The demography and national agenda of America is changing before our eyes. In the next America, decades ahead, virtually every aspect of American life—the economy, politics, education, healthcare, and social life—will be shaped by a demographic revolution literally remaking the face of the nation: the diversification of America. The Next America project, presented by the Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, will explore the impact these new demographics will have on a wide range of policy areas.In this first event of a series of forums slated for the coming year, National Journal will provide a current demographic snapshot of America and will explore a range of issues, including how minorities and whites view this demographic change and their current perceptions of race relations, the economy, and future opportunities. The flagship University of Phoenix/National Journal Next America Poll will serve as a discussion driver at this event."
Enrique Acevedo is the co-anchor of Univision's late evening news program "Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna." Acevedo joined Univision from Telemundo, where he has served as a correspondent and anchor since January, 2011. Before joining Telemundo he was as a correspondent and anchor for Mexico's Televisa.
Esther Aguilera, one of Washington's top strategic thinkers, is President & CEO of CHCI, a position she has held since November 2004. Under her leadership, CHCI continues to aggressively expand national programs and services to Hispanic high school, college, and graduate students - growing the organization's annual budget and national visibility. Propelled by her passion and her steadfast leadership, CHCI revenue has grown by more than 85 percent since 2005.
In March 2012 she was bestowed the Cross of Isabel la Catolica by the Ambassador of Spain Jorge Dezcallar. The honor was decreed by Royal Proclamation from King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Aguilera was chosen for her extraordinary character and efforts that have improved relations between Spain and the American Latino community.
In February 2011, she was featured as one of the nation's top 90 female mentoring leaders by Women of Wealth magazine. Aguilera is passionate about education and is a frequent contributor to the national discussion with her most recent op-ed appearing in the 2011 summer edition of Latino magazine.
She has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in Washington, D.C., presented with Hispanic magazine's 2006 Latina Excellence Award in Education, and was featured in Latino Leaders magazine's 2007 women's issue for her positive impact in the community. Just last year, she was awarded the 2010 Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community from her alma mater, Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Aguilera's unique expertise - derived from extensive senior management experience in corporate, public affairs, policy, legislation, fundraising, and the nonprofit sector - makes her a sought out expert. In January 2011, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry appointed Aguilera to its newly created Hispanic Council on Federal Employment to advise him on leading employment practices in the effort to remove barriers to recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce.
Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and he coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media Award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams Award for lifetime achievement.
Hansen Clarke is a Democratic Michigan State Senator from Detroit. He has served in the state Senate since 2003, and currently represents Michigan's 1st state Senate district.
Emanuel Cleaver II is a United Methodist pastor and the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 5th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and in January 2010 became chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
His district includes the southern three-fourths of Kansas City, including virtually all of the city south of the Missouri River. It also includes most of the city's suburbs in Jackson County.
Manny Espinoza has been CEO at ALPFA since 2001 and is responsible for effectively guiding ALPFA in a new and bold direction with inspiration, leadership and vision. Under his leadership, the organization has reached its highest membership numbers in history.
In addition, Espinoza is responsible for opening ALPFA to a broader scope of Latino professionals and students, and was instrumental in the merger with NHBA.
Prior to joining ALPFA, Espinoza was with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served as managing partner of the Tucson, Ariz., office and personnel partner in the San Diego office. During his tenure, he was assigned to the Mexico City office for the firm, where he served as Country Desk for Mexico and was responsible for U.S. subsidiaries doing business in those countries. He also provided Financial Advisory Services from the Houston office specializing in International Litigation Support Services.
William H. Frey
William H. Frey is a Ph.D. demographer and sociologist specializing in U.S. demographics. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and Research Professor with the Population Studies Center and Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Frey has written widely on issues relating to urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics, and the U.S. Census. He has authored over 200 publications and several books including Regional and Metropolitan Growth and Decline in the US (Russell Sage, 1988, with Alden Speare, Jr); America By the Numbers: A Fieldguide to the US Population (The New Press, 2001, with Bill Abresch and Jonathan Yeasting); and Social Atlas of the United States (Allyn and Bacon, 2008, with Amy Beth Anspach and John Paul DeWitt).
At Michigan he has directed projects with the National Science Foundation, NICHD Center for Population Research, NIA, and several foundations. He has contributed to the 1995 President's National Urban Policy Report, to HUD's State of the Cities 2000 report, to the Russell Sage Foundation's Census research series. He has been consultant to the US Census Bureau, a Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and a contributing editor to American Demographics magazine.
His research has been written about in The Economist, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The National Journal, The New Yorker, and Forbes. His commentary and observations have been featured on broadcast media including National Public Radio's All Things Considered, PBS's Newshour, NBC's Nightly News, ABC's World News, CBS's Evening News, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, and print media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
Major Elliott Garrett is a Congressional correspondent with the National Journal. Prior to joining the National Journal he was the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He covered the 2004 presidential election, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential election where he covered the Democratic primaries and later Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.
He is married to Julie Kirtz, a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Fox News weekend.
Jennifer Korn is the Executive Director at the American Action Network in Washington, D.C. -- a conservative advocacy group, leading their Hispanic Leadership Network initiative. She served in the Bush Administration at the White House as Director of Hispanic and Womens Affairs and then as Director of Government Affairs at the Department of Justice. She has 16 years experience managing candidate and issue campaigns and served on three Presidential campaigns including as National Director for VIVA BUSH! on the the Bush-Cheney Campaign in '04. She lives in Arlington, VA and is a Marine Corps spouse.
Raúl Labrador was born in Puerto Rico and raised in a single parent household. His mother worked hard to ensure that her son had the opportunity to receive an education. After high school, he went on to obtain a degree from Brigham Young University and later completed his J.D. from the University of Washington. Labrador, an immigration attorney, ran his own law practice until elected to Congress. His political career began in 2006 when he was elected to the Idaho State Legislature representing western Ada County. In 2010, Raúl was elected to represent the people of the first congressional district of Idaho. RaÃºl and his wife Rebecca are the proud parents of 5 children, Michael, Katerina, Joshua, Diego, and Rafael. Their family is actively involved in their church and community in Eagle, Idaho.
Michele Norris is host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” For the year leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Norris has recused herself from hosting duties while her husband takes a position as a senior advisor on the Obama campaign. During this time, she is focusing on producing signature segments and features, including the “ATC” series the Backseat Book Club, and working on new reporting projects, including the Race Card project. She is the author of the 2010 memoir, The Grace of Silence. She is co-winner of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia Award for the NPR series “The York Project: Race and the ’08 Vote” and was chosen in 2009 as Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. As a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 to 2002, she earned Emmy and Peabody awards for her contribution to the network’s September 11, 2001 reporting.
Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.
Paul Taylor is the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, and serves as the director of the center's Social and Demographic Trends project and director of the Pew Hispanic Center. From 1996 through 2003, he served as president and board chairman of the Alliance for Better Campaigns. Before that, he was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, the last 14 at The Washington Post, where he covered national politics and served as a foreign correspondent. From 1992-1995, he was the Post's bureau chief in South Africa and reported on the historic transformation from apartheid to democracy. He also covered four U.S. presidential campaigns.