Who We Are

Mission & History

Voto Latino is a pioneering civic media organization that seeks to transform America by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture, and grassroots voices, we provide culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Together, we aim to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy.

A Note From
María Teresa Kumar

María Teresa Kumar

President & CEORead Note

It’s hard to imagine an America without Latinos. At Voto Latino, we are fundamentally aware that you – our community — are the new builders and makers in this country. But to do all you can do, there has to be some level of access and opportunity. This is why VL exists: to give you a roadmap for how to become leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, and really anything else you deem possible.

It’s true, that in the beginning, our core work was around voter registration. This was largely because it was, and remains, a key way to show our community’s strength. But since our founding by Rosario Dawson in 2004, we’ve expanded our programs from civic engagement to include leadership development and issue advocacy. Together, we have registered over a quarter million voters, innovated the use of voter registration through text messaging, helped our community be counted in the US Census, and co-founded National Voter Registration Day. We’ve also started the VL Power Summit conference to bring young people together with key leaders, and have given away half a million dollars to young Latino innovators.

Our work has received numerous awards, and while the accolades are nice – it’s the rise of the American Latino voice and how it will shape our country’s future that keeps us excited and invested.

The best part, I think, is that we’re just getting started. The next ten years of work is even more paramount to our shared future. I encourage you to join us. It doesn’t take much, but it does require that you show up. Start by signing up for our email newsletter here to learn about ways you can participate. Not for us, but for you and for the loved ones who have brought you this far.


María Teresa Kumar
President & CEO

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Co-FounderRead Note

In 2004 Voto Latino was simply an idea based on the state of our community as it was, but also as it could be. I envisioned reaching out to other people like me by leveraging the latest technology, media, social networks and high-profile artists to get them involved in the civic process.

Plenty of people thought we were nuts. Social media and texting were in the early stages, no one was talking about the Latino vote, let alone Millennials, and we were reaching out to our audience in English. But we rolled the dice and —  with the help of thousands of volunteers, partners and supporters – American Latinos heard the calling.

We have accomplished a lot because you have shown up. But we’re hardly done. So if you haven’t joined the Voto Latino familia yet, today is the day. Follow us on social media and signup for our email newsletter here to get updates on how to get involved. Because the simple truth is that without you there is no Voto Latino.


Rosario Dawson
Co-Founder & Chairwoman

We Need Your Help

Help us provide more young Latinos the tools to become agents of change.

In 2004, Voto Latino began as a PSA project organized by co-founder Rosario Dawson. Over the years we’ve evolved into an organization dedicated to providing young Latinos the tools to create a future of their choosing. Check out what that history looks like below:



Rosario Dawson


Rosario Dawson is an actress and co-founder of Voto Latino. She currently serves as Chair of Voto Latino’s Board of Directors.

Dawson made her film debut in the movie, Kids, and has since appeared in Men In Black II, The 25th Hour, Sin City, Rent, Seven Pounds, Unstoppable, Trance, Gimme Shelter, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Chavez, and Top Five.

Rosario Dawson is not only an award-winning actress with a 20-year career, but an all around creative, out-of-the-box innovative powerhouse whose work ranges from film production to social activism to fashion, design and technology. Along with her work at Voto Latino, Dawson serves on the board of the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan, V-Day, and Operation USA.

Most notably, Dawson was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community and encouragement in getting others involved. Dawson’s journey has also taken her to Africa where she is a creative director and designer at Studio One Eighty Nine, an online platform she co-founded to curate and showcase beautiful work celebrating craftsmanship, heritage, and design.


Ingrid Duran


Ingrid M. Duran is CEO & Founder of D&P Creative Strategies, a company that she and her wife, Catherine, founded in 2004 to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing multi cultural issues. D&P specializes in public affairs and government relations and
represents Fortune 200 companies as well as non-profits and trade associations.

