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Nov 2004Present

Guest Youth Civic Engagement & U.S. Election Speaker: U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grants

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAM
  • Speaker via video conferences and web chats with youth across the globe to promote youth civic and political participation (reoccurring countries include; Africa, China, Nicaragua, Israel and Palestine).
  • One-week speaking tour in Mexico (D.F., Merida and Yucatan) to discuss youth civic participation with Mexican Senators, government officials, academics and youth in preparation of their Presidential election. *Conducted inSpanish
  • Created and moderated a 2-day political and strategy retreat for Peru’s Youth leaders.*Conducted in Spanish
Feb 2008Aug 2008

Independent Contractor/Consultant

UNITED STATES HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USHCC)
  • Creation of Latina Business Leadership Initiative: Series of trainings to assist Latina Small Business owners across the country
  • Template for trainings, design of promotional material, website design, website content, strategic partnerships (Federal OSDBU directors, local government, corporations and nonprofits).
Aug 2005Sep 2007

Director

LATINA STYLE INC/LATINA STYLE MAGAZINE
  • Provided operation and programmatic oversight of the premier national magazine for professional and business owning Latinas
  • Oversight of LATINA Style Business Series - Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded program
  • Increased corporate sponsorship and advertiser base; $400,000 in eight months
  • Created strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, national organizations and nonprofits
  • Acted as Official Spokesperson, represented the magazine at national conferences, events and meetings
Jul 2003Mar 2005

Executive Director

YOUTH VOTE COALITION
  • Led the nation’s largest youth and voting nonprofit.Transformed fragmented factions into a cohesive alliance of organizations and professionals producing an electoral and public awareness campaign that resulted in record breaking “Election 2004” youth voter turnout-25% increase, 22 million young voters
  • Managed all aspects of national office; staff, 22 field sites, fundraising, PR and $2.6 million dollar annual budget
  • Member of team that managed and branded youth as voters and Election 2004’s swing vote.Generated unprecedented media coverage –more than doubling Election 2000 coverage
  • Heightened Coalition’s effectiveness, cause and visibility through partnerships (academic, corporate and government) – Harvard, Yale, CIRCLE, MTV, WWE, HBO, Hip-Hop Summit, Secretaries of States, etc
  • Served as spokesperson and expert on youth voting - interviewed by newspapers, magazines, syndicates and radio stations -including BBC, Channel One, CNN, CNN en Español, Dennis Miller Show, ESPN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, USA Today and XM
Mar 2002Jul 2003

Communications and Development Director

YOUTH VOTE COALITION
  • Foundation fundraising: average of $2 million annually
  • Reached more than 4 million individuals with national and local earned media, including: USA Today, Roll Call, BET. NPR, etc.
  • Coordinated unprecedented national survey on young voters and identified youth as 2002’s swing vote
  • Presented and provided political trainings at national conferences; including NCLR, NALEO, National Association of Secretaries of State Summer meeting and President William J. Clinton Foundation’s Youth Conference
Feb 2001Feb 2002

Organizational Consultant

YOUTH VOTE COALITION

·Transitioned YouthVote 2000 from a campaign to a national nonprofit organization

·Hired Executive Director (recruited 250+ applications, reviewed and interviewed)

·Created Operating Guidelines, coordinated strategic planning, conducted and moderated Board meetings

Oct 1998Dec 2000

Summer Training Academy Director

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENSHIP (CEC)/ CAMPUS GREEN VOTE

·Directed three national political skills training academies for over 250 colleges age youth in Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles

·Coordinated the logistics, recruitment, application process and generated training material

·Supervised staff and managed Campaign fellows and student organizers running non-partisan “Vote Environment” campaigns

Feb 1996Dec 1996

Campaign Assistant

JUAN HINOJOSA FOR TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAMPAIGN
  • Operated phone bank which effectively increased candidate's voter support from lowest favorable voter turnout into area of highest favorable voter turnout
  • Maintained financial records and assisted in public relations
  • Compiled files of district issues used to write crucial legislation for the 40th district

Education

Sep 2004Dec 2004

EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATE

Sep 1993Dec 1997

Bachelor

THE NATIONAL DEAN'S LIST, 1994-1995 & 1993-1994. Invited 1995-1996.ACADEMIC DEAN'S OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD-COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 1996-1997

References

Robert E. Bard

Gary Davis

Rebecca Evans

Susan I. Santana, Esq.

Susan Comfort

COMMUNITY AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

  • Democratic National Committee, Youth Coordinating Council, Present
  • Board of Directors, Young Democrats of America, Present
  • Selection Committee, Telemundo WZDC and NBC 4 Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Selection Committee, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Regional Youth Awards, 2005, 2006
  • Grant Reviewer, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Summer 2005
  • Board of Directors, Mobilizing America’s Youth (M.A.Y), 2003-2005
  • Board of Directors-Vice-Chair, Center for Environmental Citizenship (CEC), 2002-2005
  • Advisory Committee, New Voters Project, 2003-2005
  • Board Member, The Citizen’s Debate Commission, 2003-2005
  • Selection Committee, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Fellowship Program and Scholarships, 2002, 2008, 2009

Summary

Senior Executive with 12+ years of proven management, program, political campaigns, fundraising, strategic partnership and communications experience.

Leadership

  • Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Quince horas lectivas, España, June 2007
  • Embassy of Spain, “Young Hispanic Leaders Program”, 2007
  • Moderator, Congressional Latino Youth Town Hall - US Capitol: Senator Barack Obama, Congressman Xavier Becerra and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, 2006
  • Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey: “Liderazgo Juvenil para la Construcción Ciudadana”, 2005
  • Panelist, Rutgers University-Eagleton Institute of Politics, 2004
  • WIN Young Women of Achievement Award, 2004
  • Panelist, Harvard University-Religion and Politics 2004: Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices, 2004
  • Panelist, Harvard University-Color Lines Conference: Get Out The Vote! The Mobilization of Racial Minorities