White House to Host Two-Day Hispanic Policy Conference on July 11-12

WASHINGTON, DC – On  Monday July 11th and Tuesday July 12th, the White House will host a Hispanic Policy Conference, bringing community leaders from across the country together with a broad range of White House and Cabinet officials for an in-depth series of interactive workshops and substantive conversations on the Administration’s efforts as they relate to the Hispanic community.

Participants, including community leaders and local elected officials, will have the opportunity to interact with federal policy makers on the issues that matter most to Hispanics and all Americans, including creating jobs and strengthening the economy, expanding access to affordable and quality health care, reforming our nation’s education system, protecting civil rights, and fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs.

The first day of the policy conference, held at the White House, will consist of plenary sessions and dynamic breakout sessions designed to provide participants with an opportunity to interact with every participating Administration official. The second day of the policy conference, held primarily at the Department of Health & Human Services, will include an innovative open space dialogue, in which individual participants will have the opportunity to define the agenda and shape the format themselves.

* Every effort will be made to accomodate media, but space is limited. Media interested in covering the open press portions of the conference must contact Media_Affairs@who.eop.gov by 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, July 9th.

NOTE: Members of the media who do not have a White House hard pass must also submit their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, gender, country of birth, country of citizenship and current city and state of residence. If we are able to accommodate your request for credentials, we will send a confirmation with further instructions and logistical details.

For media not able to attend, a LIVE webcast will be available on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Administration officials expected to participate include:


Jobs and Economic Recovery     

·         Danielle Gray, Deputy Director, National Economic Council

·         Jason Furman, Deputy Director, National Economic Council

·         Brian Deese, Deputy Director, National Economic Council


Latinos in the Workforce – Workforce Development, Training, and Safety

·         Joseph Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor

·         Nancy Leppink, Acting Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor

·         Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director, Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor

·         Roberta Gassman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Assistance, Department of Labor


Education and the Hispanic Community

·         Carmel Martin, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning

·         Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director, White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics


Justice and Civil Rights

·         Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

·         Marty Castro, Chair, U.S. Civil Rights Commission


Broadband and the Hispanic Community

·         Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Commerce


Social Safety Net Programs

·         Racquel Russell, Senior Advisor for Mobility Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council

·         Lisa Pino, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Livability and Community Sustainability

·         Xav Briggs, Director for General Government Programs, Office of Management and Budget

·         Karen Rae, Deputy Administrator, Department of Transportation


Fixing America’s Broken Immigration System

·         Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service

·         Felicia Escobar, Senior Advisor for Immigration Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council

·         Margo Schlanger, Director, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security


Rural Issues

·         John Padalino, Chief of Staff, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

·         Judy Canales, U.S. Department of Agriculture

·         Ramona Romero, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture

·         Victor Vazquez, Deputy Under Secretary for Planning and Outreach, Department of Agriculture


Energy and the Environment

·         Arvin Ganesan, Associate Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency

·         Representative from the Council on Environmental Quality


Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Social Innovation

·         Alexia Kelley, Deputy Director, White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

·         Marta Urquilla, Senior Policy Advisor for Social Innovation and Civic Participation, White House Domestic Policy Council


Fair Housing Issues

·         John Trasvina, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Healthy Children, Healthy Families

·         Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services

·         George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

·         Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes, Director, Office of Head Start, Department of Health and Human Services

Community Development, Access to Capital, Minority Business Development

·         Ana Harvey, Associate Administrator for Women’s Business Ownership, Small Business Administration

·         Matt Josephs, Senior Policy Advisor, Community Development Financial Institutions, Department of Treasury

·         Alejandra Castillo, Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce

·         JD Salinas, Southwest Regional Director, General Services Administration


STEM and the Hispanic Community

·         Kumar Garg, Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy



White House Hispanic Policy Conference AGENDA


Monday, July 11th


Opening Plenary Session

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium



Round 1 Breakout Sessions

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 430 B/C



Round 2 Breakout Sessions

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 430 B/C



1:15- 2:00PM    

Lunch Break

2:15PM – 4:15PM

Breakout Session 3

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 430 B/C



4:30PM – 5:00PM    

Closing Plenary Session

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium



Tuesday, July 12th

8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Open Space Dialogue

Department of Health and Human Services Grand Foyer

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC



A report on “Winning the Future: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” can be found on www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic and by clicking HERE.

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