A few weeks later, Gutierrez announced he was stepping down from his position as vice chairman at Citigroup to lead his super PAC as chairman. According to his bio on the Hispanic Leadership Network website, he was actively involved in U.S.-Cuba policy during his tenure as Commerce Secretary. He was also previously chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company.
Founder and Chairman, Republicans for Immigration Reform super PAC
Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Business, Commerce, Politics & Policy, Latinos, Cuba, Republican Party, Conservative Politics
Ron Hira teaches in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He is also a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in policy issues on offshoring businesses, high-skill immigration, and the American engineering workforce.
Hira has written widely on offshoring, high-skilled immigration, innovation, and the decline of the middle class. He is co-author of the book, Outsourcing America, which was a finalist for best business book in the PMA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards. The Boston Globe called Outsourcing America an “honest, disturbing look at outsourcing.” The Washington Postdescribed the book as a “thorough and easy to grasp primer on the wrenching outsourcing debate.” In addition, he has testified seven times before Congress on high-skilled immigration and outsourcing.
Associate Professor in Political Science, Howard University
Areas of Expertise: High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Labor Markets, Offshoring and Outsourcing, Innovation Policy
John Carlos Frey, Reporting Fellow for The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is an award-winning freelance investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on migrant life and marginalized communities through his vast reporting along the U.S. Mexico border and Latino community. Through his reporting Frey has gained national and international notoriety and his work has even prompted federal and local investigations.
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
Lorella Praeli is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for UnitedWeDream. Previously, she co-founded and directed Connecticut Students for a Dream and led the public advocacy campaign for the passage of the Connecticut in-state tuition bill. The bill was signed into law in 2012, making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition at state colleges.
Originally from Ica, Peru, Praeli immigrated to the United States at the age of 11 to receive medical treatment. After advocating for the adoption of anti-bullying measures at the legislative and community levels, she joined the student immigrant rights movement and came out as “undocumented and unafraid.”
Her advocacy efforts and leadership with United We Dream played a key role in forcing the Obama administration to deliver reprieve from deportation and work permits to 1.4 million DREAMers through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Praeli graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology.
Director of Advocacy and Policy, UnitedWeDream
Areas of Expertise: Immigration Policy and Politics, Immigrant Youth Movement, DREAM Act, Youth Organizing
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is Dean and professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Previously, he taught globalization and Education at New York University and human development and psychology at Harvard University.
As a fellow at Princeton University, Suárez-Orozco worked on issues of education, globalization, and immigration. He is currently co-director of the Harvard Immigration Projects and Immigration Studies at NYU.
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