A Republican Latina balances work, family, and a party with plenty of work to do
Joanna Burgos is a young Latina in a party that is known for its ongoing problems with Hispanic and female voters. But that’s not stopping her from being part of the Republicans’ solution.
“I’m not the only one,” Burgos smiled when she was asked about how many other Hispanic women were involved in GOP these days. When Burgos was getting started in her career in the President George W. Bush administration, she looked to other women including former White House spokespersons Nicole Guillemard and Maria Tamburri for professional guidance.
Now Burgos, 32, is an up-and-coming campaign strategist, co-founder of a non-profit group that seeks to encourage Cuban youth, as well as the wife and a mother of a nearly two year-old daughter.
“It’s unfair for people to think it will never be solved,” Burgos said about Republican problems with Hispanic voters. “Instead of just being angry, people like me have added responsibility to educate our colleagues on how to engage Hispanics in politics,” she explained.
Even though Bush became a polarizing president within and outside the GOP, Burgos believes the former governor of Texas set the party on the right track with Hispanic voters because it was a natural part of doing business for him. “If we had continued that effort, we would be in a lot better place today,” she added. Now it will take a more conscious effort from party leadership, dedicated resources, and getting more Hispanic Republicans elected to office, to get the party back on the right track with Latinos, according to Burgos.
Burgos’s current job is to get more Republicans of all colors, shapes, and sizes elected to office.