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 freedominfo.org, 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.
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 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
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 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.
Daniel M. Kammen
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 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.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Juan Ernesto Pardinas
Luis Alberto Villareal García
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).