On April 24th 2019, LCF hosted its most important Latino Policy Summit yet.

This is a monumental year to prepare California’s Latino community for the 2020 Presidential Election and the 2020 Census. As the largest Latino voting bloc in the nation at 7.7 million eligible voters, we have the responsibility to advocate for meaningful change in our state and country. Influencing the outcome of this election is critical and Latinos have the power to do so.

Latinos will also play a pivotal role in ensuring California gets its fair share of representation and funding to meet the growing needs of our state. From Los Angeles and the Bay Area to the rural areas of the Central Valley, we convened to make sure all Latinos are ready to be counted in the 2020 Census to secure these rights for our communities and state.

Immediately following the Summit, we brought the power of our community to the State Capitol by visiting the legislators we elected to represent our interests. After the Legislative Visits, all Summit attendees re-connected and convened with attendees and members of the Latino Legislative Caucus at the Latino Leadership Reception.


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8:30 am
Check-In & Networking

9:30 am
Youth Poet Jose Cordon, One Day at a Time

9:35 am
Welcome and Opening Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO

9:45 am
Keynote Ann O’Leary, Chief of Staff to Governor Gavin Newsom

10:00 am
First Panel | How the Latino Community Can Save our Nation’s Democracy

Moderator: Christian Arana, Policy Director, Latino Community Foundation
Ditas Katague, Director, California Census Office
Luis Sanchez, Executive Director, Power California
Melina Sanchez, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation

11:00 am
Break & Networking

11:15 am
Second Panel | Running to Win: Latino Leadership in Today’s Political Landscape

Moderator: Gil Duran, California Opinion Editor, The Sacramento Bee
Melissa Hurtado, State Senator, California State Senate
Jewel Hurtado, Councilwoman, Kingsburg City Council
Eddie Valero, Supervisor, Tulare County Board of Supervisors
Bryan Osorio, Councilman, Delano City Council

12:15 pm
Lunch, Network & Afternoon of Action Planning

Closing Keynote State Senator Maria Elena Durazo

2:00 pm
Walk to the State Capitol

3:00 pm
Legislative Visits

5:00 pm
Reception Honoring Latino Leaders | Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th St, Sacramento, CA


FIRST PANEL: How the Latino Community Can Save our Nation’s Democracy

SECOND PANEL: Running to Win: Latino Leadership in Today’s Political Landscape


Thank you Southwest Airlines for being the Latino Community Foundation’s official airline.