Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco is program director at TheDream.US, a college access and success program for immigrant youth without documentation. She began advocating for immigrants in college, helping start a Florida-based group pushing for in-state tuition for undocumented students and co-leading the 2010 Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC, to call attention to the plight of immigrant families under threat of deportation. As political director for United We Dream, she spearheaded efforts that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Pacheco, who was eight when she and her family migrated from Ecuador, was the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress. Her accolades include Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Education and 40 Under 40 for Latinos in American Politics. A Ricardo Salinas Scholar of the Aspen Institute, Pacheco’s board service includes Define American, America’s Voice Education Fund, MALDEF, and UnidosUS.
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