When I first entered public service at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), I wanted to improve how it served veterans— veterans like my mother and father, who each served in the U.S. Air Force, where they first met and had me. How the VA provided home mortgages to veterans, one of which bought the… Read More

From the notebook of Sandra Pedroarias: Google today premiered an animation of the late Mexican-American singer Selena to “celebrate [her] life and legacy.” In the article cited below, Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles and project manager for the Selena Quintanilla Google Doodle, talks with Billboard exclusively about the women who inspired her to thrive… Read More

As we get ready to wind down the nation’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, a proposed bill unveiled in late September presents eligible undocumented children and young adults, who were brought to the United States as children, with a new path toward legalization. Here are ten things you should know about The SUCCEED Act: SUCCEED stands for:… Read More

For many Latinos, finding a new, lucrative career – especially in places where no one you know works, like the cloud industry – is daunting. But with the right at-home training, you, and anyone you know, can do it. The “cloud” industry is exploding, and few Latinos are aware that they can actually train themselves… Read More

Jose Antonio Tijerino, influencer and champion of Hispanic and Latino youth in America, is also the man responsible for stewarding the Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards – “established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America.” Serving as president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) for… Read More

What they said: Right to Work is Wrong for Missouri  In Missouri, union-backed opponents of the state’s new Right to Work law argue it’s an “unfair government overreach” and “politicians interfering in the workplace.” Voters will have a choice in November’s election to uphold or reject the law, but union leaders and their allies are twisting… Read More

This article was first published in The Hill on September 12, 2017. This year, the U.S. will usher in Hispanic Heritage Month with renewed assurances that a wall costing a mind-boggling $10 billion to $21.6 billion will be erected along our southern border — a physical structure further dividing two neighbors and vital trade partners. This… Read More

This week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a bipartisan bill creating a tax credit scholarship program. The bill also establishes a charter funding equity. The legislation is poised to empower more Hispanic and Latino parents and children in Illinois with greater school choice and quality education. In the U.S., education remains a top… Read More

The escalating racial tensions and hate-filled rhetoric that have tragically led to the death of innocent citizens in our own country these past weeks, and over the course of this past year, should give all Americans pause. For those who truly aspire to become agents of positive change and help heal our nation, these tragic… Read More

ICYMI: A former bus driver and trade union leader who rose through the ranks of Venezuelan government under former and deceased president Hugo Chavez has finally driven the country off the proverbial cliff. Under Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela is officially a full-fledged dictatorship. And the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis has now reached critical mass following… Read More