Chris Brewster is superintendent of Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma City. He has served in public education for a total of 18 years and began work with these charter schools as founding principal in 2001. Born in Kansas City, Brewster was raised in five states and two countries. As the child of missionaries, he was afforded the opportunity to develop a broad world view. He graduated from high school in the Philippines. Earning his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, he entered the public education field serving as a music teacher and coach in the inner city of Oklahoma City. Brewster completed his master’s in education from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his doctorate from OU. He is married to his high school sweetheart Christi. They they have four children, Anna, Ben, Jesse and Lydia. The three who are of school age attend Santa Fe South schools.
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MARCIE LEVY ESCOBAR
Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a degree in Spanish and minors in history and portuguese, Marcie Levy Escobar began working at Santa Fe South Charter High School as a translator and ESL/ELL teacher and coordinator. In 2006, she was awarded the Coca-Cola Scholarship Educator of Excellence award. She is passionate about informing and educating the community about civil rights for undocumented immigrants. In April, 2009, she attended the National Council of La Raza Advocacy Week campaign in Washington, D.C., learning how to empower the Latino community in Oklahoma City. She is currently a master’s candidate at the University of Central Oklahoma in the SEEDS (Supporting Excellence Education for Diverse Students) Multicultural Education Program.
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MARCELINO “CHELINO” GARCIA
Marcelino Garcia is an entrepreneur and business owner serving the Hispanic community in the Oklahoma City Metro Area. He came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant in 1979. His success since then has been a true rags to riches story and and he says evidence of the elusive American Dream.
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JAMES C. HO
James C. Ho is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He has over a decade of government experience, most recently as Solicitor General of Texas, the State?s chief appellate lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court litigator. An experienced appellate, business, and constitutional litigator, Mr. Ho has argued and won cases in diverse areas of law in courts across the country. He has the highest win rate in the U.S. Supreme Court of any Texas solicitor general, and a 22-2 record as lead appellate or trial counsel in other federal and state courts. As Solicitor General of Texas, Mr. Ho litigated and counseled state officials on the most difficult legal issues facing Texas. Appointed by Attorney General Greg Abbott, he is the first Asian American to serve as the State’s chief appellate lawyer, and the first state solicitor general in the nation to be invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to express the views of a state. He also received two Supreme Court Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General. Mr. Ho has also served in all three branches of the federal government. On Capitol Hill, he served as chief counsel to Senator John Cornyn and to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on the Constitution and Immigration. At the Justice Department, he was the second highest political appointee at the Civil Rights Division. He also worked at the Office of Legal Counsel, advising White House and other senior officials on constitutional and other complex legal issues. In addition, he served as a law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Miriam Jordan is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, based in Los Angeles. She writes nationally about immigration and Hispanic affairs. She arrived in Los Angeles seven years ago, after spending most of her career in the developing world. She was a correspondent for Reuters News Agency in Mexico, Brazil and Israel, and for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, India and Brazil. Jordan was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and 2009. She has received several awards for her coverage of undocumented immigrants. She grew up in the United States and Brazil and, in addition to English, speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French and Hebrew.
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Jerry Kammer became a research fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies in 2008, after a three-decade career in journalism that he began as a reporter for the Navajo Times in Arizona. In 1986, he became Northern Mexico correspondent for The Arizona Republic. For an investigative series on the living and working conditions of Mexican workers in maquiladora factories, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Award
In 2000, Kammer became the Republic’s Washington correspondent. Two years later, he began covering immigration and U.S.-Mexico relations for the Copley News Service. In 2005, he joined colleague Marcus Stern in exposing a congressional earmarks-for-bribes scandal whose central figure was Rep. Randy Cunningham of California, who is now in prison. Their work was honored with the George Polk award and the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Kammer is a graduate of Notre Dame, has a Masters in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard.
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Donald Kerwin is vice president for programs at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington. MPI is a nonpartisan think tank on immigration policy issues, with significant programs related to U.S. immigration policy, immigrant integration, economic development, national security, U.S.-Mexico migration and transatlantic migration. Prior to joining MPI, Kerwin worked for more than 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., serving as executive director for nearly 15 years. CLINIC is a public interest legal corporation that supports a national network of more than 300 charitable legal programs for immigrants. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Kerwin directed CLINIC’s political asylum project for Haitians. He became CLINIC’s executive director in December, 1993. During Kerwin’s tenure, CLINIC oversaw among the nation’s largest political asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals, and naturalization programs. CLINIC also offers the nation’s most extensive training and legal support programs for community-based immigrant agencies. Kerwin serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA, the board of the Border Network for Human Rights and as associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. He is co-editor of “And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching” (Lexington Press, 2009). Kerwin is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
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Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), oversees the organization’s work on immigration and efforts to expand Latino engagement in civic life and public policy debates. She previously managed NCLR’s state-based policy advocacy efforts and voter engagement initiatives. In 2007 she served as manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a broad, multi-sector network of national, state, and local organizations committed to advancing policy solutions on immigration. Prior to NCLR, she served as public policy coordinator for the Southwest Voter Research Institute (Willie Velasquez Research Institute), working on the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the creation of the North American Development Bank (NADBank). She also served as Assistant Director of the California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California, as organizer with the Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (now UNITE), and as union representative with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11. A Salzburg Seminar Fellow, she received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College, and her masters degree from Harvard University.
