DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) keynote speakers for the 1st annual KAYA Leadership Summit

Great news!  DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos & Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba (USA-Ret.) have both confirmed their participation as keynote speakers for the 1st annual Kaya Summer Internship Program (KSIP) Leadership Summit this Saturday, July 17.  The FB invite has been updated with the latest schedule of speakers.

If you haven’t RSVPed yet or sent in your payment via PayPal, registration is still $13 online ($15 onsite) and includes breakfast, lunch, and merienda (snacks). Payments can be sent to- kayanatin@kayagrassroots.org

Questions?  Please contact- kayadc2009@gmail.com

Register here:

Click here to register for the FULL DAY session – $13

Click here to register for morning session only – $5

To accommodate other community events taking place Saturday afternoon, we are now offering Morning Registration from 9am-12pm for only $5!

Morning only registration includes:

–the Opening Keynote with DC Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos;
–A panel with five Capitol Hill insiders; and
–A panel on the recently successful Filipino WWII veterans campaign.

–$5/morning registration
–$13/all day online before July 17
–$15/all day onsite

Full day registration includes all of the above, plus:

–Banh Mi lunch;
–Leadership development exercises;
–A panel with three Executive Branch veterans;
–Merienda (snacks)
–A panel with seasoned political campaign professionals; and
–the Closing Keynote with Maj. Gen. Antonio “Tony” Taguba.

About Our Keynote Speakers:

Valerie Santos is the District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, where she is responsible for implementing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s economic development vision and managing a development pipeline worth more than $13 billion comprised of public-private housing, retail, office and parks projects throughout the District.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is the District’s lead agency in coordinating the District’s policies and initiatives with respect to affordable housing, business attraction and retention, workforce and economic development. As such, the Deputy Mayor is responsible for overseeing a cluster of agencies that include the Department of Small and Local Business Development, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Planning, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs,  the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, and the Commission of Arts and Humanities.
The team in the Office of the Deputy Mayor is charged with bringing federal, nonprofit and private and community partners together to expand the District’s economic base, attract and retain businesses, bring good-paying jobs for residents and promote the city as a competitive, welcoming place to do business.  Projects within the office’s portfolio include the $2 billion Southwest Waterfront redevelopment, the $1 billion redevelopment of the 10-acre former Convention Center site and more than $70 million worth of waterfront parks and infrastructure projects. The portfolio also includes various housing and mixed use projects of all sizes located in neighborhoods throughout the District. Examples include:  proposed O Street Market in Shaw, the redevelopment of the Minnesota-Benning Metrorail Station site and the multi-site New Communities Initiative.

Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor, Santos served as the Planning and Economic Development Office’s Chief Operating Officer. Before joining the District government in 2007, Santos was a vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle, where she specialized in urban public-private development. Previously, she was a manager with Ernst & Young’s real estate group and an associate with Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Antonio Mario Taguba is a retired major general in the United States Army. He was the second American citizen of Philippine birth to be promoted to general officer rank in the Army.  Taguba is best known for authoring the Taguba Report, an internal U.S. Army report on abuse of detainees held at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; the report was published in 2004.

Major General Taguba was commissioned as an armor officer and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Idaho State University in 1972. He began his career with troop-leading assignments in the 1st Battalion, 72d Armor, 2d Infantry Division, Eight United States Army, Korea. He commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Staff and Faculty Battalion, Field Artillery School/Center at Fort Sill, OK; Company B, 4th Battalion, 69th Armor at Mainz, Germany; 1st Battalion, 72d Armor, 2d Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea; 2d “St. Lo” Brigade, 2d Armored Division, later redesignated as 2d “Warhorse” Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood, TX; and the United States Army Community and Family Support Center in Alexandria, VA.

Complimenting his command assignments, Major General Taguba has served as Materiel Systems Analyst, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, The Pentagon and Executive Officer, C/J5 (Plans and Policy) ROK-US Combined Forces Command, Yongsan, Korea; Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA; and Assistant Division Commander-Forward, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Deputy Commanding General (South), First U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, SC.

Major General Taguba is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the United States College of Naval Command and Staff and the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA Degree in History, Webster University with a MA Degree in Public Administration, Salve Regina University with a MA Degree in International Relations and the United States College of Naval Command and Staff with a MA Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies.

Major General Taguba has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Staff Identification Badge.


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