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Plenary Panel A: Oversight Board & Fiscal Crisis

Moderator: Federico A. de Jesús, Principal, FDJ Solutions (Washington, DC)
Panelist:
Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA (Washington, DC)
Dennis Rivera, Chair, Service Employees International Union-Healthcare (NY, NY)
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Media Diversity, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Federico A. de Jesús

Eric LeCompte

Dennis Rivera

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

 


Federico A. de Jesús is the Founder and Principal of FDJ Solutions, LLC. De Jesús, a Washington, DC-based consultant, has worked for more than 15 years at the highest levels of government, communications, and politics. De Jesús was the national Communications Director for Hispanic Media in the Obama for America 2008 Presidential Campaign where he helped to secure close to 70% of the Latino vote. He later performed the same role in the Office of the President-elect. Subsequently, he served for four years as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Transportation as Associate Director for Governmental Affairs, where he was able to successfully shepherd 4 White House appointees through the Senate confirmation process and represented the department on various interagency task forces. More...

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For more than 20 years, Eric LeCompte has led religious groups to win policies that alleviate poverty, address global conflict and promote human rights.‎ He is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, a development coalition of more than 650 religious groups and US organizations. In 2016, LeCompte's Congressional testimony on Puerto Rico would become part of the basis for debt ‎crisis legislation that Congress passed.

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Dennis Rivera is the Chair of SEIU Healthcare, the healthcare division of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Launched in June of 2007, SEIU Healthcare unites over 1.1 million nurses and healthcare workers in an effort to provide the highest quality health care to every patient, heal our nation’s broken healthcare system, and bring hope of better jobs and better lives to millions of caregivers throughout the U.S. Rivera is also the Chair of the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC), a new coalition of healthcare providers and healthcare workers committed to ensuring that affordable, comprehensive healthcare is available to every man, woman and child in America. Modern Healthcare, the industry’s foremost publication, recently ranked Dennis Rivera sixth on its list of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”

As President of 1199SEIU from 1989 to 2007, Rivera oversaw dramatic growth in union membership within the healthcare sector. His knowledge of hospital systems and his desire to improve the quality of patient care helped transform the state of labor-management relationships in New York. With Rivera’s guidance, healthcare workers emerged on the national stage as a united, passionate voice for working families on a host of social issues, including healthcare access and affordability, economic justice, immigration rights, and the Iraq war.

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Gretchen Sierra-Zorita’s career as a Federal government official, activist, and writer has provided her with key tools and contacts to advocate for solutions in Washington DC. She has focused her work on Hispanic and Puerto Rican issues, and has become a respected thought leader, sought by the media for her non-partisan insight and knowledge on the fiscal and social crisis affecting the island of Puerto Rico.

Gretchen has worked tirelessly to bring attention in Washington DC to issues affecting Puerto Ricans on both the island and the mainland. She is a member of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Puerto Rico Working Group; a founding member of the National Puerto Rican Agenda - a national coalition of Puerto Rican leaders and organizations focusing on the economic crisis; creator of Puerto Rico en Serio - a non-partisan social media page which focuses on issues relevant to Puerto Rico and the diaspora; and one of the founders of Parranda Puerto Rico - a platform which unifies the diaspora and the Puerto Rican people. More...