The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has appointed Tanya Ramos-Puig as president of the philanthropic arm of the Latin Recording Academy, effective immediately.
The Coro New York Leadership Center alumna has a track record of growing organizations in key leadership roles at Pencils of Promise, Education Pioneers and The Children’s Aid Society. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from NYU and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Management from The New School. Ramos-Puig has also served as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College.
“I am honored to take on the leadership of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, an organization with tremendous credibility and an unparalleled commitment to shaping the future of the next generation of talented young musicians, from around the globe, who share a special passion for Latin music,” Ramos-Puig said in a statement. “Together we will be able to uphold the promise of preserving and promoting Latin music for years to come!”
In her new role, Ramos-Puig will report to the board of the foundation and Gabriel Abaroa Jr., president and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy.
About the announcement, Abaroa said: “Six years ago, the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation was launched with the dream of fostering future generations of Latin music creators and professionals. Today, after changing the lives of many young artists, the foundation is welcoming a new leader with vast experience in the non-profit and fundraising sector to elevate our team and its mission.”
Music industry veteran Manolo Díaz will continue to serve the foundation as part of its board of directors. Under Díaz’s leadership — and with the support of artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Miguel Bosé, among others — the organization has allocated more than $5.7 million in scholarships, assisting over 255 gifted music students around the world, while donating musical instruments to schools in need, according to the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.