Power Summit - Voto Latino Foundation

Voto Latino Foundation welcomes you to join our 13th Annual Power Summit, a two-day, free-to attend virtual conference!

Join us to hear from industry leaders, celebrities and elected officials on the importance of equity and of celebrating and owning your voice.

About Voto Latino Foundation


Vice President Kamala Harris

Welcoming Remarks

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Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.

Vice President Harris was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. She graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Stacey Abrams

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Founder of Fair Fight

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Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Our Time Is Now and Lead from the Outside, an entrepreneur and a political leader. She served as Democratic Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for 7 years prior to running for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She launched Fair Fight Action after the 2018 gubernatorial election to ensure every American has a voice in our election system, Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South. Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and were raised in Georgia.

Dolores Huerta

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

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Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. 

She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

María Teresa Kumar

Founding President and CEO, Voto Latino Foundation

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María Teresa Kumar is the founding CEO of Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation and is an Emmy-nominated on-air analyst for MSNBC. As the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization, Voto Latino has played a decisive role in American elections and been a major voice countering disinformation in the Latino community. Under María Teresa’s leadership, this work has garnered numerous awards and recognitions.

María Teresa began her career as a Senior Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill where she worked on appropriations and trade policy. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, an international affairs graduate of the University of California at Davis, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a board member of Emily’s List. María Teresa has dedicated her career to engaging the public to build democracy and protect human rights.

Christine Chen

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, co-Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote)

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Christine Chen is a co-Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), one of the most trusted national, nonpartisan organizations. APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in electoral and civic engagement. Since 2007, APIAVote has been building power in AAPI communities by investing in their capacity and infrastructure to mobilize voters. This investment, as well as, proactively training and resourcing community leaders across the country, paid off in the 2020 election cycle and Census. Under Chen’s leadership, APIAVote strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 28 states and made two historical milestones; attracted, then candidate Joe Biden to speak directly to the AAPI electorate, a  first in history for a Presidential nominee, and second, contributed to the groundwork that led to the highest AAPI voter turnout in history.

Chen has been a champion for the empowerment of AAPI communities from the start of her career. Moving to Washington, DC, from Ohio, she took on organizing and leadership roles at the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), and started a consulting firm, Strategic Alliances USA which was built on her broad and deep pool of relationships and skills in the AAPI community and in government. Chen’s firm included clients such as the Linsanity documentary, Comcast, and USDA to coordinate their outreach to Hmong farmers in Arkansas.

While serving as Executive Director of OCA National from 2001 to 2006, Chen served as a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, founding member of APIA Scholars, and served on numerous boards including the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and Demos Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board and the Center for Asian American Media.

Rashad Robinson

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, President of Color Of Change

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Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization with more than 7 million members. Rashad designs winning strategies to build power for Black communities: moving prosecutors to reduce mass incarceration and police violence; forcing over 100 corporations to abandon the right-wing policy shop, ALEC; forcing corporations to stop supporting Trump initiatives and white nationalists; winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue; changing representations of race in Hollywood; moving Airbnb, Google and Facebook to implement anti-racist initiatives; forcing Bill O’Reilly off the air. Rashad appears regularly in major news media and as a keynote speaker nationally. He was among the first in a global cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, and writes a monthly column about race, politics and corporate accountability for The Guardian. Previously, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. Rashad currently serves on the boards of the Hazen Foundation and Marguerite Casey Foundation.

Manny MUA

One on One Session

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Manny Gutierrez (known professionally as Manny MUA) is a Mexican-American makeup artist, beauty expert, entrepreneur and pioneer in the makeup world for his commitment to blurring the lines of gender in cosmetics. Manny is the Founder & CEO of Lunar Beauty, a cosmetics line for men, women, and everyone in between. Manny has been recognized by Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for establishing his own beauty empire and being one of the most influential beauty experts on the internet. Manny currently stars as the host and mentor in the Snap Original series Coming Out and will next be seen in the revival of VH1’s The Surreal Life. For information on Lunar Beauty please visit lunarbeauty.com.

To view Manny MUA’s Youtube Channel, visit this link!

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Melissa Barrera

One on One Session

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Melissa Barrera recently starred in Warner Brother’s movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “In the Heights,” directed by Jon M. Chu. Barrera received rave reviews for her performance, with IndieWire calling her casting “perfection” and her on-screen presence “compelling.” In January 2022, Barerra will star in the next installment of Paramount’s iconic horror franchise, “Scream,” opposite Courtney Cox, Nev Campbell and Jack Quaid. Barrera will then star as the title character in “Carmen ” opposite Paul Mescal for Sony Pictures Classics. Currently, she is in production playing the lead character in the upcoming Netflix drama, “Breathe.”   Melissa made her US acting debut starring as Lyn in STARZ’s critically acclaimed series “Vida,” which recently wrapped its third and final season.

In addition to her acting work, Barrera has joined Clinique as a Global Brand Ambassador. She is the first Latina representing the brand globally.

Barrera is an advocate for inspiring change, setting an example, and motivating others to use their voice; leading her to collaborate with Bold Futures, a non-profit that leads policy change, research and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico.

Wilmer Valderrama

Special Remarks

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Actor, producer and activist Wilmer Valderrama has been making audiences laugh, listen and think for nearly two decades. Perhaps most recognized for his role as exchange student ‘Fez’ on the Emmy-nominated series That 70s Show, the role catapulted him to stardom and garnered numerous Teen Choice Awards.
Valderrama currently stars in the #1 TV drama NCIS on CBS and will next be seen in the indie-drama Blast Beat, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. On the animation front Valderrama will be the voice of Thurman Sanchez in the upcoming Netflix animated film Trouble, which he also executive produced. Prior to that he voiced Gaxton in the Academy Award- nominated Disney film Onward, as well as the first Latino Prince Charming in the animated film Charming for Netflix, and the main character of Disney’s hugely popular animated children’s show Handy Manny, which introduced preschoolers to Spanish. Other television credits include appearances in Netflix’s The Ranch, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s television series From Dusk Till Dawn.
Behind the camera, Valderrama created and produced the MTV series Yo Momma, also serving as the host for all three seasons. He and his production company WV Entertainment recently renewed their first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. The company has multiple projects in development including the dark comedy Hipster Death Rattle based on the book of the same name by Richie Narvaez and WWII drama Patriots based on the book Patriots From The Barrio by Dave Gutierrez.
In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valderrama was inspired to turn the spotlight on frontline workers after a grocery store encounter and used his platform to give a voice to those being directly impacted by the pandemic with his IG Live series “6 Feet Apart.” Most recently, this series was adapted into the podcast titled ESSENTIAL VOICES with iHeart Radio.
Valderrama is active in several philanthropic agencies. Valderrama, along with America Ferrara and Ryan Piers William co-founded HARNESS, a group dedicated to connecting communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. In addition, Valderrama serves on the board of Voto Latino and is co-chair of their artist coalition as well as the spokesperson for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth. Valderrama is also deeply involved with our military and was recently named a USO Global Ambassador in support of the organization’s 80th anniversary. He has traveled with the USO a multitude of times having participated in over 40 shows domestically and internationally. In 2013, Valderrama was honored with an ALMA Award for Outstanding Social Activism.
Born in Miami and raised in Venezuela from 3 to 13, Valderrama is fluent in Spanish and English. His family relocated to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.


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