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Latino Communications Summit
Latino Summit Bios:
Rosalina Cardenas, Univision
Rosalina is the Vice President Political & Advocacy Group, Univision
Rosalina Cardenas is a leading expert in the power and complexities of the Latino electorate and how to speak to it effectively. As Vice President of Political, Advocacy, and Government at Univision Communications Inc., Rosalina is committed to helping numerous political, advocacy and issue campaigns across the country understand how best to win the hearts, minds and votes of Latinos.
Before returning to Univision in January 2012, she was a principal at a full service bilingual advertising agency with a focus on political, advocacy and education campaigns. For the prior 10 years she worked with organized labor across the country, including SEIU and UFCW, with various Independent Expenditures, and C3’s such as Mi Familia Vota and Center for Immigrant Democracy.
Rosalina received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Los Angeles and her MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Her post-graduate work includes the Executive Program in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Management and Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Rosalina resides in South Pasadena, California with her husband and their three children.
The Honorable Ben Ray Luján, Congressman (NM-3)
Congressman Ben Ray Luján was born and raised in New Mexico, growing up in the small community of Nambe. Since joining Congress in 2009, he has worked to get our economy back on track, supported health insurance reform, and fought to reform Wall Street.
Serving in his third term in Congress, Ben Ray Luján has continues to stand up for New Mexicans. When credit card companies tried to take advantage of consumers, Ben stood up to them and cosponsored the Credit Card Holder's Bill of Rights. When insurance companies sought to drop sick patients and deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, Ben fought to reform health insurance and end their worst practices. When Wall Street refused to end the actions that got us into an economic mess, Ben took on Wall Street.
Congressman Luján knows that New Mexicans are still struggling in this difficult economy, and he's working to create and keep jobs in New Mexico. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he is working hard to support the use of renewable energy and strengthen a sector that can bring jobs to many communities, particularly in the West. As Co-Chair and founder of the Technology Transfer Caucus, he is focused on helping small business and our national laboratories work together to create new economic opportunities.
At the beginning of this Congress, Luján was named to the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip. In addition, he serves as First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Prior to his election to Congress, Luján served as the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission where he represented North Eastern, North Central and Central New Mexico. On the PRC, Luján fought to improve health care for New Mexicans and increase renewable energy production in the state.
Before his election to the PRC, Luján served as the New Mexico Cultural Affairs Department's director of administrative services and chief financial officer. He also served as deputy state treasurer. Ben Ray Luján earned his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Business Administration.
Christine Pelosi, Democracy Partners
Christine is an attorney, author, and activist, and partner with Democracy Partners. Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grassroots organizing and public policy experience. Christine has been volunteering in politics since the stroller, and currently conducts leadership boot camps based on her books Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0. Christine’s books emerged from her years of volunteering literally from the stroller and service with the AFSCME PEOPLE Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which worked with approximately 120 challengers from 2006 to 2012, 32 of whom were elected to Congress. Arianna Huffington praised Campaign Boot Camp as "a passionate call to public service—and a practical guide for making that service more productive. Christine Pelosi is a sharp and knowledgeable drill sergeant looking to whip our democratic process back into shape.”Christine’s trainings with candidates, volunteers, and NGO leaders span over thirty states and three countries.
Christine holds a JD from UC Hastings and a BSFS from Georgetown. She has served as a prosecutor in San Francisco, a special counsel in the Clinton-Gore administration, and a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Currently serving as California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus Chair, she is a former executive director of the state party, led its Platform Committee for thirteen years, and has been elected 5 times to the Democratic National Committee, where she cofounded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council. She served as an Obama Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions. She appears frequently on national television and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post on current events, social media in politics, legal affairs, and unique challenges for women leaders.
Christine lives within walking distance of her beloved World Champion San Francisco Giants and serves on the Giants Community Fund board of directors. She is married to Emmy-nominated filmmaker Peter Kaufman; their daughter Isabella was born in 2009, and has traveled with mom to 21 states and 3 foreign countries as Christine organizes for Democrats and democracy.
Andrew Myers, Myers Research
Andrew is President and CEO of Myers Research | Strategic Services, LLC. Myers has over two decades of experience in politics and public opinion research, working on thousands of elections from the local level to Presidential campaigns, as well as assisting in message development for a broad array of institutional and corporate clients. Myers counts more than 300 Democratic officeholders at nearly every level of government as clients. Myers’ record is unprecedented – he has produced more chamber control shifts toward Democrats at the state legislative level than any other pollster in the nation and he has won 11 of the 13 Governor’s races on which he has worked.
