Special Appearances


Maria Elena Salinas

Peabody Award-Winning Anchor 


Soledad O’Brien

Journalist, speaker, author, & philanthropist 

Starfish Media Group 

Flor de Toloache

Mariachi ensemble 


Frankie Negrón

Latin music superstar 


Jillian Mercado

Model and Disabilities Activist 


Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges

Performer & Activist 


Michael Reyes

Poet, Artist and Organizer 


Paola Ramos

Latinx Advocate 





Adriana Loson Ceballos

Director, Network Resources 


Akilah Wallace

Executive Director 

Faith in Texas 

Alex Gomez

Co-Executive Director 

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) 

Amalia Luxardo

Chief Executive Officer 

Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona 

Ana Marie Argilagos

President & CEO 

Hispanics in Philanthropy 

Angie Junck

Human Rights Director 

Heising-Simons Foundation 

Arelis E. Diaz

Director, Office of the President 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

Ariana A. Curtis, PhD

Curator for Latinx Studies 

National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Armando Castellano

Family Member Trustee 

Castellano Family Foundation 

Arturo Vargas

Chief Executive Officer 

NALEO Educational Fund 

Bradford K. Smith



Caroline B. Kronley


The Tinker Foundation 

Cristina Jiménez

Executive Director & Co-Founder 

United We Dream 

Cynthia Rivera Weissblum

President & CEO 

Edwin Gould Foundation 

Diana Campoamor


Nuestra America Fund 

Don Baylor, Jr.

Senior Program Officer 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation 

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President, Civic Engagement & Public Policy 

California Community Foundation 

Dr. Elda Stanco Downey, PhD

Executive Director 

Virginia Latino Higher Education Network 

Dr. Faustino Bernadett

Vice President  

The Molina Foundation 

Francisco Quintana

Program Director for the Andean, North America and Caribbean Region 


Fred Blackwell


San Francisco Foundation 

Gigi Pedraza

Executive Director & Founder 

Latino Community Fund 

Gina Jackson

Program Director 

Native Americans in Philanthropy 

Gretchen Kuhner


Institute for Women in Migration 

Hilary Pennington

Executive Vice President for Programs 

Ford Foundation 

Isela Gracian


East LA Community Corporation 

Jackie Rosa

Director of Community Engagement 

United Way of Metro Chicago 

Jazmin Chavez

Director of Public Affairs 

Hispanics in Philanthropy 

Jazmin Segura

Program Officer 

Common Counsel Foundation, Fund for an Inclusive California 

Jennifer Chavez Rubio

Corporate Community Relations Director 

Lockheed Martin 

Jennifer Brown

Associate Director of Economic Policy 


Dr. J. Mario Molina



José Calderón


Hispanic Federation 

Justin Steele

Head of Americas 


Kerrien Suarez

Executive Director 

Equity in the Center 

Juan Carlos Morales

Managing Director 

Surfside Capital Advisors 

Juan Cartagena

President & General Counsel 

LatinoJustice PRLDEF 

La June Montgomery Tabron

President and CEO 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

Laura Cantero

Executive Director 

Grupo Guayacán 

Lee Wang


New York Immigrant Freedom Fund 

Linda M. Rodríguez

Executive Director, Global Philanthropy 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Mari Carmen Aponte

