Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

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Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

Maite Arce

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.

Maite Arce

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

Location: Washington, DC

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Phone: (202) 640-4342

Added July 2015

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches public opinion of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S. at the Pew Research Center. She is a primary contributor to all the different stages of the center’s National Survey of Latinos. For more than four years, Gonzalez-Barrera worked at CIDE in Mexico, where she coordinated two rounds of the Mexico and the Americas public opinion survey in 2004 and 2010, and then served as director of population distribution at the Mexican Population Council before joining the Pew Research Center in 2011.

She is an author of An Awakened Giant: the Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030,The Path Not Taken: Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens, and Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less, among others.

Ana Gonzalez Barrerra
Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Areas of Expertise: Public opinion research and statistical analysis of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S., with a particular expertise on Mexican migration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:
Email: (Pew’s Communications Manager)
Phone: (202) 419-4318

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Ana Gonzalez-Barrera Discusses Voting Trends In Presidential Elections

Added July 2015

Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez is president of the Becoming America Institute, a non-profit public policy organization in Boulder, Colorado, as well as a noted political commentator and columnist. Her syndicated column runs in newspapers nationally and she is a political analyst for FOX News.

In addition to her frequent television appearances, Chavez has been a guest on NPR to discuss everything from Paul Ryan to public sector unions. She has written and spoken extensively on civil rights, women’s issues and race. She is the author of “Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation,” and a memoir, “An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal.”

Chavez has served in a number of appointed positions, including as Chairman of the National Commission on Migrant Education and Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She was the 1986 Republican nominee for Maryland’s U.S. Senate race.

President of the Becoming America Institute, Political Columnist and Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Conservative Politics, Republican Party, Civil Rights, Hispanic Issues

Location: Boulder, CO (with frequent travel to D.C. and NYC)

Contact Info:

Phone: (720) 545-6533


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Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Previously Gonzalez worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Policy Analyst, focusing on immigrants’ rights issues at the Georgia General Assembly and across the Southeast. In part through his efforts, DeKalb County became the largest municipality to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card as a form of identification for Mexican nationals in DeKalb County. He also advocated toward the passage of a new Georgia flag without the confederate battle emblem.

During the 2010 Census, Gonzalez advocated for strong participation of the Latino community in Georgia. Gonzalez and GALEO were also involved in fighting the passage of Georgia’s HB 87, an anti-immigration piece of legislation.


Founder, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Areas of Expertise: Latino Issues, Immigration, Politics, Latino Vote, Latino Politics,Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights, Marriage Equality

Location: Atlanta, GA
Contact Info:

Office: (404) 745-2580

Twitter: @JerryGonzalez93

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Added in June 2013. Last updated January 2021.

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal is the legal director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), and a civil rights attorney specializing in legal issues affecting the LGBT community and those living with HIV, particularly in immigration law. Most recently, he worked at Lambda Legal, where he focused on marriage equality, immigration and issues affecting LGBT and HIV-affected people of color.

Espinoza-Madrigal’s cases have been featured in the New York Times and New York Law Journal. He speaks nationally on civil rights issues, and provides legal commentary to CNN, Univision, Telemundo and the Huffington Post. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.


Legal Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy

Areas of Expertise: Gay Rights, Public Health, Immigrant Rights, Immigration Reform, Civil Rights, Latino Rights/Issues, Marriage Equality, Issues Affecting LGBT and HIV-Affected People of Color

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:


Mobile: (908) 405-2269

Twitter: @ivanEspinozaESQ

Laura Martinez

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

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:


Office: 212 926-6593

Mobile: 917 576-2646

Twitter: @miblogestublog

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Miguel Pérez

Miguel Pérez is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre, at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx. He is an award-winning reporter and columnist. He has spent his 35-year career covering the issues and concerns of America’s burgeoning Latino population and chronicling the evolution of Hispanic heritage.

He has appeared on Telemundo 47 as a political analyst and has examined key issues affecting the Hispanic community on CNN, Univision, the FOX Business Channel and several Latin American TV and radio networks. He has reported for The Tampa Times and The Miami Herald, and was a staff columnist for the New York Daily News and The Record of Hackensack, NJ.

In his nationally syndicated columns he looks at Latino contributions to American society, the fight to protect democratic rights in Latin America, immigration trends across the United States and many other issues of concern to America’s Hispanic population.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre at Lehman College, CUNY

Expertise: Politics, Latinos in Politics, Immigration, Latino Politics, Latino Issues

Location: New York, NY

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Phone: (718) 960-6741

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson is dean and the Mabie-Apallas professor of public interest law and Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Davis. He was appointed dean of the school of law in 2008 and has been a tenured professor of law since 1992.

According to his bio, Johnson served on the immigration policy group of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was named the 2008 Scholar of the Year by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. He was also named Professor of the Year in 2006 by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Johnson edits the blog ImmigrationProf and contributes to SCOTUSblog. He is the author of several books, including Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border, Understanding Immigration Law, and How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man’s Search for Identity.

Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, Dean of the law school at the University of California, Davis

Areas of Expertise: Law, Immigration Law, Chicana/o Studies, Latinos, Public Interest Law, Civil Rights, Civil Procedure

Location: Davis, CA

Contact Info:

Office: (530) 754-8152

Mobile: (530) 574-8257


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Jennifer S. Korn

Jennifer S. Korn was Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House. Before that, she was the Deputy Political Director of the Republican National Committee. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN).

As a Republican political strategist, she has provided commentary for Fox and has written for the Huffington Post, NBC Latino, and Fox News Latino.

Special Assistant to the President

Areas of Expertise: Politics & Policy, Political Campaigns, Hispanic and Latino Issues, Women’s Issues, Intergovernmental Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Twitter: @jennifersks

Featured on: Fox and Friends

Featured on: Power Play With Chris Stirewalt

Added in March 2013. Last updated January 2021.