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Molina Speaks is an Artist of the people and for the people. Molina Speaks is a Writer, Poet, Producer, Performance Artist, and Recording Artist. He is a TedX fellow and has been an Artist In Residence with the National Hispanic Heritage Center, Think 360 Arts, Mizel Museum, Journey Through Our Heritage, Noel Community Arts School and dozens of other K-12 schools. Molina is the Creative Director and a Lead Instructor for Youth On Record. He has worked on National Endowment for the Arts projects and has accepted invitations to speak and perform at dozens of universities, including Columbia University, University of California at Davis, UT Austin, CU Boulder and the University of New Mexico. 

Carlos Menchaca was elected New York City Council Member for District 38 in Brooklyn, becoming the first Mexican-American elected to public office in the state and Brooklyn’s first openly gay elected official. He has secured funding for the largest public defender program in the nation for undocumented immigrants, and led efforts that secured the largest allocation in recent history for adult literacy services in the City. Menchaca has also been a champion for workers’ rights. Menchaca is Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Immigration and a member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, the LGBT Caucus and the Progressive Caucus. He currently serves as board member of The New American Leaders Project. 

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. As the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA which is distributed by NPR, and anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, both produced by Futuro Media, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. 

Michelle Moreno is the Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Latinos. Moreno works on driving the Initiative's mission of increasing the Latino community’s educational attainment and outcomes through the development of key partnerships,  implementation of operations and capacity-building. Moreno most recently served in a predominantly Latino local school district in San Antonio, Texas working to ensure access to and expand the school district’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. 

Lisa Garcia Quiroz is President of the Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Inc. Quiroz ensures that Time Warner’s investments in people, community and content reflect a leading media company where the best talent thrives and its content resonates with increasingly diverse global audiences. Quiroz tied Time Warner’s diversity and philanthropic efforts to the company’s business goals and launched the incubator OneFifty, which develops fresh stories that strategically place the company ahead of media and demographic trends.