Prior to starting D&P, Ingrid was President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a leadership development institute founded by Hispanic Members of Congress in 1978. CHCI’s mission is to develop the next generation of Latinx leaders and to build a diverse and inclusive workforce across industries. She grew the organization over six years from a $700K budget to a $7 million dollar budget and launched both their scholarship program and their renown annual conference. Preceding her leadership of CHCI, Ingrid was recruited to run the Washington, DC office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) representing Latinx community interests to Congress and the Clinton Administration.

Ingrid’s public service began at an early age when she served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps. She continued her public service on Capitol Hill for six years where she worked under the Clerk of the US House of Representatives and on the House Banking Committee under the leadership of then Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez. Ingrid also served as a Legislative Assistant for former Representative Gene Green.

Her efforts as a strong steadfast leader and advocate for the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities have garnered her national accolades and numerous honors, including the Premio Dignidad Award from LLEGO; the Nation’s 100 most influential and powerful Hispanics for HISPANC and PODER magazines; and a Latina of Excellence by HISPANIC magazine. Along with her wife Catherine, Ingrid was recognized by the Hispanic Women’s Corporation and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force with their 2012 Leadership Awards; Latino Magazine’s 2013 Power Players; Working Mother Magazine’s Legacy Awards; and Hispanic VIP’s Premio a la Excelencia for their work in the Hispanic community. In 2014 Latino Magazine recognized her in the Top 10 leaders in the Latinx community and People en Español named her one of 25 Most Powerful Latinas in the U.S. Ingrid was named one of The Hill’s 2018 top lobbyists in Washington, DC.

Together, Ingrid and her wife Catherine founded PODER PAC, a political action committee by Latinas for Latinas. PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected to Congress.

Through their production company, Freemind Beauty, they have also produced six films The Latino List I & II, The Out List and The Trans List for HBO and The Boomer List and The Women’s List for PBS American Masters.

Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree from Park College and is a graduate of Harvard’s JFK School of Government Executive Program; Harvard’s Business School Corporate Governance Program; and the Center for Creative Leadership. She is a 2002 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow.


America Ferrara


America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights and was the opening speaker at the monumental Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Ferrera resides in New York and Los Angeles with her husband Ryan, their son Sebastian, and their two golden retrievers.

Brandon Hernandez

National Board Chair

Brandon Hernandez is an award-winning communications leader, executive advisor, and political consultant with strong expertise in how to successfully navigate California’s political, legislative, and business landscape. Leveraging in-depth knowledge of both the public and private sectors, Mr. Hernandez advises corporations, non-profits, and political campaigns to succeed at the state and local levels. He has been named a “Top 20 Under 40” Environmental Leader by San Francisco 7×7, received multiple national awards for a groundbreaking Spanish language campaign, and was recognized with “June 24 – as Brandon Hernandez Day” by former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

As the Founder and Principal of Reforma Strategies, Brandon Hernandez directs world-class client solutions in the areas of Political Strategy, Public Affairs, Media Relations, Government Relations, Hispanic Communications, Reputation Management, Marketing & Ad Campaigns, Crisis Management, Issue Advocacy, and Initiative Leadership. Regardless of the industry or challenge, he has helped organizations move past complicated events, protect reputations, and prepare for media and legislative appearances. With extensive insights, connections, and strategic leadership experience, Brandon helps companies establish or expand business operations in California, representing the fifth-largest economy in the world.

For 13 years, Brandon served PG&E to meet the needs of its customers and the State of California, most recently working as the Senior Director for External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he led a statewide team and oversaw legislative policy, collaborated with stakeholders and government agencies, and organized public affairs activities across the state and nation. He spearheaded PG&E’s strategic rollout of more than $6B in capital investments across Northern California, established the first Zero Net Energy substation in the United States, and led a partnership to make San Francisco the greenest city in America. Previously, Brandon directed Public Affairs for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco in California and Washington DC, worked as a policy advisor for the California State Assembly Speaker and was lead for various corporate and political clients at a leading media and political consulting firm.

Mr. Hernandez holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Beyond his professional endeavors, he serves as a Board Director for civic causes and non-profit organizations, including Voto Latino and the LGBTQ Victory Institute. Brandon enjoys travel immensely, has a passion for architecture and urban planning, and loves to explore cities around the world.


