Media Advisory

Investment and Engagement in Communities of Color: The Story of the 2018 Midterm Elections

Civil Rights and Racial Equity Groups Unveil New Research

December 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, December 12, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, in partnership with the American Election Eve Poll, will release findings of new research on the recent midterm elections during a morning event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In addition to discussing new turnout data, panelists at the event will address the impact of on-the-ground campaigns, effective strategies and the outlook for reaching and mobilizing communities of color. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Anchor collaborative is comprised of nine leading national racial equity organizations that promote racial equity, advance racial healing and ensure that all children, families and communities have opportunities to reach their full potential. The organizations include Advancement Project’s national office, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Demos, Faith in Action, NAACP, National Congress of American Indians, National Urban League, Race Forward and UnidosUS.

The 2018 midterm elections boasted record turnout in key races across the country. What do poll results indicate in terms of turnout numbers in America’s diverse communities? What impact does ongoing investment, engagement and mobilization have on turnout? What strategies were successful and what lessons can be learned? Expert panelists will address these questions and more. For more information, visit Attend the briefing by registering here or by contacting Elana Needle at or at (201) 248-9724. Media should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at or at (305) 215-4259.

Media Advisory
(Full schedule below)

Who: Matt Hildreth, Political Director, America’s Voice
Matt Barreto, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Latino Decisions 
Adam Lioz, Political Director, Demos
Christine Chen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA  Vote)
Jennifer Farmer, Managing Director of Communications, Faith In Action (FIA)
Ian Record, Director, Partnership for Tribal Governance, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 
Amber Ebarb, Program Manager, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Kenrya Rankin, Deputy Editor, Colorlines, Race Forward
Toni Wiley, Director of Congressional Advocacy, National Urban League (NUL)
Jamal Watkins, Vice President, Civic Engagement, NAACP
Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Deputy Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS 
What: Investment and Engagement in Communities of Color: The Story of the 2018
Midterm Elections
When:Wednesday, December 12 
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Where:National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045
Webcast link:

Full Schedule:

10:00 a.m.:Welcome and Framing (light breakfast available from 9:30 –10:00 a.m.)
10:05-10:45 a.m.: Building the Case: Research for Action, Moderated by Matt Hildreth, America’s Voice 
Election Eve Poll results (Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions) 
Other Anchor messaging results (Race Class Narrative, Adam Lioz, Demos; Eddie Hailes, Advancement Project national office)
Turnout data discussion (TBD) 
10:50-11:35 a.m.:Engaging and Mobilizing America’s Diverse Electorate, Moderated by Kenrya Rankin, Race Forward 
Discussion of on the ground implementations and strategies utilized during the 2018 cycle. 
Creation of new partnerships and enhancing existing partnerships. During this panel, all speakers will highlight cross racial endeavors. 
Ian Record, NCAI
Christine Chen, APIA Vote 
Clarissa Martinez De Castro, UnidosUS
11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.:Staying the Course – From Issue Based Activism, to Census 2020 and Beyond, Moderated by Amber Ebarb, NCAI (lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.)
Toni Wiley, NUL
TBD from FIA
Jamal Watkins, NAACP
12:25-12:30 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.