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Opening Plenary: Rosario Marin

Tuesday, April 25, 9–10 a.m.

Rosario Marin is a compassionate mother, dedicated public official, and consummate advocate for the disadvantaged who has served for 22 years at the local, state, and national levels. She is the author of Leading Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the First Mexican-Born Treasurer of the United States, which details her extraordinary journey.

Marin’s professional career includes banking, nonprofit organizations, and the corporate world. In 2001, Marin was appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, to be the 41st Treasurer of the United States, making her the first immigrant to do so. During her tenure, she championed the Treasury's financial literacy outreach program focusing on the 10 million Americans who did not yet have their own bank account. Then, in 2004, she launched a campaign for the United States Senate and was the first Latina in California ever to do so. Marin served in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet as Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency from 2006 through March 2009.

Rosario Marin received her BA in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For her contributions, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from her alma mater in 2002.

Networking Lunch Plenary: Alberto Carvalho

Tuesday, April 25, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure M-DCPS has become one of the nation’s highest performing urban school systems, receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. The district has also been named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. As a staunch believer in school choice, he has expanded choice options in Miami-Dade to include over 500 offerings, including programs in fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.

An instructional leader at heart, Mr. Carvalho is also the proud founder and self-appointed principal of the award-winning iPrep Academy which has become a model of robust 21st-century learning in the age of innovation and technology. Recognized by his peers as a leader, he has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents; been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; was named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America; and is the 2016 winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education as well as the Magnet Schools of America 2016 Superintendent of the Year. He has recently been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.

Mr. Carvalho has been awarded many honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University; Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University and Florida Memorial University; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award.”

College Access and Success: Supporting Latino Student Transfers

Wednesday, April 26, 1–2 p.m.

48% of Latino college-goers attend a community college, the highest of any race or ethnicity, with only half continuing their studies at a four-year institution. Join us as we discuss initiatives to ensure Latino students have access to rigorous coursework, remove the stigma of attending community college, and eliminate barriers Latino students face as they transition to four-year institutions. Bring your questions and ideas to share with our panelists and with one another as we close the conference and continue on our journey of fostering Latino student success.


  • Dr. Janet Marling, Vice President for Student Affairs, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, University of North Georgia
  • Dr. Maria Vazquez, Chief Academic Officer, Orange County Public Schools

Moderator: Richard Alvarez, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, Queens College, City University of New York