Session Type(s): Caucus
Starts: Saturday, Aug. 4 2:00 PM (Central)
Ends: Saturday, Aug. 4 3:15 PM (Central)
¡Mi gente! Join Latinx activists for a discussion about the issues facing our community, from immigration reform to family separation, and strategize about how to mobilize our community for the midterm elections.
Mayra Macías is a highly sought-after organizer, educator, and political operative, Mayra was named one of the American Association of Political Consultants’ top “2019 40 Under 40.”
Mayra grew up in Chicago’s southside, in the working-class family of Mexican immigrant parents and went on to attend Yale University, where she majored in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. After graduating, Mayra moved to Miami to work for Teach for America as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Liberty City at Charles R. Drew Middle School.
She joined the Latino Victory Project in 2017, serving as national political director and vice president, she has served as the Executive Director since 2019. Mayra was the architect behind Latino Victory’s 74% win rate in the 2018 cycle — playing a critical role in electing the most diverse congressional class in history.
Mayra began her work in politics as a field organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign, working in the Little Havana office. After working in several issue-based campaigns, Mayra transitioned to the Florida Democratic Party, serving first as the Hispanic outreach director for South Florida and then as the deputy political director where she helped flip the Sarasota City Council. Mayra then transitioned from politics to policy by joining the Capitol Hill Fellowship, working for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, D-CT. Mayra returned to Florida the summer of 2016 and became the Florida Democratic Party’s political director — becoming the first Latina to hold this position.
Mayra’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Telemundo, and Univision. She has been featured on The New York Times, Time magazine, The Miami Herald, NBC News, Vox, Business Insider, Politico, and The Hill.
Other sessions: Vota Boricua
Jess loves to foster challenging conversations between unexpected partners, and sharpen the tools changemakers need to get shit done through authentic and powerful storytelling. That’s where the opportunity to find new and sustainable solutions happens.
She most recently worked as director of communications at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in the city that raised her. Before moving back home to the Bronx, she spent several years in Washington DC working at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Latino Victory Fund, the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and Media Matters.
Jess is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for “Pay Our Interns,” a Vice Chair for the Williams College Alumni Fund, and has published feature writing in Women’s Health, Refinery29, Bustle, the Washington Post’s The Lilly, Remezcla, Afropunk, and Fierce by Mitú.
She’s a proud Dominicana, and soon to be first time mom always looking to make some good trouble.