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The Morning Edge 01/18/13
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Publish-date-icon January 18, 2013
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Vanessa Cárdenas is the Director of Progress 2050, a project of the Center for American Progress which seeks to build a progressive agenda that is more inclusive of the rich racial and ethnic makeup of our nation. http://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/cardenas-vanessa/bio/ Previously, she served as the Center’s Director for Ethnic Media, helping elevate the organization’s profile among ethnic media outlets. Prior to CAP, she worked as a policy/communications associate and outreach coordinator with the National Immigration Forum, participating in numerous local and national organizing and legislative campaigns including the efforts to pass immigration reform in 2006 and 2007, organizing in support of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, and the campaign to defeat Proposition 200 in Arizona. Prior to the Forum, she managed and administered public education and outreach programs serving diverse communities on a range of issues such as education, civic participation, public safety, and youth leadership for the Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Fire Department. Vanessa was profiled as one of the “100 People to Watch in the Next Century” by Washingtonian magazine and is a regular guest on CNN en Español, Telemundo, Univision, and BBC, among others and has been widely quoted in various print publications such as the U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, and La Opinion. She holds a B.A. in government and politics and a master’s in public administration, both from George Mason University. She is a 2010 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and an alum of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia and Leadership Arlington. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up in Bolivia, and currently lives in Fairfax, VA. She discusses hopes for the DREAM Act, DACA and needed immigration reform, what's at stake.

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