A leader in political consulting, Chuck Rocha operates Solidarity Strategies, the biggest U.S. political consulting firm owned and operated by Latinos. Outside of this role, Chuck Rocha is a fellowship advocate with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc., which offers youth a college preparation and leadership program called Ready 2 Lead.
Ready to Lead gathers Latino high school students for interactive college preparation seminars in multiple cities, from New York and Chicago to Phoenix and Los Angeles. Through his weekend event, students learn about the process of applying to college and paying for their educations. They leave the event better equipped to create a competitive college application.
Ready 2 Lead allows students to attend workshops and team-building exercises and learn from successful Latino leaders and educators, who serve as mentors during the Mentoring Power Hour. This session divides students into small groups where they can glean insight from Latino mentors as they prepare for college.
To learn more about the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and its programs, visit CHCI.org.
As the president of Solidarity Strategies, Chuck Rocha oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations while also managing clients, branding, and marketing. Chuck Rocha and his associates were named 2016 Consultants of the Year by the Goldie Awards and recently earned six Reed Awards, including two for contributions to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential Campaign.
In early 2017, Solidarity Strategies released a short documentary on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the people affected by it. DACA is an Obama-era immigration policy made official in 2012 that affords the minor children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in America for a two-year deferred action period that could be renewed. During that time, the minors would not face the threat of deportation or legal action related to their immigrant status.
The program, Pursuing the Dream, subtitled “A DACAmentary,” features interviews of children of undocumented workers explaining how DACA has helped them succeed in their adoptive country. The DACAmentary also goes into detail on the directive and those that came after, such as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Lastly, Pursuing the Dream examines and questions how President Trump will handle these initiatives and the ramifications a repeal would have on those affected by DACA and DAPA.
To learn more about DACA, DAPA, and to watch Pursuing the Dream, visit Solidarity Strategies online at solidaritystrategies.com.
Chuck Rocha is a political consultant based in Washington D.C., and a prominent force in politics with his company Solidarity Strategies that has done work for nonprofit organizations and political candidates such as Bernie Sanders. In addition to serving as president of Solidarity Strategies, Chuck Rocha also creates and distributes his own political podcast, Rocha Revolution, and is an executive board member of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association.
The Hispanic Lobbyists Association (HLA) is a professional organization dedicated to bringing together Hispanic lobbyists in order to create a stronger, more unified voice in politics, and to promote communication and bipartisanship. Originally founded in 2006 by a small group of advocates in Washington, D.C., the organization has been growing ever since.
Membership in the HLA offers a range of benefits. The organization hosts a plethora of events each year featuring prominent politicians as speakers, as well as meet and greet affairs with candidates, congressmen, and other legislators regularly. In addition, HLA provides a staunch community of support for members’ careers, and even a mentor/mentee program for younger members who wish to advance in the field of government relations. To learn more about the association and inquire about membership, visit hispaniclobbyists.org/membership.