National Committee

As part of the National Committee, these individuals are founding partners that help chart the course for the Latino Victory Project. The founding members represent the diversity of the country, from the Pacific Northwest to Florida, from Los Angeles to New York. We rely on our committee to identify Latino leaders for public office, to provide information on regional policy and electoral developments, and to represent the Latino Victory Project at public and private events.

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Katherine Archuleta

Hon. Katherine Archuleta is a long-time public servant, who has distinguished herself as a leader on human resources and management policy in a variety of senior positions in local and Federal government. In 2013, President Obama appointed Archuleta to lead the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); when she was sworn in as the tenth Director of OPM, Archuleta also became the first Latina to head the agency. Hon. Archuleta began her career in public service as a teacher in the Denver public school system before working as an aide to then-Mayor Federico Peña. Archuleta currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

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Roel Campos

Roel Campos is a partner and the National Chair of Securities Regulation and Enforcement at the law firm Locke Lord, LLP. Between 2002-2007, Roel was appointed as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). From 2008-2013, Roel served with national security experts on the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), one of the most prestigious of the Presidential citizens advisory boards. Campos earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979, his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972, and in 1971 earned his B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy.

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Rosalina Cárdenas

Rosalina Cárdenas is the President of the Cardenas Strategy Group, where she leads and directs all activities of a full service communications agency with a focus on education, advocacy and political campaigns. Previously, Cardenas was Vice President of Political, Advocacy & Government at Univision, where she was involved in helping numerous campaigns across the country. Cárdenas received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Los Angeles and her MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Cárdenas resides in South Pasadena, California with her husband and their three children.


Teresa Chaurand

Teresa Chaurand is currently the Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the Peace Corps. From July 2011 to June 2015, she served as the Special Assistant to the President for the Outreach & Recruitment Team in the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) where she was responsible for sourcing candidates for the Administration and worked directly with stakeholders to identify talent and manage relationships. Before joining the Obama Administration, Teresa served as the owner and Senior Partner of Vista Communications. Her clients included corporate, non-profit and government entities. Ms. Chaurand is originally from Kansas City, MO but currently resides in Maryland along with her husband Enrique Chaurand and their 5 children.

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Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros

Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros are the president and vice president, respectively, and co-founders of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert currently serves on the Board of the Latino Donor Collaborative as well as a Trustee of the United States Navy Memorial. He also serves on the Southern California Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Athletic Department at The George Washington University. Their dedication toward philanthropy began when Gilbert purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010.

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Helga Flores Trejo

Helga Flores Trejo is a foreign policy and development expert who has lived and worked in Bonn, Berlin, Belgrade, Washington D.C. and Brasilia. Currently, she is heading external relations at the Inter-American Investment Corporation IIC, a multilateral financial institution – member of the IDB Group – that promotes small and medium enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the IDB Group, she served as Executive Director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation office in Washington, one of the largest foreign policy, democracy and development German think tanks. Flores Trejo holds a Master on International Relations and speaks Spanish, German, English, French and Portuguese.

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Glen S. Fukushima

Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focuses on U.S. policy toward Asia. From 1990 to 2012, he was based in Tokyo as a senior executive with several major multinational corporations, including AT&T Corp.; Arthur D. Little, Inc.; Cadence Design Systems, Inc.; NCR Corp.; and Airbus. He also served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China in the Executive Office of the President. A native of California, Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.

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Humberto Garcia-Sjogrim

Humberto is an intrapreneur with a broad background spanning multiple cultures, functions and industries. He regularly contributes diverse perspectives and viewpoints based on his experience across subject areas and he excels at uncovering complexity. Humberto is currently Vice President of Hispanic Strategies at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to this role Humberto served as Director of Investor Relations at The Coca-Cola Company. From 2010 to 2012, Humberto led Coca-Cola Refreshment’s South Florida Market Unit, with full P&L responsibility and a team of more than 500 sales and merchandising associates. Prior to this role Humberto spearheaded key corporate initiatives including the development, and rollout, of the Company’s 2020 Vision; the conceptualization, of Live Positively; and the design and construction of the new World of Coca-Cola. Humberto Joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2001 as a member of Fizzion, the company’s Incubator established in that same year. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Humberto launched a financial services ASP, and worked in corporate planning and strategy roles at Choice Hotels International and Taco Bell Corp.

