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Maria Teresa Kumar
Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. Fast Company named her among the most 1000 creative minds in business worldwide. In 2013, Elle named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. A dynamic community leader, Maria Teresa was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and by PODER Magazine as one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth themselves to empower a generation of young voters. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation granted her the prestigious Leadership Award for her work serving the Latino community. The Women’s Media Center also recognized her with an Emerging Journalist award. Campaigns and Elections named her one to watch in shaping the 2014 mid-term elections. Under her leadership,Voto Latino has won numerous awards including two Webby Honoree awards, and several Promax awards for best in ethnic marketing. Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering a quarter million new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.
Maria Teresa serves on the national boards of Planned Parenthood Federation Action Fund and the Latino Leaders Network, and is a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is also a co-chair of the Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet. She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, a recent panelist on Bill Maher’s HBO show, an opinion writer for national publications, and a sought after speaker at major conferences including Google’s Women Global Leadership conference, Intel, General Electric, SXSW, NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, Harvard Law and TEDx. Maria Teresa has been profiled in numerous outlets including HBO’s Celebrity Habla, PBS’s The Graduates, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Americas Quarterly and Capitol File. She started her career as a legislative aide for then Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis.