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 & Events
Jayna is the Director of Communication & Events at the Ibarra Strategy Group, where she is responsible for strategic communications planning, 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 communications strategy, partnerships, branding, national event coordination, advocacy campaigns, and digital initiatives. Jayna is based in Washington, but works with consultants and community partners 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. Jayna graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Anthropology and Public Health Policy. Prior to joining ISG, she 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.
Alejandro Fierro, Intern
Alejandro is the 22nd Hinckley Institute of Politics intern hosted by the Ibarra Strategy Group since 2007. As a first-generation college student, he attends the University of Utah Honors College pursuing a double major in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in International Politics and Relations. Prior to joining the ISG team, Alejandro was a member of the Diversity Scholars Program and the Freshman Ambassador Board. In love with supporting his college campus, Alejandro became a University of Utah Ambassador under the Office of Admissions providing tours and information sessions to all prospective students and parents visiting the University. Furthermore, Alejandro sees the importance of advocating for the Latinx community involving himself with the LULAC Young Adult Council 44106 and recently being elected the LULAC State Deputy Director of Youth for Utah. Upon graduation, Alejandro hopes to attend graduate school to receive his PhD. In International Relations and then work in the field of human rights advocacy.
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.