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Power Station


Jan 6, 2020

In our first Power Station episode of 2020, we welcome celebrated advocate Marco Davis, eight months into his role as President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). Marco shares his vision for deepening the impacts of CHCI’s programs, known for the powerful pipeline of talented Latino leaders they generate. He explains how it all began in 1976, when the first 5 members of Congress of Hispanic descent, came together to support each other and to grow their numbers. Now, 44 years later, the Caucus is comprised of 38 members and is growing. Its nonprofit arm, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, operates Fellowships and Internships that engage participants in the public policy process. As Marco explains, that knowledge is carried into their careers in public service, nonprofits and corporate America. We talk about what is at stake at a time when Latinos have been demonized and under siege. And Marco identifies a more benign form of bias, a profound lack of appreciation for who Latinos are that persists in the media and the public at large. We talk about his formative experiences, as a community organizer, in leadership development at UnidosUS, as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Education for Hispanics, and much more. Hear Marco’s thoughts about the risk and tremendous opportunities before us in 2020.