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Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012

Tomas Robles - CHCI Fellow of the Month February 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr.
New York Life Foundation Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
School: Arizona State University - Main Campus
Degree: B.A., Public Administration
Placement 1: The Office of Rep. Raul Grijalva
Placement 2: American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

Tomas Robles, Jr. is a first-generation Mexican-American who was born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Phoenix. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and he was the first person in his family to join the Marine Corps. He was also the first person in his family to graduate from a university; he graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in transborder studies with an emphasis on immigration policy and economy.

Tomas became involved in politics after Senate Bill 1070, an anti-immigration bill that would have led to racial-profiling in Arizona, passed. Tomas became a community organizer with Promise Arizona – a nonprofit organization that promotes civic engagement and comprehensive immigration reform. At Promise Arizona, Tomas recruited, trained, and worked with volunteers to successfully promote civic engagement and voter registration in the South Phoenix area. Tomas was instrumental in helping Promise Arizona register over 13,000 new voters, the highest total an all-volunteer organization had ever accomplished in Arizona.

Most recently, Tomas became the Education Coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Foundation and created a summer community service program for underprivileged middle school youths. During the summer program, middle school children learn the importance of community service, the ideals taught by Cesar Chavez, and the importance of attending college.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Tomas hopes to learn new and effective ways to change his community, and he hopes to gain a better understanding of the public policy process.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007