An Illinoisan, Sara has Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Inspired by her mother’s ambition to become the first Physician’s Assistant in their family and a tragic car accident that killed her grandmother and left her father permanently brain damaged, Sara has been a health advocate for nearly ten years. Many of her life’s celebrations have been a result of her commitment to serve vulnerable communities in the areas of education, immigration, and health.
Sara completed a Health Graduate Fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, working on vital healthcare issues for former Congressman and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Xavier Becerra. Sara’s growing expertise is developed through her diverse work experiences with the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya, Honorable Justice Jesse G. Reyes, and Legal Council for Health Justice, among others.
Sara is currently a second year law student and a legal extern for Honorable Judge William J. Bauer in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She will be the first lawyer in her family. Sara’s passions are health policy and law. Her current advocacy efforts are at the heart of health access and technological innovation. In pursuit of justice she turns struggle into success with culturally competent leadership that is ethical, progressive, and compassionate.
Camilo Caballero was born in Colombia and raised in the State of Georgia, Camilo has devoted his educational career to the empowerment of underrepresented communities in the U.S. and abroad. Camilo received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Gordon State College and a Bachelor’s degree of Science in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree, Camilo served in various leadership roles in Georgia with state government agencies, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations, where he supported economic development efforts, worked with government agencies to promote college education, and volunteered with Latino community advocacy groups. During those years, Camilo also served as an intern at the U.S. Embassies in Madrid and Lima, where he worked on promoting U.S. culture and democratic values to foreign audiences.
Camilo is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at Tufts University in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he is specializing in international law and human security. In addition, Camilo serves as Director of External Affairs for the Harvard Journal Hispanic Policy, and as founder and Co-Leader of the Fletcher Students of Color & Allies club.
As the daughter of farmworkers, Elizabeth Castro grew up surrounded by apple orchards in Mesa, Washington (pop. 500) and sugarcane fields in Veracruz, Mexico. Her experiences of migration fuel her commitment to issues of education, rural schooling, and human rights.
Elizabeth’s research has addressed higher education for Canadian Inuit and Mexican rural teacher colleges, centered on the Ayotzinapa college. Most recently, she engaged university students in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, as an English teaching assistant.
At the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is pursuing an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management. She aims to deepen discussions on the ways rural students transition to higher education. Elizabeth is a CHCI and Fulbright alum as well as a McNair and Gates Millennium scholar. She graduated from Columbia Basin Community College and the University of Washington, majoring in International Studies.
Bryan Cortes is currently a concurrent degree candidate in the Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Master of Business Administration at MIT Sloan School of Management. Originally from Los Angeles, he is a first-generation college graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors from Cal Poly.
Prior to graduate school, Bryan worked at UBS Wealth Management Americas in New York City, where he was part of the CFO group and managed the financial performance of the firm’s Financial Advisor branches. In addition to his professional endeavors, he served as Vice-chair of the Junior Leadership Board of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and managed fundraising and mentoring recruiting for the organization’s high school mentoring program.
Bryan is interested in economic development, financial services access and higher educational access and affordability. He’s an avid reader and likes to collect presidential memoirs and/or biographies.
Amanda R. Matos
Amanda R. Matos, proud resident of the Bronx, NY, empowers communities of color through capacity building, political education, and civic engagement.
Prior to graduate school, Amanda worked with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Girls for Gender Equity in creating the Young Women’s Initiative, a participatory governance model for young women of color to innovate policy solutions for their communities, and helped garner a $20 million commitment from City Council and local foundations to fund this public-private partnership. Previously, Amanda served as Manager of Community Organizing at Planned Parenthood of New York City, where she led advocacy campaigns and mobilized thousands of New Yorkers to advocate for increased access to affordable, safe, and compassionate sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Amanda is co-founder of the WomanHOOD Project, which is a youth-led after-school mentorship program for girls of color in the Bronx. She has been recognized by the New York Women’s Foundation, Peace First, and the United Nations. She received her BA in Ethnicity & Race Studies from Columbia University, and is currently a Master in Public Policy candidate and Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Kristell Millan is currently a first year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is a Presidential Scholarship recipient. Her professional interests are focused on economic development, social entrepreneurship, financial innovation, and the intersection between the public and private sector.
Kristell previously worked for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) for five years, assisting in the organization’s mission to promote Hispanic representation at all levels within Higher Education institutions. She was also part of a research team collaborating with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that focused on the growing social and economic influence of Hispanics within Arizona and the United States. Most recently, Kristell worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co’s Private Banking division in New York City, where she served on a team providing financial services to Private Equity firms and partners.
Kristell was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of five. She grew up in California and Arizona, graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Global Politics.
Leticia Rojas is a Master in Public Policy student and Presidential Scholarship recipient at the Harvard Kennedy School. She attended Harvard College, where she discovered her passion for energy and climate change issues. In her second time at Harvard, she wants to explore how these issues affect Latinx communities, who are disproportionately affected by environmental contamination and are underrepresented in the energy sector. Before the Kennedy School, Leticia worked for the Ministry of Energy in her parents’ home country of Mexico. While she was there, she developed new projects and programs to fund energy research and development.
Leticia was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is the proud daughter of immigrants from Celaya, Guanajuato. She and her two older sisters are first generation college students.
Noah Toledo is a master’s degree candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at Harvard Extension School, and is a Senior Editor for HJHP, where he previously served as Director of Communications, and Senior Editor of Digital.
A child of Mexican immigrants, Noah received a BA in English from Rice University, received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, deejayed for KTRU, and joyfully served as the mascot, Sammy the Owl.
After college, he taught English and Creative Writing at YES Prep in Houston, was 10th grade level chair, coached soccer, and was an adult ESL instructor through the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) at Houston Community College.
Toledo has blogged for The Trifecta Tribe, writing a self-empowerment column for queer and transgender POC, hosts his own YouTube channel, and moonlights as a musician. He has performed at Austin’s SXSW, Las Vegas Pride, and recorded with various artists.
Noah was part of the inaugural cohort of the HKS Center for Public Leadership’s Latinx Leadership Development Group, is a community activist for Latinx/POC and LGBTQ causes, and speaks publicly on trans issues.
He is currently working on his thesis, a short story collection inspired by postcolonial U.S. Latinx fiction.
He lives in Jamaica Plain in Boston.
Rocio Tua is currently pursuing her Mid-Career MPA program at Harvard Kennedy School. She has 10 years of experience in the financial services sector, serving in organizations including Brown Brothers Harriman, JPMorgan and State Street, where she held roles in strategic consulting, sales, relationship management, project management and client services, with a focus on institutional Latin American clients. Rocio spent a year between 2014-2015 in Ecuador working with non-profits in strategic planning and financial management advisory. She is currently seeking to transition from the private sector to the public sector, where she can apply her skill sets and passion to closing the gender pay gap for Latinas in the United States.
Maksim Wynn has spent his professional life advocating for immigrant and worker rights while conducting immigration and labor policy research. A native Texan, Maksim graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in History. At UCLA, he also worked as a student writer in the Office of Communications at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Since graduating he has worked as a researcher at the UCLA North American Integration and Development (NAID) Center, and then as a researcher and research team supervisor at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). While at IRLE Maksim also worked as a Policy Fellow on the Kamala Harris for US Senate campaign. His non-professional interests include 19th century Russian novels, 20th century Latin American magic realism, 1980’s action movies, as well as Vince Young and Hakeem Olajuwon.