• Maria Kumar

    Founding President & CEO of Voto Latino & MSNBC Contributor

    Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. A dynamic community leader, she 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. Elle magazine named her amongst the most influential women in Washington.

    Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over 225,000 new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns. Maria Teresa serves on the national boards of Planned Parenthood and the Latino Leaders Network, and is a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, opinion writer for national publications, and keynote speaker at major conferences including NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, GE, Prudential, and TEDx. 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.


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