The Latino Monologues is a powerful collection of performances for and by Latino leaders in Central Texas, which will premiere at Somos Austin’19. The stories you’ll hear celebrate the diversity and richness of Hispanic culture in our community. Individual stories. Collective experiences. Somos Austin.
Meet the speakers
Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.
Nora is an entrepreneur, business leader, and pioneer in social media. As a national founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, she has served as the organization’s volunteer President/CEO since its inception.
Nora is deeply involved in the Austin community, including a six-year term on ACC’s Board of Trustees, and serving as chair for numerous local boards.
Nora earned her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration. She and her husband, Jack Bell, have a blended family of three adult children and six grandchildren.
Denise D. Hernandez
Denise D. Hernandez is a lawyer and social entrepreneur. She serves as an Assistant District Attorney for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. She is also the founder and co-founder of Chingona Fest Texas and Hustle for the Cause, respectively.
Denise holds a Law Degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She is a first-generation college graduate and the proud daughter of migrant workers. Her humble beginnings fueled her passion for community activism and social impact. Denise was nationally recognized by PBS for her social impact work in the Austin community and was later recognized as an Anne McAfee Woman Making Change Honoree for her leadership in cultural change. She continues to dedicate her time to local nonprofits including Con Mi MADRE, Latinitas, KLRU, and the Whole Planet Foundation. Her vision is to empower young women of color to become ChangeMakers through mentorship and civic engagement.
Gabe is the owner of STAR Windshield Repair, which serves the Greater Austin Area. In 2018, after working at STAR for more than 20 years, Gabe bought the business from the retiring owners, Eileen and Larry Smith.
Before purchasing STAR, Gabe was able to consult with Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), an organization that provides training, coaching, and support to aspiring and existing business owners. He has since completed EGBI’s business workshop series, qualified for a Small Business Administration loan from PeopleFund, and connected with The University of Texas School of Law Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic for legal support as he continues to grow STAR’s business.
Gabe is from El Paso and moved to Austin on a coin flip 21 years ago. In his free time, Gabe loves playing softball and hanging out with friends and family.
Miguel Romano serves as Ascension Health’s President of Foundations for Texas, which includes Seton, Dell Children’s and Providence hospitals. Romano previously resided in Washington, D.C. and held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and in the Office of the U.S. Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank.
He is active in the community and has served on various boards including Austin Chamber of Commerce, E3 Alliance, FuturoFund and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A first-generation American, Miguel calls Austin home, where he and his wife, Katie, live with their two children.
Miguel holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
Victor Sáenz, Ph.D.
Victor Sáenz is Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, Dr. Sáenz co-founded an award-winning initiative called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a multi-pronged effort focused on Latino males along the education pipeline. His current research is focused on best practices and policy solutions that improve educational outcomes for underserved students in postsecondary education, with a special emphasis on young men of color. He has spoken about his research at the White House, the National Press Club and on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. He also earned a Master's degree in Public Affairs and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from UT-Austin.
Cristina Tzintzún is a leading civil rights leader. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and her work has been featured on NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, MTV, USA Today, Univision, among others. She is also a JM Kaplin Innovation Prize winner and a Roddenberry award winner.
Cristina is the founder and executive director of Jolt — a Texas-wide organization that lifts up the voice, vote and issues impacting Latinos. Founded in 2016, Jolt seeks to win the nearly 11 million Latinos living in Texas the power and respect they deserve.
Cristina began her social justice career when she co-founded Workers Defense Project, a workers’ rights organization with the mission to win better working conditions for immigrant workers in Texas. She helped lead the organization for over a decade, taking on two of the most powerful special interest groups in Texas – the construction and real-estate industries.