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Horacio Gutierrez

Horacio Gutiérrez is Spotify General Counsel. Previously, Gutiérrez was Microsoft’s associate general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School; a Juris Doctor from the University Of Miami School Of Law; and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andres Bello. Gutiérrez enjoys reading and traveling around the world with his wife, two daughters and son.

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Sam Jammal

Sam Jammal is Director and Regulatory Counsel at SolarCity. Jammal started off as a Legislative Staff Attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) after graduating from George Washington University Law School in 2007. Two years later, he transitioned into politics, working as a Legislative Counsel for Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and advising the Senator on civil rights, government reform, and labor issues. In 2011, the White House appointed Jammal to the position of Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce. Sam recently served as one of a handful of Latinos in American history to serve as Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill when he served as the Chief of Staff to BOLD PAC Chair, Congressman Tony Cárdenas, from 2013-2015.

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John Loredo

John Loredo first pursued his passion for politics when attending Phoenix College in 1986. He was elected President of M.E.Ch.A. (Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) in 1989 and later became President-Founding member of the LULAC Young Adult Council.
John Loredo was first elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 1996, and won re-election in 1998, 2000 and 2002. He served as Democratic Whip for the 44th Legislative Session and as the Democratic Leader during the 46th Legislative Session. In 2010, Loredo boycotted the passage of SB1070. Since the success of the boycott, no anti-immigration legislation has passed in the Arizona State House. He currently serves as the President of a prominent progressive political consultancy firm located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Moses C. Mercado

Moses C. Mercado has more than 16 years of experience at the highest levels of Congress, national politics and corporate lobbying. He has established an expertise in the development of public policy and managing effective public affairs campaigns, and is a premier political organizer for leading public officials. Now at Ogilvy Government Relations, Mercado advises Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions and national trade associations on successfully navigating legislative and regulatory challenges. Mercado is a graduate of the University of Texas and received a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

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Regina Montoya

Regina Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. Ms. Montoya is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including health care, poverty, diversity and children.

In 1993, Ms. Montoya served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 1998, she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Previously, Ms. Montoya served as the Senior Vice President, External Relations and General Counsel at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. She was the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance.

Ms. Montoya is the Chair of the Board of the Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF) and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Task Force on Poverty. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. (National Board), the DFW International Airport (Secretary of the Board), Texas Book Festival, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, the Harvard Club of Dallas, ChildCareGroup, the SMU Tate Lecture Series and the Dallas Friday Group, and she serves on the Texas Lyceum Advisory Council.

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Taylor Moreno

Taylor Moreno is the Chief of Staff of Mayor Oscar Leeser of El Paso, Texas. Previously, Moreno was the Executive Director of Avance in El Paso, a non-profit that teaches low-income parents about raising healthy, well-loved and well-adjusted children. Before that, Moreno was El Paso Mayor John Cook’s intergovernmental affairs coordinator. Moreno spent the previous four years in Washington, D.C., working for former U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, as a senior legislative assistant. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Arizona and is a fifth generation El Pasoan.

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Amalia Perea Mahoney

Amalia Perea Mahoney currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is also on the Women’s Board at the Goodman Theatre of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. She is the President of Friends of the St. Columbanus Food Pantry, and a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch, Arts Club of Chicago, and the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows. Mahoney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago.

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Robert Raben

Robert’s aggressively bipartisan approach was honed during a highly respected legislative career that began on Congressman Barney Frank’s (D-MA) staff and culminated in House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde’s (R-IL) endorsement of his appointment to the Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.

Robert built a reputation for collegiality and effectiveness through his collaboration with Republican members and staff on issues including the omnibus patent reform bill, database protection standards, and copyright liability for Internet service providers.

In 1999, Mr. Raben reputation and effectiveness caught the attention of the White House, earning him an appointment as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and, subsequently, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs.

After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, Robert was an associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter. Soon after, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct professor – a position he held until his confirmation as Assistant Attorney General. In 2002 Robert founded The Raben Group and serves as President.

Additionally, Robert is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation and currently chairs the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Endorsement Committee.

He serves on the boards of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The American Constitution Society, International Refugee Assistance Project, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, NCLR Action Fund and the DC Public Education Fund.

