Press Release


Newly established organization aims to nurture and build the Latino leadership pipeline  

Washington, DC - This week former Obama Administration officials launched LATINOS44,  a 501(c)(6) alumni organization focused on promoting Latinos who are serving, or previously served, in politically appointed positions during President Obama’s Administration.  

LATINOS44 will serve as a national platform to provide ongoing connectivity, training and professional opportunities for its members. Additionally, LATINOS44 will build upon President Obama’s commitment to build a diverse leadership pipeline through leadership development events like this week’s inaugural retreat. The retreat will bring together over 150 current and past political appointees at all levels, and over 40 speakers and executive coaches who will provide their expertise on topics ranging from careers in the tech sector to breaking into the corporate and foundation worlds. 

Speakers and coaches at this weekend’s retreat include: Lisa Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, at Time Warner Inc. Chief Diversity Officer; Michael Strautmanis, Vice President for Civic Engagement, Barack Obama Foundation; Ramona Romero, General Counsel, Princeton University, Janis Bowdler, Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase; Francisco Sanchez, Chairman, CNS Global Advisors; and representatives from Korn Ferry, Funny or Die, Univision, Google, Comcast, Verizon, GMMB, Estee Lauder, LATimes, Spotify, LinkedIn, The Raben Group, Podesta Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.

"This Administration has been transformative for the Latino community - from the record number of Latino appointees at all levels of government, to moving the needle on the dropout rate, to increasing access to affordable and quality health care and fighting for immigration executive actions like DACA and DAPA. ” said Stephanie Valencia, Co-Chair of the LATINOS44 Steering Committee. “Latino appointees have made significant contributions across the Administration and LATINOS44 will continue building on the leadership pipeline that the President has invested in over the last eight years."

“Too often, we have heard from hiring managers in the public and corporate sectors that there are not enough qualified Latino candidates,” said Laura Marquez, Co-Chair of the LATINOS44 Steering Committee. “LATINOS44 is comprised of a talented group of individuals who raised their hand for public service, and have sharpened their skills working at the highest levels of government. As an alumni organization, we are committed to growing the capacity of our members so that we can continue advancing the issues of our community well beyond the close of President Obama’s Administration.” 

About the organization:

LATINOS44 is a 501c6, alumni organization for Latinos who served in the Obama Administration to provide connectivity and professional development beyond the President's term. The LATINOS44 Steering Committee is comprised of current and former Obama Appointees who served across the Administration: Erica Jacquez, Secretary; Marco Davis, Treasurer; Teresa Chaurand; Francesca de Quesada Covey; Fatima Cuevas; Irma Esparza; Ximena Gonzalez; Oliva Lopez; Linda Manus; Maria Perez; Jose Rico; Ramona Romero; Soledad Roybal; Alex Sanchez; Nate Snyder; and Katherine Vargas.