Every year, in conjunction with the NALEO Annual Conference, NALEO Educational Fund joins with a local nonprofit organization to give back to the community. As a result, NALEO Educational Fund, Conference participants, and corporate and community partners ensure a meaningful and lasting impact on the chosen beneficiary. As we continue our tradition of creating a meaningful impact at the NALEO Annual Conference, this year, we are pleased to support the Latino-owned restaurant sector. As this industry was one of the first and worst hit by the pandemic, we have launched a direct donation campaign with matching funds from NALEO Educational Fund.

This year, we are launching a fundraising challenge that will benefit the following:

San Pedro’s Restaurant is a Latina-owned small business located in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Sandra Montes, a single mother of three, embarked on a journey to open up a Honduran restaurant that she felt was missing in her area. San Pedro’s Restaurant has grown to become a staple of great food and service in the City of Dallas and the state of Texas.

World Central Kitchen’s Restaurants for the People campaign is part of their ongoing response to the health, economic, and humanitarian crises stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is dedicated to tackling these issues by providing fresh meals to communities in immediate need while also keeping small restaurants and food businesses open.

DONATION MATCH

NALEO Educational Fund commits to matching direct donations up to $10,000 for each organization.

Share and Promote

While participating at home, folks are encouraged to embody the campaign’s spirit by supporting and ordering from their favorite local Latino-owned restaurants. Share with us your contributions or some of your favorite local Latino-owned restaurants by using the hashtag #NALEOVirtual.

Sample Post:

Joining #NALEOVirtual Annual Conference participants as we stand with the Latino restaurant sector and support @sanpedrosDallas and @WCKitchen. Thank you to @StateFarm and @ATT for making this service project possible!

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Livestream Agenda

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Breakfast & Opening Gavel Ceremony & Plenary: A Look at Nevada’s Latino Community & Political Leadership

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT

NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund leaders will be joined by officials from Nevada and Las Vegas to welcome participants to the NALEO 41st Annual Conference.

Over the past decade, the Silver State has seen tremendous growth and change — with Latinos playing a major role in this transition. From 2010 through 2020, Nevada’s total population grew from 2.7 million to 3.1 million — an increase of 15 percent — while the state’s Latino population increased by 24 percent. Latinos now account for nearly 18 percent of all registered voters in Nevada. The state’s number of Latino elected officials also continues to increase across all levels of office, including the only Latina in the U.S. Senate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. However, with this growth there also have been challenges and unique needs for the Latino community. Latinos in Nevada have been disproportionally affected by national events, such as the 2008 housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. During this opening plenary, panelists will provide an overview of the state’s Latino community, the growth of its Latino political leadership, and the key role the state is poised to play in the national political landscape.

Breakfast & Opening Gavel Ceremony Welcome Remarks:

  • Hon. E. Junior Maldonado, Clerk, Hudson County, New Jersey; NALEO President
  • Hon. Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Felicia Ortiz, President, Nevada State Board of Education
  • Hon. Fabian Doñate, Nevada State Senator; Chair, Nevada Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Hon. Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas, Nevada


Plenary Moderator:
Hon. Olivia Diaz, Councilmember, City of Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Hon. Nancy Brune, Ph.D., Councilmember, City of Las Vegas; Research Professor, Desert Research Institute; President, Luz Development Institute, LLC
  • Hon. Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO; Former Nevada State Assemblymember

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: The State of World Affairs & the Impact on Latinos in the United States

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT

Global and regional conflicts, political upheaval, mass migration patterns, and natural disasters are just a few contributing factors to the turmoil being felt across the globe. Inevitably, these world affairs become deciding factors for major policy areas in the United States — including the economy, security, public health, energy, and many others. This plenary will dive into the current state of world affairs and explore how and why decisions being made across the globe can affect the Latino community and the future of our nation.

Luncheon Remarks:

  • Hon. Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Grace Napolitano, U.S. Representative (CA-31)


Plenary Moderator:
Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund

  • Hon. Arturo Sarukhan, Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

National Leadership Breakfast & Plenary: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. PT

According to projections reported by Axios, more than 8 million migrants and asylum seekers will be living in the United States by the end of September. These individuals have entered the United States through Mexico — originating from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. As a result of the increased migrant population, border communities have faced extreme challenges in providing basic needs. Additionally, the relocation of these migrants has had a considerable impact on cities like Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and New York. This plenary will highlight strategies and partnerships available to policymakers at all levels of government to address the humanitarian concerns around the migrant crisis and communities across the country.

