Alberto Paul Pizano
Founder and President (1999-2015)
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Mr. Pizano was involved in many civic and cultural activities and organizations related to Latino issues in the Los Angeles area throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Prior to the formation of the cultural arts center Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Park, he helped organize the community effort to clean up the park’s lake. Mr. Pizano then went on to become Plaza de la Raza’s second Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also participated in efforts to incorporate East Los Angeles as an independent city.
Mr. Pizano was very involved with the Democratic Central Committee, and was President of the Monterey Park Democratic Club. He took major responsibility for local activities related to Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Because of his involvement, he and his wife Lillian attended the events at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968.
In the late 1970s, Mr. Pizano moved his family to Santa Barbara, where he was the district manager for The Gas Company for Santa Barbara County for 26 years. He immediately founded the Santa Barbara Hispanic Achievement Council (HAC) that recognized local Latinos for their extraordinary contributions and achievements in the community. He also co-founded the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival, was El Presidente for Old Spanish Days Fiesta in 1987 (photo above left), and co-founded the Flamenco Arts Festival where he served as the President for 16 years.