The American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance) is a coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing smart immigration policies that ensure America’s competitiveness in this modern, globalized economy. Immigration reform should bolster American businesses and support their ability to draw from a global talent pool of professionals possessing specialized, cutting-edge STEM skills. Without access to these professionals and their expertise, our businesses will become less competitive, and our country less innovative.
Policies that turn away 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 inform stakeholders of the positive impact immigration reform can have on our economy, while cautioning against proposals that would do our economy and U.S. businesses harm.
Bill Richardson, Co-Chair
For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as a U.S. Congressman (1982-1996), U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998-2000).
In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President, dropping out after Iowa and New Hampshire. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and the Sudan.
Since entering life as a private citizen in 2011, he has authored three books including “How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator,” which was published in fall 2013. He is active on the national and international speech circuit and appears frequently on numerous television news programs, ranging from CNN to FOX, Univision, Meet the Press, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Richardson has also served as a Special Envoy to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a Special Fellow on Latin America at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Richardson also sits on several nonprofit boards, including the World Resources Institute (WRI), Refugees International, and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In addition, he serves on numerous for-profit boards, primarily in the renewable energy space, such as Abengoa International.
Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife with actor and conservationist Robert Redford, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter. Recently, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement played an instrumental role in the successful release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from prison in Tijuana, Mexico.
Before being elected Governor of New Mexico, Richardson was Chairman of Freedom House, a private nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and human rights worldwide, and served on the boards of the National Resource Defense Council and United Way International. He has been an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and has received several honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning that include Tufts University and the University of New Mexico. As Governor, he taught courses at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University; this year, he will teach courses at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Columbia University. More recently, he was given the National Hispanic Hero Award by the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.
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.