Panelists

Maria Teresa Kumar

Named by Poder Magazine as one of the most notable 20 U.S. Hispanics under 40 years old, Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding executive director of Voto Latino. Kumar created and directed Voto Latino's 2006, 2008, and 2010 civic engagement campaigns, all of which have garnered awards and praise from both the public and private sectors.

Kumar is currently an MSNBC political contributor and serves as a frequent guest speaker at national conferences focusing on social entrepreneurship and Latino issues. She has also appeared on CNN's AC 360 and American Morning, NPR, Telemundo, and CNBC, and recently authored a chapter for Lifetime Network CEO Andrea Wong's book Secrets of Powerful Women. She is a recipient of numerous leadership awards, including from The White House Project, Imagen Foundation, and the New York Legislature. Last year, Washington Life Magazine placed Kumar on the cover of their issue highlighting the most influential Washingtonians under 40, and Hispanic Magazine named her among the leading Latina voices in government and politics. She serves as a founding board member for both the Latino Leaders Network and Poder PAC.

She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of government at Harvard University.