The Honorable Mickey Ibarra, President and Founder
Mickey Ibarra is president of the Ibarra Strategy Group, a government relations and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. since 2001. He is also the founder and chairman of the Latino Leaders Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to ‘Bringing Leaders Together” to establish relationships, build unity, and share personal stories. He is a member of the Ibarra Foundation Board of Directors and completed six years of service on the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Board.
Appointed Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House in 1997, Mr. Ibarra served as a member of President Clinton’s senior staff. His role was building support for the President's policy initiatives and responding to the concerns of state and local officials on a broad range of issues. He was appointed vice chair of The White House Task Force for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games and was named an honorary mayor for the Para-Olympic Games. Additionally, he co-chaired the White House Task Force on Drug Use in Sports. He began his professional career in Utah as a teacher of at-risk high school students before joining the National Education Association political affairs staff in Washington, DC.
The Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Public Service was presented to Mr. Ibarra by the California Latino Legislative Caucus in 2016 and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award in 2014. Additionally, he received the inaugural Mickey Ibarra Medallion for Excellence in Government Relations from the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute in 2012. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2007.
Mr. Ibarra is an acclaimed speaker and author, publishing his first book in 2015 titled Mickeyisms: 30 Tips for Success. His most recent book published by Arte Publico Press, Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph, features 33 keynote addresses delivered at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series.
Jaime Lopez-Verduzco, Client Associate
Jaime Lopez-Verduzco is the Client Associate at the Ibarra Strategy Group. Jaime was a National Hispanic Heritage Awardee and Dell Scholar before attending Stanford University. He graduated from the Stanford School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Engineering and a concentration in Urban Infrastructure. During college, Jaime spent time living in Rio de Janeiro and Florence, Italy and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. After graduating, he moved to Las Vegas where he was a real estate financial analyst for a year and managed political campaigns in Nevada. Jaime holds strong relationships with the key Latino groups in Washington D.C. and with members of the legislative branch. In college, Jaime was a member of the Stanford Catholic Community, a TomKat Scholar, and an active skier.
Jayna Donayre, Director of Communications
Jayna is the Director of Communications at the Ibarra Strategy Group, where she brings experience in digital strategy, internal and external communications, public relations, and project management to her client work. Jayna is responsible for strategic planning and knowledge dissemination and outreach to the key audiences that we seek to influence. She works primarily with our non-profit client, the Latino Leaders Network focused on organizing and executing signature programs, partnerships, impact campaigns, and digital initiatives. Jayna is based in Washington, but works with stakeholders from all over the country. She entered this field to support organizations and leaders to do their best work and to help create conditions for social change. Prior to joining ISG, Jayna volunteered for Sari Hati, an Indonesia-based NGO focused on fostering a supportive environment for children and adults with special needs, where she coordinated an advocacy campaign at local and international levels. Along with her work abroad, Jayna was a federal affairs fellow for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) national office, where she worked toward strengthening Latino advocacy and leadership. Jayna graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Anthropology focused on Public Health Policy.
Sarah Orozco, Intern
Sarah is the 23rd Hinckley Institute of Politics intern hosted by the Ibarra Strategy Group. She is a first-generation college student from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attends the University of Utah where she is double majoring in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. She is passionate about social justice issues, especially those that are pertinent to her Latino community. Sarah previously worked as a Diversity Scholars Peer Mentor and Engagement and Retention Intern for the Second Year Experience program through the university’s Center for Ethnic Student Affairs.
Tai McCaskill, Office Assistant
Tai McCaskill is the Office Assistant at Ibarra Strategy Group, where she is responsible for providing administrative office support to Mr. Ibarra and his principal associates. Tai is from Austell, GA a suburb in metro Atlanta, GA. She is a recent graduate from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. During college, Tai studied abroad in Spain in addition to participating in psychological research in the Athens-Clarke County area. Currently, Tai is pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Marymount University. Upon graduation, Tai hopes to pursue her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Mental Health Counseling.