Team - Voto Latino


Ingrid Duran

Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation Board Member


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.

Brandon Hernandez

Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation 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

Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation Board Member

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María Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s founding president, is an American activist and social entrepreneur and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor seeking to shake up the political process. Leveraging youth, technology, social platforms and influencers, Voto Latino reaches 6.5 million monthly. Voto Latino is a key civic engagement organization, registering 500,000+ voters. In 2018, Voto Latino registered 15 percent of new Texas voters.

Fast Company named Kumar among the 100 Creative Minds. Elle named her among the 10 most influential women in DC and Hispanic Executive named her among the 10 most influential Latinos. HBO’s Celebrity Habla profiled her work and Austin College awarded her the Posey Leadership Award.

Kumar serves on the boards of EMILY’s List and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Council on Foreign Relations Life Member.

Kumar is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and UC Davis.

Eve Maldonado O’Toole

Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation Board Member

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

Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation Board Member


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.

Rosario Dawson

Voto Latino Foundation Board Member

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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.

America Ferrara

Voto Latino Foundation Board Member

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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.

Wilmer Valderrama

Voto Latino Foundation Board Member

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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

Voto Latino Foundation Board Secretary

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.


María Teresa Kumar

President & CEO

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María Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s founding president, is an American activist and social entrepreneur and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor seeking to shake up the political process. Leveraging youth, technology, social platforms and influencers, Voto Latino reaches 6.5 million monthly. Voto Latino is a key civic engagement organization, registering 500,000+ voters. In 2018, Voto Latino registered 15 percent of new Texas voters.

Fast Company named Kumar among the 100 Creative Minds. Elle named her among the 10 most influential women in DC and Hispanic Executive named her among the 10 most influential Latinos. HBO’s Celebrity Habla profiled her work and Austin College awarded her the Posey Leadership Award.

Kumar serves on the boards of EMILY’s List and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Council on Foreign Relations Life Member.

Kumar is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and UC Davis.

Ameer Patel

Vice President of Programs

Ameer serves as our Vice President of Programs where he oversees our digital programming, research, and experimentation. Ameer focuses much of his time on designing programming aimed at increasing Latinx registration and turnout rates. In 2020, he led Voto Latino’s successful and award-winning campaign to register over 600k new voters. Additionally, Ameer helps lead the Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab where he works on designing and testing anti-disinformation content.

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 on Zoom calls or staring at spreadsheets, Ameer enjoys cooking, cycling, reading lesser-known biographies, and going on hikes with his dog Oso.

Galilea Martinez

Campaigns Coordinator

Galilea is the Campaigns Coordinator for Voto Latino. Before joining Voto Latino she worked in progressive campaigns in the state of Oklahoma flipping seats and working to recruit and train progressives to run for office within the state. She is passionate about ensuring we have equal representation at all levels of government across the country. In her free time you can catch her reading a book, hiking, or trying local eateries. She currently attends the University of Oklahoma– Boomer Sooner!

Germán Partida

Associate Director of the Office of the President

Germán is a graduate of UC San Diego with majors in political science and public health. With an interest in the nonprofit sector and community advocacy, Germán worked as the nonprofit operations intern with Voto Latino and went on to his current role as executive assistant. Through this position, he has enjoyed working with Latinx leaders and organizations throughout the country. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Germán understands the importance of civic participation in order to give a voice to the most marginalized communities.

Lizet Ocampo

Executive Director

Lizet Ocampo is Executive Director at Voto Latino. She most recently served as People For the American Way’s political director. In this role, she ran People For’s independent expenditure work, much of which focused on the Latinos Vote! program. This program engaged Latino Voters through paid and earned media and included work to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric from far-right leaders. In her time at PFAW, Ocampo managed the organization’s anti-Trump electoral efforts, worked with state and local leaders and organizations, engaged key national Latino leaders in elections including Dolores Huerta, Alicia Machado, and Rita Moreno, and served as a key spokesperson pushing back against right-wing extremism, especially as it related to immigration, civil rights, and voting rights. She also led the work on federal, state and local elections across the country, inducing special elections, off-year, midterm, and presidential elections.

Prior to her role at People For, Ocampo was associate director of immigration at the Center for American Progress. She has also served as vice president of campaigns for Latino Victory Project and national regional political director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Ocampo served at the White House in the Office of Legislative Affairs as well as in the leadership office of Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer. Ocampo received her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University. Lizet is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers.

Ocampo provides political commentary and policy analysis in both English and Spanish language. She has been cited as an expert in national publications ranging from the Washington Post to Latina Magazine, and has appeared on national broadcasts including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Espanol, and MSNBC.

Lydia Schwartz

Digital Associate

Lydia is the Digital Associate for Voto Latino. In her role, Lydia manages the execution of digital fundraising and engagement across various platforms like SMS, ads, email, and web.

Before joining our team, Lydia worked as a digital fundraising consultant for numerous progressive organizations in the lead up to the 2020 elections. Prior to that, she worked in mail persuasion for the 2018 midterms and is also a proud AmeriCorps alumni. Lydia is a graduate of the College of Wooster and a DC native. When she’s not fighting with EveryAction, you can find her hyper-focusing on her latest obsession or just outside. She really likes being outside. 

Norberto Briceño

Director of Social Media

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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.

Robert San Soucie

Data Analyst

Robert is a Data Analyst for Voto Latino. A native Texan, he was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021, majoring in computer science while developing an interest in progressive politics and organizing. During his time in Austin, he participated in campaigns to push the Austin government to transition to renewable energy as well as end the criminalization of homelessness. Outside of work, Robert can usually be found reading or trying new restaurants in DC.


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Civil Rights Activist

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Radio Personality



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