City employee receives prestigious award from Mexican government

Mariano Espinoza, a Latino community specialist in the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department, is a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico. Awarded annually, the Ohtli Award is the highest honor for a civilian living outside Mexico and acknowledges and celebrates the commitment, vision and impact of an individual on the Mexican or Latino community.

Mariano works to support greater connections between the Latino community and the City of Minneapolis. His work focuses not only on outreach but also on ensuring broader participation in public policy and service delivery to the Latino community. Mariano forged partnerships between the City and the Latino community that helped lead to the passage of Minnesota’s Dream Act, opening access to higher education for hundreds of residents. Mariano works closely with City departments to increase community awareness of and access to City programs and services.

Previous winners of the Ohtli Award include Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, President and CEO of the National Council of la Raza Janet Murguia, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, actress Eva Longoria, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, U.S. Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros and actor Edward James Olmos.

Published Jun 2, 2015

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