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Julissa Arce



Vincent Remini

Ms. Arce is appearing courtesy of the Pima County Public Library

Julissa Arce is a political commentator, speaker, writer and best-selling author of "My (Underground) American Dream" and "Someone Like Me." She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017. She is a leading voice in the fight for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. She is a contributor for Crooked Media, CNBC and a host for Crooked Conversations Podcast. Her first book is currently being developed as a television series with producer and actor America Ferrera.

Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she was not part of what defined American.

Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. In order to help other young people in similar circumstances, Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF). AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status.

She serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center. She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two cats, Nikko and Pancho.

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Scheduled events:
They Persisted: A Journey Toward Home
Jean Guerrero, Julissa Arce and Reyna Grande share their tears and triumphs in the search for the American Dream and a new home.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Julissa Arce, Reyna Grande, Jean Guerrero
Moderator: Ivonne Ramirez
The Forgotten: The Latinx in America
Authors Ed Morales, Julissa Arce and Ilan Stavans discuss race, culture and politics in America through the oft-forgotten but powerful Latinx lens.

Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Julissa Arce, Ed Morales, Ilan Stavans
Moderator: Nancy Montoya

Books:
Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream
Nuestras Raices
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
September 2018
ISBN 9780316481748
320 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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A remarkable true story from social justice advocate and national bestselling author Julissa Arce about her journey to belong in America while growing up undocumented in Texas. More/less

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive
Nuestras Raices
Center Street
September 2017
ISBN 9781455540266
$15.99, INSTORE
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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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