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American Dreamers:

Creating an Immigration System
that Works for All


American Dreamers:
Creating an Immigration System that Works for All

Thursday, February 1, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Able:Forum Panelists

Alicia Ponce Diaz


Alicia is an East Palo Alto native constantly searching for ways to enrich and fortify her community. As a first generation American, Alicia has seen first hand the financial struggles and instability in her own home and within minority and immigrant populations, not only in East Palo Alto but in the world as a whole. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on political and economic development from Yale University, Alicia hopes that FutureProfits will allow for her to impact communities like her own through financial literacy. An eager learner, Alicia plans to use her passion for personal development to enrich the lives of the students she touches while hoping to gain as much and more from each person she touches through her efforts with FutureProfits.

Jose Antonio Vargas


Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. Vargas revealed his undocumented immigration status in an article in The New York Times Magazine. He went on to produce and direct his autobiographical documentary, Documented, broadcasted by CNN, and later directed MTV’s White People. You can watch a short video of Jose’s story on our storytelling platform.

Noel Castellanos


Noel has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CCDA. Noel was appointed to serve on President Obamaʼs Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is a highly sought after speaker, motivator, and mentor to young leaders throughout the USA, and has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of leaders committed to serving the poor.

About The Able:Forum

able-forum-brand-01ABLE:FORUM began in 2012 as the premiere Silicon Valley event focused on topics of economic inequality and solution-based conversations on how to disrupt the causes of generational and systemic poverty. Each year, Able Works invites industry-leading speakers to weigh in on topics facing our region. Over the past four years, attendees have grappled with the humanity of the foreclosure crisis, how innovation impacts under-resourced communities, how power and privilege must be taken into account when helping others, and strategies for building economic capacity in the next generation.
ABLE:FORUM attendees come expecting to be challenged to engage in complex issues, and speakers come ready to offer intellectual fodder and innovative solutions. The goal is to convert discussions centered around macroeconomic forces to solutions that will impact local communities. Each year the momentum of the event has grown, and in 2018, we expect record-breaking attendance, event sponsorship, and event partnership.

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