Maria Echaveste is the President and CEO of The Opportunity Institute, which works to improve social mobility by building "cradle to career" educational oppotunities. She has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. Echaveste lectured at UC Berkeley's School of Law and was affiliated with the UC Berkeley Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. She is currently working on immigration, civic engagement, labor rights and education, and is an affiliate of the Berkeley Food Institute, a multi-disciplinary center at UC Berkeley, focused on transforming our nation’s food system. She specializes in international issues related to Mexico and Latin America, including being named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Special Representative to Bolivia in 2009. From 1998 to 2001, Echaveste served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. From 1997 to 1998, Echaveste was director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White House and the administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division from 1993 to 1997.
Center for Latin American Studies