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Pia M. Orrenius is Senior Economist and Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She joined the Dallas Fed in 1999. As a labor economist and member of the regional group, she analyzes the regional economy, with special focus on the border region. Orrenius’ research also focuses on the causes and consequences of Mexico-U.S. migration, illegal immigration, and U.S. immigration policy. Orrenius spent the 2004 – ’05 academic year as senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues. Orrenius is a Tower Center Fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Orrenius is also an adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program. She holds a PhD in economics from UCLA and bachelor degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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JULIO CÉSAR ORTIZ
Julio César Ortiz is an award-winning television reporter who specializes in immigration coverage for KMEX–34 Univision in Los Angeles. His stories and his involvement with the immigrant community have been recognized at the local, state and national levels. He has received 17 Emmys, including best writer, best on-air talent, journalistic reporter of the year and best series coverage. Ortiz, 34, is the youngest of 11 siblings and the only one in his family to attend college. He received two associate degrees from Santa Barbara City College before transferring to California State University, Northridge, where he earned a double-major bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies. While still a student in 1998, he founded the first 30-minute weekly Spanish newscast in the California State University system. Ortiz is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the College of Urban Education at the University of Southern California. After five years as a reporter for Univision in Arizona, he went to work for KMEX-34 Univision in Los Angeles. Ortiz is known among government officials and the immigrant community for his intense coverage of Hispanic immigration issues. His reports have been featured in “Noticias Univision” news coverage. His stories have taken him from Phoenix to the U.S.-Mexico border, from Los Angeles to small towns in the heart of Mexico where emigration to the United States has taken its toll. In 2005, Ortiz received the Edward Murrow Regional Award for best writer. He is the first Mexican immigrant journalist to receive two consecutive Associated Press awards for writer of the year in the Western United States. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has recognized Ortiz four times since 2002 for best news feature, investigative and human interest reporter. An immigrant himself, he has dedicated his career to not just informing his audience about the challenges of immigration, but also describing its human face.
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Sharon Rosenhause is the president of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Shewas the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University in 2010. In 2009, Rosenhause directed New America Media’s Veterans Project, an ethnic-mainstream collaboration in Los Angeles supported by the McCormick Foundation. Rosenhause retired in July 2008 as managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She prevously was managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s PM Edition and worked at the New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Bergen (N.J.) Record. A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Rosenhause served five years as a board member of the American Society of News Editors and on the boards of the Associatd Press Managing Editors, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Journalism and Women Symposium. She is currently secretary and board member of the Institute for Justice and Journalism and a member of the advisory committee for the Kaiser Media Fellowships. Rosenhause is the 2006 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Leadership in Diversity, given by ASNE, APME and the Freedom Forum. She also was given the Career Achievement Award by the Columbia Journalism School Workshop on Race and Diversity in 2005.
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JOHN PHILLIP SANTOS
John Phillip Santos is a widely published author and media producer who has produced documentaries and news programs in sixteen countries for CBS and PBS. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Monthly and numerous other newspapers, magazines, and journals in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Mr. Santos was the first Latino to be elected as a Rhodes Scholar.
He was a program officer in the Media, Arts and Culture unit of the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Santos was Executive Producer and director of New Program Development for Thirteen/WNET in New York City. During the Clinton administration, Santos served on the White House Commission for Educational Excellence for Latino Americans.
In 2006, he launched the San Antonio-based Ateneo Mestizo, an international interdisciplinary roundtable exploring mestizo identity and consciousness through seminars, public symposia, exhibitions and performance. Santos is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, teaching a seminar on the history of media and global conflict, and producing a new documentary, “Terror’s Telling Tales,” chronicling the history of terrorist uses of media.
Santos’ memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (Viking/Penguin) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999, and the inaugural selection of the 1 Book 1 San Antonio project in 2006. His first book of poems, Songs Older than Any Known Singer (Selected and New Poems) was published in 2007 by Wings Press, and the sequel to his memoir, The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire was published by Viking/Penguin in April of 2010.
After twenty-two years in New York City, Santos returned to his hometown of San Antonio in 2005, where he now lives with his wife, the poet Frances Treviño Santos and their daughter, Francesca de la Luz.
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Audrey Singer is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Her work currently focuses on the new geography of immigration, the social, economic, political, and civic integration of immigrants, and state and local responses to immigration. Her recent co-edited book, Twenty-First Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America examines the fastest growing immigrant populations among second-tier metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sacramento, and Charlotte. Prior to joining Brookings, she was an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the faculty at Georgetown University and was an analyst at the U.S. Department of Labor. She is the past chair of the American Sociological Association International Migration section. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology, with a specialization in Demography, from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Frank O. Sotomayor is an IJJ senior fellow and formerly was associate director of the Institute when it was affiliated with USC. He’s now also a USC adjunct faculty member and a Fellow in USC’s health journalism program. He was a Los Angeles Times editor for 35 years, including 18 years as assistant city editor. He was co-editor and a writer on a Times series “Latinos in Southern California,” which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Sotomayor was a co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the California Chicano News Media Association and the National Association for Hispanic Journalists. In 2002, he was named to NAHJ’s Hall of Fame. He majored in journalism at the University of Arizona and got a master’s in communication from Stanford. He has studied at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow.