Experienced in bipartisan political outreach and coalition building, Salazar previously served as vice president of Government Relations and Policy for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest Hispanic business association. While there, he helped organize the Inaugural White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum, the Hispanic business community’s immigration reform program, and the organization’s 2012 presidential election efforts. These included a Presidential Candidates Forum with Univision and Miami-Dade College and a major speech by Gov. Mitt Romney.
Before that, Salazar served as an appointee of President Obama at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he ran the Rural Development and Food Safety legislative portfolios. In earlier years, he ran the Lehigh Valley Office of Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and he also served as the Senator’s special assistant on Latino and LGBT Affairs. In 2006, Gov. Edward Rendell appointed him as commissioner of Latino Affairs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Salazar earned his M.A. from Princeton University and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Whether the wings and pizza of Scranton, the furniture and pie of Lancaster, the C.F. Martin guitars of Nazareth, the industrial sites of Bethlehem, the Peeps and Hot Tamales from the Lehigh Valley, the duck and mushroom farms in Berks County, the Yuengling of Pottsville, the most Italian town in America (Roseto), the Yiddish/Latin food at Honey’s in Philly, the Mexican restaurants in Harrisburg, the awesome cliffs in Pittsburgh, or the best dive bars of Allentown, Jesse is obsessed with all-things Pennsylvania and likes to talk about them…perhaps too often.
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