Los Angeles Diaspora Forum


The UCLA North American Integration Development (NAID) Center hosted the Los Angeles Diaspora Forum (LADF) on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in conjunction with Global Diaspora Week (GDW). The Los Angeles Diaspora Forum was one of the four events that took place at the University of California Los Angeles Faculty Center. Participants discussed issues, attended panels, watched keynote speakers, and had the opportunity to exhibit technology solutions.

At the forum, leaders from diaspora communities, the private sector, development agencies, and government officials gathered to discuss how governments and diaspora communities can work together and encourage the City of Los Angeles and the region to address issues of economic development and immigrant integration. Hosting Los Angeles leadership at LADF is a critical step in developing transnational relationships capable of aligning inter-governmental relations with diaspora communities. Prompted by last year’s successful GDW, IdEA and the U.S. Department of State invited Dr. Raul Hinojosa, Founder and Director of the NAID Center, to host a GDW event at UCLA for the third consecutive year!

We are happy to report that our event was very successful event drawing 150 attendees! A few special guests worth noting this year were:

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis is an American politician and the member-elect of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009, becoming the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009.

In the Congress, Solis’ priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for “green” collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.READ MORE HERE.


Former Speaker of California State Assembly Fabian Nunez is currently a Partner at Mercury, a leading national public affairs firm, where he provides strategic advice and counsel to many prominent clients.

Fabian served in the California State Assembly for over six years. Most distinguished was his service as the California Assembly Speaker – a position which he held for more than four years.

Recognized for his unique ability to lead and find bi-partisan solutions to complex public policy challenges, Fabian was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2007 by Governing Magazine; specifically for his bi-partisan efforts with former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on transportation and infrastructure legislation. READ MORE HERE.


Mr. Richard Liberty, from Liberty Family Foundation. Mr. Liberty is the founder of Mozido, a global mobile payments platform provider that is in the process of unlocking financial freedom for roughly 2 billion people. Mozido’s secure, cloud-based technology delivers payments and mLoyalty solutions to companies in retail, financial services, consumer packaged goods and telecom that serve both banked and unbanked consumers via the mobile phone.

As a pioneer and visionary of mobile technology, Mr. Liberty made his first investment in mobile in 1997 in a company, which formed the basis for what would later become Mozido Inc. In 2007, Mozido® became the first company in the United States to launch a mobile wallet under the Trumpet Mobile brand. As a result of Mr. Liberty’s early vision, Mozido is recognized as a pioneer and global leader in cloud-based mobile financial services and commerce solutions. Mr. Liberty is the inventor of the mobile wallet patent for under and unbanked consumers as well as other inventions in the mobile transaction space and has over 40 patents either issued or pending in the United States and foreign countries. READ MORE HERE.

The community at large and the University continue their commitment to support LADF. We, in turn, look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead to continue to grow our event and participate in future events engaging our expansive Diaspora community in Los Angeles.

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