José Alberto Uclés - Ward 5
José Alberto Uclés is originally from Honduras and has lived in Washington, DC for the last 30 years.
He is a proud Latino, Gay and artistic man, who acquired a home in Ward 5 - 11 years ago. He has been an activist and supporter of the LGBT family, especially within HIV/AIDS and Latino communities. From an early age he developed a profound passion and interest in the visual arts, performing arts and cultures from all around the world. He is proud of his modest collection of art from artists in WDC.
Mr. Uclés has worked for the past 12 years at the U.S. Department of Transportation as the Hispanic Outreach Spokesperson, and Public Affairs Specialist for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He enjoys serving as a liaison and advisor on programs with diverse agencies, partners and organizations to reach out to the Hispanic/Latino communities around the country with life saving messages on traffic safety: seat belt and child safety seat use; pedestrian, motorcycle and bicycle safety; prevention of impaired driving, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving and auto safety.
Mr. Uclés is member of USDOT’s Hispanic Leadership Council, NHTSA’s Hispanic Employment Program, AAA Foundation’s Latino Advisory Council and recipient of the 2006 NHTSA- National Diversity Accomplishment Award. As a Spanish spokesperson for DOT he is a guest on Univision, Telemundo, Galavision TV and other Hispanic media around the country.
Besides his love for the fine arts, architecture, design, literature, history, technology, social sciences, recycling and fashion. Mr. Uclés has a soft spot for plays, musicals, opera, and music. Being an avid theater aficionado, he was selected as a judge to the Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Theater in the WDC metropolitan area (’09 -’11) part of theatreWashington Organization.
Previously Mr. Uclés was Assistant Director of Development at the Whitman-Walker Clinic (’96-‘99) the premier clinic for HIV/AIDS in WDC, and the first Latino to be Director of the famed DC Capital Pride Festival (’97-’99). He was also on the Board of Directors for the Millennium March on Washington for Equality 2000. His favored charity is Grandma’s House/Terrific Inc. – an organization that helps children and youth with HIV and AIDS in WDC.
Mr. Uclés is a graduate of American University (WDC) with a Masters Degree in Public Relations and of Goshen College (Goshen, IN) with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. He has an extensive background in public relations, media, special events, fundraising and community outreach, having owned once a special events company in WDC.
He is an active member of the Bloomingdale/LeDroit community and with his partner Tom Noll- a sculptor and landscape designer/gardener they bring beauty and whimsy to their neighborhood. He believes in the nurturing and transformative power of art in all its forms and that Washington, DC with its diverse cultures and artistic community is indeed a world-class destination for all to enjoy and appreciate.