Latinas dominate any career field. From the urban artist Handa in the music industry to Lauren Sanchez who serves as the California governor’s climate advisor, we’re present everywhere. We even make part of some of the most important spaces in the world as well. This includes the White House.
There’s a group of empowering Latinas that lead important roles in the United States Capitol. These Latinas manage Spanish-language social media, policy, communications, advisory, and more. They, without a doubt, are an inspiration – reminding us that anything is possible.
Below you can find six Latinas who currently work at the White House.
Luisana Perez, White House Director of Hispanic Media
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Perez is now the White House Hispanic Media Director. Before this role, she worked as a Press Secretary and Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as the Deputy Communications Director for Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, where she helped to involve Hispanic media in the communications plans. In 2020, Luisana joined the Biden-Harris administration for President Florida Coordinated Campaign as Deputy Communications Director where she oversaw the campaign’s Hispanic media efforts, as well as managed the Coalitions communications team.
Katherine Valle, White House Director of Higher Education
Born in Peru and raised in Florida, Valle currently leads the higher education portfolio for the Domestic Policy Council. Before this role, she worked as the education policy director for the Democratic staff on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. During this time, she also led the House Democratic coronavirus response on education as the lead negotiator on authorizing provisions in the CARES Act and negotiated changes to simplify loan repayment and the federal student aid application. Valle also worked as a senior research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), and as an associate director of policy research at the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA).
Claudia Marconi, White House Senior Advisor for Congressional Engagement
Born in Miami to a Venezuelan-Italian family, Marconi currently is in charge of all the logistical details of Members of Congress’ engagement for events and meetings at the White House, and travel with the President and First Lady. After graduating from Rutgers University Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science, she interned for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Before starting her current role, she worked in the Office of the Speaker.
Angela Krasnick, White House Director of Platforms
Krasnick’s a first-generation college student and Latina from Houston, Texas. Before this role, she worked as the Lead Social Media Strategist for BuzzFeed Tasty and co-led Mi Gente, BuzzFeed’s Latinx ERG. She’s currently in charge of all social media posts as the Director of Platforms for President Biden, the White House, and La Casa Blanca.
Thank you to the best and coolest boss. Excited to share more of this wild journey here 🇺🇸✨ https://t.co/GGmSxEPbQI
— Angela Krasnick (@AKrasnick46) June 3, 2022
Liza Acevedo, Communications Director for the Second Gentlemen
Acevedo’s originally from Brooklyn, New York. Her grandparents were born in Puerto Rico. She is the Communications Director for the Second Gentleman of the United States. Before this role, she was the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she led communications and press strategies for national security and immigration issues. Before being involved with the Biden-Harris Administration team, she worked as a Director at SKDK and helped to lead COVID-19 communications on the Biden-Harris Transition Team.
Natalie Montelongo, White House Director of Strategic Outreach
Montelongo’s a Mexican-American political strategist with national experience in both electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. In her current role, she has arranged a network of leaders across all 50 states that have helped reach and escalate the administration’s key priorities. Per her official bio, she launched national initiatives to harness the power of the Latina vote through the creation of two successful programs: Hillary Clinton’s “Mujeres in Politics,” and Elizabeth Warren’s “Latinas Fight, Latinas Win.”
Keep in mind that there are so many more from our Latino community walking the Capitol’s halls. Remember: our voices matter now more than ever, especially as people realize how much power our community holds.