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Global food security makes Tennessee, U.S. safer August 2, 2016 The Tennessean
Hispanic Heritage Month in Nashville honors prosperity
October 15, 2015 The Tennessean
Human Rights Day event to honor John Seigenthaler, George Barrett
Yuri Cunza receives "Outstanding Service in Human RIghts Award at First Amendment Service - Dec. 4, 2014
Nashville’s Hispanic community is vibrant, successful
October 13, 2014 The Tennessean
Nashville business leaders push for immigration reform July 10, 2014, The Tennessean
Lawsuit lenders should be regulated as other lenders - March 26, 2014 The Tennessean
The world meets South Nashville
Nolensville Road is an international hub the city could tout to tourists - September 12, 2013, Nashville Post
Hispanic Businesses Flourish
Community plays important role in nation's economy
-October 15, 2013 The Tennessean
Help Us iMarch Towards Immigration Reform - June 11 2013 The Huffington Post
Immigrants can help revive weak economy - April 3, 2013 The Tennessean
State civic, business leaders push immigration reform
Securing borders, expanding work visas among key elements - June 13, The City Paper
Cunza named in Nashville Post's 2013 'In Charge' list - April 5, 2013 The Nashville Post
Cunza helping sponsor 'toddler robot'
- March 19, 2013 Post Business
Yuri Cunza: Sharing Culture Through Cooking - October 6, The Tennessean
Titans Select Yuri Cunza as NFL's Hispanic
Heritage Leadership Award Winner
Yuri Cunza is a Hispanic-American media professional, business leader and community advocate. Cunza currently serves as President and CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Spanish language newspaper La Noticia (Hispanic Paper Publishing). He is owner and founder of Y&K, a strategic media solutions, support & consulting services company based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Yuri Cunza is co-founder of The NAHCC Foundation which was founded in 2008 and exists to advance educational opportunities for Hispanic youth and to inspire children interest in future discoveries and technologies to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. Cunza is a supporter and advocate of humanitarian causes, including HIV/AIDS, immigration, and finding a resolution for the socio-economic disparities of minority populations in the U.S. Yuri is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Yuri Cunza was elected last July 2010 as Council Member at Large to the regional branch of the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA) located in Nashville, Tennessee. He serves on the boards of Nashville Film Festival, Film-Com, Historic Nashville Inc., Sister Cities of Nashville and community- based HIV/AIDS service organization Nashville Cares. Yuri Cunza is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, the oldest and most influential civic club in Nashville founded in 1913, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Cunza is the creator of the socio-politically themed cartoon character of Juan Ese (Juan.S) first appearing in the August 2005 issue of La Noticia Newspaper.
As a guest speaker for a various groups, Cunza has appeared before corporate, institutional, educational and government audiences including, the U.S Attorney's Office, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Metro Nashville Police Department Academy, FBI, Nashville Fire Department, Nashville Mayor's office and Nashville Metro Public Schools (NMPS), Meeting Planners International, Walmart/SAM's Club, McNeelly Piggot and Fox, the Association of Public Accountants, Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, The Urban League, Kiwanis Club, IMF's MLK Annual Celebration, NAACP, The University of Memphis, Boy Scouts Club, Tennessee State University (TSU), Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Vanderbilt University among others.
A Nashville resident for now 17 years, Yuri Cunza became a U.S Citizen on September 22, 2006 at a citizenship ceremony presided by United States federal judge Todd Campbell at The Hermitage, home of former U.S President Andrew Jackson.
In March 2010, 2011,2012 and 2013, Cunza was named in Nashville Post's "In Charge" list of business and community leaders who are writing Music City 's success story. Yuri Cunza holds a B.F.A in Film Directing from Watkins College of Art and has attended Executive Education Certificate Programs at Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame through through the Non Profit Executive Programs offered by the University of Notre Dame in partnership with the USHCC Foundation.
Since 2009, Yuri serves as President & CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), Middle Tennesse's, most recognized Hispanic business association. Founded in January 27th 2000, the NAHCC represents businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and organizations with interest in Nashville's booming Hispanic market. Under his leadership the organization started exploring forming chapters in Murfreesboro, Franklin and Clarksville.
In 2012, Yuri Cunza graduated from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program on Creating Collaborative Solutions, focusing on Innovations in Governance, Principled Negotiation, Adaptive Leadership, Executive Core Qualification, and Public Sector Innovation. He continued his education in Non-Profit Management at the Mendoza School of Business at University of Notre Dame. Cunza holds a B.F.A in Film Directing from Watkins College of Art at Belmont University and is currently working towards a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
In 2013, The Tennessee Titans selected Yuri Cunza as the recipient of the annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The Titans honored Cunza on September 22 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they hosted the San Diego Chargers at LP Field. This date is especially significant for Cunza as it falls on the seventh anniversary of the day he officially became a U.S. citizen in a ceremony at The Hermitage, home of former President Andrew Jackson, in Nashville.
In 2021 Cunza was selected as one of 44 participants for the Leadership Nashville class of 2021-2022.