As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EVS Communications, Mr. López has nearly 30 years of experience working on behalf of Latino families. Since 1990, he has been the Producer of Línea Directa, an award-winning Spanish-language television series that provides Latino families living in the Washington metropolitan area with information on their rights, as well as on important health, education, legal, and social service issues. The program has now become one of the nation’s longest-running Spanish-language television series dedicated to social service, broadcasting crucial messages directly into the living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms of thousands of Latino households. Línea Directa is produced in the studios of NBC4, and is broadcast each Sunday morning by Telemundo Washington.
Mr. López is also the Co-Director of the award-winning documentary, Harvest of Empire. Based on the landmark book by journalist Juan González of Democracy Now, the film examines the role that U.S. military actions and economic interests played in triggering unprecedented waves of migration from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Harvest of Empire opened to critical acclaim in New York and Los Angeles during the Fall of 2012, and in fifteen cities across the country throughout the Spring and Summer of 2013. The documentary has won several national honors, including the prestigious 2013 Imagen Award as Best Documentary for Film or Television, and the ABC News Award from the International Documentary Association. Mr. López is an immigrant from El Salvador, and has lived in the U.S. since 1967.
Described by the Washington Business Journal as “dedicated and powerful,” Ms. Thompson-Marquez is the President Emeritus of EVS Communications. For nearly 12 years, Ms. Thompson was Vice President of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, a minority-owned communications company where she supervised the daily operations and advertising sales of eleven Telemundo network affiliates as well as three radio stations.
In October 1997, she began her career with ZGS in the nation’s capital at the Telemundo Washington affiliate as a Sales Account Executive. As a result of her success in Washington, Ms. Thompson was promoted to Vice President of Operations at ZGS, assuming responsibility for Telemundo affiliates that included stations in Boston, Providence, El Paso, Hartford, Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers. Her commitment to the Latino community has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County, which awarded her the 1999 Poder con Ganas Award for Business Excellence. In 2004, she was also honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Media and Community Service Award.