Local Hero: David Damian Figueroa

David Damian Figueroa

"It has been my privilege and honor to work in helping to transform and create an acceptance for the contributions of openly gay leadership in non-LGBT movements and organizations. I share this recognition with my LGBT brothers and sisters who have sacrificed so much in the pursuit of equality and justice."

David Figueroa is the Vice President of Communications & Development for the Mexican American Legal and Defense Fund (MALDEF). Mr. Figueroa previously served at MALDEF under Antonia Hernandez from 1998 to 2001 as Director of Public Relations & Creative Marketing before taking on his current position. Mr. Figueroa served as Associate State Director of the Los Angeles County Region for AARP California from 2002 to 2009, during which time he oversaw the implementation of social campaigns, community alliances, volunteer management, and membership development. Mr. Figueroa also facilitated the launch of AARP's Segunda Juventud, a bilingual magazine in Los Angeles.

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Prior to committing full-time to service in the non-profit sector, Mr. Figueroa had established himself as a a leader in the entertainment industry, undertaking influential roles in the realm of music production. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Figueroa was instrumental in fostering the success of many high-profile clients, including the following well-known acts: José José, El Show de Johnny Canales, Boyz II Men, India, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Marc Anthony. His efforts were highly regarded at numerous record lables, including Arista Latin, MCA Polygram, BMI Latin, Motown Latino, and RMM/Universal.

For the past twenty years, Mr. Figueroa has served as a philanthropic advisor to numerous Latino artists and has specialized in connecting celebrities to non-profit organizations. The organizations that Mr. Figueroa has collaborated with include Familia Unida, Living with MS, AltaMed Health Services, The Dolores Huerta Foundation, The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, and the United Farm Workers of America. Mr. Figueroa is a former Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles, a former board member of Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero and a former community advisory board member for public television station KCET. He currently serves as an advisor for Shine Global and as a board member for Eva's Heroes, which is Eva Longoria's foundation for children faced with developmental challenges.

Mr. Figueroa's community activism has benefited scores of key community constituents, including Latinos, LGBT individuals, seniors, people with disabilities, women and children. He specializes in those populations in which disparate heritages and identities intersect, overlap, and coalesce. His impact has been felt in larger arenas of the community, as well. Mr. Figueroa has contributed to numerous projects that have furthered civil rights, health care reform, and innovative philanthropy. His involvement in the LGBT community has helped transform and create a thoughtful appreciation and renewed acceptance for the contributions of LGBT leaders, both in LGBT and non-LGBT organizations throughout Los Angeles.

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