Former Ambassador 

Nonprofit Consultant 

Maria Lemus

Founding Executive Director 

Vision Y Compromiso 

Marie Custodio-Collazo

Outreach Manager 


Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director for Climate 

Barr Foundation 

Melissa Bradley

Managing Partner 

1863 Ventures 

Miki Akimoto

Managing Director, Senior Philanthropic Strategist 

Bank of America Private Bank 

Mireya Reith

Founding Executive Director 

Arkansas United 

Nancy Santiago Negron

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications 

Hispanics in Philanthropy 

Natalia Aristizabal Betancur

Co-Director of Organizing 

Make the Road New York 

Secretary Nellie Gorbea

Secretary of State 

State of Rhode Island 

Nicole Melaku

Executive Director  

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition 

Patrick Gage

Director of Development 

Scalabrini International Migration Network 

Paul J. Yakoboski

Senior Economist 

TIAA Institute 

Rafael González

Director of Community Relations 

First 5 LA 

Ramphis Castro

Managing Director 


Ronald B. Richard

President & CEO 

Cleveland Foundation 

Sarah Eagle Heart


Native Americans in Philanthropy 

Sindy M. Benavides

Chief Executive Officer 

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 

Sonia Quiñónez

Virginia Program Director 

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation 

Sonja Diaz

Founding Executive Director 

UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative 

Stephanie Bell-Rose

Senior Managing Director and Head 

TIAA Institute 

Dr. Sylvia Y. Acosta, PhD


YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region 

Thomas Vasquez

Program Officer, Southwest 

Marguerite Casey Foundation 

Timi Gerson

Vice President and Chief Content Officer 


Urvashi Vaid


The Vaid Group 

Vanessa Wakeman

Founder & CEO 

The Wakeman Agency 

Wanda Y. Correa

Senior Development Officer 

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving 

Ximena Hartsock

Co-Founder and President 



Non-Member Pricing

  • $ 700


  • $ 775

    On Site

Member Pricing

  • $ 575


  • $ 650

    On site


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Event Schedule




  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: HIP Líderes Meeting

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (14th Street entrance)

Room: Meridian D&E

Note: For alum of HIP’s Líderes Fellowship only.


  • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Pre-Conference Site Visits: Forced Migration and Relocation in the D.C. Area

Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Meetup Location: The Willard InterContinental Hotel

Join HIP for site visits to learn directly from Mary’s Center, CASA, CARECEN, La Clinica Del Pueblo and other innovative nonprofits on the forefront of community-based practices that have been crucial to migrant, asylum seeker, and refugee arrivals since the 1980s.

In today’s political climate, with increased enforcement and an erosion of rights and resources for recent arrivals, these organizations are providing an essential safety net of services and advocacy for recent arrivals and the existing Latino community.

Participants will:

-Go on a guided visit of the Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Langley Park neighborhoods

-Meet with community leaders and organizations serving and advocating for Latino and migrant populations

-Examine the rapid changes and challenges faced by both immigrants and organizations as a result of urban development, federal immigration policies, and other factors.

Note: Space is limited, and separate registration is required. You can sign up for this event through the conference registration site. If you have already registered for the conference, click “Already registered?” at the top of the page to add the session. Lunch and transportation will be provided.


  • 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM:¡Aqui Estamos! Kickoff Reception at the Organization of American States

Location: Organization of American States

-Welcome Remarks: The Hon. Mari Carmen Aponte, former Ambassador & Nonprofit Consultant

-HIPGiver Award: The Molina Family is being honored for their generous contribution to create the Latino Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – this will be the Smithsonian’s first permanent Latino space on the National Mall.

-Performance: Flor de Toloache, Latin Grammy winning all-women Mariachi Ensemble




  • 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Congressional Breakfast

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (14th Street entrance)

Room: Atrium Ballroom

Moderator: Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Opening Plenary: Starting with Equity at the Center

Room: Atrium Ballroom

In the last year, Latinos in the U.S. have been under attack, with families separated at the border, hurricane victims ignored, proposed Census changes to leave us uncounted, and more. In our opening session, foundation leaders will explore how philanthropy must shift our investments to activate Latinos’ collective power to confront these challenges for ourselves.

Opening Performance: Michael Reyes, Poet, Artist & Organizer

Welcome Remarks: Ana Marie Argilagos, President & CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy


Armchair Interview:

-LaJune Montgomery Tabron, President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

-Ana Marie Argilagos, President & CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy


Panel: Starting with Equity at the Center

-Moderator: Vanessa Wakeman, Founder & CEO, The Wakeman Agency

-Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, President & CEO, Edwin Gould Foundation

-Ronn Richard, President & CEO, The Cleveland Foundation

-Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Programs, Ford Foundation

-Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation


  • 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Plenary Two: Flipping the Script: The Power of Narrative

Room: Atrium Ballroom


World Premier of HIP/CANDID LatinxFunders Dashboard

LatinxFunders is an interactive, user-friendly landscape of foundation funding in the Latinx community. It tracks funding trends between 2013-2017 with specific attention to geographies, strategies and issues.

