Changemakers Summit 2022

March 28-30 | Gallaudet University

The UnidosUS Changemakers Summit brings together aspiring and veteran advocates and community leaders committed to advocating for Latinos. In an encouraging and collaborative setting, policy experts will give updates on the latest issues affecting Latinos. After two days of learning and practicing advocacy skills in Washington, DC, the Summit ends with a meeting with your members of Congress. This is an Affiliate-only event.

Attendees must be vaccinated. Read full Covid-19 guidelines.



(subject to change)

Monday, March 28

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Affiliate Council Meeting (Council members only)

3:00–7:00 p.m.

6:00–8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Join us as we return in-person for the Changemakers Summit and re-connect with advocates from across the country to continue learning about strategies and programs that will move our community and country forward.

Tuesday, March 29

7:00 a.m.–Noon

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Summit Breakfast
Unprecedented: How ARPA Signals Future Prospects for Racial Equity
Join Janis Bowdler, Counselor for Racial Equity at the Department of Treasury and UnidosUS alumna, for an exclusive conversation on the difference the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is already making in the Latino community, especially when COVID-19 has hit our community the hardest, as well as future strategies or programs in the works that can continue closing the racial equity gap.

KEYNOTE: Janis Bowdler, Counselor for Racial Equity, United States Treasury Department

9:30–9:45 a.m.

9:45–11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Whether you are a new or experienced advocate, these sessions will give you deeper insight and information on the most pressing issues for the Latino community in 2022.

  • PANEL: Breaking New Ground
    If you are new to Changemakers, whether as a new Affiliate member, leader, or young person, and want to better understand how to apply UnidosUS’s federal work and initiatives at the local level while leveraging your story, experience, and voice to advocate for your community—this is the session for you. Join seasoned advocates from across the UnidosUS family to learn tips, best practices, and key strategies for continuing to push for our shared priorities. 

Yvette Núñez, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, UnidosUS

• Otayme “Otto” Valenzuela, Associate Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Hispanic Unity of Florida
• Joseph Garcia, Vice President of Public Policy, Chicanos Por La Causa
• Bayly Hassell, Legislative Analyst, UnidosUS

  • PANEL: Opportunities for Latino Progress in 2022
    Against the backdrop of stalemate on the legislative agenda in Washington and as the nation emerges from the pandemic, staying energized and on-message remains key to making continued progress. So how can Latino leaders and organizations continue to help our community? This panel will focus a few of the key opportunities we have to engage our community over the coming months, including before the Administration and in view of the mid-term elections in the fall. We will cover promising programs that can continue to address community economic needs and forecast how we can and should respond as the Congress hangs in the balance.

Laura Ponce, MPA, Executive Director, Project BRAVO and Texas Affiliate Council Representative

• Rafael Collazo, Executive Director, UnidosUS Action Fund
• Carlos Guevara, Director, Immigration Policy, UnidosUS
• Laura MacCleery, Senior Director, Public Policy, UnidosUS
• Claudia Ruiz, Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

  • PANEL: The Stories We Tell
    Delivered by Hattaway Communications
    Latinos have been a part of the fabric of America since its inception. However, the Latino narrative continues to be missing from American society. One of UnidosUS’s priorities has been to make the Latino Narrative—our history and our stories—part of the current conversations as we continue working as a country to create an equitable country with opportunities for all. Join our partner, Hattaway Communications, to learn the progress of this journey and how each one of us can make sure our voices are part of these conversations.

• Doug Hattaway, President, Hattaway Communications
• Carlos Diaz Barriga, Director, Strategy, Hattaway Communications

11:15–11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Changemakers Summit Advocate Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Senator Alex Padilla (CA)
Keynote speaker: Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
Featured panel: Finishing What Proyecto 20% Started
Proyecto 20%, launched in 2020, as a partnership between UnidosUS and eight national Latino organizations, called for 20%, or roughly 800, of President Biden’s 4,000 political appointees to identify as Latino, thus representing the American population. While the president has named the largest number of first-term Hispanic cabinet members in U.S. history, it is far from fulfilling our petition as part of the Proyecto 20% campaign. Join our panel of experts as we discuss how we can continue advocating for qualified Hispanics at all levels of government service for our community to be represented and fully incorporated in the administration’s priorities.

Moderator: Teresa Chaurand, Partner, Madison West Consulting


  • Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
  • Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO, Latino Victory Project
  • Stephanie Valencia, CEO and Co-Founder, Equis Research
  • Gautam Raghavan, Assistant to the President & Director of Presidential Personnel, The White House

1:00–1:15 p.m.

1:15–3:00 p.m.
White House Briefing
Representatives of the Biden Administration have been invited to join the Changemakers Summit to provide a briefing on the matters that matter most.

3:00–3:15 p.m.

3:15–4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Policy Briefings I
(select one of four briefings)

  • Immigration: A Year in Review:  Immigration Policy during Biden’s First Year and What Comes Next
    • Presenter: Carlos Guevara, Director, Immigration Policy Project
  • Health: Latinos Should Not Accept a ‘Return to Normal’ That Would Turn Back the Clock on Health Coverage and Child Nutrition 
    • Presenter: Matthew Snider, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project
  • Economic:
    • Addressing Wealth Inequality through Affordable and Sustainable Homeownership 
      • Presenter: Santiago Sueiro, Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project
    • The Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Are Lifting Latino Families out of Poverty
      • Presenter: Brayan Lee Rosa-Rodriguez, Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project
  •  Education: A Path Forward for Latinos: Laying the Groundwork for Equity in Higher Education
    • Presenters:
      • Roxanne Garza, Education Policy Advisor
      • Amanda Martinez, Education Policy Analyst
      • Amalia Chamorro, Director, Education Policy Project
      • Kendall Evans, Education Policy Analyst

4:00–4:15 p.m.

4:15–5:00 p.m.
Policy Briefings II
The sessions from Policy Briefing I will be repeated for Policy Briefings II. Please see above for details.

For those attending the UnidosUS Capital Awards, shuttles to the National Building Museum depart at 5:45 p.m.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

7:45–8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.
State Breakout Meetings

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration Roundtable

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Department of Health & Human Services Roundtable

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Economic Development Administration Roundtable

9:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Legislative Visits*
*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Capitol Hill is currently closed to in-person visits. UnidosUS is prepared to support the execution of virtual visits at the Conference site and/or UnidosUS headquarters. We will continue to monitor and communicate with registrants if Congress returns to in-person visits. Note that Affiliates are responsible for their own means of joining virtual meetings (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.)

Box Lunch will be provided.

Participate in our Voices station!

Stop by our “Voices” station during the Changemakers Summit and share your thoughts about the importance of representation, why you participate in the midterm and general elections, and what being Latino means to you!


Attendees must be vaccinated. Read full Covid-19 guidelines.

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