Bio: Maria Teresa Kumar was named by Hispanic Magazine as one of the top Latinas in Government and Politics. She had her own successful political consulting business with clients such as Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Accenture and AT&T before she started Voto Latino with actress Rosario Dawson in 2004.
Interview Description: A major thrust of Maria’s efforts is getting The Dream Act enacted. The Dream Act gives young men and women who grew up in this country but were brought here illegally, a chance to become citizens and contribute to America by serving in the Armed Forces and going to college. Recently, Congress shuffled The Dream Act aside but Maria Teresa and Voto Latino are dedicated to continuing working with congressional leaders to get it passed. She calls on all of us to help support this important and morally just piece of Civil Rights legislation.
Everyday Hero: Juana Bordas, author of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit and president of Mestiza Leadership International, providing training and
organizational services that demonstrate the benefits of collaboration, diversity, and effective leadership.