2016 Forum - Expert Panelists

Debora Ortega, Ph.D
University of Denver 
Professor Debora Ortega serves as director of the University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an interdisciplinary group of faculty members who engage in scholarship, research and service for the benefit of the Latino community. She also conducts research and teaches multicultural social work courses at GSSW. [Read More]
Efrain Escobedo, 
California Community Foundation
Efrain Escobedo is the Vice President in charge of civic engagement, multisector collaboration and public policy at California Community Foundation. He is also responsible for promoting collaboration advocacy efforts across the nonprofit, public and private sectors to address community problems. [Read More]
Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro
National Council of La Rasa
Clarissa Martinez is the Deputy Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at National Council of La Raza. She oversees the organization’s work on immigration and efforts to expand Latino engagement in civic life and public policy debates. Her expertise is in immigration policy, advocacy, and politics; Latino issue perspectives; Latino electorate (citizenship, registration, and turnout); Latino voter mobilization efforts; state advocacy; and coalition-building. [Read More]
Garland Yates
Community Democracy Workshop
Garland is advisor to Foundations such as the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock and the Ford Foundation on its work in Detroit.  In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Community Democracy Workshop (CDW). He currently works with philanthropic organizations in several communities across the U. S. to help design and strengthen techniques and strategies that build the capacity of low income communities to develop and guide place-based community change strategies. [Read More]