Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a DC-based, national nonprofit, well-known for its vast network of community based partners that work together to create trustworthy support systems that promote community action.
Her interest in innovative community engagement practices that build sustainable connections that lead to protecting health, culture, natural resources and community spans her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector.
Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
Areas of Expertise: Latino culture, environment, and issues related to Latinos and financial literacy, health and education
Laura Martinez, a Mexico City native, is a journalist and editor with over 20 years of experience specializing in Spanish-language marketing, media and advertising. She is a contributing editor at Multichannel News, a reporter for Portada and a New York City correspondent for EMMY Magazine. She is also the founder of Mi Blog es tu Blog, a daily blog on Hispanic media, marketing and pop culture.
Martinez has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and the United States. She was behind the creation and launch of groundbreaking media properties, including Nielsen’s Marketing y Medios magazine, an English-language trade publication devoted to explaining the Hispanic market to a non-Spanish speaking audience of executives and marketers, and the Spanish-language weekly edition of The Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Tell Me More’s Programming Battle Lands Univision In Court and on Morning Edition’s ‘Sábado Gigante’ Celebrates 50 With Lots Of Variety.
Journalist, Contributing Editor at Multichannel News
Areas of Expertise: Hispanic-Targeted Media, Hispanic Marketing, Hispanics in the U.S., Latin American Pop Culture, Immigration, Social Media Trends Among Latinos
Veronica (Ronnye) Vargas Stidvent can speak about political and policy trends in the Hispanic community, She is the chancellor of WGU Texas, but most recently served as President of CEA Consulting, LLC and was a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. In 2016, Stidvent was appointed to the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from UT and a law degree from Yale, Stidvent went on to serve as President George W. Bush’s special assistant for policy. She has also worked as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a policy advisor in the Office of Managements and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Chancellor of Western Governors University (WGU) Texas
Areas of Expertise: Immigration Policy and Reform, Latino Politics, Law, Business, Hispanic Culture and Identity, Hispanic Leadership