Cristóbal J. Alex is the President of the Latino Victory Fund, an ambitious effort to build Latino political power so that the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.
Cristóbal previously served as Hillary for America’s National Deputy Director of Voter Outreach and Mobilization, where he helped manage efforts to register, persuade, and mobilize the core coalition groups that form the base of the Democratic Party: African Americans, Latinos, women, millennials, and organized Labor; as well as the Expansion States program to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 37 states.
Prior to launching Latino Victory with Henry R. Muñoz III and Eva Longoria, Cristóbal spent more than five years in philanthropy serving at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation. During that time Cristóbal led more than $60M in investments designed to increase political participation in communities that have been historically excluded from our democracy.
Before moving into politics, Cristóbal was a civil rights lawyer. He served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, where he led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to raise awareness of the civil rights rollback and develop strategies to win in the federal courts and the United Nations. He also practiced civil rights law with a focus on police misconduct and First Amendment rights at the Seattle-based MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristóbal received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as the student body president. Cristóbal currently sits on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, and the Environmental Defense Action Fund. He lives in D.C. with his wife Taí, and rescued pit bull Chelsea, and two cats, Valiente and Ricky Martin.
Sara Le Brusq came from the Ford Foundation where she oversaw operations for the Democratic Participation and Governance department, a diverse program focused on electoral reform, government accountability, transparency and the strengthening of civil society. Prior to that, Sara worked in the Investments department of the Ford Foundation, managing projects and planning for the Asset Allocation and Risk and the Investment Administration divisions for a $10+ billion portfolio. Sara obtained her M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University while working in the office of philanthropist and global financier George Soros, and her B.A in International Relations from Syracuse University. Sara has also lived and worked in multiple countries, and believes the strength of any democracy relies on a fully engaged constituency.
Jorge Silva has more than 15 years of experience, most recently as National Director for Hispanic Media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. Silva served at the spokesperson for the Hillary Clinton Campaign for Hispanic media and on Latino-focused issues, and led an infrastructure of bilingual and multicultural media strategies and communications. He previously led national and regional Hispanic media for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as Senior Advisor for Hispanic Media and spokesperson. Silva developed and implemented media strategies for the Senate Majority Leader and for various other states as the senior strategist for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Originally from Mexico, Silva earned a law degree from the Western Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Mexico and a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Jess Torres most recently served as Assistant Press Secretary for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, where she laid the foundation for the largest Hispanic Media operation in Democratic Convention history. Prior to that, she was a researcher for the Hispanic Media Project at Media Matters for America. Her work has been featured by Philly Mag, Women’s Health, Los Angeles Times, La Opinion, MSNBC’s Changing America, Latino Rebels, Mic, AfroPunk, Huffington Post, and The Center for New Community’s Imagine 2050. In 2013, Jess served on the board of directors for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER) — a national college campus sexual violence prevention organization – where she coordinated teach-in workshops to mobilize student activists and their allies to fight for more inclusive policy practices. She is a graduate of Williams College. Jess hails from the Bronx and is a proud Dominican-American who believes in the power of the richly diverse Hispanic community.
María R. González is a press and administrative assistant and staff writer at Latino Victory Project.
Before working for Latino Victory Project, González worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Texas 28th Congressional District. She was also a reporter for The Rio Grande Guardian, an online political news publication specializing in Texas politics. She covered United States- Mexico border issues including border security, trade and business, and education.
Gonzalez obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Texas A&M International University and a Master of Arts degree in mass communications from Texas State University. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is owned by two black cats, Kikki and Raspas.
Mia immigrated from Guatemala to Georgia with her family when she was five years old. As a DREAMer in the rural South, Mia is familiar with the many social, economic and civic challenges facing the immigrant community. Mia became the first in her family to graduate from high school and went on to receive her BJA from the University of Georgia and her MA in Film and Video from American University in Washington, D.C.
She has worked as a freelance filmmaker across the Southeast since 2010 collaborating and providing support on projects ranging from feature films to social issue documentaries that engage audiences on veterans’ rights, mental health, environmental issues, immigrant rights and education equity.
Now a naturalized citizen, Mia has remained active in the undocumented student movement in the South. As a professor and mentor to student activists and allies fighting for education equity in Georgia, she saw the need both for national policy change and for more Latino voices at the decision-making table. Mia is excited to apply her experience in storytelling, digital media and social advocacy to Latino Victory’s mission of empowering the Latino vote.