Rebecca immigrated from China when she was ten years old; graduated from the University of Chicago with high honors and selected graduation speaker; and is tri-lingual in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. She has worked as a leader and organizer in the immigrant rights movement for 12 years, in part because her mother had a final deportation order for 19 years.
Rebecca was honored as “20 in their 20s” by Crains’ Business Chicago; is an Asian American Community Leadership honoree; and an Illinois Governor Jim Edgar Fellow. Rebecca’s work has been featured in the WSJ, Washington Post, New York Times, Texas Tribune, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Politico, and Axios, among others. She has testified before Congress multiple times.
With a combined experience of over 15 years in operations management, executive leadership, and compliance, Angelene brings a depth of knowledge and strategic insights to her current role.
Before joining ABIC, Angelene served as the Director of Operations for a lobbying and education consulting firm based in Washington DC.
Angelene is an active contributor to her community. She serves as the Vice Chair on the fashion committee for a small non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women to achieve economic independence and thrive in both their professional and personal lives. Through her involvement in this organization, she supports initiatives that foster growth, self-confidence, and financial stability among women.
Born in Korea and raised in Japan, Angelene’s background and personal experiences have shaped her deep dedication to her work at ABIC.
Emiliano Valencia is a dynamic individual with a diverse background that weaves together his Mexican heritage and American upbringing. Born in Mexico City and having arrived in the USA at the age of 2, Emiliano was raised in the vibrant city of Houston.
With eight years of extensive experience in the banking sector, he served as a dedicated branch manager, honing his skills in financial management and customer relations. Emiliano earned his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, a testament to his commitment to education and personal growth.
Entrepreneurship runs deep in Emiliano’s veins. He is the proud owner of Super Tortas, a thriving restaurant that serves as a testament to his culinary passion. Additionally, he is at the helm of Texas Strong Builders LLC, a construction company that reflects his ventures into diverse business domains.
Emiliano’s commitment to community and advocacy shines through his role as the New Texas Deputy Director of the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC). In this capacity, he brings his wealth of experience and diverse perspective to contribute to the organization’s mission.
Emiliano Valencia’s journey encapsulates a fusion of cultural richness, professional excellence, and entrepreneurial spirit, making him a valuable asset to every endeavor he undertakes.
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