Washington, D.C. Impact Awards ReceptionNovember 28, 2018
Honorees: Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Tony Cárdenas, Olivia Bae Wein, and Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
The Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception, convened by the National Hispanic Media Coalition each November, recognizes policymakers and influencers that are working to bridge the digital divide and advocating for policies that protect Latinos and other people of color. Reception guests, including commissioners of the Federal Communication Commission, members of Congress, and leaders of non-profit organizations, celebrate the influence of Latinos and those who support our community in the nation’s capital.
Honors presented by NHMC at the reception have included Outstanding Public Service and Outstanding Advocate.
On November 28, 2018, the National Hispanic Media Coalition had their 9th annual D.C. Impact Awards at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference Center in Washington, DC. This event recognized policymakers and influencers that are working to bridge the digital divide and advocating for policies that protect Latinos and other people of color online. The honorees included U.S. Senator Cory Booker and U.S. Congressman Tony Cárdenas who were honored for Outstanding Public Service. James Horwood, Tillman Lay, Jeffrey Bayne, and Katherine O’Konski of Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP as well as Olivia Bae Wein from the National Consumer Law Center were recognized for being Outstanding Advocates.
Outstanding Public Service
Senator Cory Booker is an innovative and bipartisan problem-solver who has been committed to developing solutions to address some of our nation’s most complex challenges. He is a national leader in the Congressional push for common sense criminal justice reform, advocate for digital rights, and committed to elevating people of color’s voices in Congress. As he stated in his remarks, “Tolerance is a floor. What this country really should be going for is love. We are not each other’s problems. We are each other’s hope, possibility, and promise.”
Outstanding Public Service
Congressman Tony Cárdenas believes that representation in our culture and diversity in our economy are intertwined. Integrity and dedication have been bedrock principles in his 20-years of public service, working on behalf of the Latino community. Cárdenas has introduced legislation to encourage STEM learning, pushed for the goal of graduating 100,000 Latino engineers by 2020, and remained steadfast in his commitment to media diversity.
Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP was recognized for their outstanding work in the Net Neutrality litigation. Since July 2017, James Horwood, Tillman Lay, Jeffrey Bayne, and Katherine O’Konski served as pro bono counsel, overseeing NHMC’s legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality repeal.
Olivia Bae Wein has been a long-time advocate for low-income Americans and, specifically, the Lifeline program. Wein believes that access to the internet is a necessity, not a luxury. She works tirelessly to highlight the importance of affordable, quality 21st century communications.
Alex Nogales, president & CEO of the NHMC (far right), with the 2018 D.C. Impact Award honorees.
NHMC staff and 2018 honorees.
The 8th Annual NHMC Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception took place on November 29, 2017. To view photos from the reception, visit:
New episode! @CruzWCastillo interviews @CASA0101's @BrownAndOutFest. Meet Matthew Ramos, Abel Alvarado, @Bozpz, &… https://t.co/SM2XJsEUBP