Speakers and Presenters

This year's conference will take place on February 19, 2022. 

Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Ricardo Lara

Ricardo LaraRicardo Lara is California’s eighth Insurance Commissioner since voters created the elected position in 1988. Commissioner Lara previously served in the California Legislature, representing Assembly District 50 from 2010 to 2012 and Senate District 33 from 2012 to 2018.
As Senator he expanded protections for disaster survivors from losing their homes to insurance cancellation and nonrenewal. He wrote the nation’s first climate insurance law, SB 30, to engage the insurance industry in the fight against climate-linked environmental disasters like wildfires and sea level rise. He is one of California’s most effective environmental champions, working to improve health conditions and rein in air pollution. Commissioner Lara received the United Nations 2017 Climate and Clean Air Award with former Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Air Resources Board for his work to reduce super pollutants.
Commissioner Lara authored the Health4All Kids Act, which now covers more than 250,000 California children with full-scope health care regardless of their immigration status. He also authored laws that help prevent prescription drug abuse and crack down on patient brokering and fraud involving Californians recovering from substance abuse
Raised in East Los Angeles by immigrant parents, Commissioner Lara made history in 2018 by becoming the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in California’s history. Commissioner Lara earned a BA in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.

Closing Speaker: Ashley Tejada

Ashley Tejada

Ashley Tejada is a student in the Postsecondary Educational Leadership graduate program and recently graduated from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Leadership.

Ashley is from Corona, California so she takes pride in staying connected to the Southern California region over her time here at SDSU. She is incredibly passionate about elevating the student voice, uplifting the various communities on campus, and breaking down the stigma around mental health.

Ashley’s time in Associated Students started her first year on campus and has continued throughout her four years where she served on multiple committees focusing on minimizing equity gaps, bettering campus community relations, advocating for students with varying abilities, beginning campus safety initiatives, and serving on the Associated Students Board of Directors. As the 2021-2022 Associated Students President, Tejada continues to prioritize campus collaboration, development of the university experience, and utilizing her identity as a Latinx woman to further serve SDSU as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.  

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