María Teresa Kumar is the President and CEO of Voto Latino, a nonprofit organization committed to shaking up the American political process.

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Activist and social entrepreneur María Teresa Kumar is dedicated to helping educate and empower a new generation of Latinx voters and passionate about creating a more robust and inclusive democracy within the United States. She is the founding president of Voto Latino, the country's leading Latinx voter registration and advocacy organization, which reaches an audience of 20 million people on social media, has registered one million voters since its inception and mobilized 3.7 million voters in 2020.

Named by Fast Company as among the 100 Creative Minds, Kumar was featured as one of the 10 most influential women in DC in Elle Magazine, while Hispanic Executive named her among the 10 most influential Latinos. She is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School and UC Davis.

Kumar serves on the boards of EMILY's List and the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Council on Foreign Relations Life Member. She also served as a legislative staffer for the Democratic Caucus Chairman.

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