Wednesday, June 26  
2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration

Thursday, June 27
6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
11th Annual NALEO Presidential Golf Classic
Hosted by NALEO President, California State Senator Alex Padilla

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

NALEO Opening Breakfast Plenary
Latinos in the Midwest: Transforming the Nation’s Heartland

Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Mara Candelaria Reardon
Indiana State Representative

Dr. Jorge Chapa
Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ms. Sylvia Puente
Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Ms. Angela Reyes
Executive Director, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

Dr. Marc S. Rodriguez
Director, Civil Rights Heritage Center, Indiana University South Bend

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Working with the LGBT Community in Your District
Presented by West Hollywood City Councilmember John J. Duran; NALEO Board Member
Vevey 1 & 2, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. John J. Duran, Councilmember
City of West Hollywood, California; NALEO Board Member

Dr. Gary Gates

Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute

Mr. Thomas Saenz

President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Hon. Crisanta Duran
Colorado State Representative

Combating the Rise of Food Deserts
Presented by Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs
Vevey 3 & 4, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Mara Candelaria Reardon
Indiana State Representative

Mr. Gabriel G. Sepulveda

Director, Policy and Communications, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs

Hon. Eddie Rodriguez
Texas State Representative; Vice Chairman, Mexican American Legislative Caucus

Ms. Lisa Cole
Manager, Indianapolis Community Outreach, Indiana University

The Cost of Bad Credit
Presented by Former Utah State Senator Ross Romero;
NALEO Board Member
St. Gallen, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Ross Romero
Former Utah State Senator; NALEO Board Member

Ms. Marisa Calderon
Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals

Mr. Eric M. Kamerath
Lexington Law

Ms. Brenda Muñiz
Senior Advisor, Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Ms. Melissa Aguillon
Small Business Owner, President & CEO, Aguillon & Associates; San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. National Leadership Luncheon
Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre
2:30 p.m.– 4 p.m.

Investing in Early Learning
Vevey 1 & 2, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Justin Rodriguez
Texas State Representative; Member, NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund Boards of Directors

Ms. Hannah Matthews
Director, Child Care and Early Education, Center for Law and Social Policy

Dr. Milagros Nores
Associate Director of Research, National Institute for Early Education Research

Improving Latino Health Outcomes Under the
Affordable Care Act

Vevey 3 & 4, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Iris Y. Martinez
Illinois State Senator; Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

Hon. Phyllis Borzi

Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits and Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Ms. Jessica Stephens
Policy Analyst, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation

Mr. Jorge A. Girotti
PhD, MA, Associate Dean, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Asst. Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

2014 and Beyond:
Strategies for Mobilizing Latino Voters

St. Gallen, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Mr. Evan Bacalao
Senior Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund

Ms. Kate Sokolov
Politics and Elections, Google

Ms. Jessica Livoti-Morales
Senior Digital Strategist, AFL-CIO

Mr. Luis Gazitúa
Gazitúa Letelier, P.A.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

LUV-ing Chicago at The Field Museum,
Hosted by Southwest Airlines


The Field Museum
Stanley Field Hall
Friday, June 28
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
2nd Floor Event Centre
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Teacher Effectiveness: Evaluating Quality Professional Development
Vevey 1 & 2, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Jesse Ruiz
Vice-President, Chicago Board of Education, Illinois

Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez
Professor, University of New Mexico

Ms. Gabriela Uro
Manager for English Language Learner Policy and Research, Council of the Great City Schools

Mr. Edward Tabet-Cubero
Deputy Director, Dual Language Education of New Mexico

Supporting Local Active Living Policies that Contribute to Economic Growth
Vevey 3 & 4, 2ndFloor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Rey Colón
Alderman, City of Chicago, Illinois; Vice Chair, Chicago City Council Latino Caucus; NALEO Board Member

Ms. Stefanie Seskin
Deputy Director, Na tional Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America

Ms. April Economides
Founder & Principal, Green Octopus Consulting

Mr. James Corless
Executive Director, Transportation for America

Gideon at 50: A Look at Public Defense in America
Presented by Public Defender Carlos Martinez,
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
St. Gallen, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Mayra Peña Lindsay
Vice Mayor, Village of Key Biscayne, Florida

Hon. Carlos J. Martinez

Public Defender, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Hon. Bertila Soto
Chief Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Ms. M. Clara Hernandez, Esq.
Chief Public Defender, El Paso County, Texas

