US Mexico Futures Forum 2009

US Mexico Futures Forum

People button Agenda Briefing


United States

Kristin Adair
Staff Counsel, National Security Archive

Kristin Adair serves as Staff Counsel at the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research institute and library that collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Her principal focus is on FOIA litigation and open government advocacy projects. In addition, she helps maintain, a web portal that links freedom of information advocates around the world, and serves as a liaison to the international community as part of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network.

Lowell Bergman
Professor of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Producer/Correspondent ”Frontline“

Lowell Bergman is a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline” and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. During his four decades in journalism, Professor Bergman has been an editor for Rolling Stone magazine, a founder of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, a producer of both “20/20”and “60 Minutes” and an investigative correspondent for The New York Times. He has received numerous awards for his work in print and broadcasting, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

David Bonior
Chair and President, American Rights at Work
Visiting Professor, University of Iowa
Democratic Whip, U.S. Congress, 1991-2002

David E. Bonior is the chair and president of American Rights at Work and a visiting professor at the University of Iowa. From 1976 to 2002 he represented the 10th Congressional District of Michigan, serving as the Democratic Whip, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, from 1991 to 2002. During his political career, Professor Bonior focused on issues including fair trade, education, universal health care coverage, civil and human rights, the environment and electoral reform.

Gilbert Cedillo
State Senator, California

Gilbert Cedillo has represented the 22nd District in the California State Senate since 2002. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he served as Assemblyman for California’s 46th District from 1998 to 2002. He currently sits on the Senate Rules Committee and chairs both the California Latino Legislative Caucus and the Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy. Senator Cedillo is best known for his tireless commitment to passing legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. He is also the author of the California DREAM Act, which would allow U.S. citizens and undocumented AB 540 students to apply for financial aid at California’s public colleges.

J. Bradford DeLong
Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley                             

Brad DeLong is a professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, the chair of the Political Economy of Industrial Societies major and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (1993-95). During his stint in government, he worked on the Clinton administration’s 1993 budget, the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the North American Free Trade Agreement, macroeconomic policy and the 1993 health care reform effort.

Bob Filner
Member of Congress, California

Bob Filner represents California’s 51st Congressional District in the House of Representative. The district includes much of San Diego’s southern section, the cities of Chula Vista and National City and all of Imperial County, encompassing California’s entire border with Mexico. Representative Filner is a senior member of the Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure and is the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Pete Gallego
State Representative, Texas

Pete Gallego represents District 74, which includes over half of the Texas–Mexico border, in the Texas House of Representatives. He is currently Chair of the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and serves as a member of the Committees on General Investigating and State Affairs. During his ten-term career, he has also served as a member of the Sunset Commission and the Committees on Appropriations, Calendars, Higher Education, Elections, Government Reform and Natural Resources. He was the chair of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus for eight years and serves on the board of directors of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Bracken Hendricks
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Bracken Hendricks is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress where he works on issues of climate change, energy independence, infrastructure investment and economic policy. Hendricks served as an advisor to the campaign and transition team of President Barack Obama and was an architect of portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act related to clean energy. During the Clinton administration, he served as a special assistant to the Commerce Department and the Office of the Vice President. Hendricks is widely published on economic development, climate and energy policy, national security and progressive political strategy.

Daniel M. Kammen
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley
Co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment

Professor Daniel M. Kammen has appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The focus of Professor Kammen’s work is on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems; energy efficiency; international climate debates; and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America.

Beatriz Manz
Professor of Ethnic Studies and Geography, UC Berkeley

Beatriz Manz is Professor of Geography, Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies and former Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Previously, she taught at Wayne State University and Wellesley College. The author of Refugees of a Hidden War: The Aftermath of Counterinsurgency in Guatemala and Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror and Hope, Professor Manz’s research focuses on Mayan communities in Guatemala.

Shannon O’Neil
Fellow for Latin American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Shannon O’Neil is the Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Her areas of expertise include policy reform, immigration and U.S.–Latin American relations. Recently, she served as director of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. policy toward Latin America which produced the 2008 report U.S.–Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. In addition to her work at CFR, O’Neil publishes LatIntelligence ( a blog analyzing Latin American politics, economics and public policies and is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs.

Robert Reich
Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
U.S. Secretary of Labor (1993-97)

Robert B. Reich, a professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. He also served on President Obama’s transition advisory board. He has written twelve books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet; and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, and his commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s “Marketplace.” In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century.

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress, California
Linda Sánchez represents the 39th Congressional District of California (Southeastern Los Angeles County) in the U.S. Congress. She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee where she is a member of the Trade and Social Security Subcommittees, and on the Judiciary Committee. Representative Sánchez is also a co-founder of the Labor and Working Families Caucus which focuses on ensuring that workers are safe on the job. A lawyer by training, she specialized in appellate law, civil rights and employment law. She has worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441 and the National Electrical Contractors Association as a compliance officer on public works and wage issues.

Alex Saragoza
Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Alex M. Saragoza is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Ethnic Studies and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley. A specialist on modern Mexico, Professor Saragoza’s work examines the structural origins of Mexican migration, focusing on the role of the state in the concentration of wealth and power within Mexico. In addition, Professor Saragoza researches the transnational aspects of cultural formations in Mexico, including work on Mexican cinema, radio and television. He is currently conducting research on the economic and social history of the tourist industry in Mexico.

Harley Shaiken
Class of 1930 Professor of Letters and Science, UC Berkeley
Chair, Center for Latin American Studies

Harley Shaiken is Class of 1930 Professor and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. He teaches in the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Geography and specializes in issues of labor and the global economy. From 1981 to 1986, he was a research associate in the Program in Science, Technology and Society and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Shaiken is the author of three books and has lectured extensively on globalization throughout the world. He is an advisor on trade and labor issues to public and private organizations and members of the U.S. Congress.



