escobarheadshot2-1[1]As part of the 2015 Convening of the Welcoming Economies Global Network, Dayton is proud to welcome Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, to the Gem City!

Escobar will deliver the keynote address for this regional conference on July 9 at the Dayton Convention Center.

She will discuss the White House Task Force on New Americans and the new federal action plan, which seeks to make every American feel welcome – and make communities stronger in the process.   The Taskforce recognizes and seeks to expand local initiatives like those in the WE Global Network, and Ms. Escobar will share more about ongoing federal efforts to engage with local communities on immigrant integration and economic development.

Ms. Escobar has been a key staff person for President Obama on immigration policy and the creation and implementation of the first-ever federal immigrant integration policy.  More from

As Special Assistant to the President on Immigration Policy, Felicia develops the President’s strategy for building a 21st century immigration system. This work involves coordinating efforts across the Executive branch to strengthen the current system and working toward passage of meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Felicia previously served on U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s legislative team, working with him to develop his legislative agenda on a host of issues including labor, civil rights, judicial nominations and immigration. Felicia advised Senator Salazar during the comprehensive immigration reform debates of 2006 and 2007 in which Senator Salazar was a key member of the bipartisan group pressing for reform.

Prior to this, Felicia was Associate Director of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. In this role, Felicia helped cultivate relationships between Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and key stakeholder groups, including Latino, immigration and education advocacy groups. Felicia started her career as a State Policy Analyst working for the National Council of La Raza. She represented NCLR and its network of affiliates in the Texas State Legislature, testifying before legislative committees to advocate for education, immigrant access to benefits, and hate crimes legislation. Felicia is a native of San Antonio, TX. She received an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

Register for the 2015 WE Global Network Convening to hear Escobar’s keynote and learn how Dayton and other Midwest cities are leading the way in local immigration policies–and how everyone benefits from it!