Media Advisory

NCLR to Showcase Growing Power of Latino Vote and Announce Phoenix as Host of 2017 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®

October 4, 2016

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

PHOENIX—At a press briefing on Friday, Oct. 7, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO Janet Murguía will join Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and local advocates to announce Arizona’s capital as host of the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo. The NCLR Annual Conference is the premier event for the nation’s largest gathering of Latino leaders, advocates and change-makers, and the National Latino Family Expo is the largest event in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, averaging 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. With live entertainment, free health screenings, and cooking and exercise demonstrations, every year the Expo offers attendees something new in a fun, exciting and family-friendly environment.

The briefing marks NCLR’s return to the city of its founding as it prepares to celebrate its golden anniversary—a significant milestone in the organization’s decades of work in engaging and empowering the Latino community in the United States. The briefing will also highlight the growing clout of the state’s Latino electorate as it prepares to flex its political muscle this November.

Arizona, which boasts a strong and growing Latino community, has the nation’s sixth-largest Latino population. In recent years, the state has seen steady increase in the size of its Hispanic electorate. According Pew Research Center, Arizona is home to nearly 1 million eligible Latino voters, making them an influential voting bloc in a critical battleground state. With most states’ voter registration deadline less than a week away, NCLR, along with community leaders and academic officials, will make one final push to galvanize and engage potential voters in an effort to reverse the trend of weak Latino voter turnout in the state.

Reporters interested in attending should contact Julian Teixeira at or (202) 776-1812.



Press briefing to announce host city of 2017 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo and the growing political influence of Arizona’s Latino voters


Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
10 a.m.


Welcome and Introductions: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO

Petra Falcon, President, Promise Arizona (NCLR Affiliate)

David Garcia, Associate Professor, Arizona State University


Bank of America Tower
201 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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