Abigail Zapote immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1997. Her undocumented status sparked her interest in social justice that would later become her labor of love in her early adulthood; as she herself lived the trials and triumphs involved with living in the United States as a DREAMER. After fourteen years living in the proverbial shadows, Abigail was granted U.S. residential status through the Violence Against Women Act and is presently on her way to becoming a full citizen.
Abigail began her professional career upon graduation working at her alma mater, The University of Texas at Dallas, in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Two years later she was catapulted into the world of politics as a campaign consultant in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
Presently, Abigail is the Executive Director for Latinos for a Secure Retirement in Washington D.C. where she leads a coalition of Latino organizations to protect Social Security, strengthen Medicare and increase pension access and financial literacy to Latinos of all ages.
Abigail served as VP for Young Adults from 2015-2018 at the League of United Latin American Citizens. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Democratic National Committee’s Senior Coordinating Council.
Leilany Raya was born in California and raised in Tlaxcala, Mexico. She received her bachelor’s in Educational Psychology from Universidad del Valle de México, Campus Querétaro. During her studies she collaborated with multiple organizations to help develop project-based learning. She has a passion to promote learning and is always willing to help people further their skills and increase individual success.
Leilany began her professional career working for the Government of Puebla in the Department of Culture and Tourism. During her tenure she worked to organize year round organizational and developmental events to promote culture and tourism in the state of Puebla.
She recently moved to Washington D.C to pursue a professional career to promote financial education and access to the Latino community. She is very passionate in serving the Latino community as the newest addition to the Latinos for Secure Retirement team.
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