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Voto Latino Introduces New Board Members Julián Castro, Sonal Shah, and Brian Stansbury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Voto Latino announced that to fulfill its mission of directly registering a million voters by 2020, three new members have been added to its Board of Directors: The Honorable Julián Castro (former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), Sonal Shah (Executive Director of the Beeck Center at Georgetown University), and Brian Stansbury (Attorney at King & Spalding LLP).

By 2020, nearly 2.5 million Latino youth are expected to turn 18 years old. While Latinos represent 12% of the American electorate, they have yet to meet their fellow Americans’ voter registration rates. In response to their appointments, the three newest members of the Voto Latino Board of Directors expressed their commitment to fully integrate American Latinos in our political process.

“Despite deep contributions and sacrifices to this great nation, American Latinos have yet to fulfill their full promise at the ballot box because of a lack of voter registration infrastructure, limited resources, and sporadic outreach, ” Secretary Julián Castro commented. “For the next three years, Voto Latino is going back to basics to enfranchise young American Latinos so they can fully participate in our democracy at the ballot box.”

Sonal Shah added, “At a time when many Americans’ heritage is being questioned, we need to build opportunities between communities locally. As the Director for Social and Civic Innovation for President Obama, I know firsthand that we need to combine passion and vision with modern electoral outreach. Voto Latino is at the forefront of this change and in moving our country forward.  The stakes could not be higher.”

“Latino voters have the potential to shape the future in Texas and around the country, and Voto Latino is investing in and empowering that community,” said  Brian Stansbury. “It is a privilege and an honor to serve on the Board of Voto Latino. Voto Latino is committed to fulfilling our democracy’s promise, tearing down barriers, and encouraging maximum participation at the ballot box.”

María Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, stated, “Voto Latino welcomes Julián, Sonal, and Brian to our Board of Directors. This will be Voto Latino’s seventh election cycle and nothing is more important than having a strong team to meet this moment in our country’s history.”