Under the Dome

Andrea Bazán

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Date of Birth Birthplace Now Lives In
December 5, 1967 Boston, MA Durham, NC


Andrea Bazán is the most well-known advocate on Hispanic issues in North Carolina. In graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill, she helped found  El Pueblo, the state's largest Hispanic advocacy group, and she later served as its first executive director. In 2005, she became president of the Triangle Community Foundation. And in June of 2008, she was elected chairwoman of the board of the National Council of La Raza.


She enjoys drinking mate, an Argentinian herbal tea. 



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Andrea Bazán is executive director of the Triangle Community Foundation and chairwoman of the board of the National Council of La Raza.

Early Life and Education

Andrea Carolina Bazán was born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 5, 1967, to Dr. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan. Her father was a neuroscientist and her mother was a professor of ophthalmology.

Born in the United States while her father was studying at Harvard University, Bazan immigrated with her family from Argentina when she was 14 because her father feared for his life under the rule of a military junta.

She attended junior high and high school in New Orleans.

She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in 1992.  

She earned master's degrees in public health and social work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995.

Professional Career

Bazan and a group of Latino activists organized the Fiesta del Pueblo in Chapel Hill in 1994. A year later, they incorporated the nonprofit advocacy group El Pueblo, with Bazan serving as vice president.

From 1996 to 1999, she worked as a minority health research associate for the state Office of Minority Health. During her lunch breaks and in the evening, she also worked for El Pueblo. 

In 1999, she became El Pueblo's first executive director.

On Aug. 3, 2003, she was the N&O's Tar Heel of the Week.

In September of 2005, she was selected as the president of the Triangle Community Foundation, a charitable group founded in 1983 that manages hundreds of philanthropic donations in the Triangle.

In June of 2008, she was elected chairwoman of the board of the National Council of La Raza, the largest civil rights organization in the United States. 

Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith and Christina Headrick. 


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