Zuraya Tapia-Hadley

Portrait Photo of Zuraya Tapia-Hadley

Zuraya currently serves as Director of Development for the U.S. Mexico Foundation (USMF).  Zuraya was recruited to establish and lead a network of renowned Mexican American leaders and Mexican diaspora communities to engage with Mexican counterparts and support bi-national programs through the USMF Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI). As part of the leadership team in Washington, D.C., role has evolved to set and guide outreach, communications, and development strategy.  She currently focuses on establishing partnerships between the USMF and leading private sector actors.  Prior to joining USMF, Zuraya served as Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association. In addition to her experience leading a national organization, throughout her career she has held positions in national policy and legislative affairs at NDN (a DC-based political think thank), as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she began her career in the international trade law practice at Shaw Pittman LLP.  She is a regular commentator in Spanish-language media on policy issues in the U.S. and a panelist on issues regarding immigration and diversity.  She obtained the degree of Licenciatura en Derecho from Universidad de las Américas, Puebla and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center.  Zuraya resides in northern Virginia with her husband and two sons and is also very active in local and state politics, supporting candidates. 

Board Members

* Denotes Chair of Virginia Latino Advisory Board


Ex-Officio Members

  • Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation
  • Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education
  • Megan Healey, Governor’s Chief Advisor for Workforce

Office of the Governor – Staff Assigned to VLAB