Cristóbal previously served as Hillary for America’s National Deputy Director of Voter Outreach and Mobilization, where he helped manage efforts to register, persuade, and mobilize the core coalition groups that form the base of the Democratic Party: African Americans, Latinos, women, millennials, and organized Labor; as well as the Expansion States program to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 37 states.
Prior to launching Latino Victory with Henry R. Muñoz III and Eva Longoria, Cristóbal spent more than five years in philanthropy serving at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation. During that time Cristóbal led more than $60M in investments designed to increase political participation in communities that have been historically excluded from our democracy.
Before moving into politics, Cristóbal was a civil rights lawyer. He served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, where he led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to raise awareness of the civil rights rollback and develop strategies to win in the federal courts and the United Nations. He also practiced civil rights law with a focus on police misconduct and First Amendment rights at the Seattle-based MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristóbal received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Cristóbal is a proud at-large member of the Democratic National Committee. He also sits on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, and the Sixteen Thirty Fund. He lives in D.C. with his wife Taí, and rescued pit bull Chelsea, and two cats, Valiente and Ricky Martin.
Sara Le Brusq came from the Ford Foundation where she oversaw operations for the Democratic Participation and Governance department, a diverse program focused on electoral reform, government accountability, transparency and the strengthening of civil society. Prior to that, Sara worked in the Investments department of the Ford Foundation, managing projects and planning for the Asset Allocation and Risk and the Investment Administration divisions for a $10+ billion portfolio. Sara obtained her M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University while working in the office of philanthropist and global financier George Soros, and her B.A in International Relations from Syracuse University. Sara has also lived and worked in multiple countries, and believes the strength of any democracy relies on a fully engaged constituency.
Melissa Mark-Viverito served as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold citywide office, and represented the 8th District, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in San Juan, she worked for over a decade in local activism, nonprofit organizations and grassroots labor organizing before being elected to the City Council in 2005.
Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected to serve as New York City Council Speaker in January 2014. As Speaker, she has focused on transparency in government and policies that generate socioeconomic opportunity and combat systemic inequality.
In May 2014, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito implemented sweeping rules reforms that increased transparency in city government and streamlined the legislative process to better serve New Yorkers. Mark-Viverito also established budget reforms to ensure City Council resources are more equitably distributed across districts based on poverty levels.
Led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City has emerged as a national leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. In September 2014, Mark-Viverito announced a groundbreaking public -private partnership with The Robin Hood Foundation, New York Community Trust, and citywide legal service providers to fund legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation in New York City. While unaccompanied children across the nation unjustly face deportation proceedings without any legal assistance, this initiative guarantees a lawyer for all unaccompanied minors in New York City and also provides social, mental, and health services. Speaker Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council passed legislation in October 2014 limiting the City’s compliance with detention requests issued by United States immigration authorities without a warrant from a federal judge. This legislation ensures that individuals are not detained without sufficient cause or needlessly torn away from their families. In January 2015, New York City launched IDNYC, municipal identification card open to any resident of New York City. This initiative, spearheaded by Speaker Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council, offers safe and secure identification for all New Yorkers fourteen and older, regardless of immigration status. Speaker Mark-Viverito is also proud supporter of the New York Family Unity Project, the nation’s first government-funded legal representation program for detained immigrants which provides high-quality, holistic representation to New Yorkers detained and facing deportation who cannot afford an attorney. As other U.S cities seek to implement similar municipal reforms, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has traveled across the United States to share New York City’s progressive immigration policies.
Speaker Mark-Viverito is also an outspoken advocate for local and national criminal justice reform. Under her leadership, the New York City Council initiated a citywide bail fund that will assist low-income individuals in qualifying cases to post bail rather than spend needless time in jail while awaiting trial. Speaker Mark-Viverito also continues to push for the use of summonses instead of arrests for certain low-level, non-violent offenses, a policy shift that would decrease the volume of individuals detained and jailed unnecessarily.
As the first person (and woman) of color to serve as Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito has focused on increasing opportunity and equality for young women across New York City. In 2015, Speaker Mark-Viverito launched the Young Women’s Initiative to address disparities faced by women in such areas as education, workforce development, healthcare, and the criminal justice system. This collaboration with policy experts, service providers, philanthropy, City agencies and young women themselves will assess New York City’s efforts to serve the next generation of female leaders and make recommendations on how the Council can supporting gender equality for women in New York City.
