Eva Longoria is an actress best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the hit show Desperate Housewives. Her film credits include The Truth, Long Time Gone, The Sentinel, and Over Her Dead Body, among others. In addition to acting, Eva has produced the National Council of La Raza’s ALMA awards, Harvest – a documentary about the plight of child farm workers in the US, and Latinos Living the American Dream – a film documenting the contributions of Latinos in America. Eva is also co-owner of Latin steakhouses Beso Hollywood and SHe Las Vegas, and she recently released her New York Times best-selling cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen, in 2011. In addition to her career, Eva is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Chicano Studies at California State University – Northridge.
Eva is an active philanthropist. She founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. In her own words,
“The growing Latina population is an untapped resource in this country. If we give Latinas the tools to unlock their potential, we will see amazing results.”
She also co-founded Eva’s Heroes, a San Antonio nonprofit that benefits developmentally disabled children, and serves as a spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, an organization supporting Latino families who have children with cancer. Additionally, Eva sits on the boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has supported United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, among other organizations.
In 2011, Eva was appointed by President Obama to the commission on the National Museum of the American Latino, which will house historical artifacts, images, and personal stories documenting more than 500 years of Latino contributions to the U.S. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropy from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, The National Civil Rights Museum, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, among others. Eva served as a National Co-Chair for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and a Co-Chair of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.