He is the Chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), which he co-founded in 1997 with actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, and Esai Morales. The non-profit foundation has become a leader in promoting Latinos in the media, entertainment, and telecommunications industries. To date, it has awarded more than $5 million in scholarship grants and outreach programs to Latino graduate students. NHFA and the NAACP are working as partners to establish broader diversity in network television and films.
Felix served as the National Deputy Campaign Manager on the 1988 Paul Simon for President Campaign. He later joined the Dukakis/Bentsen Democratic Presidential campaign in Boston as liaison from the Bentsen Vice Presidential campaign to the Presidential campaign. He established a celebrity fly-around concept in 1988 that was repeated by Sanchez for Democratic Presidential campaigns in 1992, 1996, and 2000. During the 2000 National Democratic Committee’s Presidential Nominating Convention in Los Angeles, Felix served as a senior producer for Democracy Live!, a secondary production studio off the convention floor developed for targeted cable outlets.
Felix began his career in Washington, D.C., as a Legislative Assistant to then-U.S. Sen. Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. (D-TX). He later became Director of Congressional Relations for the American Gas Association, and then Vice President for Government Relations for the American Methanol Institute.
He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, POLITICO, The Washingtonian, The Huffington Post, CBS’s Sunday Morning, NPR’s Tell Me More, and on PBS’s Speaking Freely. Felix received the Mickey Leland Horizon Award from the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. He has also served as a guest contributor on the NBC syndicated show Hispanics Today. Felix has been a CNN contributor and a cast member of the CNN show “Take5.”
Felix received his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Psychology, from The University of Texas at Austin.
- National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), Co-Founder and pro bono Chairman,
- Paul Simon for President, National Deputy Campaign Manager
- Democracy Live!, Senior Producer
- CNN, Contributor and cast member for “Take 5”
3 Fun Facts:
- Felix was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as “one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States.”
- He received three degrees in Texas, despite the oppressive heat.
- He is Jimmy Smits’ #1 Fan.