In 2011, she was one of four Council Members to pioneer the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in New York City, a grassroots process by which residents can vote directly to fund locally-developed projects in their communities. Since Mark-Viverito’s speakership, Participatory Budgeting has spread to over twenty-four districts across New York City and funds $32 million in community projects.
Before becoming Speaker in 2014, Melissa served as founding co-chair of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus. From 2010 -2013, she also chaired the City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation.
Jorge Silva has more than 15 years of experience, most recently as National Director for Hispanic Media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. Silva served at the spokesperson for the Hillary Clinton Campaign for Hispanic media and on Latino-focused issues, and led an infrastructure of bilingual and multicultural media strategies and communications. He previously led national and regional Hispanic media for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as Senior Advisor for Hispanic Media and spokesperson. Silva developed and implemented media strategies for the Senate Majority Leader and for various other states as the senior strategist for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Originally from Mexico, Silva earned a law degree from the Western Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Mexico and a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Monica is an experienced bilingual communicator with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. She most recently served as National Press Secretary for Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin.
In prior roles as Press Secretary for Hispanic Media for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and National Translation Coordinator for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Monica developed strategic messaging targeting America’s diverse Latino constituencies.
A native of Blue Island, Illinois, Monica earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University. After graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Mexico City.
Before working for Latino Victory Project, González worked for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Texas 28th Congressional District. She was also a reporter for The Rio Grande Guardian, an online political news publication specializing in Texas politics. She covered United States- Mexico border issues including border security, trade and business, and education.
Gonzalez obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Texas A&M International University and a Master of Arts degree in mass communications from Texas State University. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is owned by two black cats, Kikki and Raspas.
An experienced digital native, Abby came to Latino Victory from Mothership Strategies, a full-service digital political consulting firm. At Mothership, she grew and managed online brands across multiple social media platforms for Mothership’s clients, and created engaging social media and email campaigns.
Prior to Mothership, Abby was an organizer for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Hillary Clinton campaign in Nevada, Kansas, Washington and Colorado.
An organizer since age 11, Abby is passionate about political engagement, both off-and-online. She graduated from American University with a BA in International Politics and Law in 2014.
Mayra Macias grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the working class home of immigrant parents. Mayra attended Yale University, where she double-majored in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. After graduating, Mayra moved to Miami to work with Teach for America as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Liberty City at Charles R. Drew Middle School.
For three years, Mayra worked with the Florida Democratic Party, first as the Hispanic Outreach Director for South Florida and then as the Deputy Political Director where she helped flip the Sarasota City Council. Mayra left Florida as part of the Capitol Hill Fellowship where she transitioned from politics to policy, working for the Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro.
Mayra returned to sunny Florida the summer of 2016 as the Florida Democratic Party’s Political Director — becoming the first Latina to hold this position. During this past election cycle, Mayra had the opportunity to advocate for immigrants, Latinos, and millenials on various national platforms, including on CNN’s New Day with Andrew Cuomo and has been recognized as one of Florida’s #BossGirls.
Megan brings a focus of strategic fundraising, development and partnerships to any project she joins. Based in Washington, D.C. Megan most recently served as the Grassroots Fundraising Manager at Hillary for America.
Previously, Megan was the Development Director and one of the first employees at Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded in January 2013 by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly. Prior to that, Megan was the Northeast Finance Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Steve Israel.
Megan earned her B.A. in Government and Gender and Women’s Studies at Connecticut College in New London, CT. A New York City native with a penchant for politics, Megan is a regular supporter of the women’s equality and reproductive justice movement through a number of organizations.
Born in Mexico City, Olac immigrated to El Paso, Texas in 2008 where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2013, Olac joined the Texas Democratic Party serving as their Deputy Finance Director. For two years, Olac travelled across the state and advocated for the investment for Latino communities and candidates and developed targeted fundraising strategies for Texas Democrats.
Olac then joined the Hillary Clinton fundraising team in San Francisco, where he planned, managed, and executed high profile fundraising events for the Clinton/Kaine ticket. He most recently served on Senator Tim Kaine’s finance team, based in Washington, DC.
Olac sits on the board of the Texas Freedom Network, an Austin based non-profit that focus on defending civil liberties and strengthening public schools.