The host of Changing America on MSNBC’s new streaming portal, as well as an MSNBC political analyst and regular commentator on several MSNBC programs including HardBall with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe, Maria Teresa Kumar has her fingers firmly on the pulse of many of the hottest, most discussed political issues of the day.
Lauded as one the most influential American Latinos under 40, and as among the top Latinas influencing Government and Politics, Maria Teresa is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, a leading national civic engagement organization targeting acculturated American Latino youth. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections having directly registered over a quarter-million new voters and influencing millions more through innovative, viral, celebrity-driven social initiatives.
Maria Teresa’s expertise and intimate understanding of the Latino population and culture within the U.S. has made her an invaluable resource – not only to political movements, but to the business community as well. Organizations seeking to cater to this demographically desirable consumer base, with enormous purchasing power, often turn to her for advice. In her compelling, well-researched presentations, Kumar offers audiences deep insight into a range of topics including the latest political hot button issues, the importance of workplace diversity, the need to cultivate one of the largest consumer groups in the U.S., and what the demographics of this group mean for elections and legislative agendas moving forward.