-Brad Smith, President, Candid


What Gives: The Race-Based Wealth Gap & Financial Inclusion

Latinos create more businesses than any other ethnic group in the U.S., and yet their median household wealth is one of the lowest, at just $6,600 (compared to $165,000 for White families). This panel will explore the systemic issues that are holding Latinos and other people of color back, as well as exciting new strategies for philanthropy to invest in building Latino economic power.

-Moderator: Nancy Santiago Negron, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Communications, HIP

-Melissa Bradley, Managing Partner, 1863 Ventures

-Urvashi Vaid, President, The Vaid Group

-Ramphis Castro, Co-Founder, ScienceVest


Intersectionality of the Latinx Experience

What does it mean to be Latinx in the Americas? We’ll hear from Vice Media’s Paola Ramos, who spotlights the voices of young Latinos to break down stereotypes and mobilize the community towards civic engagement.

-Paola Ramos, Host of VICE’s LATIN-X and Telemundo contributor

-Jazmin Chavez, Director of Public Affairs, Hispanics in Philanthropy


  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch – We Are Witness: The Perilous Journey

Room: Atrium Ballroom


HIPGiver Award

HIP is thrilled to honor the award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien with our 2019 HIPGiver Award. Soledad will speak about her inspiring work empowering young women through her PowHERful Foundation.

-Award Presenter: Amalia Luxardo, CEO, Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

-Award Recipient: Soledad O’Brien, Journalist, Speaker, Author, & Philanthropist, Starfish Media Group


We Are Witness: The Perilous Journey

The destabilization of governments and economies in Central America has forced thousands of women and girls to flee in search of safety, but changes to U.S. immigration and asylum policies have criminalized those seeking refuge and intensified the humanitarian crisis. This plenary will examine the root causes and challenges facing women and girls throughout the entire migration journey.

-Moderator: Soledad O’Brien

-Gretchen Kuhner, Director, Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migracion (Imumi)

-Sylvia Acosta, CEO, YWCA El Paso


  • 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Cafecitos: Concurrent Workshops on Philanthropy & Giving

1. Cafe con Leche: Catalyzing Community Giving

Room: Hemisphere A

In communities across the U.S., Latino giving circles and similar collaborative funds are on the rise. In this cafecito, participants will discuss how they are mobilizing new donors of color, challenging mainstream philanthropy to do better, and seeking ways to ensure community priorities are self-funded.

-Moderator: Arelis Diaz, Director, Office of the President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

-Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director & Founder, Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia)

-Adriana Loson-Ceballos, Director, Network Resources, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

-Juan Carlos Morales, Managing Partner, Surfside Capital Advisors

-Wanda Correa, Senior Development Officer, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


2. Espresso: Building Wealth, Building Giving

Room: Hemisphere B

In the U.S., Latinos make up 17% of the population, but hold only 2% of the country’s wealth. During this cafecito, finance experts will discuss strategies for building the foundations of wealth, as well as the status of high-net-worth Latinos and what their philanthropic giving could mean for the future of building power in the community.

-Moderator: Jennifer Chavez-Rubio, Director of Corporate Community Relations, Lockheed Martin

-Paul Yakoboski, Senior Economist, TIAA Institute

-Jennifer Brown, Associate Director of Economic Policy, UnidosUS

-Don Baylor, Jr., Senior Program Officer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

-Miki Akimoto, Managing Director, Senior Philanthropic Strategist, Bank of America Private Bank


3. Latte: Nothing About Us Without Us

Room: International Gateway

Funding for community Latino nonprofits has stagnated at one percent of total foundation funding, even as Latinos have become the second-fastest-growing population in the U.S. This conversation will challenge philanthropy to lead with equity in grantmaking, as well as provide an innovative example in which a Latino family foundation uses place-based philanthropy to achieve outcomes for Latino families and communities.

-Moderator: Miguel Bustos, Senior Director, Center for Social Justice, GLIDEsf

-Armando Castellano, Family Member Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation

-Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center


4. Cortadito: Movement Resources & Trends

Room: Meridian C

Today’s movements for immigrant and refugee justice are more creative, determined, and intersectional than ever before. But philanthropy’s approach has not kept pace. How can funders address their blind spots, break bad habits, and make simple yet profound shifts to work alongside these movements? Join this session for encouraging stories from the ground and exciting ways funders can use their dollars, voice, and power to ensure long-term progress.

