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Director of public relations at the telephone company AT&T who was also a prominent woman in the Hispanic world, and had key boardroom and consultant positions with general Hispanic and Hispanic women's organisations.
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She is also on the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
1989 Apr: Letter from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to Chicote, at TI has her name on letterhead list of Board of Directors. She is Director, International Public Affairs, AT&T.
1997 May 1: PM's List of contacts has: DiMartino, Rita 202/457-2406 202/457-3870 (AT&T) NCLR
[The NCLR is the National Council of La Raza which has a Washington DC lobby]
1995 Feb: Proposal to RJR for funding for four-week course.
The National Hispana Leadership Institute is the only national leadership development program in the United States that focuses on the development of Hispanic women leaders. It was initially and solely funded by the Coors Brewing Company in 1988. Since then, more than thirty different corporations and foundations have supported and contributed to the development of Hispana leadership, among them are the ARCO Foundation, AT&T, Avon Products, Chevron and the Kellogg Foundation.
The National Hispana Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was incorporated in 1989 in the State of Colorado. A committed and distinguished 17-member Board of Directors sets policy and gives direction to the Institute, The Board includes national Hispanic leaders in the public and private sector such as : Hon. Miriam Santos, Chicago City Treasurer, Rita DiMartino, AT&T; U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard ; Hector Velazquez, National Puerto Rican Forum President and Hon. Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, former San Antonio City Councilwoman.
1999 May: DiMartino is on CHCI's Board of Directors — but Fernandez is not listed. Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds are both "In-Kind Confributors" to the CHCI's Golf Tournament, and Philip Morris co-sponsors their lunch.
2000 Dec 13: Frank Gomez of PMI Corporate Affairs to Henry L Fernandez (also at PM, but in Washington) re CHCI.
"Yes, and in fact, Rita DiMartino who is on the board has been my advocate to get me on. What do you propose?"
[Fernandez is an ex teacher who heads Philip Morris USA's "Youth Smoking Prevention" program]
2000 Dec 14: Fernandez replies to Gomez, ["Professor Frank"]
Your friend is actually in a better position . . . . Rita DiMartino is on the CHCI board nominations committee!!!
I spoke to Rita recently about the upcoming NALEO board meeting. She faxed the nominations form.
Do you want to serve on the board, or someone else from PM? If yes, we need to move quickly on the nomination and involve Rita.
[The National Association of Latin Elected Officials was a very important organization for Philip Morris and the other tobacco companies. PM had contributed to it for 25 years and Fernandez was already a board member.]
2001 Feb: Fernandez was dealing mainly with Arturo Vargas, Executive Director National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), NALEO Educational Fund.
2001 Feb 19: Rita DiMartino's Biog/Resume is sent by Violeta Lontok at AT&T to Henry Fernandez ar Philip Morris
2001 Feb 23: Fernanez then send this and another for Herminio Martinez onto Gomez.
[Martinez, the Provost of Burch College (1995) and Lehman College (1997), is also a board member of the Spanish Cultural Foundation (Funacion Cultural Hispanica) which Philip Morris also supports, and promotes their Life Skills Training (LST) curriculum.
LST is the later version of the 1986 Tobacco Institute's Helping Youth Decide (HYD) program run in schools, supposedly to discourage teen-age smoking.]
2001 May 10: PM has contributed $25,000 for the NALEO conference in San Jose.