Power Summit 2022 - Voto Latino

Speakers

Senator Klobuchar

U.S. Senate

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Senator Klobuchar has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70.

Senator Klobuchar has built a reputation of putting partisanship aside to help strengthen the economy and support families, workers, and businesses. In 2019, an analysis by Vanderbilt University ranked her as the “most effective” Democratic senator in the 115th Congress.

Since arriving in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar has worked with Democrats and Republicans to get things done. She led the effort to pass landmark pieces of legislation to end human trafficking and combat the opioid epidemic. She fought to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and pushed the cell phone companies to enact more consumer-friendly policies.

Senator Klobuchar serves as the Chairwoman of numerous committees including the Senate Rules Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, and the Senate Broadband Caucus.

Estuardo Rodriguez

Latino Museum, The Rabben Group

Estuardo Rodriguez is a Principal and Counsel on Media and Communications at The Raben Group, where he brings years of experience with media and message development in addition to extensive experience with government affairs and specialized marketing to Hispanic communities.

Mr. Rodriguez splits his portfolio between a number of non-profit organizations, which include the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and corporate clients including Time Warner Cable and the Property Casualty Insurance Association of America (PCIAA). In addition, Mr. Rodriguez serves as a Democratic strategist and news commentator appearing on CNN, CNN en Español, Univision’s Despierta America, NTN 24, national and local Univision and Telemundo. He has also served the U.S. Department of State as an independent political analyst in Latin America and abroad, specifically in Colombia, Chile, Bolivia and Spain, discussing U.S. / Latin America relations as well as the influence of the U.S. Hispanic vote.

Priority projects and campaigns include the creation of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino 501(c)3, which helps to drive the campaign to create a National Museum of the American Latino, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s (NHLA) 2012 Public Policy Agenda, which outlines the priorities for the Latino community and sets the marker for the 113th Congress and the White House. The Agenda was presented at both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

In addition, Mr. Rodriguez leads the Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary (HFJ) campaign, which focuses on the role of Latinos in the judicial appointments process and played a significant role in the debate and confirmation process of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Liz Lebrón

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Research Manager, Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab at Voto Latino

Liz Lebrón is the research manager for the Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab (LADL), a joint project between Voto Latino and Media Matters for America, a nonprofit disinformation watchdog. Liz drives the lab’s research into disinformation campaigns that target the Latino community and threaten its access to the ballot box. Prior to joining Voto Latino, Liz served as the voter outreach manager for Pinellas County, Florida, where she led the transition from in-person to virtual voter engagement during the 2020 election cycle. Liz began her research career in corporate communications, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies and Forbes Global 2000 firms, before working in higher education while earning graduate degrees in communications and political science. When she’s not working to increase voter turnout in the Latino community, Liz is writing her dissertation on Latino politics.

Kyle Van Fleet

Communications Associate at APIAVote

Kyle Van Fleet (he/him/his) is the Communications Associate at APIAVote. In his day to day work, Kyle manages APIAVote’s social media and press inquiries, crafts communications strategy, and monitors online disinformation impacting AAPI communities.

Kyle is a 2019 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in International Affairs and minor in Political Communications. He has previously worked in the disinformation space and two congressional offices. Outside of APIAVote, Kyle is a part-time photographer, vinyl record collector, and avid traveler.

Brandon Wolf

Equality Florida

Brandon Wolf is a survivor of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and national advocate for LGBTQ civil rights and gun safety reform. A regular contributor in print and television media outlets, he has dedicated his life to tackling injustice and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. He is the co-founder and Board Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces in schools for LGBTQ youth, provides college funding, and empowers champions in the fight for equality.

In 2021, Brandon was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ Florida Advisory Committee, where he will work to inform future civil rights policy and enforcement of existing protections. He has served on the Boards of the Ban Assault Weapons Now campaign in Florida and the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence nationally. Brandon is currently the Media Relations Manager and Central Florida Development Officer for Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

Jazmin Cazarez

Activist

I’m Jazmin Cazares, I’m 17 and a Senior in High School. I’ve recently become an activist. Truth be told, this wasn’t something I planned on doing. But because of the tragedy at Robb Elementary on May 24th I lost my little sister Jackie, and my little cousin Annabelle. As a Latina living in a majority Latino community I think a lot of us have the mindset that our vote doesn’t matter. That’s why I’m using my voice as a fellow of Voto Latino, to show others that their voices matter.

Speaker Pelosi

Speaker of the House

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Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency – the first person to do so in more than six decades. Speaker Pelosi is the chief architect of generation-defining legislation under two Democratic administrations, including the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan. Now in her fourth term as Speaker, Pelosi is fighting For The People: working to lower costs, increase paychecks and create jobs for American families.

For 35 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for 19 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.

Rosario Dawson

Actress

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Rosario Dawson is an artist, producer, designer, and activist. She made her feature film debut at the age of 15 in the controversial KIDS, followed by Spike Lee’s HE GOT GAME and THE 25TH HOUR. She’s since starred in a range of films including ALEXANDER, RENT, CLERKS II, TRANCE, UNSTOPPABLE and MEN IN BLACK II, as well as the SIN CITY franchise.

On the small screen, Dawson starred as ‘Allegra Dill’ in USA’s BRIARPATCH and as ‘Claire Temple’ in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel comic book series DAREDEVIL, LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, JESSICA JONES, and THE DEFENDERS. She also loved joining JANE THE VIRGIN for two seasons as ‘Jane Ramos’.

Recently she can be seen in the Hulu limited series DOPESICK, the Ava DuVernay directed series DMZ and CLERKS 111 out in theaters in August 2022. This past year, Rosario filmed Haunted Mansion for Disney and will be leading her own series as Ahsoka Tano in Disney’s Star Wars Universe.

In 2013, Rosario founded Studio One Eighty Nine (Studio 189) with Abrima Erwiah, a fashion and media lifestyle brand made in Africa that produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. Studio 189 was recently the recipient of the prestigious CFDA Lexus Sustainable Fashion Initiative prize. Studio 189 is carried at top luxury retailors and boutiques such as Net-a-porter, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Dawson is extremely passionate about helping empower LatinX millennials to vote and lead so in 2004, she co-founded Voto Latino. The organization has registered over one million people and was one of the co founders of National Voter Registration Day. Dawson is an active board member of V-Day, The Lower East Side Girls Club, and Operation USA. Rosario made history as one of the first women of color to join the Board of Directors of a major cannabis brand, Cann Social Tonics. She serves as an advisor to World Tree, the new gaming Company, Hi-Def and is the face of Pandora’s Sustainable lab created diamond collection. In 2021, Rosario joined as an advisory council member to the Smithsonian Women’s Museum, dedicated to creating a new federal museum honoring women and their histories.

Gabriel Ramirez

Poet, Performer, and Educator

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Gabriel Ramirez is a Queer Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist.  Gabriel has received fellowships from The Conversation Literary Arts Festival,  Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Watering Hole, CantoMundo, Miami Book  Fair, and was a participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. Gabriel has  performed on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, United Nations,  Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre, and other venues & universities around the  nation. Gabriel was featured in Huffington Post, VIBE Magazine, Blavity,  Upworthy, The Flama, and Remezcla. You can find his work in various spaces,  including Youtube, and in publications like The Volta, Split This Rock, The  Acentos Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, and in Bettering  American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017), What Saves Us: Poems of  Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press  2019) and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Press 2020).  Follow Gabriel @RamirezPoet and RamirezPoet.com.

Alexandria Villaseñor

Climate Justice Activist

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At the age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth-led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author, and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education-focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. In 2021, she became Co-Host of FINTECH.TV’s show, Price of Climate, sitting down with notable activists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to discuss how we can best understand and activate the next generation of climate leaders.

She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis. Alexandria serves on the advisory board for the national climate policy platform Evergreen Action and is a youth spokesperson and advisor for the American Lung Association. She is the youngest Junior Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and also a GlobalChoices Arctic Angel, speaking out on the urgency to address the Arctic crisis. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Common Good American Spirit Changemaker award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.

Charlie Amáyá Scott

Influencing for Good

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A Diné scholar born and raised within the Navajo Nation, Charlie Amáyá Scott (they/her) reflects, analyzes, and critiques what it means to be a Diné, Queer, and Trans in the 21st century on her personal blog, dineaesthetics.com, while inspiring joy and justice to thousands on Instagram and TikTok at @dineaesthetics.

Christopher Rivas

Author of Brown Enough

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Christopher Rivas is an actor, author, podcaster, and storyteller
best known for his on-screen work on the Fox series, Call Me Kat.
In addition, he hosts two podcasts on SiriusXM’s Stitcher:
Rubirosa, a limited series about the life of Porfirio Rubirosa, and a weekly show, Brown Enough (to be released in September).
Rivas is simultaneously authoring a book, BROWN ENOUGH that
Row House Publishing is slated to release on October 11, 2022.
He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Expressive Arts for Global Health &
Peace Building from The European Graduate School and a
Rothschild Social Impact fellow. Rivas resides in Los Angeles,
CA. To pre-order a copy of Brown Enough click here.
Visit his website at www.christopherrivas.com.

Jessica Angima

Deputy Training Director, Arena

Jessica is a first-generation Kenyan American organizer and social practice artist. Prior to joining Arena in 2020, she managed the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a project of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs aimed at developing a diverse pipeline of future arts leaders. During this time she also received over 400 hours of meditation instruction training and began providing community-engaged workshops and classes throughout New York City. With this background, Jessica centers the creative and relational in supporting the progressive movement. As Deputy Training Director, she helps Arena-trained staffers build thoughtful people-centered campaigns.

Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY on unceded Lenape territory with her cat and her books.

Santiago Martinez

Partner, Arena

Santiago supports the work of Arena’s training team and oversees the development of resources for the Arena Toolbox. Santiago also uses his background in data to inform Arena’s approach to campaign strategy and support. Before joining Arena, Santiago was a Senior Vice President of Data & Analytics at 270 Strategies. He has helped organizations make informed, data-driven decisions to meet their goals. Using his extensive campaign experience, Santiago helped campaigns across the country and around the globe run sophisticated data analytics operations. In 2012, Santiago was the North Carolina Data Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign, where he built one of the most sophisticated data shops in the campaign’s ten battleground states. In 2008 Santiago got his start as a field organizer in North Carolina, and the experience frames his people-driven approach to analytics. Santiago resides just outside of DC in Rockville, MD, but maintains a love for his home state of Arizona and has a soft spot for North Carolina.

Carlos Garcia

Finhabits

CEO & Founder of Finhabits

Yvonne Gutierez

Latino Victory

Yvonne Gutierrez is an executive leader and strategist with 18 years of community engagement, relationship and coalition building, program and campaign development, fundraising, and public affairs experience. Throughout her award-winning career, Yvonne has proudly worked with many community, organizational and political leaders and led diverse teams on the issues of reproductive rights, gender equity, and political access for BIPOC women as well as voter engagement campaigns.

Yvonne began her career with Planned Parenthood in Texas, where she spent nearly 15 years advocating for all Texans’ reproductive health and rights. As Vice President of Public Affairs for PP South Texas (PPST), Yvonne worked throughout the region to build support for the organization with elected and community leaders and partner organizations. She also served as a primary spokesperson for the organization, tripling positive earned media hits.

Yvonne then moved up to lead as Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (Texas and Louisiana) where she successfully lobbied state legislatures in Texas and Louisiana and oversaw grassroots organizing efforts. Yvonne also co-led the 2013 “Stand with Texas Women” campaign and developed and managed legislative and statewide grassroots organizing strategies aroundWendy Davis’ historic filibuster.

In 2014, Yvonne co-founded Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV), the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood in Texas. She served as its first executive director, holding the position for over five years. During her time as ED, Yvonne developed and executed statewide plans for electoral, legislative, and organizing campaigns that successfully defended against 90+% of anti-choice bills and reached more than 400,000 voters per election cycle. Her efforts more than doubled the organizations’ supporter base from less than 500,000 to more than 1M and increased revenue by 75%.

Yvonne then joined the leadership team of Supermajority, a member-based organization that trains and mobilizes women of all ages, races and backgrounds to advocate for gender equity and get out the vote. As Head of Community Engagement for Supermajority, Yvonne oversaw outreach for all organizational partnerships expanding support for Supermajority’s campaign initiatives. Notably, she built partnerships for Supermajority with over 200 state-based organizations and BIPOC women leaders in over 20 cities and led 25 national gender justice and advocacy organizations to partner in national voting campaigns.

Dedicating her life to civic engagement, Yvonne serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for Rewire News and as a board member of the Workers Defense Action Fund. Most recently, Yvonne was selected to serve on the advisory board for the Gender Equity Action Fund. She previously chaired the board of directors for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and served on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC committee.

In 2018, Yvonne was selected as a fellow in the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Binational Fellowship program for outstanding Latina professionals. In 2016, she was chosen as a fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellowship program. Yvonne is a native Texan and lives in Washington DC.

Obet Montalvo

Take Back the Court

Obet Montalvo is an organizer through and through, having spent the last few years working for progressive candidates and causes in Texas, Nevada, and California. He comes to Take Back the Court with a background building digital campaigns, as well as running bilingual organizing and outreach programs. Recently, he spent the 2020 cycle with Cory Booker in Nevada managing the Latino Vote program and as the Digital Director for Prop 16, a ballot proposition in California to end the more than 25-year ban on affirmative action in the state.

Kenny Sandoval

Kenny Sandoval

Vice President of Campaigns and Partnerships

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Kenneth Sandoval is Voto Latino’s Vice President of Campaigns and Partnerships where he oversees partnership acquisition and maintenance, on-the-ground programming, branding, and volunteer efforts. Kenny takes on this role with more than a decade of experience in politics, federal government, and the nonprofit sector.

An organizer at heart, Kenny began his work in politics in 2010 on the Democratic gubernatorial campaign in New Mexico. He then joined President Obama’s campaign in the state as the LGBTQ+ Outreach Director, Youth Outreach Director, and Regional Field Director. After the 2012 election, Kenny worked on the Presidential Inaugural Committee as Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement for LGBTQ+ Outreach and Deputy Associate Director for Latino Outreach. From there, Kenny moved to the DNC Finance Department and then the White House where he worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to the White House Counsel.

Most recently, Kenny worked with Breakthrough Energy (formerly part of Gates Ventures) in the fight against climate change, and prior to that worked at Palladium, an international development firm.

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.

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