List of Venezuelan Americans

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This is a list of notable Venezuelan Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Venezuelan Americans or must have references showing they are Venezuelan Americans and are notable.


Architects and builders

  • Maria Cristina Anzola – Venezuelan architect. Currently serves as a Director of New York City Ballet, Inc.
  • Anita Berrizbeitia – Venezuelan landscape theorist, teacher, and author. Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Carlos Brillembourg – Venezuelan architect based in New York, founder of Carlos Brillembourg Architects
  • Monica Ponce de Leon – architect with offices in Ann Arbor, New York and Boston. Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University. First Hispanic architect to receive the National Design Award in Architecture
  • Carolina Izsak – After the pageant as Miss Venezuela 1991 she completed architecture studies and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, US
  • Alfredo Jose Brillembourg – Venezuelan architect based in New York, founder of Urban-Think Tank

Entrepreneurs and business people

Artists and designers


Films and TV



  • Gregory Abbott – American born singer, his father was born in Venezuela
  • Aldo Abreu – Venezuelan baroque flutist
  • María Conchita Alonso – three time Grammy Award–nominated singer/songwriter and actress. Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised, she is an American citizen
  • Devendra Banhart – Singer and songwriter
  • Josefina Benedetti – Venezuelan-American composer, musicologist and choral director.
  • Augusto Brandt – violinist and composer
  • Andréa Burns – singer
  • Humberto Bruni Lamanna – descended from an Italian family, is a Classical Guitar concert artist.
  • Ed Calle – saxophonist and composer from Miami, Florida, born in Venezuela. He has four nominations for Grammy Awards
  • Mariah Carey – singer; her father Alfred Roy Carey was born in Venezuela
  • Teresa Carreño – Venezuelan-born pianist and composer
  • Sylvia Constantinidis – Venezuelan-born pianist, conductor, composer, writer and music educator. President of the Southeast Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers of The United States of America)
  • Tulio Cremisini – Venezuelan percussionist, composer and orchestra conductor
  • Majandra DelfinoALMA Award-nominated Venezuelan-born American actress and singer
  • Yasmin Deliz – American singer-songwriter, model and actress. She is daughter of Dominican father and a Colombian-Venezuelan mother
  • Paul Desenne – Venezuelan cellist and resident composer at Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • Gustavo Dudamel – orchestra conductor and violinist. He is the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, California
  • Pedro Eustache – flautist, "World Music" woodwinds-reeds-wind synthesizers and composer


Journalists, TV hosts and anchors





  • Ricardo Hausmann – economist, writer, Harvard professor
  • Moisés Naím – economist, Foreign Police chief editor, writer, TV host
  • Roberto Rigobon – MIT professor
  • Ramón Espinasa – InterAmerican Development Bank
  • Francisco Monaldi – Rice University
  • Luisa Palacios – CITGO president
  • Francisco Rodriguez Caballero – Chief Economist, Bank of America
  • Hugo Faria – University of Miami



  • Mery Godigna Collet – Venezuelan artist, writer, philanthropist and environmental living in Austin, Texas
  • Thor Halvorssen Mendoza – Venezuelan human rights advocate and film producer
  • Nancy Navarro – social activist. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Victor Pineda (activist) – social development scholar and disability rights advocate
  • Luis Posada Carriles – Cuban-born Venezuelan naturalized former CIA agent. Anticastrist activist
  • Jeanmarie Simpson – American peace activist and theatre artist. His father is Venezuelan.
  • Sylvia Rivera – American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman


  • Federico A. Moreno – lawyer and Chief Judge of United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Diego RuizLeague of Legends player based in Los Angeles
  • Maria Beatriz Garcia Rincon - Lead at World Bank Group, Founder of Urban Elements Foundation and co-founder of, she writes and works in both Venezuela and the United States of America.

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