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Catalina Rodriguez( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / July 3, 2013 )
32, Language access coordinator and Hispanic affairs liaison, Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods
Serving as a bridge to the Latino community in Baltimore, Catalina Rodriguez helped bring structure to the Baltimore City Hispanic Commission created in 2007. To make immigrants "more integral to city government across the board," she runs programs to train police and other city agencies on interacting with them. Her latest project is co-creating a "New America Task Force" to support Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to bring 10,000 families to Baltimore in the next decade. The panel will examine practices to retain immigrants of all stripes and work to shift perceptions. "One of the goals ... is to change the message and the image of immigrants, from being a burden to becoming an asset," she said. "Twenty-five percent of our businesses in Baltimore City are immigrant-owned. There's a lot of potential there."
-- Dustin Levy