Born and raised in Chicago and a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools, Founder and President, Mr. Cesar Maldonado shares great passion for culture and the arts. Mr. Maldonado oversees all MHF operations including mariachi education programming, fundraising and event production.
BARBARA RADNER, PH.D. CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Barbara Radner is the executive director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University. With a doctorate in educational design and implementation from the University of Chicago, Dr. Radner has designed research-based programs and curriculum to strengthen learning. Dr. Radner’s curriculum and professional development work has been recognized through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Annenberg Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the DeWitt Wallace Fund. More than 100 school districts have established links to her online resources, and educators in 118 countries regularly download materials from the site. Dr. Radner is responsible for curriculum development for MHF's school-based mariachi music programs.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Acclaimed mariachi musician and music educator, Mr. Roberto Martinez oversees curriculum development, delivery and implementation and provides continuing professional development for our school-based mariachi music program. Mr. Martinez recently joined MHF from Walt Disney World’s Epcot Theme Park in Orlando where he spent 32 years as a front-line musician with the world renowned Mariachi Cobre.
Joaquin Rodriguez MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Born in 1974 in Morelia, Michoacán, Mr. Rodríguez is a third generation mariachi musician with over 25 years of professional experience. He is an accomplished violin performer and instructor and has performed with world-renowned professional mariachi groups, including Mariachi Los Galleros de Pedro Rey, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and has spent the last 21 years with Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández.
JORGE ORTEGA PRODUCTION MANAGER
Mr. Jorge Ortega oversees production operations for all MHF events and concerts including technical reinforcement and stage management.