-Moderator: Timi Gerson,Vice President and Chief Content Officer, NCRP

-Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director & Co-Founder, United We Dream

-Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA


5. Native American Blanket Ceremony

Room: TBD

The blanket exercise is an important part of the Truth and Healing Movement launched by Native Americans in Philanthropy in 2018. This historical narrative experience will reveal truths often not told in our country about Native peoples, with a focus on the Latinx experience.

-Gina Jackson, Program Director, Native Americans in Philanthropy


  • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Break


  • 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Competition: Tiburón Tank

Room: Atrium Ballroom

In this competition, several entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas for innovative social enterprises to a panel of judges — and the audience. Who will win a startup investment? The judges, and you, will decide.

-Introduction: Laura Cantero, Executive Director, Grupo Guayacán

-Marie Custodio, Outreach Manager, Parallel 18

Panel of judges:

-Justin Steele, Principal, Google.org

-Beatriz Polhamus Lopez, Executive Director, Banco Popular

-Linda Rodriguez, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase

-Stephanie Bell-Rose, Senior Managing Director and Head, TIAA Institute


Closing Flash Talk: Todas Somas Extraordinary

-Ariana Curtis, Curator for Latinx Studies, National Museum of African American History and Culture


  • 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM: Venezuelans on the Move: A Funder Conversation

Room: International Gateway

Venezuela is in crisis. But philanthropy has not kept up; philanthropic aid has been only $300 per Venezuelan refugee (compared to $5,000 in aid per Syrian refugee). It’s time for philanthropy to respond.

Please join HIP, in partnership with The Tinker Foundation, to discuss the Venezuelan migrant exodus, its impact on destination communities, and the philanthropic response.

-Geoff Ramsey, Assistant Director for Venezuela, Washington Office on Latin America

-Patrick Gage, Director of Development, Scalabrini International Migrant Network

-Francisco Quintana, Program Director for the Andean, North America and Caribbean Region, CEJIL

-Caroline Kronley, President, the Tinker Foundation

Note: This event is for funders only. Separate registration is required.


  • 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Board Chair’s Reception

Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)

NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. Join us at our Board Chair’s Reception, where we will highlight important efforts to achieve gender equity across the Americas. Galleries will be open with music and entertainment.

HIPGiver Awards:

-Linda Caballero Sotelo, Executive Director, New Americans Museum


Performance: Frankie Negrón, Latin music superstar




  • 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM: Morning Breakfast Plenary: HIP 2.0 – A Visioning Session with HIP’s Board of Directors

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (14th Street entrance)

Room: Atrium Ballroom

The annual membership meeting is an opportunity for members to hear from HIP’s Board of Directors and learn about HIP’s direction and the most pressing issues that will impact HIP’s work in the next year. Members will also vote for the new slate of HIP Board of Directors.

A buffet breakfast will be provided.

-Moderator: Mary Skelton Roberts, Co-Director Climate, Barr Foundation

-Diana Campoamor, Founder, Nuestra America Fund

-Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education & Immigration, California Community Foundation

-Jennifer Chavez Rubio, Director of Corporate Community Relations, Lockheed Martin


FlashTalk: Jillian Mercado, Model and Disabilities Activist


  • 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Interactive Workshops Tracks

A: Education & Welfare (sponsored by Casey Family Programs)

Room: Horizon A

In this interactive session, participants and panelists will discuss critical issues related to investing in children and families from cradle to career. Through case studies and stories, we will examine wholistic models for supporting Latino families.


B: The Criminalization of Black and Brown: Combating Inequities in the Criminal Justice & Immigration Systems

Room: Hemisphere A

Participants will learn about the inequities and challenges disproportionately impacting brown and black individuals in the criminal justice and immigration systems. We will also explore how local networks of nonprofits and funders have developed strategies to combat these inequities together.


C: Community Strategies for Advancing Latino Health Equity

Room: Hemisphere B

In this workshop, participants and health equity experts will explore community-driven solutions for promoting health equity for Latinos. The session will include case studies, stories, and calls to action.