María Teresa Kumar


María Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmynominated contributor with MSNBC. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by registering over half a million voters and garnered several prestigious awards including several Promax Gold and Webby Honorees. Fast Company named her among the most 100 Creative Minds in business. In 2013, Elle Magazine named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. Hispanic Business named her among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and Hispanic Executive named her among the top 10 most influential Latinos in the country. HBO’s Celebrity Habla and PBS’s Undergraduates have profiled her work. Maria Teresa co-Chaired the Aspen Task Force on Connected Learning. The Imagen Foundation, HOPE, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and DEMOS are among the organizations that have recognized her leadership.

She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, a panelist on Bill Maher’s HBO show, an opinion writer for national publications, and a sought after speaker at major conferences including GE, Prudential, Intel, SXSW, NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, and TEDx.

María Teresa serves on the national boards of EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Federation and the Latino Leaders Network. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover, an Aspen Institute Scholar and a Council on Foreign Relations Lifetime Member.

She started her career as a legislative aide for then-Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis. When not in DC, Maria Teresa travels with her husband Raj Kumar and their two babes Lucia Mercedes and Eduardo.

Eve Maldonado O’Toole


Eve Maldonado O’Toole is leader of Holland & Knight’s Local Government Group and Principal of Evolve Strategies LLC. She brings more than 20 years of federal lobbying experience, with substantial background in state and local government/public sector advocacy, regulatory, appropriations and policy development, and in establishing and executing local public-private partnerships, successful grassroots campaigns and coalitions, and positioning state and local officials and municipalities nationally.

With close working ties to Congress and the executive branch, Ms. O’Toole has a strong record of advancing a wide range of public interests. These include transportation and infrastructure, energy, environment, water, natural
resources, community and economic development, public safety, housing and homelessness, health and human services, workforce, education, civil rights, telecommunications and technology, homeland security, emergency
preparedness and recovery, defense and base reuse, and public finance.

Among other key local government/public agency and public-private partnerships, Ms. O’Toole currently represents cities from San Francisco to Philadelphia, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, San Mateo County’s transportation agencies and the 480-member League of California Cities, where she previously served as head of its Washington, D.C., office. She also leads and manages the advocacy for several national coalitions, including Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination and the Water Agency Leaders Alliance.

Ms. O’Toole previously served as senior vice president and director of the Intergovernmental Group practice of MARC Associates, a federal relations consulting firm. She also worked as a government affairs representative with another large law firm, serving as federal representative for Los Angeles County. She currently serves on the board of the California State Society and has served on the board of The Representation Project and the Women’s Campaign Fund. She recently co-founded GrupoMas, a social network of LatinX professionals interested in California’s economic, political, arts, entertainment and cultural affairs. She also was vice president for development and treasurer for MANA, a national Latina organization.


Brian Stansbury


Brian Stansbury is a partner in the Washington, DC and Houston offices of King & Spalding LLP. Brian and his colleagues at King & Spalding have served as pro bono legal counsel for Voto Latino. In addition to serving on the board, Brian is also the Treasurer of Voto Latino.

Brian specializes in complex environmental, toxic tort, and commercial litigation and crisis management. Brian represents an array of clients, including those in the energy, automotive, chemical, food, technology, and telecommunications industries. He has handled matters involving criminal and civil violations of the Clean Air Act, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, customs laws all over the world, and allegations of obstruction of justice and wire fraud. Brian also advises clients researching and pursuing opportunities in the Republic of Cuba.