In addition to his candidate work, Myers has served as a lead pollster for a variety of organizations including AFSCME, NEA, SEIU, Project New West/America, HMP and Patriot Majority among others. Additionally, Myers has advised a number of corporations on strategic positioning and issue management.
Prior to founding his own firm, Myers served as a Political Director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and before that, Myers was Senior Analyst at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a prominent public opinion research firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to his work at Greenberg Quinlan, Myers served as a Policy Advisor to Connecticut’s Speaker of the House and ran a host of campaigns throughout the Northeast.
Myers has been named a Rising Star of Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine, and in 2011, he was named to the Democratic "Dream Team” at the American Association of Political Consultants awards ceremony. Myers attended Columbia University and the University of Connecticut. Myers graduated Cum Laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has earned numerous stores. Academic distinctions include the George A. Mugge Award for history and political science. He is a contributing author to Voting in America, an encyclopedia assessing American electoral patterns, and Myers is a contributing author to the book How the West Was Warmed. Myers has been featured in a wide variety of news organizations, from CSPAN to The Wall Street Journal and New York Times to Politico and National Journal.
Shanan Alper, Binder Research
Shanan is a research analyst with David Binder Research is an experienced political researcher with a background in organizing, works on projects throughout the country and in his home state of California. Recent projects include work to increase turnout among Latino voters in Los Angeles, the state Attorney General’s race on behalf of Attorney General Kamala Harris, and numerous progressive local and statewide ballot measures. And since late 2006, David Binder Research has provided direction for strategic decisions through qualitative, quantitative, and media/ad testing research for President Barack Obama, Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee.
As part of multiple research efforts, Shanan has conducted extensive research on communication methods to reach the increasingly diverse electorate. This includes the targeting of infrequent and newly registered voters, as well as the unregistered but eligible, seeking to understand motivations and interests. This communication research has included examining the use of traditional and social media and the importance of community groups and family influencers.
Shanan’s strengths lie in conducting in-depth statistical analysis of survey and qualitative data, and presenting the findings so that there are actionable recommendations. These practical, real-world recommendations are delivered at high-level meetings and to targeted principles, community leaders and elected officials. Shanan also moderates focus groups, including standard groups, triads, individual interviews, phone interviews, and mixed methodology dial testing groups.
Shanan earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Economics and Government from The College of William and Mary. Shanan and his wife Josie Wulsin live in San Francisco with their two young sons Santana and Marcelo.
Joshua Ulibarri, Lake Research Partners
Joshua Ulibarri is a partner at Lake Research Partners. He leads a team that focuses primarily on candidates in western states, and his issue work covers the progressive spectrum. Known as a leading researcher among his generation of consultants, he is among the best methodologists and moderators in the field, and a sought-after Latino voice in progressive politics. His research projects cover an impressive range of issues, including racial and LGBT equality, public education, poverty, health and science, responsible gun ownership, young voters, humane treatment of animals and jury research. Joshua has an extensive client list that includes some of the strongest organizations involved in registering, organizing, motivating, and turning out less likely voters, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, The Latino Policy Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, the Center for Community Change, the We Are America Alliance, Women's Voices, Women Vote, and Rock the Vote. He has worked with Food and Water Watch and the Humane Society of the United States as well as the Brady Campaign, BISC, the Public Education Network, the Human Rights Campaign, the AAMC and LSAC. In 2013, he helped elect two Latinas to the Phoenix, AZ City Council. His past and current political clients include U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Congressmen Gerry Connolly, Henry Cuellar, and Andre Carson, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Chiqui Cartagena, Univision
Chiqui is the author of Latino Boom II and works as vice president of Corporate Marketing for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. She is responsible for developing and implementing corporate marketing strategies, positioning Univision’s broad portfolio of brands and creating proprietary consumer research for the Company. Ms. Cartagena is a Hispanic media and marketing pioneer with 25 years of experience developing, launching, and leading some of America’s most successful Spanish-language consumer magazines, including People en Español and TV Guide en Español. She has also developed many integrated marketing programs for leading consumer brands to successfully reach the Latino community. Her career also includes senior roles as a broadcast journalist, having previously worked in the news divisions of Univision and Telemundo.
In April, Ms. Cartagena was recognized with a Multiethnic TV Leadership Award from Broadcasting & Cable magazine. In 2012, Ms. Cartagena received the ADCOLOR® Legend Award in recognition of her tireless efforts in leading the conversation about the Hispanic market.
In 2007, she was named the Hispanic Direct Marketing Professional of the Year by the Direct Marketing Association. And finally, she is the author of Latino Boom II, Catch the Biggest Wave Since the Baby Boom, her second book on the Hispanic market which was published just a few months ago .