Silvano Aureoles Conejo
Senator, State of Michoacán

Silvano Aureoles Conejo is a senator representing the state of Michoacán and a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution. Prior to his 2006 election, Senator Aureoles served two terms as a Federal Deputy for the state of Michoacán and, before that, as Secretary of Agricultural Development in Governor Lázaro Cárdenas Batel’s cabinet. An agricultural engineer by training, he began his political career as the municipal president of Zitacuaro.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
President, Fundación para la Democracia
Head of Government, Mexico City (1997-99)

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-99. A civil engineer by training, he held a number of technical posts before turning to politics in 1976, when he was elected Senator for the state of Michoacán as a member of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). In 1980, he ran successfully for governor of his home state and, in 1987, spearheaded the demand for internal party democratization which eventually led to the formation of the PRD. In addition to his duties as founding director of the Fundacion para la Democracia, he is active on the topics of energy and political reform.

Ernesto Cordero Arroyo
Secretary of Social Development

An economist and a member of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Ernesto Cordero Arroyo was appointed Secretary of Social Development in 2008. Prior to taking that post, he served as Undersecretary of Expenditures in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Undersecretary of Energy Planning and Technological Development in the Ministry of Energy and  Director of Economic Outlook at the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Parastate Industry. He was also the Director General of the Miguel Estrada Iturbide Foundation, an institution that provides technical advice for members of the PAN Parliamentary Group in the Chamber of Deputies.

Adrián Fernández Bremauntz
President, National Ecological Institute

Since 2005 Adrián Fernández Bremauntz has been President of the National Institute of Ecology, the research arm of the Environment Secretariat in Mexico. He is a Biologist with an MSc in Environmental Technology from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, UK, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the same institution. Dr. Fernández has experience as consultant for both the private and public sector, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Dr. Fernández has been with the Environment Secretariat since 1995, first as General Director for Environmental Management and Information and later on as General Director for Research on Urban, Regional and Global Pollution at the National Institute of Ecology.

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Presidential Advisor, International Affairs and Competitiveness
Professor and Chair, International Studies Department, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Rafael Fernández de Castro is Presidential Advisor for International Affairs and Competitiveness and founder and head of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). An expert on the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States as well as on Mexican foreign policy, he is the author of several books including The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict with Jorge Domínguez and The U.S. Congress: The Controversial Pivot of North America with Robert Pastor. He is also the editor of Foreign Affairs en Español and a columnist for Reforma and the weekly magazine Proceso.

Amalia García Medina
Governor of Zacatecas

Amalia García Medina is the governor of Zacatecas which, due to the large percentage of its population living in the U.S., has been officially recognized as a “binational state.” Previously, she was elected to both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate and served as the National President of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD). Since the 1970s, she has been very involved in a number of causes, including equal rights for women, human rights and the fight against corruption. She is a tireless promoter of citizens’ initiatives, many of which have led to substantial changes in the political system.

Adriana González Carrillo
Senator, State of Mexico

Adriana González Carrillo (PAN) was elected to the Senate in 2006 where she is Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Legislative Studies Committees and a member of the committees on North American Affairs and Human Rights. Senator González Carrillo was a Federal Deputy from 2003 to 2006, serving as Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and as a member of the National Defense Committee. She also writes a column for the magazine La Nación.

Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal
Elected Federal Deputy, Nuevo León

Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal is an elected Federal Deputy representing the state of Nuevo León. An economist by training, he has served as Head of the Governor of Nuevo León’s Executive Office, Undersecretary for the Development of Tourism and Technical Secretary of Planning and Communication in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. He was an active participant in the Nafta negotiations and has worked as an associate economist for the International Monetary Fund. He has been a member of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) since 1973.

Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández
Undersecretary of Government, Ministry of the Interior

Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández is the Undersecretary of Government in Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior. Previously, he served as Deputy Foreign Minister, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean and Undersecretary for North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Isaac Katz
Professor of Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Isaac Katz is Professor of Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He specializes in the financial system, economic development, the economics of education and property rights in Mexico. In addition to his academic posts, Katz has served as a project evaluator for Bancomer Financial Group’s Political Economy Proposals task force and as a financial consultant for the World Bank. He writes a column for the magazine El Economista and is a weekly commentator for TV Azteca.

Ana Paula Ordorica

Ana Paula Ordorica is a Mexican political analyst. She writes a weekly column on international affairs and Mexican foreign policy for the newspaper Excélsior and is a regular contributor to the monthly magazine Nexos. Previously, Ordorica was an op-ed columnist for the newspapers Milenio and Reforma.

Juan Ernesto Pardinas
Consultant, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad
Columnist, Reforma

Juan Ernesto Pardinas is a consultant for the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, a nonprofit institution that generates public policy proposals for Mexico’s development and economic growth, and writes a weekly op-ed column in the newspaper Reforma. Previously, he worked as a consultant for the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Mexican Ministry of Finance. He also taught at the London School of Economics and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and was a researcher at the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo. Pardinas has authored two books and seven book chapters on topics related to Mexico and political economy.

Luis Alberto Villareal García
Senator, Guanajuato

Luis Alberto Villarreal García is a Senator representing the state of Guanajuato and a member of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). He is president of the Committee on North American Affairs and a member of the Foreign Relations and Constitutional Affairs Committees. Prior to his 2006 election, he served as a Federal Deputy for the State of Guanajuato (2000-03) and as municipal president of San Miguel de Allende (2003-06).