In addition to his pro bono work for Voto Latino, Brian maintains a robust pro bono practice representing people of limited means in immigration matters. Brian is a co-founder of the UndocuNeighbor initiative, which has assisted families separated at the US border and Dreamers who want to renew their DACA status. He has secured asylum for numerous people from Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. Brian also provided legislative analysis and counseling for the National Immigration Forum in connection with the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill, which passed the US Senate but died in the US House. Brian is counsel to the Community Justice Action Fund and the Community Justice Reform Coalition, which focus on policy reform and building resources for communities of color working at the nexus of gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. Brian also served as personal counsel to the widow of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Brian has served as chairman of the board of New Leaders Texas and served as an adviser and fundraiser for Congressman Joaquin Castro, Secretary Julian Castro, Representative Mary Gonzalez, Houston Mayor Bill White, and Houston Controller Chris Brown. Brian has also served on the board of trustees of the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC.

Brian obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.


Wilmer Valderrama


Wilmer Valderrama currently stars in the number one drama NCIS on CBS. He also can be seen in Netflix’s comedy THE RANCH. Valderrama also recently starred in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino’s first original television series, as ‘Carlos Madrigal,’ the series’ main villain. In addition, he will voice ‘Prince Charming’ in the John H. Williams animated film CHARMING, opposite Ashley Tisdale, Avril Lavigne and Demi Lovato.

Valderrama is most recognized for his role as ‘Fez’ on FOX’s Emmy-nominated series THAT 70’S SHOW.

As for his philanthropic efforts, Valderrama has directed several PSA’s for multiple organizations such as Voto Latino, where he also stands as co-chair. Valderrama is the spokesperson for CHCI, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and is the founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth. He also has worked with President Obama’s Organizing for Action campaign on efforts involving immigration reform and education.

Valderrama currently resides in Los Angeles.

Alfredo Vidal


Alfredo M. Vidal is the President of the boutique lobbying firm, The Vidal Group, LLC. Under Alfredo’s leadership, The Vidal Group has represented a diverse client base, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits.

Before starting The Vidal Group, LLC, Alfredo worked in New York as an Ombudsman for the Secretary of State, the Director of Finance for the Division of Human Rights, the Assistant Director of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs for Governor Cuomo and as the Senior Internal Auditor for the Department of Transportation. In the private sector he worked as an Associate for Weinraub and Ostroff, LLC, as a Senior Associate with Ostroff Associates, LLC, and as a partner at Brown, Vidal and Weinraub, LLC.

In 2010, the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican and Hispanic task force presented him with their Community Service Award, recognizing his outstanding contribution and advocacy for the social and economic advancement of the people of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Community of New York. He was also featured in The Capitol’s Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Alfredo holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in International Relations and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Norberto Briceño

Director of Social Media

Norberto Briceño is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied theater and Latin American studies. In 2014, he joined BuzzFeed as a staff writer, where he wrote articles and quizzes about geek culture, true crime, nostalgia, and Latinidad. In 2016, he co-founded Pero Like, BuzzFeed’s flagship Latino channel, where he produced a plethora of Latino video and editorial content ranging from social issues and Latin American food analysis to comedic skits and relatable Latino-isms. During his time there, with the support of a very small but talented team, the Pero Like Facebook page garnered nearly two million likes, while the YouTube channel has surpassed one million subscribers. He’s excited to be part of the Voto Latino family as the Director of Social Media.

Brianna Carmen

Director of Organizing and Partnerships

Brianna Carmen is the Director of Organizing and Partnerships for Voto Latino. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where she first became acquainted with community issues and their connection to voter apathy. This interest led her to become one of the youngest Hispanic women in the nation to manage a U.S. Congressional race in her home district, at the age of 21. Brianna later worked on a historic Senate race in Texas, engaging tens of thousands of Texans. She has maintained her passion of connecting voters with opportunities to exercise their voice at Voto Latino.

Her current work at VL focuses on building up the organization’s volunteer network all over the country, encouraging individuals to advocate for their communities at the local, state, and national level. She is also active in their Somos Mas campaign, working to register one million persons by to vote 2020.


Mariah Castañeda

Social Media Manager

Mariah Castañeda is a digital professional that’s passionate about changing narratives and making information both accessible and engaging. She is the sass behind the social channels of Voto Latino and creates a voice that is both authentic, passionate, and informative.

