State policymakers are in a unique position to formulate innovative approaches and policy solutions that create stronger communities; communities that can meet the needs and support the success of working families and their young children.  With Latinos as the second largest population group in the country, their success is integral to our future.  Effective policies and programs must be in place to promote thriving communities, from ensuring young children stay healthy and succeed on their educational path, to investing in an infrastructure that improves mobility and connectivity, and promotes strong economies.

NALEO Educational Fund’s Legislative Summit provided state legislators with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become more effective advocates for their constituents as they prepare for their next legislative sessions.  Participants who attended this two-day convening heard from leading experts who shared the latest research and best practices regarding upcoming and pressing policy matters that impact the success of their states and communities.

The Summit’s curriculum covered:

  • Well Being of Young Children and Families
  • Emerging Technology and Regulations
  • Census 2020 and the Undercount of Young Children
  • Health Care Trends
  • Criminal Justice
  • Mobility and Infrastructure


The Summit convened state legislators, national and state experts, advocates, and other relevant stakeholders.  Participants had an opportunity to discuss and develop strategic collaborations for addressing the challenges and opportunities in their states.  Policymakers received information on the latest research, studies and best practices; exchanged legislative policies and ideas; strengthened governance skills that will support effective leadership in committee roles; and had the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the country.



Title Sponsors

Alliance for Early Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Investor Sponsors

American Express

Bank of America



Kaiser Permanente




Summit Partners

Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus
Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs
California Latino Legislative Caucus
Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus
Connecticut Legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus
Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus
Kansas Latino Legislative Caucus
Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus
Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives
Michigan Latino Legislative Caucus
Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus
New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus
New York State Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force
Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus


  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Tradewinds Foyer, North Convention Center




8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Mariners Room A and B, North Convention Center




9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Tradewinds A,B,C, North Convention Center

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund
  • Hon. Ricardo Lara, California State Insurance Commissioner; NALEO President



9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tradewinds A,B,C, North Convention Center

General Session

Building a Strong Foundation: The State of Latino Families and Children

With Latinos driving demographic shifts across the nation, it is critical that policymakers understand the role of the Latino community in shaping our country’s future economic prosperity and civic strength.  This opening session set the context for the Summit and provided legislators with an overview of demographic shifts and trends nationally, major policy challenges and opportunities facing the Latino community, and strategies to support the success of Latino children and their families in communities across the country.

Chair: Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund

  • Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez, Director, Global Migration and Demography Research, Pew Research Center
  • Mr. Scot Spencer, Associate Director, Community Change Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation



10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Tradewinds D, North Convention Center

Session I

Supporting the Youngest Families

Research demonstrates that stable and nurturing home environments support the social, emotional, and physical development of young children.  Young parents face particular challenges in providing this environment as they are more likely to encounter housing instability, interruptions in education, and limited employment opportunities.  This session highlighted the unique challenges faced by young parents and successful policy models that support these parents in building pathways to success for themselves and their families.

Chair: Hon. Martín Quezada, Arizona State Senator; Treasurer, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs

  • Ms. Quanic Fullard, Program Associate, Center for Economic Opportunity, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ms. Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Director of Educational Equity and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center


Tradewinds E and F, North Convention Center

Session II

Pros and Cons: Legalized Sports Betting and State Regulation

In May 2018, the Supreme Court legalized sports betting across the country.  Some states have moved forward with allowing sports betting to get access to an additional revenue stream, while others have opted not to move in this direction.  This session provided best practices related to the state regulation of sports betting, including online betting, as well as the policy implications of social and behavioral consequences related to betting.

Chair: Hon. Nellie Pou, New Jersey State Senator; Chair, New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus

  • Ms. LaVonne R. Withey, Director of State Affairs, American Gaming Association


  • Mr. Chris Grove, Managing Director, Sports and Emerging Verticals, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC


  • Mr. Karl Bennison, Chief, Enforcement Division, Nevada Gaming Control Board, Retired


  • Hon. Becky Harris, Distinguished Fellow, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Former Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board; Former Nevada State Senator




12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Tradewinds A,B,C, North Convention Center


Luncheon Program

Census 2020 and the Undercount of Young Children

  • Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund



2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Tradewinds D, North Convention Center

Session III

Bolstering the Success of Working Families

Federal and state tax credits targeted for families are levers that are meant to move families toward economic security, promote work opportunities, and help address costs associated in raising young children.  States like Louisiana and Nebraska have utilized their tax provisions to increase access to quality early childhood education and care, and to invest in the early learning workforce.  This session equipped participants with knowledge of tax credit solutions to boost incomes of families with young children, and provided strategies to meet the needs of the early childhood education workforce.

Chair: Hon. Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assemblymember; Chair, California Latino Legislative Caucus

  • Mr. Rich Williams, Program Manager, Children and Families Program,  National Conference of State Legislatures


  • Ms. Jennifer Palmer, Policy Associate, Children and Families Program, National Conference of State Legislatures

Presentation | Resource: 1


Tradewinds E and F, North Convention Center

Session IV

2019 and Beyond: Health Policy Trends to Watch

As state legislators prepare for their next legislative sessions, issues in the ever-changing landscape of health policy will arise.  To help legislators prepare to navigate these issues, health industry representatives and advocates provided insights into the top trends in health care policy at the federal and state level of which policymakers need to be aware, how their constituents will be affected, and what tools or legislation may prove effective in ensuring that their constituents can access quality and affordable care.

Chair: Hon. Jeffrey Sánchez, Principal, Sánchez Strategies; Former Massachusetts State Representative; Board Member, NALEO

  • Ms. Sara van Geertruyden, Executive Director, Partnership to Improve Patient Care


  • Ms. Sara Orrange, Regional Director, State Affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans


  • Ms. Pam Traxel, Senior Vice President, Alliance Development and Philanthropy, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network


  • Mr. John Garcia, Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente




3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


Tradewinds D, North Convention Center

Session V

New Dimensions of Health in Young Latinos

Medical providers are seeing increased rates of a number of medical and mental health conditions in Latino youth.  This session provided an overview of these conditions and trends, information on the top contributing factors, and ways policymakers can address these issues at the state level.

Chair:  Hon. Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator; Chairman, Committee on Health; Board Member, NALEO

  • Dr. Edward D. Vargas, Assistant Professor, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University


  • Dr. Lisa Cacari Stone, Associate Professor of Health & Social Policy, College of Population Health; Director, Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health, University of New Mexico


  • Dr. Glenn Flores, Chief Research Officer, Director, Health Services Research Institute, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Presentation | Resources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


Tradewinds E and F, North Convention Center

Session VI

The Future of 5G Mobile Technology: Challenges and Implications

The rollout of fifth generation (5G) mobile technology has tremendous potential for the U.S. economy and will impact the Internet of Things (IoT), education, autonomous vehicles, and a number of other areas.  This session provided an overview of 5G, including its importance and its implications, as well as the regulatory challenges around this technology.

Chair: Hon. Armando “Mando” Martinez, Texas State Representative; Member, Transportation Committee; Board Member, NALEO

  • Mr. David E. Young, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
  • Ms. Maurita Coley, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council



5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Mariners Room B, North Convention Center

Opening Reception

Title Sponsors: Alliance for Early Success and The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Investor Sponsors: American Express, Bank of America, Biogen, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Toyota, and Verizon

Opening Reception Patrons: Boehringer Ingelheim and Novartis

Opening Reception Supporters: Abbott Nutrition, AbbVie, McLane Company, Inc., Microsoft, Reynolds American Inc., Sanofi US, UFC and Endeavor

Opening Reception Donor: Walmart