Luis Campillo, President Amilcar Guzman, Vice President Veroncia Duron, Secretary Edward Carlson, Treasurer Karla Acevedo, Programs Coordinator
Luis is an Associate at the Ibarra Strategy Group with federal legislative and advocacy experience who assists clients with strategy development, issue advocacy and outreach to national organizations, Congress, Federal agencies, state and local officials, and community organizations. Prior to joining the Ibarra Strategy Group, Luis worked as a Legislative Correspondent in the DC Office of Senator Jack Reed, covering Social Security, senior, housing, and health care-related issues. He also served as the Senator's liaison to the Senate Democratic Hispanic Taskforce. Prior to his work with Senator Reed, Luis served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow and worked at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) on labor and education issues. During his tenure at NILC, Luis assisted with the planning and execution of activities for the Low-Wage Immigrant Worker (LWIW) Coalition, which brought immigrant advocacy groups and labor organizations together toward the common goals of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and fair working conditions. He also supported NILC's advocacy work around the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Luis graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Brown Alumni Association, serving as Co-Chair of the Multicultural Alumni Committee, and is actively involved with the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC). In addition to the 2004-2005 Public Policy Fellowship, Luis was also a 2002 CHCI Intern, 2003 CHCI Scholar and served as Vice President of the CHCI Alumni Association between 2009 and 2010. Luis was born in Armenia, Quindío (Colombia) and grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Amilcar is a second year Master's student in the Higher Education Program at the University of Maryland College Park. He currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for the America Reads*America counts program. Prior to studying at Maryland, Amilcar served as a Research and Policy Associate at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) in Washington, DC. Through research, legislative analysis and youth programming he worked to ensure that students in the GEAR UP program across the country had the resources necessary to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Prior to his work at NCCEP, Amilcar completed his fellowship at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and in the Office of Congressman Fattah. Amilcar graduated Cum Laude in May 2008 with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In his free time he enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and volunteering in the Washington, DC area.
Veronica Duron is a Legislative Aide in the Office of Senator Chuck Schumer. She works on the policy areas of education and health care for the Senator. Prior to her work in the U.S. Senate, Veronica worked at CHCI helping the new Development Department manage donors and incoming revenue for CHCI's programs. In 2008, Veronica was selected as a CHCI Public Policy Fellow where she was placed in the office of Congressman Solomon Ortiz. After her placement, she continued to work in his office handling a variety of issues, including: education, labor, housing and banking and finance. Veronica graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a BA in Sociology and History. Go Horns!
Edward Carlson is a Guatemala native who grew up in a small town in Eastern Iowa. He currently works at the National Council of La Raza on their Civil Rights Project, where he covers telecommunications, juvenile justice, and LGBT rights. Prior to coming to NCLR, he did work for the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Civil Rights, and before law school with the FMR Japanese Cabinet Parliamentary Secretary for Economic and Fiscal Policy in Tokyo. In the summer of 2005, CHCI placed him with the Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi’s Office. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of Iowa School of Law.
Karla Acevedo was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 4. Being involved in the community from an early age and having mentors to guide her have heavily influenced her passion for social justice and working with youth. Growing up, Karla was involved in a local non-profit organization called MissionSAFE, which uses a relational/trauma-sensitive youth development model. Karla became intimately familiar with the organizations programs and approach first as a participant and then as a peer-leader practitioner. Karla next worked as a Youth Programs Associate at the Boston Center for Community and Justice, which strives to develop a diverse community of socially responsible leaders, both individuals and organizations, which advance social justice throughout the Greater Boston area. This position provided Karla the opportunity to work with a diverse group of high school students and facilitate cross-cultural understanding, dialogue and community building. As a CHCI Fellow, Karla worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and then with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Based on the strength of her work, she was hired after her Fellowship ended to direct the LAYC's cutting edge youth leadership development and volunteer mentoring programs. She later transferred to the Community Peace Building Team where she worked on gang prevention and helped youth make healthy choices. She graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a degree in Human Development and Women's Studies. She received her Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows Program. Her passion is to help young people find their voice and achieve their dreams.
Jason Llorenz, Legal Liaison
Jason serves as Executive Director of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), a coalition of more than twenty national and regional Hispanic-serving organizations working to increase awareness of the impact of technology and telecommunications policy on the U.S. Hispanic community. Previously, Jason served as senior policy advisor to the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), the nonpartisan membership organization representing the interests of over 300 Hispanic state legislators across the 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. At NHCSL, Jason was instrumental in the establishment of the Broadband en Accion Taskforce, which has positioned NHCSL as one of the Hispanic community's leading voices on broadband policy. Since 2006, Jason has managed a legal and consulting practice that serves clients including start-ups, small business and strategic partnerships in New York and Washington, D.C. This was preceded by service as chief of staff to the Caraway Group, Inc., a two-decade old Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications agency. As a part of the firm's public affairs practice, Jason worked with notable clients in the technology, financial services, and hospitality sectors. Jason began his career as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Law Fellow, through which he clerked for Judge Richard W. Roberts, United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Originally from Brooklyn, New York City, Jason received his BA in Social Sciences from Cazenovia College and JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He is admitted to the New York State and Washington, DC bars and is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. He serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, Inc. and La Cooperativa of Washington, D.C. He is also a legal advisor to the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center at Columbia University, New York City.
Luis Campillo, President
Amilcar Guzman, Vice President
Veroncia Duron, Secretary
Edward Carlson, Treasurer
Karla Acevedo, Programs Coordinator