Her previous work as a journalist has been featured in the New York Times and was a fellow for Univision’s Fusion. Mariah has extensive experience as a storyteller, producing videos, articles, and podcasts for both national and local news outlets and has also co-produced a short film. Her work as a journalist focused on immigration, homelessness, gentrification, environmental justice and more. Mariah’s work can be seen and heard at Fusion, The Root, Splinter, California Health Report, Voice of OC, LA Taco and on the timelines of Voto Latino.

Steve Chaplain

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Chaplain is the Chief Financial Officer at Voto Latino. He has focused his management expertise on assisting nonprofits build and strengthen their operations. Previously to joining VL, Steve spent over five years at Social Progress Imperative (SPI) building the necessary internal systems to move SPI out of its startup phase. Before that, he spent three years at Youth Service America developing and institutionalizing human resources, finance, legal, board, and other operational processes. Early in his career, Steve spent two years helping to reduce recidivism in prisons while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. Steve holds an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University and a MA from the School for International Training. Steve resides in Mount Pleasant, DC with his son.


María Teresa Kumar

President & CEO

María Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC and host of MSNBC’s web show Changing America. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections and garnered several prestigious awards including several Promax Gold and Webby Honorees. Fast Company has named her among the most 100 Creative Minds in business. In 2013, Elle Magazine named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. Hispanic Business named her among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and Hispanic Executive named her among the top 10 most influential Latinos in the country. HBO’s Celebrity Habla and PBS’s Undergraduates have profiled her work. Maria Teresa Co-Chaired the Aspen Task Force on Connected Learning. The Imagen Foundation, HOPE, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and DEMOS are among the organizations that have recognized her leadership.

She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, a panelist on Bill Maher’s HBO show, an opinion writer for national publications, and a sought after speaker at major conferences including GE, Prudential, Intel, SXSW, NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, and TEDx.

María Teresa serves on the national boards of EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Federation and the Latino Leaders Network. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member.

She started her career as a legislative aide for then-Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis. When not in DC, Maria Teresa travels with her husband Raj Kumar and their two babes Lucia Mercedes and Eduardo.


Meredith Leal

Executive Coordinator

Meredith Leal is the Executive Coordinator at Voto Latino. Previously, she was the Program Coordinator on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress. She is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she holds an undergraduate degree in Middle East Studies, with a minor in Farsi. Leal has volunteered with humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan and Iraq and looks for any excuse to travel abroad, even to conflict zones. Her goal is to use her strengths and talents to make people feel seen, known, safe, and included, whether near or far from where they call “home.”

At Voto Latino you can find her keeping all the trains on track and running on time.

Camille Martin

Partnerships Associate

Camille Martin is Voto Latino’s Partnerships Associate, where she supports relationships with Voto Latino’s local and university chapters, as well as with corporate, non-profit, and grassroots groups. Camille is a native Texan, born in El Paso. She is a recent Southwestern graduate, and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. As a student, Camille devoted considerable attention to efforts in civic engagement, involving herself in co-faculty sponsored research and leading programming to engage her community in voting efforts and political discussion. Outside of the office, Camille enjoys cooking, attending concerts, and catching up on chisme with family and friends.


Sandra Sánchez

Director of Digital Engagement

Sandra Sánchez is the Director of Digital Engagement at Voto Latino, where she oversees the email program, paid digital ad acquisition program and Voto Latino’s marquee voter registration program. As a Latina born of Nicaraguan immigrants, Sandra has dedicated her career to moving forward progressive causes and campaigns, with an emphasis on her passion for building Latinx political power.

Prior to joining Voto Latino, she worked as a Digital Writer at Anne Lewis Strategies and a Digital Strategist at Revolution Messaging, where she executed digital fundraising programs for a range of progressive non profits and candidates. She was also the Individual Giving Specialist for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she managed and implemented NLIRH’s individual giving fundraising strategy around their core issues of fighting for reproductive justice for Latinxs across the country.

Sandra began her career in state politics when she interned for NARAL Pro Choice Virginia as their Advocacy and Communications Intern during the 2012 Virginia Legislative Session and as their On-Campus Intern during the 2013 Virginia state election.

