Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré (Chair) is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who maneuvers through various media platforms to deliver the news and analysis in print and broadcast media. At Univision Radio she co-hosts “Prohibido Callarse,” the highly rated daily political talk show, specializing in news, commentary and analysis. Aguirre Ferré is a political analyst for Univision Network’s “Destino 2012,” covering the national political election cycle on national newscasts. For the English-language audience, she is known for moderating the weekly WPBT2 public affairs series Issues, reaching audiences from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. In print, Aguirre Ferré is the Opinion Page Editor and weekly columnist at Florida’s oldest independent Spanish-language newspaper, Diario Las Americas, and contributes to UnivisionNews.tumblr.com. Aside from her career in journalism, Aguirre Ferré is passionate about providing access in education to students of all ages and backgrounds. She is the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, the largest community college in the country, and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in the United States.
Additionally, Aguirre Ferré is a member of the Florida Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, a national member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, a member of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy, and an advisory board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the Angels of Mercy, Mercy Hospital, The Mater Center and the American Nicaraguan Foundation.
Chair Aguirre Ferré has received many awards and recognitions, including: 2012 Distinguished Journalist; Woman Extraordinaire 2011; 100 Most Influential People, Poder Magazine; Professional Mother of the Year 2010 from the Cuban American National Council; 2009 Alumni of Distinction in Journalism from Barry University; 2009 Florida Woman of Distinction Award; 2009 Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism from Saint Anselm College; 2007 Chairman’s Award from the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross; 2007 Women’s History Coalition Women of Impact Award; 2006 Award of Distinction, American Nicaraguan Foundation; 2006 Distinguished Woman Professional, Cuban Woman’s Club; 2006 Latin Chamber of Commerce of the United States (CAMACOL) Woman Business Professional; 2005 Distinguished Alumni, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Academy; 2000 Barry University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award; Dynamic Woman’s Award, American Cancer Society; and Professional of Hispanic Media 100.
Chair Aguirre Ferré co-founded Operation Saving Lives, which was a humanitarian task force responsible for sending significant contributions of medicine, food and clothing to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America. She was also appointed to the Florida State Committee of Higher Education Access Task Force 2005 and the Florida Energy 2020 Commission.
Aguirre Ferré holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Barry University and a Master of Arts in Inter-American Studies from the University of Miami.