she chairs the Latino Advisory Initiative Council.


(finalists appear in randomized order)
Thank you for making an impact!

The 2016 IMPACT Award winner will be announced at the Center for Houston’s Future Dinner and Conversation on October 25th, 2016.