Sandra is a Northern Virginia native and received her Master of Arts in Political Science from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Mary Washington.

When Sandra isn’t focusing on politics, she’s teaching yoga on the weekends, attending concerts, and solo traveling.


Francoise Stovall

Acting Vice President of Digital

Francoise has dedicated her career to working for inclusive and accountable democracy, both at home and around the world. When she was in the 8th grade, her social studies teacher told her class about the memorials at the foot of the Berlin Wall for people who were killed trying to escape East Berlin. “They died because they wanted the right to vote. Never take that right for granted.” Francoise has worked ever since to extend that right to everyone and ensure the fair and equitable participation of everyone in the political process.

As Digital Director at Voto Latino, she oversees web and SMS strategies, and manages digital projects, designed to increase participation and civic engagement in Latinx communities and hold power accountable. Before joining Voto Latino, Francoise worked as the Digital Director of Every Voice to reform money in politics, and at the National Democratic Institute to encourage civic groups around the world to use digital tools and tactics to strengthen democracy in their communities. Francoise began her career as a campaign field organizer, working on campaigns in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She is a graduate of The George Washington University.


Danny Turkel

Communications Manager

Danny wields a deep sense of justice to bring about change and create progress. He has consulted on congressional campaigns, lobbied state governments and worked on the ground in underserved communities, in the United States and abroad. He has a knack for speaking truth to power and a passion for equitable and inclusive coalition-building.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University. He has previously worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Unidos US, the Council on Foundations, West End Strategy Team and was a co-founder of NOW Strategies.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Danny moved to DC in 2015. Nori, his two-year-old pit mix, keeps him sane.

Ameer Patel

Director of Data & Analytics

Ameer serves as our Director of Data & Analytics where he oversees our targeting and testing efforts. Ameer focuses much of his time on designing experiments to increase voter registration and turnout rates, and eventually measuring their outcomes. Prior to Voto Latino, Ameer headed data and analytics efforts for various environmental groups building coalition-wide data programs and infrastructure. Before that he spent time working at Catalist, GMMB, and is a proud alumni of Senator Kay Hagan’s 2014 campaign and President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. When not in the office, Ameer enjoys cooking, reading lesser known biographies, discovering eclectic music, and dragging his four younger siblings on hikes.

The work we do begins and ends with our fantastic supporters.



Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba




George Lopez

Comedian, Actor

Gina Rodriguez


Jennifer Lopez

Actor, Singer

Robert Rodriguez

Film Director

Demi Lovato


Diego Luna


Russell Simmons

Media Mogul

Diane Guerrero


Eva Longoria

Actor, Producer



Lila Downs


Craig Newmark


Jaslene Gonzalez


Dolores Huerta

Civil Rights Activist

Columbus Short

Choreographer, Actor

Dania Ramirez


Al Madrigal

Comedian, Actor

John Leguizamo

Actor, Producer

Kat DeLuna


Fat Joe


Edward James Olmos

Actor, Director

Amy Smart


Adam Rodríguez


Judy Reyes


Romeo Santos


Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo

Radio Personality

Michael “Juan Bago” Diaz

Actor, Producer


Rock Band

Nick Gonzalez


Luis Guzman


Erik Rivera


Carlos Santos

Actor, Comedian

Raul Castillo


Laura Gomez


Gabe Saporta



We like amazing people who want to do life-changing work. Check out our openings below.

Distributed Organizing Manager
Washington, DC or remote

Help Voto Latino build and leverage its grassroots power in 2020 and beyond!

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Vice President of Development
Washington, DC

Voto Latino (VL) seeks a dynamic, seasoned Vice President of Development, who has a passion to meet the moment that our country is experiencing. A new position, the VP of Development will oversee, cultivate and manage corporate and foundation partnerships as the organization expands its ability to engage, educate and empower young Latinos and build […]

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Campaign Coordinator
Washington, DC

We seek a Campaign Coordinator to support our Campaigns team and programs.

