Are you interested in impacting your community by running for office? Have you ever wondered what a career in government is like? Are you looking to break into the public sector? Join us as we discuss the Latina experience in the public sector on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2 PM EST. This is must-attend webinar for Latinas seeking a political or government career. The panel discussion will feature three NHLI Executive Leadership Program alumnae: Delia Garcia, Lisa Ramirez, and the Honorable Laura Esquivel.
Delia Garcia, ELP ‘07
Senior Liaison for the Latino American Community
National Education Association
Delia Garcia serves as the National Education Association Senior Liaison for the Latino American Community in the Office of Minority Community Organizing & Partnerships in the Center for Advocacy and Outreach at the national office in Washington DC. Delia joined the NEA-MCOP team from the Kansas House of Representatives, where she became the first Latina woman to be elected to the Kansas Legislature in 2004, at age 27, as the youngest female elected to the Kansas Legislature. She served six years with a passion for and track record of championing advances in higher education, small business, women issues, health access, labor, and diversity issues. She has also worked on electoral campaigns since 1996, including presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, state senate and house, city council and school board races. In 2004, in the midst of her first campaign for the Kansas Legislature, Delia completed her Master’s Degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. In 2007, Delia graduated from the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Garcia has received numerous recognitions and awards, including exhibited in the State of Kansas Historical Society Museum as the first Latina elected in Kansas, the recipient of the MALDEF National Public Service Award, and the National Latina Trailblazer in Government by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Latina Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner, Maryland Civil Rights Commission
Laura M. Esquivel, M.A. M.P.A, is a seasoned political and legislative strategist with more than 20 years of experience working with and in local, state, and federal government, and the non-profit sector. Currently, Ms. Esquivel is a private strategic consultant for political and progressive issue campaigns. In 2012, Ms. Esquivel served as the Colorado Latino Vote Director for the Obama campaign where she managed successful outreach and educational efforts in the state of Colorado to increase support and meaningful participation of Latinos to re-elect the president. Colorado Latinos exceeded all other states in their margin of support for Obama, with 76% voting for the president compared with 23% support for Governor Romney. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Esquivel was the Senior Vice President for Political and Public Affairs at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute. After attending one week at Harvard through NHLI's ELP in 2009, she applied and was accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Esquivel holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she expanded her civil rights work to include international human rights, and a master’s degree in political science from California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Esquivel was appointed twice by Governor O’Malley to serve in Senate-confirmed positions. Currently she serves as a board member of the Maryland Civil Rights Commission. She is also a board member for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights (NLIRH.)
Lisa Ramirez, Ed.D., ELP ‘12
Director, Office of Migrant Education
US Department of Education
As the director of migrant education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Lisa R. Ramirez brings a unique combination of personal and professional experiences to help improve the academic success of migrant students across the country. A daughter of migrant workers and a former migrant worker herself, Dr. Ramirez left the fields to serve in the United States Army Reserves. She financed much of her college education through the GI Bill and began her career as an educator in 1992, first as a middle and high school teacher in English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Texas, then serving as an assistant principal and principal. In 2004, Dr. Ramirez took on the challenge of opening the Lubbock Independent School District’s first charter campus, the Ramirez Charter School. She successfully led all aspects of the new school, from writing and evaluating grant applications, to selecting and training a new staff, to building an effective learning community for students and staff. Dr. Ramirez received her B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees from Texas Tech University. She is an alumna of an Executive Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Ramirez enjoys cycling, hiking, and writing. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Alexandria, Virginia