Mission: “To change the narrative by educating the community about the endless positive contributions the Mexican-American people, (Chicano, Chicanx, Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, or 1st generation immigrant), and their rich culture have given to America, which is often unrecognized. This is to be achieved by promoting unity, education, pride, and progress.”

The core goal of the Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation (MACEF) is to spotlight the endless contributions the Mexican-American people (Chicano, Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, or 1st generation immigrant) and their rich culture have given to America. First, by organizing live events, live streamed, recorded and create a video-library, where the spotlight will be placed on the “Mexican-American History Makers” Individuals who achieved the highest degrees of success in their respective fields, and influence the future of not only Mexican-Americans, but of our entire nation. This will inspire generations to come. Second by hosting “Mexican-American Roles Models of Success,” who offer powerful advice and mentorship. Finally, by offering a free library of live and online interviews, seminars and courses specially designed to educate, inspire pride, and motivate success, for Mexican immigrants, Mexican-Americans, Chicano and any person wishing to embrace unity, diversity and progress. Finally, we also offer scholarships and grants to encourage advancement for Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans.

The Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation is A Non-Profit Foundation, with the mission of educating the community about the rich cultural contributions of the Mexican-American community to this country, which are often unrecognized. To spotlight the many wildly successful Mexican immigrants, Mexican-Americans, and Chicanos and recruit their help as role models and mentors and to promote education, unity, pride, and progress.

Board members

Jose-Luis Ruiz – President

Born in Mexico City, JL Ruiz attended university at UNAM, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in North America. Relocating to the U.S. as a young man, he experienced the unique challenges and opportunities of a Mexican immigrant. He observed similar encounters by other immigrants as well, and he witnessed the life and perspective of countless U.S.-born Mexican-Americans. He is a nationally recognized professor, researcher, cosmetic dentist, Amazon bestseller and award-winning Mexican-American novelist. A lover of history, psychology and culture, his socially charged, best-selling novels offer a fresh understanding of how historical events shape the present and the future.


Katia Miramontes – Secretary

Katia earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California Riverside and is fluent in Spanish. An entrepreneur at heart, Katia worked in credit lending at Wells Fargo before gravitating to real estate, getting her feet wet assisting one of the city’s top agents. When she’s not representing buyers and sellers in real estate, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and going to museums, concerts and gallery openings across Los Angeles.


Robert Ruiz – Treasure
Robert Ruiz is a student in our seminars.


Luis Vargas – Treasure

Luis Vargas is a Mexican-born immigrant with a degree in dentistry since 1984 when he graduated as a general dentist. He has been practicing mainly in the Inland Empire since 1994, the last 25 out of 35 years of practice. He works mainly with the Hispanic and underserved community and enjoys many of the aspects of dentistry, including orthodontics and implant and cosmetic dentistry, but above all, he truly likes the human relations and personal aspect of it! He has been a resident of Southern California for over 30 years and is married with four wonderful kids who are proudly fluent in Spanish. He is anti-climate change, pro-green, pro-peace, pro-immigration and pro-human globalization, and he loves basketball and jogging.


Advisory Board

Moctezuma Esparza

Mr. Esparza established Maya Cinemas, a growing chain of modern movie theater megaplexes committed to providing the highest quality movie-going experience in new and redeveloping market areas with a strong Latino presence. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Esparza received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. From the onset of his career, he dedicated himself to empowering and transforming the images of Latinos in Hollywood.


Roxana Moya

Raised in Los Angeles, Roxana attended UCLA College of Letters and Science. During her time as an undergraduate, she spent her time involved with multiple organizations, from dance to teaching students in low-income communities and mentoring students to go to college. After graduating in 2017, she continued to dedicate her time to her community and continually helps those around her.


Dr. Yanina Jouzy

As the owner of Sunshine Smile Dental and Orthodontics, Dr. Jouzy sought to create a family owned dental practice which distinguished itself by providing exemplary patient care while at the same time greeting each patient by their first name and treating them as a member of the family.

Dr. Jouzy is a Latina dentist who received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico before returning to California and completing the rigorous California Dental License requirements at Loma Linda University.


Dr. Corina Ramirez

Dr. Ramirez has been in the field of dentistry since 1986. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from USC, where she graduated in the top four percent of her class. She received pediatric specialty training at UCLA, where she also served as the chief resident of the class of 2006. Dr. Ramirez currently holds a part-time Clinical/Lecturer Faculty position at UCLA, and she is involved with multiple dental organizations and nonprofit organizations.


Kimberly Chavez

Kimberly Chavez joined LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes as Director, Development and Membership in April 2018, bringing 14 years of non-profit experience in Southern California. Prior to joining LA Plaza, Kim worked as Associate Director, Foundation Relations at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Before joining the CHLA Foundation, she served as an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena in the School of Human Development and spent eight years as a producer with KCET, the PBS flagship station for the Westcoast. Kim holds a Master of Science in educational psychology and instructional technology from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Luis F. Fernadez

Luis F. Fernandez has over ten years of experience in researching, producing studies, and understanding local, state and national history. His undergraduate research centered on understanding the history of land grants in California, culminating with his unpublished work, “Revisiting the Past, Uncovering the Present: An Introduction to Orange County Ranchos.” Most recently, he is an adjunct faculty at the Department of History at Santa Ana College. In that role, he lectures on Mexican, American and Californian history. Previously, he was an assistant curator and consultant for museum exhibitions, “A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation in California,” a national winner of the 2013 Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and “Intolerance Versus Freedom.” Prior to that, he was an assistant archivist for the Santa Ana History Room, where he successfully led the acquisition of over 2,000 photographs and led the digitization process that is known as the Agnes Soto Collection.