2021 Speakers

Gala Honorees & Speakers

Congressman Filemon Vela

Congressman Filemon Vela

D-TX 34th District
Freedom and Justice Award
Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

Founder, Fair Fight
National Justice and Freedom Award
Congressman Raul Ruiz

Congressman Raul Ruiz

D-CA 36th District
National Legislative Award
AnaLuisa Tapia

AnaLuisa Tapia

LULAC Herencia Council 4297
TX District 17 Director
National Service Award
Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Community Organizer
Lifetime Impact Award
Congresswoman Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Deb Haaland

D-NM District #1
Keynote Speaker
Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

New York Senator
Keynote Speaker
Domingo Garcia

Domingo Garcia

LULAC National President
Sindy Benavides

Sindy Benavides

LULAC CEO
Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora

CEO of Promotores Unidos
Presidential Medal of Honor
Euler Torres

Euler Torres

LULAC Council #3273 and CEO, Latin Entertainment Network USA
Presidential Medal of Honor
Queta Rodriguez

Queta Rodriguez

Retired Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Presidential Medal of Honor
Carrie Ricci

Carrie Ricci

Associate General Counsel of the Marketing, Regulatory and Food Safety Programs U.S. Department of Agriculture
Presidential Medal of Honor
The Texicana Mamas

The Texicana Mamas

Latina Singer-Songwriters
Helen Ochoa

Helen Ochoa

Regional Mexican Singer-Songwriter
Corey Anthony

Corey Anthony

Senior Vice President – Chief Diversity and Development Officer, AT&T Services, Inc
Laura Berrocal

Laura Berrocal

Vice President of Policy and External Affairs, Charter Communications
Jackie Puente

Jackie Puente

Executive Director for External Affairs, Comcast Corporation

State of Latino Summit Speakers & Panelists

Steve Almazan

Steven Almazan

K12 Education Program Analyst, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Felipe Benítez

Felipe Benítez

Executive Director, Corazón Latino
Laura Berrocal

Laura Berrocal

Vice President of Policy and External Affairs, Charter Communications
José T. Bravo

José T. Bravo

Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance
Vanessa Cardenas

Vanessa Cardenas

LULAC Senior Advisor
Candelario Cervantez

Candelario Cervantez

National Senior Managing Director, Teach For America
David Cruz

David Cruz

LULAC Communications Director
Joanna Diaz Soffer

Joanna Diaz Soffer

Senior Manager of Government & External Affairs, T-Mobile
Claudia Flores

Claudia Flores

Immigration Campaign Manager, CAP
Dr. Rodolfo Galindo

Dr. Rodolfo Galindo

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University
Darcy Gallego

Darcy Gallego

Legislative Associate, Immigration Hub
Mariaelena Hincapié

Mariaelena Hincapié

Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
David Hinojosa

David Hinojosa

Director of Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers
Jessica Gonzalez

Jessica Gonzalez

Co-CEO, Free Press
Melissa Lazarín

Melissa Lazarín

Senior Advisor for K-12 Policy, Migration Policy Institute
Jamie Margolin

Jamie Margolin

Founder, Zero Hour
Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith

Chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
Cintia Ortiz

Cintia Ortiz

Environmental Justice Fellow, LULAC
Aracely Panameño

Aracely Panameño

Director of Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending
Dr. Melissa L. Pluguez-Moldavskiy

Dr. Melissa L. Pluguez-Moldavskiy

DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Jackie Puente

Jackie Puente

Executive Director for External Affairs, Comcast Corporation
Alejandro Roark

Alejandro Roark

Executive Director, Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP)
Teresa Romero

Teresa Romero

Executive Director, United Farm Workers
Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Committee
Monica Sarmiento

Monica Sarmiento

Executive Director, VA Immigrant Rights Coalition
Dr. Ilan Shapiro

Dr. Ilan Shapiro

Co-Chair of Southern CA chapter, National Hispanic Medical Association
Esther Sosa

Esther Sosa

Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Ritchie Torres

Ritchie Torres

U.S. Congressman, NY-15

Emerge Latino Conference Speakers

Jesús “Chuy” García

Jesús “Chuy” García

U.S. Congressman for Illinois 4th District
Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla

U.S. Senator for California
Lorena McElwain

Lorena McElwain

Former Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education
Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia

U.S. Congresswoman, TX-29
Yoger Aguilar

Yoger Aguilar

LULAC Council 354
Doris Alcivar

Doris Alcivar

Assistant Director, Employer Relations UCF Career Services
Corina Alegria

Corina Alegria

Interim Texas Deputy Director for Young Adults
Jose Barrera

Jose Barrera

LULAC Deputy Director for California
Estefany Castañeda

Estefany Castañeda

Board Clerk
Alan Curtis

Alan Curtis

President, Eisenhower Foundation
Jasmin Chavez

Jasmin Chavez

LULAC Deputy Director for Virginia
Nanette Diaz Barragán

Nanette Diaz Barragán

U.S. Congresswoman California 44th District
Emilia Gutierrez

Emilia Gutierrez

Politics & Government Manager, Facebook
Joél-Léhi Organista

Joél-Léhi Organista

LULAC National Vice President for Youth
Andres Rodriguez

Andres Rodriguez

LULAC National Vice-President for Young Adults

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