María Teresa Kumar

Emmy-Nominated, MSNBC contributor, founding President and CEO of Voto Latino

María Teresa Kumar is the cofounder and president of Voto Latino Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and its sister 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, Voto Latino. They are the largest and most effective Latino voter registration and Latino youth advocacy organizations in the country, respectively. Kumar is also a Charles F. Kettering Foundation senior fellow. For her influential work, Fast Company named Kumar one of the 100 Most Creative Minds, TIME Magazine named her one of thirteen Latinos reshaping industries and the country, and the Analyst Institute recognized Voto Latino with an Expy Award for expanding the field of voter registration. A sought-after political leader and strategist, she advised President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and she currently serves on the National Task Force on Election Crises. She is an Emmy-nominated analyst for MSNBC and serves on the boards of Steve Madden, Emily’s List, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additionally, she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Raised in Sonoma, California, Kumar lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Raj Kumar, and their two children. She is a first-generation graduate of the University of California, Davis, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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