Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is a leading civil rights leader and former 2020 U.S. Senate candidate. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and has been featured on NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, Washington Post, MTV, USA Today, Univision, and several MSNBC shows, among others. Ramirez is the President of NextGen America, one of the leading national progressive youth voter mobilization organizations. Before joining NextGen, she was the founder and Executive Director (and later Chief Strategy Officer) of Jolt — a Texas-wide organization that lifts up the voice, vote and issues impacting Latinos. Ramirez began her social justice career when she co-founded Workers Defense Project (WDP), a workers’ rights organization with the mission to win better working conditions for immigrant workers in Texas. She is an author on issues of race, gender and immigration, and she is the co-author of “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” published by AK Press (2014).