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Young Voices

We created The Americano’s Hispanic Blog Network to give a space for Hispanics and Americans to come together. We believe it is important to hear what leaders from the United States and Latin America have to say, but it is also crucial to give a voice to the younger generations. That’s why we have invited young voices from the United States and Latin America to join The Americano and share their thoughts with us.

If you would like to join our team, please email Jorge Hurtado at jhurtado@newt.org with a brief introduction of yourself and one blog post on the topic of your interest.

Carly Agresti is from Essex Fells, New Jersey and is a second-year undergraduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, she attended Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, NJ and wrote for her school’s monthly newsletter in both English and French. At Georgetown, Carly is majoring in Government and is an active member of College Republicans. She is also the co-founder of an online political review called The Georgetown Forum. As one of the editors-in-chief of the new publication, she is responsible for features that include a debate page, an economics segment and a political history page. In addition, Carly holds a position as a student worker for the the Office of Alumni Affairs of Georgetown’sMcDonough School of Business.
Indira Almeida was born in La Habana in 1984. Indira had to leave Cuba in 2003, just after she obtained her Social Communications degree from University of La Habana. Once in the US begins implementing media campaigns that helped her father out of Cuba, after being sanctioned and denied the permit to leave the country for seven years . She has also, a major in Japanese Studies and is currently working in her master in Journalism and International Relations .After setting these new goals, one of her main projects is to help develop programs aimed to form a more decent and well prepared Cuban youth.
Pablo Casado is 29 years old, and he is the advisor to the former President of Spain and current President of FAES, José María Aznar. He was the youngest elected Representative to the Parliament of Madrid in 2007, and he has been the Speaker of the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Deputy Speaker of the Committee on the Budget until 2009, when he left voluntarily his seat to start working with President Aznar. He has been a weekly contributor in newspapers, radios and TV programs in Spain, and he is the youngest Member of the Board of the Spanish Libertarian Club.
 Maggie Mas. I am a Cuban American that was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Ever since early childhood, I spent hours upon hours in the kitchen watching my abuela cook for our huge Cuban family, with the aroma of sofrito and mojo sauce filling the air of the entire house as the preparations for a family meal began. That being said, signs of my passion for cooking started blooming at a young age and eventually exploded to what it is today. As the years passed my love for food and cooking grew. I continually experimented, tasted, and served my creations to my loved ones, and by the age of thirteen, I knew that I would become a chef. Cooking was not merely my hobby but a way of life; a way to bring happiness, love, and closeness between me and the people I cooked for. I have worked in restaurant kitchens, hosted a Cuban cookbook promotion, and have catered for parties for people throughout Miami. I am currently 18 years of age and a senior in high school, and I cannot wait for my culinary career and adventures to expand—for I have only just begun! I hope to not only bring happiness to the people who try my food, but also hope that each of my dishes narrates a story of my life and my Hispanic heritage which is deeply rooted in my cooking.
Juan Pio Hernandez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his bachelor of Business Administration from the George Washington University in May 2008, concentrating in International Business with a minor in political science. His passion for liberty and the free market was awakened during his studies in college and due to his negative lifelong experiences under an authoritarian and interventionist government in his home country. He is interested in development economics, politics and public policy, with a special focus on Latin America.
Ezequiel Vázquez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1986. While studying economics in the Catholic University of Argentina, and after participating in an international seminar of the Acton Institute, he discovered the importance of the Rule of Law and free markets as the basis for the existence of a free society. In 2009 he founded the social movement “Argentina Sin Mordaza” (Argentina Without Censorship) with the aim of fighting for the freedom of speech in Argentina. In 2010 he came to the United States to work as a Latin America Fellow for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. He is also coordinator in Washington DC of the human rights organization “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza”.
Paola Ycaza obtained a B.A. in Political Science in the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES) in 2010, and graduated with a B.A. in Economics (thesis pending). She was an intern at the CATO Institute in the summer of 2008 and in the same year she was founder and editor of a legal/political magazine called Con Derecho at UEES. Currently she is working on her thesis on the Ecuadorian Pension System.