Carlos Duarte

Texas State Director

Carlos is a Mexican immigrant who has worked on progressive social change for the past 25 years, both in Mexico and the United States. He has led efforts to register, educate and mobilize hundreds of thousands of voters in Arizona, Texas and Florida, has advocated for workers rights in the public and private sectors and has participated in national efforts to advance comprehensive immigration reform and paid sick leave. Carlos is passionate about developing youth leaders through collective action. He holds a BA in Philosophy, a Masters in Social Psychology and is a Ph.D candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Areas Of Expertise
I have spent the last several years working to empower communities by connecting them to civic action. In doing so I have been able to develop skills in strategic planning, research and evaluation, leadership curriculum development, and coalition building.

Houston in Action means to me:
The amazing opportunity to bring diverse non-partisan civic engagement organizations, public and private sectors and individuals from all ages, ethnic, class, and religious backgrounds to jointly build a better community through coordinated actions and volunteering in public life.

What I like the most about Houston and its diversity:
In my experience, most Houston residents are welcoming, tolerant, inclusive, and respectful. Most are willing to share both by contributing their own traditions and partaking on others'. This creates an environment where people feel welcome and included, which in turn provides an incentive to share and build a richer society.

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.

United Way of Greater Houston 2020 Census Response Grant