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Jose Antonio Vargas in Conversation with Dr. Robert K. Ross

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
The California Endowment
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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The California Endowment (TCE), in partnership with Define American and Southern California Grantmakers, invites you to an intimate conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, and TCE’s President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Ross.

Vargas, fresh off a national tour, will be sharing from his new book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. As a leader in the fight for immigrant freedom, Vargas has pioneered a national movement to shift the culture and conversation around immigration by harnessing the power of news and entertainment media. Come learn how this work continues to critically reshape the public discourse and media landscape on immigration today.





Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO, The California Endowment

Robert K. Ross is the President and CEO of The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in July 2000, Dr. Ross served as Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Ross is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Co-Chair, Diversity in Philanthropy Coalition and has served as a member of the California Health Benefit Exchange Board, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Board, National Vaccine Advisory Committee and on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as Chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative and was honored by the Council on Foundations as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 2008. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Founder, Define American

Jose Antonio VargasJose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the Founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in September 2018.






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