Ysabel Duron, founder and CEO of Latinas Contra Cancer, based in Silicon Valley, California, has over a decade of nonprofit experience. She is an award-winning journalist with 43 years of experience in television news. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed April 11, 2013 Ysabel Duron Day following her retirement in April 2013. Duron is featured in a 2008 publication, Building the Latino Future, Success Stories for the Next Generation by Frank Carbajal and Humberto Madrid. She was appointed in 2011 to the congressionally mandated IBCERCC (Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Convening Committee — NIEHS/NCI) investigating the state of the science on breast cancer and the environment. The 270-page report was released in February 2013.
Among other recommendations, the report called for more breast cancer research on under-researched minority and ethnic women; increasing opportunities to recruit minorities into the research pipeline; to provide more timely and understandable communication with the public about scientific research and discoveries; and finally, to do so with targeted audiences in mind in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner as defined by the CLAS Standards established by the Office of Minority Health. In 2011 Duron was the recipient of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Spirit Award for Achievement in Journalism and Media. Duron, a cancer survivor (Hodgkins lymphoma) served on the boards of the California Breast Cancer Research Program Council in 2010-2013 and the Patient Advocacy Leadership Committee at GSK since 2005.