October 7th

Anywhere - Virtual


About The Series

Ayuda’s 6-part speaker series, Faces of Change, offers a space for informative and educational discourse on the impact of current events, cultural shifts, policy changes, and other issues affecting the immigrant communities Ayuda serves.

Join us on Wednesday, October 7 for a discussion on the impact of the upcoming election on the Latinx community, the intersection of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Immigrant Rights Movement and the importance of voting this year!

Engage. Inform. Educate. Repeat.

Meet the October 7 Speakers

The first installment of Ayuda’s Speaker Series: Faces of Change is in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Topics of Discussion: Impact of 2020 election and voting, explore the intersection of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Immigrant Rights Movement, and lastly discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID on Black, Indigenous, and  Brown communities, and what organizations like Ayuda and HHF are doing to tackle those challenges.

Maria Cardona

Maria Cardona

Head of Dewey Square Group’s Public Affairs Practice and founder of Latinovations

Maria Cardona has more than two decades of experience in the community affairs, government, politics, and public relations arenas. Recognized among the most influential Latinos in the country, and as one of the most sought-after communications and media strategists, Maria Cardona is a Principal at the Dewey Square Group (DSG) and Founder of Latinovations, the Latino Strategies Practice of DSG.

She is a seasoned Democratic Strategist and communications profession who currently serves as a CNN and CNN Español Political Commentator as well as the host of the MARIA! Show on El Rey Network.  As the head of DSG’s Public Affairs Practice, she combines public policy, communications, coalition building, constituency outreach, government relations, traditional and new media at this premier national public affairs firm.

For most of her career, Maria has been an advocate for some of the biggest issues affecting the Latino community. Working hand-in-hand with some of the biggest Latino groups, she has been at the forefront advocating for issues like comprehensive immigration reform, voting rights protection, access to affordable healthcare, protecting the environment, closing the digital divide, equal pay for equal work, and closing the wage gap.

Kristian Ramos

Kristian Ramos

Small Business Owner, Public Speaker, and Consultant in Washington, D.C.

Kristian Ramos is a national thought leader on issues of race, politics, and identity. He has published research and analysis with the Media Lab at MIT and has provided his expertise to the Harvard Shorenstein Center.

He is a known writer and contributor to NBC News, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Hill, and provided commentary for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Sirius XM Radio, and NPR.

Kristian was honored to be chosen as a 40 under 40: Latinos in American Politics by HuffPost; and to have been selected as a national Latino leader for delegation trip to Israel by the American Jewish Committee and Internet Innovation Alliance Ambassador and to serve on the Millennial Action Project Young Leaders Council.

Juanita Cabrera Lopez

Juanita Cabrera Lopez

Executive Director, International Mayan League

Juanita is Maya Mam from the Western Highlands of Guatemala. She is a survivor of the internal armed conflict in Guatemala and a former political refugee. She has both personal and professional work experience in the defense of indigenous peoples’ human rights.

Her focus has been to use international law and organizations and traditional knowledge for the development of an indigenous human rights response in the areas of immigration, land rights, and environmental protection.  She works with Maya leaders and elders in Guatemala and the United States through their traditional institutions. 

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its full and effective use and implementation is a key pillar to her work. She holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Marco A. Davis

Marco A. Davis

President and CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Marco A. Davis is President and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

CHCI provides internship and fellowship programs with an emphasis on leadership development and public policy for outstanding Latino/a/x students and young professionals, and also convenes Members of Congress, other public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates, and thought leaders to discuss issues facing the nation and the Hispanic community.

Prior to joining CHCI, Davis was a partner at New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy, where he led an effort to create a more equitable social sector, and served as organizational lead on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and as Director of Public Engagement for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Previously, he was Director of Global Fellowship and Regional Manager for Latin America at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, and led leadership development for UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), where he created the Líderes Initiative.

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