First Generation American Of Cuban Descent Makes Mark On South Florida

Hispanic Women of Distinction 2019

Meet Diana Arteaga, a 2019 Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Vice President of Government Relations & Community/Public Affairs Broward Health

 “I believe Hispanic women are continuing to break barriers, and wherever they lead the organizations or entities they lead benefit greatly.”

If you need to navigate through a maze of paperwork and a myriad of governmental departments and agencies to achieve specific goals, it’s essential to have an advocate working with you who has a critical eye for details, understands that politics isn’t only about elections and who is passionate in her determination to achieve an outcome in your favor. These are just parts of Diana Arteaga’s role as Vice President of Government Relations & Community/Public Affairs for Broward Health.

Diana Arteaga

Diana Arteaga

Diana uses her years of experience gained in private practice and in the public sector to help coordinate and accomplish the North Broward Hospital District’s legislative priorities. She manages the contract lobbyists and relationships with elected officials and community associations, oversees the community sponsorship process, and supervises the community/public affairs staff across Broward Health.

She previously served as Director of Government Relations/Senior Advisor to the City Manager for the City of Miami, was South Florida Market Manager and spokesperson to the Spanish language media for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and served as Legislative Counsel/Foreign Affairs Advisor for former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart in Washington, D.C.

This first-generation American of Cuban descent also uses her political savvy and relationships on the board of the San Carlos Institute in Key West to preserve the building’s history and culture. Diana also has worked with state, county and cities to honor key members of the Hispanic community by securing street designations for luminaries such as musician Tito Puente, Cuban exile leader and optometrist Lorenzo de Toro and Ernesto Diaz Madruga, who was the first martyr of the forced labor camps in Cuba.

Diana’s other philanthropic efforts include serving on the board of the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, working with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on the Florida Opioid Working Group and being an active member of The Tower Forum, Broward Days, Cuban American Bar Association and other community and professional organizations.

Diana is in the current class of Leadership Broward, Class XXXVII and was named one of Becker’s Rising Stars (90 Healthcare Leaders under 40).

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law and completed courses at the University of Seville’s College of Law focusing on International Trade and European Union Law.

When not traveling for pleasure or enjoying her collection of Latin Jazz records, this busy professional stays fit by playing basketball, softball and working out at Orangetheory.


Hispanic Women of Distinction 2019

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ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations

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JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need

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MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward  Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands

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