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Michael J. Frias

CEO, Catalist

Michael J. Frias

Michael J. Frias has over twenty years combined experience in politics, state government, and the federal government. Prior to joining Catalist, Michael was at the Department of Homeland Security. While there, he served as Deputy Chair of the Common Vetting Task Force and led the interagency development of a Big Data environment to improve information sharing across the DHS Enterprise and the Intelligence Community. Michael was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Excellence by Secretary Jeh Johnson for his outstanding work.

Previously, Michael served as Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill. He also worked on national, statewide, congressional, and municipal campaigns across the country, including California, Florida, and Ohio. Notably, he was the Arizona Coordinated Campaign Director in 2006 and the State Director for America Coming Together (ACT) in 2004.

Michael currently leads Catalist, a progressive data and analytics firm where he serves as the company’s first Latino CEO. He also serves on the advisory boards of Higher Ground Labs, Equis Research, and Poder Latinx.

Michael is a native Arizonan. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Carmen, and their four children.

Panel Information


4:00 PM EST

Voting Rights Session "Ensuring Latino Representation in Democracy" Focusing on the importance of voting rights and political participation.

The need for Latino representation in democracy is underscored by their significant impact in the 2020 presidential election and the barriers to voting and political participation they often face. The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative reported that in 2020, Latinos cast 16.6 million votes, a 30.9% increase over the 2016 presidential election, playing a key role in swinging election results in several battleground states.

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