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Board of Directors

Gilberto Ocañas

Treasurer

Senior Advisor, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

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Gilberto is a native Texan that has spent thirty years building a trusted political and business network with corporate executives, community leaders, operatives, entrepreneurs and elected officials. He builds coalitions by gathering local intelligence, performing political outreach and crafting communications strategies. Gilberto manages a partnership with SNR Denton, a leading global legal firm, where he provides business advisory and business development services.

A veteran of four presidential campaigns, Gilberto has completed two statewide campaigns in Texas and was one of the first Hispanics to do so. He is proud to have served under the late Willie Velasquez as director of Communications for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. Gilberto’s civic participation is complimented by experience growing a start-up printing company into a successful security printing and fulfillment company, providing key insights into business growth and governmental contracting.

The success of his business enterprise, coupled with his commitment to the Latino community, garnered him local recognition as the “Hispanic Businessman of the Year” as well as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Hispanic Magazine Gilberto as a “Rising Entrepreneur.” He is also a Co Founder of NewsTaco.com, a leading on line news site presenting daily analysis and culture from the US Latino perspective. Gilberto has served on the National Advisory Boards of the Resolution Trust Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the Smithsonian Task Force on Latino Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Democracy Foundation that publishes the Texas Observer as well as Mi Familia Vota.

He graduated from the University of Houston.