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Meet The Speakers
Yosimar Reyes, Poet
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know."
Edith Avila Olea, Policy Manager, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Edith Avila-Olea is an advocate committed to social justice and equitable policy solutions. In 2020, Avila-Olea joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights as the Policy Manager. Working closely with ICIRR members and partner organizations, Avila-Olea focuses on policy research, state-level advocacy, education, and outreach around the issues of public charge, healthcare access, and social services. Previously, Avila-Olea served as the Justice and Peace Associate Director at the Catholic Diocese of Joliet and as the Parish Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Charities. Avila-Olea holds a Master of Public Policy degree from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Avila-Olea serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Spanish Community Center in Joliet and a Board Member for Bread for the World in Washington D.C. Avila-Olea is a proud immigrant originally from Mexico.
Eddie Taveras, New York State Immigration Director, FWD.us
Eddie is part of the States Team at FWD.us, where he advocates for statewide and federal immigration reform in New York and Washington, D.C. Previously, Eddie was the Finance Director for Jenny Wilson for U.S. Senate campaign focusing on political fundraising, supporting the candidate's media, and political efforts. Eddie worked at Burson-Marsteller in their Corporate & Financial Communications Practice, promoting and advancing the communications strategies for client’s corporate narrative, executive visibility, and high-impact events. At Hillary for America, he primarily concentrated on advancing the campaign's communication strategy by working with elected officials, public figures, and celebrities to amplify Secretary Clinton's message and policies. Eddie earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from City University of New York-Brooklyn College, focusing on qualitative method.
Ana Kent, Senior Researcher, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Ana Hernández Kent is a senior researcher for the Institute for Economic Equity (IEE) at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She conducts research, performs data analysis and advises on issues of economic equity. Her primary research interests include: Examining economic disparities and opportunities through a demographic lens Exploring wealth outcomes and wealth inequality Highlighting the role of systemic biases and historical factors in facilitating or blocking wealth accumulation Kent received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with concentrations in social psychology and quantitative methods in behavioral sciences from Saint Louis University (SLU). She earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology from SLU and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, Daily Mail, The New Yorker and CNN, among other outlets.
Annette Franqui, Board Chair, AARP and Founding Partner, Forrestal Capital.
Annette Franqui joined the AARP Board in 2014. As Board Chair she also Chairs the AARP Board Governance Committee and Compensation Committee. Annette is a founding partner of Forrestal Capital, a company providing wealth management and direct equity investment advice to a select number of families in Latin America. A native of Puerto Rico, she is a senior financial services executive with prior CFO experience as well as 15 years on Wall Street with JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. She serves on the boards of several early-stage private companies as well as Arcos Dorados, a NYSE-listed company that is the largest operator of McDonald's restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean and its largest franchisee, in terms of system-wide sales and number of restaurants. She previously served on the Board of AARP Services, Inc. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Jasmine Wigfall, Legislative Director, Social Security Works
Jasmine Wigfall is the Legislative Director at Social Security Works in Washington, D.C. where she leads advocacy work to expand Social Security, Medicare and lower prescription drug prices. Jasmine’s work at Social Security Works includes lobbying on behalf of economically disadvantaged communities to Congress and the White House. As the Legislative Director for Social Security Works, Jasmine convenes and manages the legislative committee for the 350 organizations that make up the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. Additionally, she previously served as co-chair of the income security committee of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations. During her time at Social Security Works, Jasmine has been featured on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow and The Thom Hartmann Show. Jasmine graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She additionally received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at UVA. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Lorena Silva-Edwards, Youth and Senior Services Director, Borderland Rainbow Center
Lorena is a Texas born and raised native El Pasoan. She works as both the Youth and Senior Services Director for the Borderland Rainbow Center, the area's only LGBTQ community center. She brings together past work experience in the fields of emergency medicine and education in order to help serve the community she is from. She received her BS in Nutritional Science from Purdue Global and is pursuing a MS in Health Education.
Natalia Soler, FL Organizing Coordinator, Poder Latinx
Born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in NY, Natalia has been an advocate and helping hand everywhere she goes. Being a queer immigrant has provided her an ideology and perseverance much different than the rest. With a medical emergency background and pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Central Florida, she has been building relationships and collaborating with different Orlando organizations to provide education on the issues at hand. Currently working as the Florida Organizing coordinator for Poder Latinx, she is expanding resources and advocating for equitable and realistic changes to support oppressed communities, in particular Latinxs.