Tuesday, September 01, 2009


Festival de Los Volcanes

The Festival de los Volcanes steering committee is pleased to announce that this year Supervisor David Campos and Aura Beteta will be awarded the Festival de los Volcanes Central American Leadership award. Both individuals will be recognized for their outstanding service on behalf of the Latino community in general and in support of the advancement of Central Americans in the Bay Area.

Born in Guatemala, David Campos came to the United States with his family when he was 14 years old. An undocumented immigrant who spoke only Spanish, David grew up in the barrio of South Central Los Angeles. Today, David is the supervisor for District 9, representing the Mission, Bernal Heights and Portola neighborhoods. Mr. Campos is also a respected civil rights attorney.

Ms. Aura Beteta is a Nicaraguan-born social justice and cultural advancement leader. In her more than 50 years of work, she has served for the Nicaraguan government in a number of roles including diplomatic Cultural attaché for the Nicaraguan Council in Canada and as the Nicaraguan Consul General in San Francisco. In the last ten years she has worked tirelessly to gather material aid and work in solidarity with people in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America.

Mr. Campos and Ms. Beteta will receive their awards at the Second Annual Festival de los Volcanes celebration on Oct. 18th at Horace Mann Middle School in San Francisco’s Mission District. For more information please call Ana Perez at (415) 642-4417.

The Festival Advisory and Steering Committee is comprised of immigrants and the descendents of immigrants from Central America and elsewhere in Latin America, and includes people engaged in a variety of professional fields.

Steering Committee Members:

Jose Maria Ibarra, Ibarra Printing, small business owner

Ana Pérez, Executive Director, CARECEN

Eric Quezada , Executive Director, Dolores Street Housing Services

Roberto Ariel Vargas, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF*

Lariza Dugan Cuadra, Mayor’s Office of Community Development*

Julio Suncin, local artist and community organizer

*for identification purposes only