D: Democracy & Power Building: Where Change Begins

Room: Horizon B

Right now, Latino families and communities in the U.S. are facing big challenges. But with these challenges also come opportunities to forge local movements that seek equal voice and opportunity. This session will examine how local efforts to encourage civic participation are addressing critical issues like housing, gentrification, voting, Census 2020 participation, and migration across the U.S.


E: Trustee Leadership Circle

Room: Rotunda

The representation of Latinos on foundation boards remains minimal at best and, at worst, is in decline. In response, HIP has partnered with BoardSource to host conversations for trustees to connect with each other and strategize about how to transform the sector both collectively and individually.

Note: This is an invite-only session. If you are a Latino trustee who sits on a foundation’s board and are interested in participating, please contact raquel@hiponine.org.


  • 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM: Lunch Plenary: Special Report – 2018 Midterm Elections & the Latino Vote

Room: Atrium Ballroom

-Sonja Diaz, Founding Executive Director, UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative


  • 12:50 PM – 1:00 PM: Break


  • 1:00 PM – 3: 00 PM: Town Hall: 2020 – Our Future Is In Your Hands

In our closing session, we will look at the most important issues for Latino political power, from mobilizing our community’s full civic engagement to the 2020 Census.

Room: Atrium Ballroom

HIPGiver Award: Maria Elena Salinas, Award-winning Journalist


Power Building Panel:

-Moderator: Maria Elena Salinas

-Alex Gomez, Executive Director, LUCHA

-Ximena Hartsock, Co-Founder & President, Phone2Action

-Jose Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation

-Akilah Wallace, Executive Director, Faith in Texas


Vision for 2020 – National Policy Power Panel

-Moderator: Maria Elena Salinas

-Sindy Benavides, CEO, LULAC

-Arturo Vargas, CEO, NALEO

-Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State, Rhode Island


Closing Performance: Maria Isa, Performer & Activist


  • 3:00 PM: Conference Ends


  • 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM:Post-Conference: Launching a Political Campaign: A How-To for Women

Room: Rotunda

Are you interested in running for office or helping a woman run? Join HIP in collaboration with EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, to learn the nuts and bolts of how to run for office. We will cover the basics — from getting your house in order to the first few steps to take before announcing a candidacy.


Conference and Gala

Marisa Aurora @MarisaAuroraICF
“We are the givers and the future of America” – Diana Campoamor #LatinosGive @latinagiving @HOPELatinas

Sarah Ramirez‏ @BeHealthyTulare
Contrary to what others may say, Latinos are givers. We are not just takers. #LatinosGive

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga‏ @NRamirezArriaga
Excited to be at @BeHIPGive’s 2017 conference, strengthening Latino leadership in #philanthropy! #LatinosGive @meyermt @northwesthealth

Lokelani N‏ @Lokelani_SF
Dr. Robert Ross of @CalEndow speaking #wordsofwisdom at @BeHIPGive gala. #LatinosGive #HIPGiverGala pic.twitter.com/lkGZdlMrla

Juan Pablo Romero F.‏ @elpatojomayor
Thank you @BeHIPGive for the opportunity to show @AsocLosPatojos work! It is an honor! #LatinosGive #Guatemala #LosPatojos

Cid Wilson‏ @CidWilson
Great seeing @martinez_garcel @rositamromero @ruizalejandra29 @RoyCosme at @BeHIPGive Conferences last Thurs. in San Francisco. #LatinosGive

Luz Vega-Marquis‏ @LuzVegaMarquis
Great conversation this morning on building #equity through giving and connecting at @BeHIPGive conference #LatinosGive

Kathy Reich‏ @kdreich
Thanks @BeHIPGive for giving me chance to speak about philanthropy in challenging times at your conference this AM #latinosgive

Nancy Santiago-Negron @nancysnegron
“We, as people of color, belong in #America.” ~ @LuzVegaMarquis #margueritecaseyfoundation @HIPGive #LatinosGive #HispanicsInPhilanthropy

Matthew D. Trujillo‏ @matt_d_trujillo
Ran into my mentor & first boss @djoyperez @ the @BeHIPGive leadership conference, she made this all possible 4 me, thank you #latinosgive