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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.
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Los 6 puntos más importantes para los latinos del discurso del Estado de la Unión de Presidente ObamaJanuary 21, 2015 at 6:33 PM EDT
Anoche en su discurso del Estado de la Unión, el Presidente Obama reiteró su compromiso con políticas que ayudarán más a las familias de clase media y recompensarán el arduo trabajo a fin de que los cheques de nómina alcancen más para cubrir los costos de atención médica, vivienda y un fondo de retiro seguro. Queremos dedicar un momento para enfocarnos en 6 políticas fundamentales que impactarán particularmente a las familias latinas.
- January 21, 2015 at 6:31 PM EDT
Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to policies that will help more middle class families and reward hard work so paychecks go further to cover the cost of health care, a home, and a secure retirement. We wanted to take a moment to spotlight 6 key policies that will particularly impact Latino families.
- January 20, 2015 at 1:25 PM EDT
No matter your device, WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU is the place to watch President Obama's State of the Union address today at 9 p.m. ET and this year there are many ways for the Latino community to engage, including LIVE bilingual updates on social media.
- December 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM EDT
In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President stepped onto the world stage and declared 2014 a breakthrough year for America. Since then, that’s exactly the kind of change this country has seen.
- December 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM EDT
En su Estado de la Unión de 2014, el Presidente dio un paso en el escenario mundial y declaró 2014 un año decisivo para los Estados Unidos. Desde entonces, ese es exactamente el tipo de cambio que este país ha visto. La máxima prioridad del presidente continua siendo asegurar que las personas de la clase media que viven en los Estados Unidos se sientan seguros sobre su empleos, su hogar y presupuesto. Desde que asumió el cargo, cada cuestión que la Administración de Obama ha abordado ha sido de importancia vital para la comunidad latina, desde promover la creación de empleo y un salario justo, a hacer frente al cambio climático, asegurarse de que más personas en los Estados Unidos tengan acceso a buenos servicios de salud asequibles y un buena educación, a la lucha por la reforma migratoria de sentido común y a defender los derechos civiles de todas las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos.
- December 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM EDT
Today, the President announced the most significant changes to our Cuban policy in more than 50 years -- and people from around the world are weighing in.
- December 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM EDT
This week, President Obama participated in an interview with Jose Diaz-Balart from Telemundo/MSNBC and Jorge Ramos of Univision to discuss his recent executive actions to fix as much of our broken immigration system as he can.
- April 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT
President Obama welcomed 20 new American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony held at the War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea.
- April 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM EDT
President Obama and Vice President Biden participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the Small Business Administration
- March 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM EDT
Tune in to a live town hall for a conversation with President Obama about the Affordable Care Act and how the law benefits the Latino community.