Skyline College welcomed Juan Sepúlveda, Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as speaker for the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony!
Juan Sepúlveda is the Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), having been named to this new position in November 2011. He Led the DNC portion of the Latino Obama 2012 team that helped re-elect President Obama with a record-level of Hispanic support (75%).
Prior to joining the DNC, Juan led the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for the Obama Administration for two-and-a-half years, having been appointed on May 19, 2009 to the position of Executive Director. In this position, he built a national Latino education network of Latino leaders and key community stakeholders by convening half-day Community Conversations in more than 100 communities in 35 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., with more than 10,000 people participating. Juan designed and facilitated the first-ever White House Hispanic Policy Conference. Co-sponsored with the White House Office of Public Engagement, 160 Hispanic leaders from 25 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico joined over 100 Administration officials over two days to discuss the President's agenda and its impact on the Hispanic community and more importantly, to strategize together on how to best move forward together to improve outcomes and access for the Hispanic community. Building on the success of the White House Policy Conference, Juan helped create a series of White House Hispanic Community Action Summits, day-long Open Space Process gatherings held across the country where representatives of White House offices and federal agencies worked together with Latino community leaders: developing their own agendas, establishing relationships, sharing information and building partnerships to tackle key community issues. Twenty (20) summits were held in the following states: AZ; CA; CO; FL; MD; NC; NM; NV; NY; OH; PA; TX; VA and WI.