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Tomas Duran

CA President, Chicanos por la Causa (CPLC)

Tomas Duran

Tomás E. Durán joined Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) in January 2022 as the California Market President. Prior to joining the CPLC team, Tomás was the Senior Vice President for Economic Resilience with Community Health Councils, Inc in South Los Angeles.

During his tenure at CHC he managed program to support entrepreneurs from South Los Angeles and developed a “sand box” for the organization that is used to prioritize projects and direct investment. Tomás also developed the financing strategy for the organization’s Food Tech Hub, a shared location for nonprofits addressing food access, and led the search for a suitable site.

Tomás brings almost 20 years of experience providing technical assistance to small businesses. For example, as the Administrator for Special Projects at the Center for Economic Development in the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy, he worked with more than 250 manufactures in the defense supply chain to plan for succession, access capital, and increase their cybersecurity. Tomás is also a partner in Concerned Capital, Inc., a boutique economic development firm that specializes in employee ownership and preserving blue collar jobs.

Tomás is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He lives in Whittier, CA with his wife, sons, and two mischievous dogs. When is isn’t busy shuttling his sons to and from the soccer pitch, he can be found volunteering in his community as a soccer referee or with the Dads clubs at his sons’ schools.

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11:00 AM

Politics and Law | Women Belong Where Decisions are Made

Join us to explore concepts of gender, politics, and power, and related concepts such as intersectionality, patriarchy, sexism, and stereotypes. We turn our attention to two arenas in which gender and politics interact in the US: social and political movements and women as political actors. Examine how women negotiate movements and how gender shapes structure, tactics, and outcomes for both women’s movements (e.g., suffrage, feminist, conservative, #metoo) and other movements (such as the Progressive and civil rights movements).

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