Erica Bernal-Martinez is the Chief Operating Officer of NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Educational Fund.
The NALEO Educational Fund works to encourage the participation of Latinos in the America political process and increase the effectiveness of Latino policymakers on issues such as immigration, voting rights and election reform.
Bernal-Martinez is an expert on the political participation and leadership among the Latino population. In her 20 years at NALEO Educational Fund, she has overseen the operations for the entire organization, including civic engagement, development and communications departments. She has led the organization’s efforts on voter registration through four presidential election cycles, as well as Get Out the Count campaigns for the 2010 and 2020 Census.
Areas of expertise: Political participation, civic engagement, governance of policy makers, and political leadership among the Latino population
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Note: Contact information is forAmanda Bosquez, NALEO Educational Fund National Director of Communications
Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Washington, DC seeks to empower young professionals in economic development, civic engagement, and political involvement. As the former Executive Director and General Counsel to the 112th Congressional Black Caucus, Rye is an expert on political strategy, public engagement, and issue advocacy.
Rye serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and National Bar Association, and her law background allows for a range of dialogue from political campaign to legislation that bears national and international implications. She is a proud graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, and serves on the University’s board of alumni.
Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies
Areas of Expertise: Government contracting, political campaigns, issue advocacy, strategic communications, political fundraising
Location: Washington, DC
Contact Information: Please contact her associate, Taylor Wills.
Call them what you will—Generation Y, Generation We, the Net Generation—but Erica Williams Simon says whatever you do, don’t call Millennials ordinary.
Simon is a Millennial social impact strategist and the founder of EWS Strategies, a consulting group that works with businesses and NGOs to engage young adults ages 18-30. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and was included on both Politico’s Top 50 to Watch list and the NAACP’s 40 Under 40.
Simon regularly presents at conferences and has appeared on MTV, BET, CNN, PBS and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and ESSENCE Magazine.
Millennial Social Impact Strategist, Founder/CEO of EWS Strategies
Areas of Expertise: Millennial Trends, Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, Changing Demographics, Communications/Messaging Analysis
Karthick Ramakrishnan (KAR-thik rah-mah-KRISH-nahn) teaches political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside. He is an expert on immigration policy, and his research interests include political behavior, policy process, federalism, interest groups, and Latino and Asian American politics.