Session Type(s): Caucus/Roundtable
Starts: Thursday, Jul. 11 12:00 PM
Ends: Thursday, Jul. 11 1:00 PM
Gente! Join Latinx activists and operatives from across the country to learn more about work being done across communities to build Latinx political power. This will be part discussion, part strategy session on building power within the movement and at the ballot box ahead of the most consequential elections of our lifetime.
Mayra Macias grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the working class home of immigrant parents. Mayra attended Yale University, where she double-majored in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. After graduating, Mayra moved to Miami to work with Teach for America as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Liberty City at Charles R. Drew Middle School.
For three years, Mayra worked with the Florida Democratic Party, 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 left Florida as part of the Capitol Hill Fellowship where she transitioned from politics to policy, working for the Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro.
Mayra returned to sunny Florida the summer of 2016 as the Florida Democratic Party’s Political Director — becoming the first Latina to hold this position. During this past election cycle, Mayra had the opportunity to advocate for immigrants, Latinos, and millenials on various national platforms, including on CNN’s New Day with Andrew Cuomo and has been recognized as one of Florida’s #BossGirls.
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.