Ms. Cheryl Little, Esq.
Executive Director, Americans for Immigrant Justice


Additional Resources:
Reference Materials PDF

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session
Building for our Future – Investing in America’s Infrastructure

Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Alex Padilla
California State Senator; NALEO President

Keynote Opening Remarks
Ms. Heather Zichal, Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, The White House

Mr. Charles “Casey” Dinges
Senior Managing Director, Public Affairs, Membership & Marketing, American Society of Civil Engineers

Ms. Geisha Williams
Executive Vice President, Electric Operations, PG&E
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. National Leadership Luncheon
Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Parent Engagement in an Era of Education Reform
Vevey 1 & 2, 2ndFloor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Guillermo Z. López
Chair, National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members of the National School Boards Association; Board President, Lansing School District, Michigan; NALEO Board Member

Dr. M. Elena Lopez
Associate Director, Harvard Family Research Project

A Matter of Perspective: Mental Health and Wellbeing in America
Vevey 3 & 4, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Theresa Garza Ruiz
County Legislator, Jackson County, Missouri

Mr. Joel Miller
Senior Director of Policy and Health Care Reform, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Mr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D.
PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis

Latino Access to the Ballot Box: New and Ongoing Challenges
St. Gallen, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Catherine Miranda
Arizona State Representative; NALEO Board Member

Hon. Alex Padilla
California State Senator; NALEO President

Mr. Luis Gazitúa
Gazitúa Letelier, P.A.

Ms. Erin Hustings
Senior Policy Analyst, NALEO Educational Fund

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Education Listening Session
Vevey 1 & 2, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Ana Sol Gutiérrez
Maryland State Delegate; NALEO Board Member; and
Hon. Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez
Board Clerk, Azusa Unified School District, California; NALEO Board Member

Ms. Alejandra Ceja
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Mr. Marco A. Davis,
Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Ms. Maribel Duran
Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Ms. Karen Tamburro
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Leadership Development Opportunities for Hispanic Youth
Vevey 1 & 2, 2nd Floor Event Centre

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Meeting of the Young Elected Officials – Latino Caucus
Montreux 3, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Catherine Miranda
Arizona State Representative; NALEO Board Member

Hon. Alex Padilla
California State Senator; NALEO President

Mr. Luis Gazitúa
Gazitúa Letelier, P.A.

Ms. Erin Hustings
Senior Policy Analyst, NALEO Educational Fund

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

NALEOfest – A Culinary Experience at Historic Navy Pier, Hosted by Toyota

Historic Navy Pier
Crystal Gardens

Saturday, June 29
7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Fourth Annual NALEO 5K Run/Walk
Hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Grant Park
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Zurich Ballroom Foyer, 1st Floor Event Centre
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Federal Issues Forum Comprehensive Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Time is Now
St. Gallen, 2nd Floor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox
Supervisor, Maricopa County, Arizona; NALEO Board Member

Hon. Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator, Illinois

Hon. Luis Gutierrez
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois (IL-4)

Hon. Jeff Denham
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, California (CA-10)

Hon. Alejandro Mayorkas
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Federal Issues Forum
Tax-Exempt Bonds and the Current Fiscal Climate

Vevey 1 & 2, 2ndFloor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Karen Avilla
Treasurer, City of Carson, California; President, Hispanic Elected Local Officials of the National League of Cities; NALEO Board Member

Hon. Peter J. Roskam
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois (IL-6)

Hon. Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor, City of Avondale, Arizona; President, National League of Cities

Federal Issues Forum
Climate Change: Understanding and Managing Local Risks

Vevey 3 & 4, 2ndFloor Event Centre

Session Chair:
Hon. Tony Cárdenas
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, California (CA-29)

Mr. Doug Kluck
Central Region Climate Services Direc tor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lt. Col. Jim Schreiner
Deputy Commander, Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Ms. Nicole L. Hefty
Chief, Office of Sustainability, Planning Division, Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Florida

Hon. Annette Quijano
New Jersey State Assemblymember

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. National Congressional Leadership Luncheon
Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

NALEO Assembly of Receptions

Swissôtel Chicago
2nd Floor Event Centre

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

 

NALEO Salute to Midwest Leaders Dinner

Swissôtel Chicago
Zurich Ballroom, 1st Floor Event Centre