Financial Center Employee Speaks at White House Hispanic Policy Conference
Marco Dominguez, Director of Community Sales at Finance Center Federal Credit Union, attended the first White House Hispanic Policy Conference held in mid-June at the White House.
Titled "Winning the Future: President Obama's Agenda and the Hispanic Community", the summit was attended by 160 leaders from the Hispanic Community representing 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Over 100 government officials representing the Hispanic community led discussions on President Obama's agenda.
Key speakers at the conference included Alejandra Castillo, National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency; Martin Castor, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Sara Manzano-Diaz, Director of the Women's Bureau at the United States Department of Labor; and Ramona Romero, General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture.
The conference helped bring together key Administration officials with Hispanic community leaders and ensure that everyone understood the President's agenda and its potential impact on the Hispanic community. The Open Space format of the conference allowed the attendees to lead conversations, ask direct questions of Administration members, and express their ideas and concerns on key issues such as homeland security, immigration, and civil rights.
At the end of the first day of the conference, President Obama surprised the attendees with a short address on his Administration's plan for the Hispanic community, including education and immigration reform.
The second day of the conference allowed attendees the opportunity to present their ideas regarding the Hispanic community. Mr. Dominguez spoke on concerns that immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to pay taxes using an ITIN number, but that not all those who receive an ITIN are allowed to stay in the U.S. legally. He also presented on Finance Center Federal Credit Union's Financial Literacy program, with basic financial lessons available in Spanish as well as English; and the Latino Advisory Committee, which addresses the financial concerns of the Hispanic community in Indianapolis.
Marco is a trusted member of the community as he participates in many organizations including the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Press Club Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way of Central Indiana. His leadership in the Indianapolis community earned him an invitation to the conference.