Meet the Young Latinos that are Leaving a Footprint in Politics

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Young Latinos are helping change the face of politics—from journalists to senators to social media wizards. Today we celebrate these young pioneers who are revolutionizing society!

1. Hillary’s Latina Go-To

Who:  Lorella Praeli, Latino Outreach Director, Hillary for America

Why You should care: You might have seen Praeli’s face on stage during the final night of the Democratic National Convention, addressing the crowd in both English and Spanish.  Before stumping on the campaign trail for Hillary, this 27-year-old originally from Peru was an activist who rose to advocacy and policy director for United We Dream before being summoned by the Clinton campaign. Now Praeli is connecting Hillary Clinton with what might be one of her most important political assets – a majority vote from Latino voters.

2. The Twitter Talent

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Who: Hector Sigala, Digital Media Director for Bernie Sanders

Why you should care: If you’re going on a date with Hector Sigala, expect to see a laptop on the table. The 27-year-old known for carrying his Mac laptop wherever he goes is the person responsible for humanizing some of Bernie Sanders most important quips and putting them into 140 characters. Sigala has told Fortune that on Twitter, “I am Bernie Sanders.”

3. The Colombian Change Agent

Who: Catalina Velasquez, Director of Young People For

Why you should care: This transgender 28-year-old is the new classic when it comes to politics – she is the embodiment of what much of the left wing is aiming to get equal rights for. Originally from Colombia, Velasquez currently serves as the director of Young People For, and was also tapped by Bernie Sanders to serve on his policy committee for LGBT issues.

4. The Right Side’s Redeemer

In Spanish, if you're not using your hands you're not actually talking!

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Who: Wadi Gaitan, Director of Communications for Florida Republican Party

Why you should care: He’s the first Latino director of communications for the Florida Republican Party — a party that doesn’t exactly garner tons of Latino support these days. And his Twitter feed is lit: Pop culture references and memes give youthful life to political commentary.

5. The Statistics Savant

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Who: Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Senior Researcher at Pew Research Center

Why you should care: Author and researcher Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches the public opinion of both Latinos and immigrant populations, as well as focusing on demographics and Mexico. A Mexicana from el Defe, Gonzalez-Barrera digs deep to ask questions, find information and allow Latinos to be more than statistics on paper.

6. ROTUS In Chief

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Who: Leah Katz-Hernandez, White House receptionist

Why you should care: Among a receptionist’s required skill set, “listening” is probably high up there. But Katz-Hernandez is arguably the world’s most important receptionist despite being deaf. She has often been called ROTUS, a play on receptionist of the United States. You see those barriers in the way of your dreams? Well Katz-Hernandez shows you to break any glass ceiling standing in your way.

7. The DNC Communications Guru

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Who: Walter Garcia, Western Regional Communications Director, DNC

Why you should care: Ivy-league graduate Walter Garcia has not even hit his mid-twenties and he is already a firestorm in the field of communications for the Democratic National Committee. Garcia helps get the message out on any medium for the Democratic Party’s most influential committee.

8. The Digital Newsie


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Who: Daniella Diaz, CNN

Why you should care: Daniella Diaz helps inform millions of users on social media and across the web with breaking news and updates in politics as a digital producer for CNN Politics. Diaz writes content for the website and handles the social media accounts for CNNPolitics.com, so that Instagram caption you are viewing might have just been penned by her.  

These Latinos have already left a mark on the world of American politics – we’ll be watching to see what these kick-ass Millennials do next, and we especially can’t wait to see this list grow. More young Latino leaders, please!

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