2017 Legislative Summit Speakers

Tuesday. March 14, 2017

Opening Reception

United States House of Representatives (FL-26)

In November of 2014, the people of Florida’s 26th Congressional District elected Carlos Curbelo to represent them in the 114th Congress. Carlos is a South Florida native. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the Kendall area, which he has called home for twenty years. At 36, Curbelo is one of the youngest Members of the US House of Representatives.

Wednesday. March 15, 2017

The State of Hispanic Small Business Breakfast

President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)

Omar is passionate about entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurship plays in building community and in helping create a better world. He helped found the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and ENTERpreneur – a summer youth entrepreneurship program for Chicago-area high-school students.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford State of Maryland (R-MD)

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency.

Mayoral Plenary

Mayor, City of Long Beach

Dr. Robert Garcia, 39, is an educator and the 28th Mayor of Long Beach. Mayor Garcia is the youngest mayor of any big city in America and has taken a leadership role in economic development, sustainability, education, and investing in technology.


Principal & CEO, Rafael Marrero & Company

Rafael Marrero is a Stanford University and Cornell University trained senior corporate executive and acclaimed management consultant. This Inc. 500 CEO has 30+ years diversified experience in multiple verticals including: Government Contracting Solutions, Telecommunications, Construction, Information Technology, Professional Services, Renewable Energy, and High-Tech environments.

Hispanic Business Luncheon

United States House of Representatives (CO-06)

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age. At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma.

Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation

David L. Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment, and serves as senior counselor to the CEO.

United States Senate (R-TX)

In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office.

United States House of Representatives (FL-06)

Ron DeSantis is a native Floridian of humble beginnings who knows the value of hard work. To put himself through school, he performed every odd job imaginable — sweeping floors, collecting trash, moving furniture, parking cars, serving as an electrician’s assistant, and coaching baseball clinics.

United States Senate (R-NV)

Dean Heller was sworn in to the United States Senate on May 9, 2011. Prior to Heller’s service in the Senate, he was the Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District.

Chairman, House Financial Services Committee; United States House of Representatives (TX-05)

First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a recognized conservative leader in Congress and an outspoken advocate for economic opportunity, individual liberty, and religious freedom.

At the Table Speaker Series

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

Ray Dempsey, Jr. is vice president & chief diversity officer for BP America and president of the BP Foundation. He works out of BP’s Houston and Washington, D.C. offices.

Executive Director, Future Majority Project, Republican State Leadership Committee

Neri Martinez is the Executive Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project, which has recruited hundreds of new women and minority candidates and spent over $11 million to elect 72 new minority candidates and almost 250 new women.

Principal, Public & Political Leadership, Wellstone

A very proud ACMS alumna, and a former candidate for the Arizona legislature, Mónica comes to us from her role as Principal and Owner of Ocotillo Group, where she worked with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, teachers’ unions, and PACs.

Thursday. March 16, 2017

Breakfast On The Hill

United States House of Representatives (CA-44)

Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the cities of and communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, and Wilmington.

United States House of Representatives (TX-28)

Born as one of eight children to migrant farm workers in Laredo, Texas, Congressman Cuellar was raised with strong family values and an unwavering work ethic to attain an advanced education. As the most degreed member of Congress, he points to education as the platform for his two decades of public service in Texas.

United States House of Representatives (FL-09)

Elected in 2016, Darren Soto represents Central Florida in Congress. The first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress, Darren is proud to represent all the diverse people of the 9th District.

The Annual Legislative Summit Gala

Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Kathleen M. Martinez is senior director of national strategic relationships and initiatives for BP America. Martinez is based at the company’s headquarters in Houston. Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include leading key strategic relationships and oversight of the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and veterans outreach efforts.