2016 Forum - SOL Award

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SOL Award

Every year, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado presents outstanding leader(s) or organization(s) with the SOL Award (Soul of Leadership), which pays homage to a Latino leader/s or organization for demonstrating courageous leadership, embodying integrity, and a deep commitment to the advancement of Latinos. 

Our 2016 SOL Award Recipients are Marguerite and Arnold Salazar.

Marguerite was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as Colorado Insurance Commissioner and oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado. As the chief executive of the Division of Insurance, Salazar works with the insurance industry to bring an inclusive, open, firm and fair-minded regulatory approach to all lines of insurance under her supervision such as life, homeowner, property and casualty, auto, workers’ compensation and title insurance. Previously, President Barack Obama appointed Salazar as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII where she played a vital role in the Department’s effort to effectively implement the Affordable Care Act. Prior to this appointment, she served over 20 years as President/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural Community Health Center covering 22 counties in Southern Colorado and serving over 40,000 patients through 26 primary health care clinics.

Arnold is Executive Director of Colorado Health Partnerships, an organization covering 43 counties, mostly in rural Colorado. With a budget of $69 million, he is responsible for coordinating the activities of the partnership of eight mental health center providers with ValueOptions, the management services provider, and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the contracting agency for the mental health capitation contract. From 1995 to 2004, he served as Executive Director of SyCare, L.L.C., managing a budget of $18 million and providing services in 19 Counties in Southeastern Colorado. He also formerly served as Executive Director of the San Luis Valley Mental Health Center and as a para-legal Investigator for the Public Defender, working in the Colorado State Penitentiary.