Katherine Vargas is the Director of Hispanic Media at the White House. She spearheads efforts to engage Hispanic media, coordinating with all federal agencies on promoting the President’s agenda with the Hispanic community. Katherine has been at the forefront of immigration reform efforts for almost a decade. Prior to joining the White House, she led media and communications efforts for the National Immigration Forum, where she managed strategic communications, messaging and brand positioning for the Forum, including the Forum's national political and legislative campaigns to pass immigration legislation that positively impacts the lives of New Americans. Katherine was the spokesperson for the Forum in Spanish language media and she was a frequent guest commentator on major Spanish television outlets, including Univision, Telemundo and CNN en Español. Prior to the Forum, she worked at the National Immigration Law Center, the Washington Office of Latin America, both in Washington, D.C, and the International Rescue Committee in Miami, FL.
Katherine is a member of Truman national Security Project, a national security leadership institute that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. She was also a Board member of Enlaces con Raíces, an organization that works to strengthen nonprofit organizations in Latin America through capacity-building.
Katherine immigrated to the United States from her native Colombia in 1997. Katherine and her husband Eric live in Washington, D.C. She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations with a concentration on Latin American Studies from Florida International University.
Katherine Vargas 's Posts
President Obama and the First Lady Will Welcome Two Latino Kennedy Center Honorees to the White HouseDecember 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM EST
President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees to the White House, where they will applaud and thank them for their musical contributions to the world. Amongst the five honorees, two of the artists being recognized are Latinos: acclaimed musician Carlos Santana and renowned soprano opera singer Martina Arroyo.
- December 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM EST
President Obama hosted President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the White House. Their visit underscored the growing partnership with Colombia, founded on our shared democratic values, deepening economic ties, and our long history of shared security goals.
- October 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM EST
The health insurance marketplaces are now open for business across the country. This was great news for the 15 percent of Americans – including 10.2 million Latinos – who don’t have health insurance, either because they can’t afford it or because their employer doesn't offer it.
- September 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM EST
Starting on October 1, people without health care insurance -- including 10.2 million Latinos -- will be able to shop through the new health care marketplace to compares prices and plans and get covered.
- September 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM EST
As Secretary of the Department of Labor, Secretary Pérez will be a fierce advocate for working men and women across America, including Latinos who comprise 15% of the labor force in the US.
- July 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM EST
¿Sabías que arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración fortalecerá la economía de los Estados Unidos, creará empleos para trabajadores en Estados Unidos, y reducirá el déficit? Eso es lo que ocurrirá según la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso, que es de carácter independiente, si se promulgara el proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria bipartidista del Senado.
- July 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM EST
The White House invites four local Spanish-language television anchors to participate in the “Live from the White House” series, or in this case “En Vivo desde la Casa Blanca.”