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Executive Assistant Intern
Washington, DC

Voto Latino (VL) is seeking an Executive Assistant Intern. Candidates should be detail oriented and enjoy working in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. 

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Social Media Video Intern
Washington, DC
Video Production Associate
Washington, DC

Join a creative, innovative and nimble digital media team, in service of getting 1 million Latinxs registered to vote!

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Digital Advertising Associate
Washington, DC

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It’s always nice to be recognized for doing the work we love. Check out some of the projects we’ve been honored for below.

In 2019, NewFounders awarded Voto Latino the Amplification Award for its Somos Más voter registration campaign and coalition.

In 2017, PRNews recognized Voto Latino and Fuse Media for their Crash The Parties program, with an award in the best Facebook/Contest/Game category.

Crash the Parties 2016 was the 2017 winner of Cynopsis Social Good Awards’ Best Get Out the Vote Campaign. Crash the Parties was a collaboration between Voto Latino and Fuse Media in which we sent two lucky winners to cover the DNC and RNC as an official Fuse Media reporter.

In November of 2016, Voto Latino received the 2016 Lux Award from the Level Playing Field Institute at their Fairness Matters Forum. The mission of the Level Playing Field Institute (LFPI) is to increase workforce diversity through creative programs.

Tecla Best Social Good or Cause-Related Campaign

In April 2016, Hispanicize awarded Voto Latino with the Tecla award for “Best Social Good or Cause-Related Campaign” at their 2016 convention. The Tecla Awards recognize excellence in Latino blogging, social media, and digital marketing.

LATISM Best Of Award

In 2014, LATISM awarded Voto Latino the “Best Not-For-Profit Organization using Technology and Social Media to reach Latino(a)s” award for exceptional social media engagement.

Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business

Maria Teresa Kumar and Rosario Dawson were named among the 100 Most Creative Minds in Business by Fast Company in the summer of 2012.

Webby Award Honoree – 2009

In 2009, Voto Latino was a Webby Award Honoree for the telenovela PSA, La Pasión de la Decision, a five-part voter registration video campaign launched to mobilize Hispanics to vote in 2008. Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a Webby is largely considered to be the Internet’s greatest honor.

White House Project EPIC Award

In 2009, Voto Latino was given the EPIC award by The White House Project.  This prestigious award is given to a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that works to advance women in media, business and politics. Voto Latino was highlighted for bringing a positive image of female leadership to the American public.

Webby Award Honoree – 2008

In 2008, Voto Latino received a Webby Award Official Honoree recognition for the ‘Crash the Parties’ campaign, a contest in which the prize for two contestants was a trip to cover the RNC and the DNC. Crash the Parties was a joint project between SiTV and Voto Latino.

MySpace Impact Award

In 2008, Voto Latino was awarded the MySpace Impact Award for Community Organizing, along with a $10,000 prize in recognition of its online organizing efforts. The MySpace Impact Awards aim to recognize those “making a difference in the world” through the social network.

NAMIC Best In Ethnic Marketing & Diversity

In 2008, Voto Latino was awarded the Award for ‘Best In Ethnic Marketing & Diversity’  for Crash the Parties in partnership with SiTV. This award was presented by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

Newsweek Women in Leadership Award

In 2008, Rosario Dawson was awarded the Women In Leadership Award by Newsweek, honoring her work as the Co-founder and Chairwoman of Voto Latino.

Hispanic Heritage Award for Vision

In 2007, Voto Latino Co-founder and Chairwoman, Rosario Dawson, was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Award for Vision by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established by The White House in 1987 and are considered among the “highest honor for Latinos by Latinos.”

ProMax Gold Award

In 2006, Voto Latino’s PSAs won top honors at the Promax Awards, taking home the Gold Award. These PSAs were produced in conjunction with Mun2 and featured Voto Latino friend and supporter, Pitbull.

Annual Reports

Here are a few examples of the work we’ve done in just the last year, thanks to our generous supporters. We hope to continually build and strengthen our financial base in order to do more for and with our community.

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