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2023 Speakers

Gala Honorees

Richard Fierro

Northrop Grumman, Deputy Site Lead at FCCO MTC and Owner of Atrevida Beer Co., Army Veteran, Local Hero

Javier Cazares

Father, Former Candidate for Uvalde, TX County Commissioner Precinct 2

José Altuve (invited)

Astro's Baseball Player

Rep. Peter Aguilar

U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district

Iris Martinez

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk

Isabel Verver-De La Vega

Founder of the Little School of 400

Gala Speakers & Special Guests

Domingo Garcia

LULAC National President

Congressman Maxwell Frost

U.S. Representative, Florida’s 10th District

Rep. Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jose M Hernandez

Former NASA Astronaut

Legislative Conference Speakers & Panelists

Dr. Omar Escontrías

Senior Vice President of Equity, Research & Programs, National Health Council

Jillien Meier

Managing Director, Program Partnerships and Strategy Development

Lydia Guzman

Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Chicanos Por La Causa (Invited)

Brayan Rosa-Rodríguez

Senior Economic Policy Analyst, UnidosUS (Invited)

Sobella Ayuso

Vice President for Banking Business Development Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Invited)

Delma Gorostieta

LULAC Vice President for Young Adults (Invited)

Ricardo Rocha

Founder and President of Bondadosa

Winter Snitz-Meza

LULAC National Policy & Legislation Manager

Javier Cazares

Father, Former Candidate for Uvalde, TX County Commissioner Precinct 2

Teri Caserta

Mother of the late U.S. Navy Petty Officer Brandon Caserta

José Gaona

National Policy & Advocacy Manager, HECHO

Rafaela Schwan

LULAC Interim Chief Operating Officer

Priscilla Garcia

LULAC Programs Manager

Dr. Adrianna Nava

President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Eddie Taveras

Political Director - Immigration Campaigns,

Roman Palomares

Chief of Staff, LULAC National President’s Office

Jose Alfaro

Director of Latinx Leadership & Community Engagement, Everytown for Gun Safety

Dr. Mara Queiroz-Vaughn

USCIS Citizenship Ambassador, LULAC Dallas #272 President, and UNT Dallas Program Director

Liz Mahar

Director of Advocacy & Strategic Alliances, PhRMA

Douglas LeBlanc, Jr

MPH, Public Health Advisor, District of Columbia Department of Health – Community Health Administration

Xochitl Oseguera

Vice President, MomsRising / MamásConPoder

Jeff Stout

Director, Office of Federal Program Finance at U.S. Department of Treasury

Madeleine F. Wallace, Ph.D.

CEO, Windrose Vision

Nancy Duchesneau

Senior P-12 Research Associate, The Education Trust

Dr. James Helis

Director, U.S. Army’s Resiliency Directorate

Dr. Matthew Miller

Executive Director of Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Leonard Gonzales

LULAC Council #3274

Pablo Blank

Director of Immigrant Integration, Central American Solidarity Association (CASA Inc.)

Emerge Conference Speakers

Mario Acosta-Velez

Vice President of Local Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Policy for Verizon East Region

Nicolas Suarez

Youth Advocacy Program Associate, Tobacco Free Kids

Sara Mora


Jasmin Chavez

State Director, Virginia LULAC

Ariel Garayar


Shelsey Delgado

Organizer, Legal Aid Justice Center

Jonathan Dromgoole

Candidate for Arlington County Board in Virginia

Alan Cruz

Emerge Student