Local Perspectives on Immigration Reform

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Small Business Majority is pleased to present the next offering in our Business Leader Briefing series for small business owners. This FREE call will feature a presentation by immigration team members from the Chicago and New York mayors' offices. The presentation will include information on current immigration principles and how they impact small firms, as well as a discussion around proposals aimed at reforming the system.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Please register at the link above to receive the call-in information.


Jeremy Robbins - Policy Advisor and Special Counsel, Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy

Jeremy Robbins is a Policy Advisor and Special Counsel in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, the bipartisan coalition of more than 500 business leaders and mayors making the case that smarter immigration laws will help our companies better compete and create American jobs. Prior to joining New York City government, Jeremy clerked for a federal appellate judge, practiced law at a large national law firm, and worked on human rights issues in Argentina. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Adolfo Hernandez - Director, Office of New Americans, Office of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Adolfo Hernandez is the Director of the Office of New Americans (ONA) for the City of Chicago. The ONA is dedicated to making Chicago the most immigrant friendly city in the world by improving services and engaging Chicago's global immigrant communities through enhanced collaboration with community organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Mr. Hernandez has more than a decade of experience working in Chicago's diverse neighborhoods and is dedicated to improving the day to day experiences and quality of life of Chicago's immigrant and ethnic residents. Prior to being appointed by Mayor Emanuel, Mr. Hernandez served as the Board President for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, guiding the organization into its 50th year of service to the community. Hernandez served the director of advocacy and policy at the Active Transportation throughout the Chicagoland region. Prior to his work at the Active Transportation Alliance, Hernandez worked with communities, families and children as the Health Coordinator at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Hernandez has helped build coalition across community organizations. Chicago's business community and City agencies to help address needs of Chicago's neighborhoods and increase access to resources that promote entrepreneurship, community development, health, and public safety throughout the city. The son of Mexican immigrants, Mr. Hernandez was born in Chicago and raised in the Little Village neighborhood.

Rhett Buttle - Vice President, External Affairs, Small Business Majority

Rhett Buttle directs Small Business Majority’s Washington, DC operations, acting as the primary liaison with the White House, Congress and national partners. He also directs the organization's growing small business outreach efforts, which include fostering strong relationships with business and other organizations across the country and building an active network of small business owners. Before joining Small Business Majority, Rhett served in the Office of the President at George Washington University. Prior to that, he worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and in the Office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he was part of California’s healthcare reform team.

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Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy. We engage our network of more than 85,000 small businesses and 1,000 business and community organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. Our deep connections with the small business community along with our scientific research enable us to educate the public about key issues impacting America’s entrepreneurs, with a special focus on advancing the smallest businesses and those facing systemic inequalities. 


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