2023 Latino Leadership & Legacy Award Winners

Aug 25, 2023
2023 Latino Leadership & Legacy Awards to Recognize Exceptional Leadership


Denver, August 25, 2023 – The Latino Leadership Institute proudly announces the 2023 Latino Leadership & Legacy award winners. Three distinguished leaders and one influential organization exemplify the scope and depth of Latino leadership at the grassroots level, behind the scenes, across borders, and in front of the camera.


2023 Leadership Awards


Influence Award

Presented by U.S. Bank

Tony Salazar, VP of Outreach and Engagement, University of Colorado

Tony Salazar’s personal journey from a first-generation college student at Denver’s North High School to earning a full scholarship at the University of Denver exemplifies higher education’s transformative potential. As VP for Outreach and Engagement at CU, Tony’s resolute leadership and profound influence drive positive change, making an enduring impact across Colorado.


Innovation Award

Presented by The Colorado Health Foundation


Cultivando is a Latino community non-profit organization in Adams County that focuses on advancing health equity through community leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and policy change. Led exclusively by Spanish-speaking women of Mexican heritage known as promotoras, they champion environmental justice for the Commerce City and North Denver community – home to one of the most polluted zip codes in the nation.


Heritage Award

Presented by the University of Colorado

Marisol Villagomez, Director of Multicultural Marketing, Denver Broncos Football Club

Throughout her career, Marisol  Villagomez has been at the forefront of driving cross-cultural strategy in sports, particularly within the National Football League (NFL), where she ensures that the Denver Broncos implement best practices while introducing fresh concepts that honor Latino culture. Marisol’s undeniable impact as one of the few Latinas in professional sports makes her a champion of our community.


2023 Legacy Award

Presented by Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Anne Trujillo – Denver7 News Anchor & Community Leader

For nearly 40 years, Anne Trujillo has devoted her career to covering news events and telling the stories that impact our community. As a trailblazer, Anne is the longest-running evening anchor in the Denver market, which is the 17th largest market in the country.



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