2019 Los Angeles Builders Ball® Host Committee Spotlight: Raul Salinas

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) is thrilled Raul Salinas, Managing Shareholder in AlvaradoSmith’s Los Angeles office, has returned to Co-Chair our 2019 Los Angeles Builders Ball® once again, alongside Brad Cox, Senior Managing Director for Trammell Crow Company. This is the fifth consecutive year Raul has stepped into this role.  He has demonstrated through his leadership and dedication how committed he is to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Read on to learn more about Raul Salinas and what drives him to give so much of his time and talent to help his community.

What or Who inspires you (or motivates) you to give back in your community?

Raul Salinas Habitat LA President and CEO, Erin Rank smiling in front of a step and repeat for a photo.

Raul Salinas (left) with Habitat LA President and CEO, Erin Rank (right)

I’m inspired to be involved with Habitat for Humanity because I recognize the value a home can have in providing a supporting environment to a young child full of promise and seeking opportunity. Habitat does that every time it helps a family with young children purchase a home. The ripple effect that Habitat has on those families is immeasurable, lifelong and meaningful.

Why do you support Habitat for Humanity? How long have you been involved?

I support Habitat because I believe it has a meaningful impact within the community it serves. I believe in the dedicated staff that rises every morning to improve the lives of others less fortunate. I’ve been involved with Habitat for the last five years.

What do you wish people knew about Habitat for Humanity?

What I want people to know about Habitat is that each recipient and their family put in sweat equity and demonstrate their commitment alongside the hard-working crew of Habitat. People should also know that Habitat offers so many volunteer opportunities, including corporate team building activities, sponsorship activities, and construction projects of all shapes and sizes.

What does “home” mean to you?

What home means to me is the creation of the family unit, and the foundation for a bright future. A home encourages the ability to focus on parenting, encourage sibling unity and family values, and it promotes a safe space to focus on our mind, body and spirit.

Please share a special Habitat memory.

During a Loyola High School community service project, Habitat arranged for several students and their parents to rehabilitate housing built by Habitat and President Jimmy Carter many decades ago.  I was there with two of my sons, volunteering just a few blocks away from the Watts Towers in South-Central Los Angeles. Having grown up near those same towers, it was a full-circle experience for me returning back to the community in my youth to be able to work alongside my own children and pass on the value of community service — an important value that will hopefully become a part of their own legacy in life, as much as it has become a part of my life.

What emoji would you say best describes you?

A blue heart 💙

More about Raul Salinas

Raul F. Salinas is the Managing Shareholder in AlvaradoSmith’s Los Angeles office. He has extensive business, government and international litigation experience, and handles a wide range of major litigation cases in a number of industries for public and private sector clients. His practice areas include employment, civil public integrity prosecutions, commercial, and cross-border agreements for public and private institutions in both the United States and Mexico. He also regularly advises public entities on issues pertaining to public law affecting personnel, government contracts, conflict of interest matters and other municipal related matters.

Raul has assisted and participated in trials in state and federal courts and handled numerous contractual/binding arbitrations in domestic and international matters. He has lectured on contractual arbitration agreements and is knowledgeable in all aspects of various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

He is admitted to practice in all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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