LATINOS: INTO THE FUTURE
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
October 21, 2016
News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona
Jimena González is News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona, which airs Monday through Friday on Telemundo Phoenix / KTAZ, the local station that broadcasts simultaneously on Telemundo Tucson / KHRR. The two stations serve the Spanish-speaking community throughout the state of Arizona. As part of Noticiero Telemundo Arizona’s team, Jimena reports breaking news and stories that are relevant to viewers across the state of Arizona. Gonzalez joined Telemundo Phoenix in 2016. Prior to joining Telemundo Phoenix, Jimena worked as cohost of Noticiero Despierta San Diego where she presented the news and other segments of the program. She also worked as a producer and presenter for the Circulo Rosa program addressing issues related to women’s empowerment, spirituality, individual well-being and tools to lead to life fulfillment and live in harmony with community. She sees how important it is for her to serve as a vehicle between viewers and their community and create awareness about happenings in the world.
NLCI Board Chair
Olga Aros serves as the 2016 Summit Chair and is the founder and coordinator of the National Latino Children’s Summit. She is also the Board Chair for the National Latino Children’s Institute and co-founder of El Día de Los Niños in the United States. Aros is President and CEO of ORA Worldwide Consultants, a small business management company and is a member of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Prior to starting her own business, Olga served as a Deputy Equal Opportunity Director with the City of Phoenix and spent 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies. Olga is recognized as a visionary leader and corporate executive committed to organization development. She is founder of the Hispanic Women’s Conference, National Hispanic Corporate Council, MUJER, Inc., eLatina Voices and the CPLC Career Development Institute. Olga was named AZHCC Woman of the Year and Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Hispanic Influentials. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work with Latinos, women and minority communities.
President & CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa
David Adame, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC) leads the largest community development corporation (CDC) in Arizona and the third largest Hispanic CDC in the country. A third generation Arizonian, David graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree and a master degree. Prior to his current position, he worked with JPMorgan Chase as VP in the Retail Business Loan Center, a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Fannie Mae where he was responsible for a comprehensive investment strategy to provide $15 billion in affordable mortgage financing. David left Fannie Mae to become Vice President of Arizona Operations for McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. and oversaw the Matthew Henson HOPE VI project, which transformed the City of Phoenix’s public housing buildings into mixed-income, mixed-finance, and mixed-use community. At CPLC, David has raised more than $250 million in resources and funding all during one of the most severe recessions in US history. He has completed 12 real-estate development projects across Arizona valued at more than $60 million and has significantly expanded the number of CPLC owned and operated for-profit business ventures that contribute to CPLC’s unique goal of becoming self-sufficient.
Mayor Greg Stanton
Since taking office in 2012, Mayor Greg Stanton has worked tirelessly to build a modern economy that works for every triple Phoenix’s light rail system over the next 35 years. Under his leadership, Phoenix became the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. Phoenix also earned national recognition as a leader on LGBT issues, and became the first Phoenix family. By boosting trade with Mexico, investing in the biosciences, and lifting up local small business. In 2015, Stanton won reelection and also successfully led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country – a plan that will Arizona city to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s municipal equality index. Stanton attended Marquette University on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. Before he was elected to his first term mayor in 2011, Stanton served nine years on the City Council and as Arizona’s Deputy Attorney General.
PRESIDENT OPENING ADDRESS
President and CEO
Paul Luna is President and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida. Prior to joining Helios in 2006, Paul served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way. A native of Miami, Arizona, Paul graduated from Miami High School and as a first-generation college student, attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to his role at Helios, Paul currently serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the National College Access Network Board of Directors, the America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Florida College Access Network Steering Committee, the Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors, and the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER
James A. Ferg-Cadima
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
James A. Ferg-Cadima is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). He heads up OCR’s regulatory and policy work applicable to public schools, charter schools, and universities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting race, color, and national origin discrimination); Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting sex discrimination); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting disability discrimination); and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (prohibiting disability discrimination).
Immediately prior to joining OCR, Mr. Ferg-Cadima was a regional counsel heading the Washington, DC office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ferg-Cadima worked for the ACLU of Illinois in Chicago, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Advancement Project. During law school, Mr. Ferg Cadima taught constitutional literacy in the DC Public Schools as part of the inaugural class of Marshall Brennan Fellows. Harvard Law School awarded Mr. Ferg-Cadima a Wasserstein Fellowship in 2008; the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia awarded him the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award in 2012; and the District of Columbia Courts awarded him a legal community award in 2014, all in recognition of his public service. He earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Maryland.
LEGISLATIVE FORUM FACILITATOR
Alberto Olivas serves as the founding Director for the Ed Pastor Center on Politics and Public Service at Arizona State University. Olivas joined ASU from Maricopa Community Colleges Division of Public Affairs where he served as the director of the Center for Civic Participation. He has also served in administrative leadership roles with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Elections Office, and the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity. He is the past chair of the Kids Voting Arizona board of directors and serves as Secretary of the National Civic League’s board of directors, and Vice Chair of the Arizona Town Hall board of directors. A native Arizonan, Olivas earned his undergraduate degrees in anthropology and Latin American studies from ASU, where he attended as a Flinn Scholar. He earned his M.Ed. from Northern Arizona University. Albert leads the Legislative Forum Committee.