VotoLatino Logo presents
Austin, TX
September 29-30, 2018

Power Summit

Featured Speaker

Ambar Calvillo

Ambar Calvillo

Vice President of Campaigns, Voto Latino
I am a proud Texan from El Paso and lucky to have been raised in the borderland region by a small and mighty family. My father is from Juarez, MX and my mother is a first generation American. I am very close to my 3 siblings and supportive tias! I am an organizer and a coalition builder at heart, which has luckily remained at the center of my career. It afforded me the opportunity to learn from diverse communities across the country, before relocating back home to El Paso, TX. My wife, Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, and I just moved back to the neighborhood we met in, Historic Sunset Heights, with our adorable puppy, Churro. Prior to joining the Voto Latino family, I had the privilege of working on local strategies that invest in the children of El Paso County and their families, as the Director of Community Impact for the United Way of El Paso County. Before moving home, I was the Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), where I oversaw the constituency mobilization, national outreach, and engagement in support of our state and local elections. Before that I dedicated myself to health care education and worked on maximizing the number of people that gained healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. I served as the National Director of Field and Partner Engagement for Enroll America where I managed a multi-state field team and the national partner engagement program, which was focused on constituency engagement for LGBT, Latinx, African American, faith, women, and youth communities. Similarly, I was able to work on increasing access to reproductive healthcare for Latinx communities at Planned Parenthood Federation of America by providing technical support to affiliates and partner engagement. I now get to put it all into play as the Vice President of Campaigns at Voto Latino. Previously, I served on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee where I supported the women’s outreach efforts and was a Political Engagement Fellow for the 2012 Presidential campaign. Prior to that I held various roles as a student at the University of New Mexico, where I received my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and the University of Texas at El Paso where I gained a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Corporate Communication, in addition to working as a restaurant server and a coffee shop barista. I am extremely honored to do this work, with and for our gente. My goal is to build strategic partnerships and programs, that inspire and unite people around common goals and a shared vision for a brighter future - for all of us. A future where all people have access to healthcare, education, financial stability, and basic needs to create lasting impact in our communities. Quote that motivates me: "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." - Cesar Chavez