The White House will host a Hispanic Community Action Summit at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California on Saturday, January 21, 2012, the latest in a series of regional gatherings across the country that provide a forum for Administration officials to interact with and hear from the Hispanic community on a wide range of issues.

The White House

White House and Cabinet agency officials will meet with Bay Area Hispanic community leaders including small business owners and state and local elected officials at the summit in innovative forums meant to facilitate in-depth discussions on topics including jobs and the economy, education, health care, and the need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

The meeting will begin with a morning plenary followed by a set of open space dialogues, in which participants set the agenda and identify action steps with officials through the afternoon. Members of the public must register in advance to participate at A recent report on the President’s agenda and the Hispanic community is available at

WHAT: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit

 Evergreen Valley College, Gullo II Building, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, California

WHEN: Saturday, January 21st

RSVP: Space is limited. Media representatives who wish to cover the event must pre-credential by e-mailing their name, title, organization and contact information to Toby Chaudhuri at by Friday, January 20th at 3 p.m. PT.

Administration officials expected to participate include:

  • Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Advisor, Domestic Policy Council, The White House
  • José Rico, Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
  • Gabriel Sandoval, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • January Contreras, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Chuck Hauptman, Regional Director, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Betsy Markey, Assistant Secretary for Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Teresa Niño, Director, Office of Public Engagement for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Alicia Villarreal, Regional Representative for Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Herb Schultz, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Elizabeth Echols, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration



Evergreen Valley College, Gullo II Building, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose

9 a.m. PT                Obama Administration officials deliver opening remarks and present an overview of the White House Community Action Summit.

9:30 a.m. PT           Opening plenary followed by a series of policy conversations

  • Job Creation and Economic Recovery
  • Educational Excellence
  • The Affordable Care Act and Healthy Families
  • Fixing America’s Broken Immigration System

10 a.m. PT               Senior Administration officials hold a brief availability with media representatives.

10:30 a.m. PT         Open Space Dialogue: Administration officials and summit participants create agenda and plan of action.

2 p.m. PT               Senior Administration officials hold a roundtable with Hispanic media representatives and social media influencers.

4 p.m. PT                Closing session