Think Freely Latino (TFL) Ambassadors serve as liaisons in states with high, or emerging Hispanic and Latino populations –in the communities where they live and work. These volunteers and thought leaders engage directly with local Hispanic and Latino businesses, volunteers, and community-based organizations to help TFL gain greater insight about issues of most pressing concern to this important American population.
TFL State Ambassadors help disseminate information about volunteer and job opportunities, and share TFL’s messaging, original content, and special campaign announcements through their local networks. Additionally, they help raise awareness about important causes championed by everyday Latino heroes, who are working to strengthen their local communities, as well as advocate for important changes in public policy that empower more individuals in our community thrive, succeed, and give back.
TFL Country Ambassadors help bring greater attention to, and support for critical humanitarian relief efforts and liberty-driven movements abroad.
Jorge Jraissati, Venezuela, Country Ambassador
Jorge Jraissati is one of the most impactful influencers and leaders of the student movement in Venezuela. His is an important voice for students and millions of Venezuelans who are fighting for their future, their country and their freedom.
Jorge has been an advocate for freedom since the age of 16. At the age of 20, he has had the honor to serve the people of his native city, Barquisimeto in Venezuela. He was also honored to serve his classmates at Florida Atlantic University, where he studies Economics and Business Management at the FAU Honors College.
Among the most followed and recognized young political figures of his country, Jorge writes about the human rights violations of the current Venezuelan regime, the results of socialist economic policies, necessary reforms and, most importantly, the ongoing fight for liberty in Venezuela.
Think Freely Latino will continue to provide a platform for students like Jorge, who suffer censorship in their native countries while fighting for greater freedoms there — and in the U.S.
Arlene Leiva, Virginia, State Ambassador
Arlene Leiva is a proven executive with more than 25 years of experience in the government contracting industry. She is a cultural and linguistic subject matter expert with extensive experience in forward deployment, international business, diplomacy, training, logistics and security. Her expertise in the business development process includes capture, technical writing and presentations, business operations and expansion.
Arlene also has managed numerous programs concurrently for both the private and public sector, and believes in delivering utmost customer satisfaction whether for a micro-purchase or a $1 billion program. Currently supporting large and small businesses as an independent consultant,
Arlene uses lessons learned to enhance business models, develop new market opportunities and expand into unknown sectors, with emphasis on improving executive operational support. In addition, she also started a business that assists families and individuals in senior relocation, down-sizing, aging in place or estate close-outs. Given the growing need for such services in our aging population, it is a passion project for Arlene.
Jorge (George) Martinez, Texas, State Ambassador
Jorge (George) Martinez is president and founder of JSM Strategies Inc., a campaign and corporate consulting firm in McAllen, Texas, where he also serves as a gubernatorial appointee on the Texas Physician Assistant Board and a mayoral appointee to the City of Mission Citizens Advisory Committee.
In 2012, Jorge became a project coordinator for The LIBRE Initiative, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advances economic freedom principles within the U.S. Hispanic community. From June 2014 to December 2016, he was The LIBRE Initiative’s field director for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.
Jorge is a 2011 graduate of California State University, Fresno, where he received his bachelor’s degree in communication and became founding president of the Fresno State chapter of Alpha Gamma Omega, a Christ-centered fraternity. Jorge also has a master’s in public administration from California Baptist University. He resides in Mission, Texas with his wife, Valeria, and his son, Jacob Sebastian.