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Robert Garcia, U.S. Representative (CA-42)

  • Ms. Andrea Flores, Vice President, Immigration Policy and Campaigns, FWD.us
  • Ms. Marissa Arrez, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Rights, City of Chicago, Illinois
  • Ms. Melissa M. Lopez, Executive Director, Estrella del Paso

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: Charting a Path Forward: Working through America’s Political Divide

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT

As a national organization with a diverse constituency — representing many political perspectives, national origins, gender, sexual orientation, and geographies — NALEO Educational Fund is proud of its ability to convene forums like the NALEO Annual Conference, facilitating critical discussions important to the Latino community while promoting civil public discourse. Unfortunately, our nation has seen a shift in recent years as hyper partisanship takes hold of political parties, public officials, and communities across the country — a practice that counters the core values of democracy and civility. This plenary will explore the effects of hyper partisanship and how Latino leaders can address extreme division in the public square, as well as demonstrate their commitment to serving their constituents and preserving American democracy.

Luncheon Keynote Remarks: Hon. Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Luncheon Welcome Remarks: Hon. Steven Horsford, U.S. Representative (NV-4); Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Anna Tovar, Arizona Corporation Commissioner 

  • Samar S. Ali, Research Professor of Political Science and Law, Co-Chair, Project on Unity & American Democracy, Vanderbilt University; Founder & Chief Executive Office, Millions of Conversations
  • Adam Brandon, President, Independent Center 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Breakfast & Plenary: Strengthening the Foundations for Latino Economic Growth

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT

According to a recent report from the Latino Donor Collaborative, U.S. Latino economic output reached $3.2 trillion in 2021. The same study indicates that if Latinos were an independent country, their GDP would rank fifth in the world, ahead of the United Kingdom, India, and France. At the same time, however, most major polls of Latino voters indicate that the economy and the rising cost of living top the list of concerns. This session will explore the current and future state of Latino economic growth and influence while identifying policies and strategies that policymakers can support and advance to increase our community’s economic mobility and prosperity.

Breakfast Keynote Remarks: Hon. Julie A. Su, Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Susana A. Mendoza, Illinois State Comptroller

  • Ana Valdez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Latino Donor Collaborative 
  • Patty Juarez, Head of Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Wells Fargo 
  • Alfred Fraijo, Jr., Partner and Founder, Somos Law Group 

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: The Latino Vote in 2024

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT

Latinos are the second-largest population and eligible voting group in the country and are once again poised to play a decisive role in the presidential election and local and state contests nationwide. NALEO Educational Fund projects that at least 17.5 million Latino voters will turn out to the polls in November, an increase of 6.5 percent from 2020.This plenary will provide a profile of the Latino electorate, address the community’s potential impact on the 2024 election, and what steps candidates up and down the ballot are taking to secure the Latino vote.

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

Plenary Moderator:  Ms. Nicole Suarez, Network News Anchor, Telemundo  

  • Chuck Rocha, Founder, Solidarity Strategies 
  • Mike Madrid, Principal, GrassrootsLab

Breakfast & Opening Gavel Ceremony & Plenary: A Look at Nevada’s Latino Community & Political Leadership

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT

NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund leaders will be joined by officials from Nevada and Las Vegas to welcome participants to the NALEO 41st Annual Conference.

Over the past decade, the Silver State has seen tremendous growth and change — with Latinos playing a major role in this transition. From 2010 through 2020, Nevada’s total population grew from 2.7 million to 3.1 million — an increase of 15 percent — while the state’s Latino population increased by 24 percent. Latinos now account for nearly 18 percent of all registered voters in Nevada. The state’s number of Latino elected officials also continues to increase across all levels of office, including the only Latina in the U.S. Senate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. However, with this growth there also have been challenges and unique needs for the Latino community. Latinos in Nevada have been disproportionally affected by national events, such as the 2008 housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. During this opening plenary, panelists will provide an overview of the state’s Latino community, the growth of its Latino political leadership, and the key role the state is poised to play in the national political landscape.