Ms. Cartagena is a member of the National Awards Committee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Michele Cordoba, OC Media
Michele Cordoba heads the Creative Services department at OC Media, a full-service Latina-owned advertising and strategic marketing firm specializing in public education and community outreach for social and political causes. She has spearheaded the creative development and production of Spanish-language political and advocacy campaigns for a wide variety of clients including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Priorities USA Action, America’s Voice, and the Service Workers International Union. Ms. Cordoba has extensive experience in the field of Hispanic marketing. Her background is in the television industry, having led the Marketing and Promotions departments at both Univision and Telemundo. In her capacity as special events producer with Univision, Ms. Cordoba also directed several Emmy-award winning local and national television productions, including the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Scripps College and earned her Master’s Degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).OCMedia is a certified Minority Business Enterprise and Women’s Business Enterprise. For a full company profile visit www.ocmedia.cc.
Randy Borntrager, People for the American Way
Randy has extensive experience in progressive political organizing. He serves as People For the American Way's Political Director and leads the electoral efforts of the organization, directs the Voters Alliance PAC and the 527 Action Fund.
In 2012, Randy created and spearheaded PFAW's Spanish language electoral efforts during the Wisconsin Recall, helping to flip the State Senate to Democratic control. Later that year, he expanded PFAW's Spanish language campaign to the presidential election and directed the direct mail, radio and television independent expenditure in five key states. In 2013, he again helped secure victories for the Democratic ticket in Virginia by leading the only Spanish language television campaign effort in the state.
Prior to his time at PFAW, Randy served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio. Previously, he managed Kilroy’s 2008 campaign for Congress, successfully managing one of the top five targeted congressional races in the country.
Borntrager has also served as the Communications Director and the Interim Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party, where he coordinated the messaging for five statewide offices as well as State House and Senate caucuses
Alan Brittain, Univision
Alan has over 25 years experience in the advertising sales industry, 19 of which in various management positions that have provided him with extensive knowledge and experience in the media industry. Most recently Alan served as Senior Vice President of Local Sales at Screenvision Cinema Network, LLC. Where he was responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all Local Sales activities including sales strategies, new account acquisitions and client partner relations. Prior to Screenvision Alan was a Vice President/General Sales Manager for Fox Station Sales where he was responsible for the national sales strategies to achieve the revenue and share goals of each station. He also had direct oversight of sales offices that handled the majority of the political ad sales, and served as the lead point with political agencies. Prior to Fox Stations, Mr. Brittain was Senior Vice President of NBC Station Sales at NBC Universal where he spearheaded national sales strategies for 14 NBC owned stations. Mr. Brittain also served as Sales Manager for NBC National Sales in Philadelphia where he led a team of sellers responsible for political and issue advocacy sales. He started his career at Blair Television, and was ultimately promoted to Vice President/Director of Sales, American Red Division and served in various ad sales roles in Miami, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. Alan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Alabama in 1986 where he also played football for the Crimson Tide. He lives in suburban Philadelphia, is married and has 3 children.
Danny Jester, GMMB
Danny is a Senior Vice President and Media Director with GMMB. Danny led media placement for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign. His groundbreaking work helped to win AdWeek’s Media Plan of the Year Award for both campaigns. He has also worked on numerous Senate and Congressional campaigns as well as managing media placement for IE’s such as the DSCC and LCV. In today’s complex and ever-changing media landscape, winning the most competitive races depends on smart, data-driven media plans. Each media campaign needs to have its signature buying strategy and tactics that helps to deliver the right messages to the right audiences in the most cost-efficient and effective way. Danny brings those strategies to political campaigns as well as international and U.S. issue and policy campaigns.
Kathy Whitlock, VP Strategy & Insights, Univision Communications, Inc.
Kathy Whitlock leads the political, retail, media, entertainment, education and creative consulting verticals within Univision’s Strategy & Insights Team. She is an Integrated brand and business building professional who has delivered revenue growth for companies like Johnson & Johnson, Nissan, Land Rover, Mars, Cingular/AT&T, Warner Bros, McDonald’s and Hasbro in international, US and US Hispanic markets.
Ms. Whitlock has worked on both client and agency sides (Johnson & Johnson, Playtex, Warner Bros, DDB, BBDO, among others) and most recently was at The Vidal Partnership, independent Hispanic agency named to Advertising Age Agency A-List . Her areas of expertise include brand creation and strategic development, direct marketing, market research/test marketing, creative (both traditional and digital/social) and total market planning, including media. Kathy is fluent in English, Spanish and French.