Raul Yzaguirre

  • Fall 1989

Raul Yzaguirre was elected Executive Director of the National Council of La Raza in 1974, and named President and Chief Executive Office in 1978. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before attending George Washington University. In 1964, Mr. Yzaguirre became an organizing member of the National Organization for Mexican American Services. On behalf of the organization, he wrote a proposal to the Ford Foundation which contribued to the initial organizing of the Southwest Council of La Raza, later to become the National Council of La Raza. In 1966, he joined the Migrant Division of the Office of Economic Opportunity and from 1969 to 1973 was Executive Director of Interstate Research Associates, the first U.S. Mexican-American research association. Mr. Yzaguirre was the first Hispanic to receive a Rockefeller Public Service Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Trustees of Princeton University in 1979. Mr. Yzaguirre was formerly Secretary and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Independent Sector and a member of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO.