"Gamemakers of The Capitol": the Latinos of DC redesigning the future.


In the midst of national heated debates over the future of Latinos in the country, Latino Leaders Magazine headed to Washington D.C. to hear what the leaders on The Hill had to say. The table was filled with impressive leaders from all sectors: private, academic, entrepreneurs, journalist, media executives and of course, leaders in legislation and politics. We covered current national hot topics, including the Latino vote, "we are going to have 28 million eligible to vote by the election, we need to motivate the masses to vote," but what was different, is that the conversation went a step further, the DC leaders talked strategy. There is a design to creating long lasting effective change, to achieve that, you need to have the right people behind the scenes working together, towards a common goal, "one day it will be the norm to see a Latino running for any office; we are working on that today." Although they may come from different backgrounds and/or opposing political ideologies, you would have never known it. One of the leaders stated it best, "regardless of politics we always help each other, it's a DC thing."

Cristobal Alex


Latino Victory Project

A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristobal received his J.D. from the University of Washington School and is the current President of the Latino Victory Project, founded to build Latino political power. Prior to launching the Latino Victory Project, Cristobal spent more than five years in philanthropy serving at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation, while at the Ford Foundation he managed the Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation initiative. During his time at the Open Society Foundations, Cristobal managed the civic engagement portfolio and supported a range of strategies to inspire public participation in underrepresented communities. Previously, Cristobal served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, where he led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to raise awareness of the civil rights rollback and develop strategies to win in the federal courts. He also practiced civil rights law with Seattle-based MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, one of the nation's leading law firms. Cristobal currently in part of the board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund, Working America Education Fund and Every Voice.

Helena Ramirez

Eastern Coalitions Coordinator

The LIBRE Initiative

Ramirez is the Eastern Coalitions Coordinator for The LIBRE Initiative, where she helps the LIBRE team develop relationships with students, young professionals, and women in the Hispanic community. A proud Cuban-Puerto Rican Helena is committed to advancing the Hispanic community nationwide. Some of Helena's leadership includes having served as the inaugural Chairwoman for She Should Run's Frontrunners, a group that is committed to increasing the number of women in public leadership. She is the current Board Chair for the National Campus Leadership Council, an organization that helps student government leaders identify innovative solutions, and generate greater expertise to ensure young leaders are effective stakeholders and spokespeople on campus and beyond. Helena has also served as a University Trustee for Florida International University in 2010-2011. In 2015, Helena was named Forbes "30 Under 30" in Law & Policy. In 2014, she was also named Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30"

Scott Astrada

Economic Policy Advisor

United States Senate

A first generation American from Milford, Connecticut, whose family is originally from the pampas of Argentina; Astrada is part of the first generation of his family to graduate college and understood early on the central importance that education and financial literacy have for families. Devoting much of his career to economically and legally empowering underserved populations, especially Latinos, as they seek to build better lives for themselves in the United States; Scott now currently serves as an economic policy advisor for the U.S. Senate Democratic Leadership. Prior to the Senate, he served as an attorney and political appointee in the Administration of President Barack Obama in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Scott holds a JD and an MBA from Marquette University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin --Madison. Currently, he is pursuing an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Maricela Huerta

Associate Director, Conference Services

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Maricela arrived to PBS with a broad background in...

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