2018 Keynote Speaker: Henry Cisneros

Advocate Keynote Speaker: Henry CisnerosCo-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Immigration Task Force, former HUD Secretary and housing innovator, Henry Cisneros, is a testament to American leadership, diversity and community building. His vision of a strong, resilient society starts with fair housing and stretches beyond race and class.

One of the first Hispanic Americans to run a major city, Cisneros came to national prominence when he was elected Mayor of San Antonio in 1981. During his four terms, Cisneros rebuilt the city’s economy by increasing tourism, attracting high-technology firms, and creating tens of thousands of jobs. The American Mayor named him one of the nation’s 15 best mayors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Co-chair of the BPC’s Immigration Task Force, along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell, Cisneros considers all aspects of immigration reform and encourages dialogue among interest groups and decision makers. He co-founded the Cisneros Center for New Americans, which is developing "a 'road map' to empowering young immigrants as they strive to fully integrate into American society."

In 1992, President Bill Clinton appointed Cisneros as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Cisneros initiated the revitalization of many of the nation's public housing developments, renovating 250 of the worst public housing units and demolishing another 43,000 vacant ones for reconstruction.

Cisneros founded CityView, an investment firm focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. As Executive Chairman, Cisneros is committed to innovative urban solutions, efficient land use, and housing affordability. In 2015, Cisneros became one of the new owners of New York-based public finance firm Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co., which changed its name to Siebert, Cisneros, Brandford, Shank & Co. LLC.

Cisneros' books include Latinos and the Nation’s Future, Interwoven Destinies, and Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity. Recipient of the Habitat for Humanity Visionary Award, He was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders' "Builders Hall of Fame." The former President and COO of Univision and the co-founder of Latino Donor Collaborative, he serves on the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the National Hispanic University, and has appeared on Fox, The Charlie Rose Show and CNBC.


Support the NAAPAC and the Better Government Fund and join us at The International Spy Museum! Enjoy exclusive access to the museum and Spy Store, enter to win great prizes, and more.

Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: The International Spy Museum - 800 F St NW, Washington, DC

Tickets: $200


If you have already registered for Advocate, please contact [email protected] to add this event to your registration.

NAAPAC 2018 Event

The International Spy Museum is less than a 10-minute walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington. Transportation will not be provided.

Questions about the NAAPAC or Better Government Fund? 

Contact Sheryl Eastman, Manager of Political Action Committee.