The American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance) is a coalition of organizations dedicated to a modern immigration policy that ensures America’s global competitiveness by attracting and keeping talent and know-how here in the United States.
In a global economy, America must continue to be seen as the destination for the world’s best and brightest minds to contribute to our businesses, patent new ideas and grow both our economy and standard of living. Policies that turn away this global talent will drive these individuals to other markets, including our economic rivals in Europe and Asia.
Led by Co-Chairs Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, and Rosario Marin, former Treasurer of the United States, the ACAlliance works to educate and inform stakeholders of the positive impact immigration reform can have on our economy, while cautioning against proposals that would do our economy harm.
Bill Richardson, Co-Chair
In January 2011, Bill Richardson completed his second term as Governor of New Mexico. As a private citizen, he serves as Chairman of APCO Worldwide’s executive advisory service (Global Political Strategies) and Special Envoy for the Organization of American States (OAS), as well as Abengoa’s International Advisory Board, WRI World Resources Institute, Refugees International and the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution diplomacy, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford.
This fall, he published his third book, How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator, published in fall of 2013.
Elected as Governor to New Mexico in 2002, he was re-elected in 2006 with 69% of the vote (the largest margin of victory in N.M. history).With his bold governing style, he made New Mexico the “Clean Energy State” by requiring utilities to meet 20% of the state’s electrical demand from renewable sources, and established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver the state’s renewable resources to market. He sought the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S. in 2008.
Prior to his Governorship, Richardson enjoyed a successful career in public service. For 15 years, he represented the 3rd Congressional District in northern New Mexico. In 1997 he served the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and in 1998 the U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Gov. Richardson has authored two books, Between Worlds and Leading by Example.
He earned his BA and MA from Tufts and Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1970 and 1971, respectively.
Rosario Marin, Co-Chair
Rosario Marin served for 22 years at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, her professional career includes banking, non-profit organizations and the corporate world. She is a businesswoman, an author and an internationally recognized public speaker.
She served in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet as Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency from 2006 through March, 2009 where she oversaw 17 state departments including the licensing of 2.4 million Californians in more than 255 different professions, the procurement of more than nearly $9 billion worth of goods and services, the management and development of the state’s real estate, oversight of two state employee pension funds, the collection of state taxes, and programs managing the hiring of state employees.
In 2001 she was appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Ms. Marin served as the 41st Treasurer of the United States becoming the first immigrant to serve on that position. She championed the U.S. Treasury’s financial literacy outreach program focusing especially on the 10 million unbanked Americans.
Ms. Marin was first elected to the Huntington Park City Council in 1994 and served through 2001. She has held numerous leadership positions with nonprofit boards. For her contributions, she has been awarded four Honorary Doctorate degrees from CSULA, Whittier College, St. Francis University and Woodbury University. She is the recipient of countless awards and recognitions including, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Prize given to her by the Joseph P Kennedy Foundation at the United Nations in 1995, and the Outstanding American by Choice Award given to her at the US State Department in 2008.
The mother of three grown children, Eric, Carmen and Alex, she lives with her husband Alvaro in Huntington Park, California.
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