U.S. Speaker Spot
This is a new periodic feature for the Office of American Spaces Newsletter. We will be featuring upcoming speakers available for virtual programs about priority themes as a partnership with the Office of the U.S. Speaker Program. For more information about the U.S. Speaker Program, and to submit a program request, please reach out to your local Public Diplomacy Section.
Calinda N. Lee
Calinda N. Lee is the founder of Sources Cultural Resources Management, LLC. She has significant experience in both the academic and non-profit communities. Previously, Lee led Interpretation at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, bringing critical conversations and programs for diversity, equity and inclusion, human rights, and advocacy to the center. She also worked as a chief historian at the Atlanta History Center and developed a cornerstone exhibition on Black history and recognizing diversity in the history of Atlanta. My Story (calindalee.com)
Arva Riceis the president and CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL), an organization whose mission is to enable African Americans and other underserved communities to secure an education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights. Prior to joining NYUL, she was the executive director of Project Enterprise, an organization that provides business loans and technical assistance to entrepreneurs. Rice is a recipient of several awards including The Network Journal’s “25 Most Influential Women in Business” award. Arva R. Rice | soba.iamempowered.com
Caribbean American Speakers
Kathleen Lopez is an associate professor at Rutgers University with the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History. She specializes in the historical intersections between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Author of the award-winning book, “Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History,”Lopez examines the Chinese in Cuba from history to the present, and Chinese migrants and diaspora across Caribbean societies. López is the former co-chair of the Latin American Studies Association Section on Asia and the Americas. Kathleen López, Ph.D. (rutgers.edu)
Angelique Sina is a social entrepreneur and the president of Friends of Puerto Rico and the Sinabel Group, a firm that specializes in disaster and emergency recovery services. Previously, she worked at the World Bank, where she led a multi-million-dollar philanthropic fund to support youth in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and launched Café Ama Love, a social impact coffee that creates a pathway out of poverty for youth in Puerto Rico by teaching them entrepreneurship and farming skills. Sina serves on several boards including AT&T’s Millennial Council and Invest Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish. Angelique Sina — Metro Women’s Business Leadership Summit (womensbusinessleadership.org)