Every month, 50,000 Latinos in the U.S. turn 18; and with Latinos projected to be 50% of the U.S. population by 2050, the vote of this demographic group is more important than ever.
Mursuli shares his vision for creating a sustainable national Hispanic progressive vote that manifests in long-term systemic change and the steps to make it happen.
Born in the province of Sancti Spiritu, Cuba, Jorge Mursuli immigrated with this family to Brooklyn, New York in 1967. He is President and CEO of Democracia USA, a program that is an affiliated corporation of National Council of La Raza.
Mursuli has grown the program to be one of the most effective Hispanic civic engagement, voter empowerment, and leadership training programs in the nation. The program was previously affiliated with PFAW Foundation, where Mursuli was their Florida State Director.
During the 2002 and 2004 elections, he helped organize PFAW Foundation's Election Protection program. Mursuli also served as Executive Director of SAVE Dade (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), which successfully secured the passage of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation as a category protected by law from discrimination in employment, financing, public accommodation, and housing.
Mursuli serves on the National Board of the League of Conservation Voters, and is the recipient of several awards for his grassroots organizing and advocacy work.
Drummond Pike is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Awarded as an Outstanding Foundation Professional, Pike helped pioneer the advent of donor advised funds in philanthropy.
Through his leadership, Tides has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. Pike was a founder and Associate Director of the Youth Project in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation from 1976 to 1981. He was among the original founders of Working Assets, a telecommunications company dedicated to progressive philanthropy and political activism.