Congressman and CHCI Advisory Council member Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) joins this episode to talk about his journey from growing up in Mexico to arriving in the Windy City of Chicago not knowing any English, to organizing and eventually representing his “barrio” in Chicago.
Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Julissa Reynoso, joins this episode of Here to Lead where she shares her story as an immigrant in New York having to learn a new language. Through commitment, hard work, and discipline she later finds herself in some of the most powerful spaces in the country – and the world – as Chief of Staff to First Lady Jill Biden and an ambassador representing the U.S. overseas.
Secretary Miguel Cardona joins us for a candid conversation. He shares stories of growing up as a proud Puerto Rican in Meriden, Connecticut and how those roots led him to one of the most powerful institutions in our country. He explains how his biculturalism shaped him and what he’s doing every day to ensure that all children, especially Latino children, succeed.
On this special episode, Marco Davis sits with three CHCI alumni who serve as Chiefs of Staff for Members of Congress: Sandra Alcala, for Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34), Berta ‘Bee’ Alisia Guerrero, for Jimmy Gonzalez (CA-34), and Gerardo Bonilla Chavez, for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14). Sandra, Bee and Gerardo share stories about their personal and professional journeys, their experiences as Latinos working for Members of Congress, and how participating in leadership programs like CHCI’s has enriched their lives. Sandra, Bee and Gerardo also share powerful stories about how they experienced the attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
Monica Lozano, transformational leader across the public, private, and non-profit sectors with notable time at the helm of Impremedia, the parent company of the Spanish-language La Opinión news outlet, shares how her family’s legacy of hard work, love for their Mexican heritage, and passionate defense of American Latino civil rights has inspired her own approach to leadership, tough decision-making, and her advocacy for Latino leadership in our nation’s multiracial democracy.
Esteban Santos, Executive Vice President of Operations at Amgen, lays out his personal and professional mission to develop a diverse pipeline of hardworking talent in America’s corporate workforce, particularly within the STEM fields, and how Amgen is leading the biotechnology sector in their investments in healthcare innovation and cultivating Latino leadership.
Alejandra Y. Castillo, former CEO of the YWCA USA, noted public leader, and alumna of the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship, shares powerful lessons of compassion learned from her Dominican American upbringing in Queens, her life-long passion for learning and advocacy on behalf of women and people of color, her thoughts on business and economic development for Latinos, and how her perspective as an Afro-Latina has inspired her vision for a more just and equitable future in a multiracial American democracy.