The Latina Advisory Council is a new initiative to increase the number of Latinas in elected office. The group draws upon the expertise and political insights of nine Latina leaders from around the country to establish a new voice in EMILY’s List’s efforts to elect pro-choice Democratic women leaders at the local, state, and federal level.
The council, made up of Latina leaders in politics, government, business, and civil rights, will make recommendations on ways to reach out to voters, identify potential recruits for open seats, and aid in strategic messaging.
Latina Advisory Council Members
Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, contributor with MSNBC, and host of MSNBC’s web show “Changing America.”
Elmy Bermejo, vice president of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, advisory committee member for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, and former chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.
Bianca Cabán, partner at Taino Capital LLC and global shaper with the World Economic Forum.
Maria Cardona, principal at the Dewey Square Group, leading the multicultural and public affairs team. She is also a political contributor for CNN and CNN en Español.
Delia Garcia, co-founder of the National Latina Legislative Caucus and Latin@ Young Elected Officials Caucus, and the first Latina ever elected to the Kansas legislature.
Jessica González-Rojas, advocate for the national reproductive justice and former member of the New York State Democratic Committee.
Dolores Huerta, renowned civil rights and farm labor activist who worked alongside Cesar Chavez to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. She is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association/United Farm Workers.
Angela Kelly, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a senior vice president of the Center for American Progress. She was previously the director of the Immigration Policy Center.
Roberta Rael is the founder and director of Generation Justice, which helps youth create media dedicated to social justice.