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1. Moe Vela
What a life attorney and government advisor Moises “Moe” Vela, Jr. has lead. The openly gay Hispanic advocate served both vice presidents in the Clinton and Obama administration as a LGBT and Latino affairs adviser. In his recent memoir, “Little Secret Big Dreams,” Vela tells of a stressful childhood in which he hid his “secret” while being raised in a Latino home. The family was devoted to public service but nevertheless riddled with machismo. He was heartbroken and attempted suicide, but came back stronger than ever when he was recruited to work in the White House. Vela has been named one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” and one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos.”