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Oscar Ramirez

Oscar Ramirez is a seasoned Democratic strategist with over a decade of political and policy experience in senior roles on national political campaigns, on Capitol Hill and in the Obama administration. Oscar is a Principal at the Podesta Group, the preeminent Washington, DC government relations and public relations firm where he works with technology, telecommunications and renewable energy companies. Oscar has been named by Washington Life Magazine as one of “Washington DC’s most influential movers and shakers under 40,” and was listed by The Huffington Post as one of the top “40 Under 40 Latinos in American Politics.”  Oscar, who is one of the Democratic Party’s top Latino donors and political operatives, is a prominent player in national Democratic politics. He was 1st Vice Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party under Governor Martin O’Malley and was a Democratic National Committee member. He also held leadership positions on the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign in battleground Ohio and in 2008 as Barack Obama’s Virginia policy director. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Stephanie Valencia, and their dogs, Dug and Lucy.

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Ross Romero

Ross Romero currently serves as a White House Appointee and on the Board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Ross previously served the Senate Minority Leader in the Utah State Senate from 2010-2012; earlier, he served one term in the Utah House of Representatives. Ross practiced law for 10 years as a partner/shareholder in the law firm Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough PC in Salt Lake City and was a vice president, sales resource officer at Zion Bank. Romero was born in Pueblo, Colo., but was raised in Salt Lake City. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and his law degree from the University of Michigan. Romero is married to Cecilia M. Romero and they have two children

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Michael Sawaya

Michael Sawaya is a Colorado native, born in Trinidad to George and Jackie Sawaya, and moved to Denver when he was three years old. He is the founder of The Sawaya Law Firm in Denver, Colorado. He attended Denver public schools, The University of Colorado and received his B.A. at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Michael attended Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating with honors in 1975 and he is a member of The Order of Coif legal honorary society and the Phi Kappi Phi honorary society. He started practicing law in 1975 and started The Sawaya Law Firm on April 1, 1977. For 14 years he carried on an active general practice of law and began specializing in injury cases only in 1989. Michael has tried more than 100 civil jury trials and has appeared hundreds of times in courts throughout Colorado and in the federal courts of several states. He is an advocate for the rights of injured people and has also spent years supporting the NAACP in an advisory capacity and as counsel.

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Dr. Ramon Tallaj

Dr. Ramon Tallaj is an internist in New York, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Health Care System and Montefiore Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena and has been in practice for 34 years.

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Germán Trejo

Germán Trejo is the CEO of Battleground Solutions, a nationally recognized political consulting firm, known for its effectiveness in electing Latino candidates and mobilizing the Latino vote in the United States. Germán has worked individually on over 60 campaigns at the senior level, including the last three U.S. Democratic Presidential campaigns. In Latin America, Germán has advised and consulted for presidential and gubernatorial campaigns in Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic Ecuador and Colombia. Germán has been a lifelong fighter for democracy rights. Internationally, he has participated as an Electoral Observer in seven countries, including the presidential elections in Peru (2001), Nicaragua (2001), Argentina (2003), Russia (2004), Mexico (2006), and state elections in Ohio, United States (2002), Oaxaca, Mexico (2010), Guerrero, Mexico (2010) and Santander, Colombia (2015).

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Sarah Valdovinos

Sarah is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Walden Green Energy, a global renewable energy company. Previously she was a Managing Director at Barclays and served as Head of Latin America, Canada, and US Oil & Gas Commodities. Prior to her 9 years at Barclays, she was part of the Latin America Commodities team at Goldman Sachs. She received her MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

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Stephanie Valencia

Stephanie Valencia is one of Washington, DC’s leading political strategists, having spent over ten years working on campaigns, in Congress, and building coalitions and running issue campaigns from the White House, Department of Commerce and now the private sector. Stephanie is currently at Google’s Washington, DC policy office, managing the company’s strategic outreach and partnerships with third party advocacy groups and think tanks. She works on issues ranging from the transatlantic digital agenda and user privacy to patent reform and broadband access. Stephanie started her career in the nation’s capital as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow for the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, chaired by Senators Tom Dashcle (D-SD) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Stephanie, a graduate of Boston College, was born and raised in New Mexico. She and her husband Oscar live on Capitol Hill with their two dogs, Dug and Lucy.

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Imaad Zuberi

Imaad is a private equity and venture capital executive; he currently serves as Founding Vice President, Strategic Development at Fund Athena. Immad also serves as Vice Chairman at Avenue Ventures, a boutique private equity and venture capital firm. Imaad serves on Organizing for Action’s Board of Directors and was a national co-chair for Obama’s National Finance Committee. Imaad studied at University of Souther California, Stanford University and University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. In addition to English, Imaad speaks Hindi, Chinese and Arabic and he is based out of Los Angeles.