As an immigrant from Jalisco, México, Juan is dedicated to championing policies that benefit historically marginalized communities. In particular, Juan is passionate about working at the intersection of Latinx and LGBTQ+ rights–something he focuses on extensively in D&P’s portfolio.
In his role as Senior Associate, Juan leads advocacy to Capitol Hill for all of D&P’s clients. As a former Hill staffer, Juan has long-standing, robust relationships with key Members of Congress and their staff, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus.
Coupled with his years of note-worthy experience, Juan’s deep understanding of policy and the current political environment fuel his skillful ability to maximize client’s initiatives on the Hill. As a key member of the D&P team, Juan becomes an extension of each client’s government affairs team, enhancing capacity and reach to achieve deliverables unique to each organization.
Juan’s previous experience in Congress brings an immeasurable value to his role at D&P. Most recently, he served as Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez, where he worked on immigration, labor, housing, civil rights, and homeland security, among other issues. Prior to that, Juan worked at the National Immigration Law Center, and gained a distinct perspective into public sector and non-profit advocacy organizations.
Juan grew up in a community of resilient farmworkers in Kerman, California, where he learned the value of hard work and family. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latino Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Juan’s culture is deeply ingrained in his life, and his hobbies include Latin dancing and reading the works of Latinx authors.