Baruch College Alumna Cristina Jimenez Participates in Immigration Plan Discussion with President Obama

Jimenez Among "5 From the NonProfit World Who Will Influence Public Policy in 2013"

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NEW YORK, NY – February 5, 2013Baruch College Alumna Cristina Jiménez is among the labor and business leaders who will meet with President Obama on Feb. 5, to discuss his immigration plan. Other business leaders include those from Goldman Sachs, Yahoo!, Coca-Cola and Marriott.

Jiménez is the Managing Director of the United We Dream Network, the national youth-led organizing network that promotes immigrant youth access to legal status and equal access to educational opportunities. She is a co-founder of the Network and served as chair of the Board of Directors for the past 2 years. Cristina has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and pro-immigrant legislation at the local and national level since 2004.

Cristina co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, was an immigration policy consultant for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and an immigrant rights organizer at the Latin American Integration Center, now merged as Make the Road New York. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the School of Public of Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Queens College, CUNY. Her awards include the Queens College’s Student Activities Award and New York City Council Proclamation for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community. Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Cristina moved to the United States at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student.

Jimenez was recently recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as a leader and among “5 From the Nonprofit World Who Will Influence Public Policy in 2013.” Jiménez was included on the list along with: Bill McKibben, 350.org, an environmental activist and Middlebury College professor; Jim DeMint, Heritage Foundation, former Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina; The Charitable Giving Coalition; and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.


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