Breakfast & Opening Gavel Ceremony Welcome Remarks:

  • Hon. E. Junior Maldonado, Clerk, Hudson County, New Jersey; NALEO President
  • Hon. Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Felicia Ortiz, President, Nevada State Board of Education
  • Hon. Fabian Doñate, Nevada State Senator; Chair, Nevada Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Hon. Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas, Nevada


Plenary Moderator:
Hon. Olivia Diaz, Councilmember, City of Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Hon. Nancy Brune, Ph.D., Councilmember, City of Las Vegas; Research Professor, Desert Research Institute; President, Luz Development Institute, LLC
  • Hon. Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO; Former Nevada State Assemblymember

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: The State of World Affairs & the Impact on Latinos in the United States

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT

Global and regional conflicts, political upheaval, mass migration patterns, and natural disasters are just a few contributing factors to the turmoil being felt across the globe. Inevitably, these world affairs become deciding factors for major policy areas in the United States — including the economy, security, public health, energy, and many others. This plenary will dive into the current state of world affairs and explore how and why decisions being made across the globe can affect the Latino community and the future of our nation.

Luncheon Remarks:

  • Hon. Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senator
  • Hon. Grace Napolitano, U.S. Representative (CA-31)


Plenary Moderator:
Mr. Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund

  • Hon. Arturo Sarukhan, Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

National Leadership Breakfast & Plenary: Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border and Beyond

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. PT

According to projections reported by Axios, more than 8 million migrants and asylum seekers will be living in the United States by the end of September. These individuals have entered the United States through Mexico — originating from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. As a result of the increased migrant population, border communities have faced extreme challenges in providing basic needs. Additionally, the relocation of these migrants has had a considerable impact on cities like Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and New York. This plenary will highlight strategies and partnerships available to policymakers at all levels of government to address the humanitarian concerns around the migrant crisis and communities across the country.

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Robert Garcia, U.S. Representative (CA-42)

  • Ms. Andrea Flores, Vice President, Immigration Policy and Campaigns, FWD.us
  • Ms. Marissa Arrez, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Immigrant, Migrant and Refugee Rights, City of Chicago, Illinois
  • Ms. Melissa M. Lopez, Executive Director, Estrella del Paso

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: Charting a Path Forward: Working through America’s Political Divide

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT

As a national organization with a diverse constituency — representing many political perspectives, national origins, gender, sexual orientation, and geographies — NALEO Educational Fund is proud of its ability to convene forums like the NALEO Annual Conference, facilitating critical discussions important to the Latino community while promoting civil public discourse. Unfortunately, our nation has seen a shift in recent years as hyper partisanship takes hold of political parties, public officials, and communities across the country — a practice that counters the core values of democracy and civility. This plenary will explore the effects of hyper partisanship and how Latino leaders can address extreme division in the public square, as well as demonstrate their commitment to serving their constituents and preserving American democracy.

Luncheon Keynote Remarks: Hon. Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Luncheon Welcome Remarks: Hon. Steven Horsford, U.S. Representative (NV-4); Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Anna Tovar, Arizona Corporation Commissioner 

  • Samar S. Ali, Research Professor of Political Science and Law, Co-Chair, Project on Unity & American Democracy, Vanderbilt University; Founder & Chief Executive Office, Millions of Conversations
  • Adam Brandon, President, Independent Center 

Breakfast & Plenary: Strengthening the Foundations for Latino Economic Growth

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT

According to a recent report from the Latino Donor Collaborative, U.S. Latino economic output reached $3.2 trillion in 2021. The same study indicates that if Latinos were an independent country, their GDP would rank fifth in the world, ahead of the United Kingdom, India, and France. At the same time, however, most major polls of Latino voters indicate that the economy and the rising cost of living top the list of concerns. This session will explore the current and future state of Latino economic growth and influence while identifying policies and strategies that policymakers can support and advance to increase our community’s economic mobility and prosperity.

Breakfast Keynote Remarks: Hon. Julie A. Su, Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor

Plenary Moderator: Hon. Susana A. Mendoza, Illinois State Comptroller

  • Ana Valdez, President & Chief Executive Officer, Latino Donor Collaborative 
  • Patty Juarez, Head of Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Wells Fargo 
  • Alfred Fraijo, Jr., Partner and Founder, Somos Law Group 

National Leadership Luncheon & Plenary: The Latino Vote in 2024

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PT

Latinos are the second-largest population and eligible voting group in the country and are once again poised to play a decisive role in the presidential election and local and state contests nationwide. NALEO Educational Fund projects that at least 17.5 million Latino voters will turn out to the polls in November, an increase of 6.5 percent from 2020.This plenary will provide a profile of the Latino electorate, address the community’s potential impact on the 2024 election, and what steps candidates up and down the ballot are taking to secure the Latino vote.

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

Plenary Moderator:  Ms. Nicole Suarez, Network News Anchor, Telemundo  

  • Chuck Rocha, Founder, Solidarity Strategies 
  • Mike Madrid, Principal, GrassrootsLab