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

Matt Barreto

Matt Barreto is a political science professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that looks at the political opinions of this increasingly influential group. Time Magazine called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling.”

Barreto’s expertise lies in Latino public opinion, voting behavior and race politics in the U.S., including voter ID laws. Along with Latino Decisions co-founder Gary Segura, he was a principal investigator of the American National Election Study Latino oversample, the first ever oversample of Latino voters.

He was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. In 2016, he also directed Latino outreach research for the election campaigns of Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

Barreto makes frequent appearances in the news. During the 2020 presidential election, he was quoted by The Atlantic, The New York Times  and the Washington Post.

Location: Seattle, WA

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Latino electorate, Latino political opinions, voter ID laws, Voting Rights Act

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(909) 489-2955
Twitter: @LatinoDecisions

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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
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Office: (404) 745-2580

Twitter: @JerryGonzalez93

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Added in June 2013. Last updated January 2021.

Sylvia Manzano

Sylvia Manzano is currently a Principal at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm, where she previously worked as a senior analyst.

In a 2015 Code Switch piece, Manzano spoke about “Hispandering”: a mashup of “Hispanic” and “pandering” that refers to faking interest in Hispanic issues and culture for self-serving political reasons. “Talking to Latino audiences about immigration isn’t pandering. We know that is an issue that matters to this electorate. It disproportionately affects this electorate. So, if candidates are talking about immigration, that’s the right thing to do,” said Manzano.

Prior to Latino Decisions, Manzano served as assistant professor of political science at Texas A&M University where she taught courses such as “Race, Ethnicity and American Politics” and “Latino Politics in the United States.”

She has been a guest on her local stations KUT and Texas Public Radio along with NPR. Her most recent publications include articles about Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Latino gender attitudes in the journals Political Communication and Politics and Gender.


Principal at Latino Decisions

Areas of Expertise: Latino Voting Behavior, Latino Vote, Politics of Race and Ethnicity,State and Local Politics, Political Behavior

Location: College Station, TX

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Hispanic Diversity Makes for Unique Voting Bloc

Added January 2013

Last verified January 2021.