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Conference Speakers

Tuesday, October 8, 1:00 PM
Keynote Speaker

Isabel Longoria is proud to have served on the City of Houston’s Planning Commission, an appointed-board tasked with creating sustainable growth and development across Houston. Chosen as a fellow of the New Leaders’ Council in 2016 and elected as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors in 2018, Isabel has also strived to mentor Houston’s future leaders, providing them with the skills and networks to affect positive change for their communities. She has served on the boards of the League of Women’s Voters, the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, as well as the Mayor’s Housing Transition Team. She currently serves as the co-coordinator of the University of Texas’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Graduate School Alumni’s Houston Chapter and the class coordinator of the St. Agnes Alumni Association.

Isabel has been honored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the New Leaders’ Council, the League of Women Voters and Latino Leaders Magazine. In 2018, she was awarded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Female of Executive of the Year, the youngest and first LGBTQ award recipient. 

Isabel is proud to have held positions with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), The Office of State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia and the Office of State Representative Jessica Farrar.  Isabel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Trinity University (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas LBJ School (2012). In her spare time, she likes to grow vegetables in her backyard and research fun facts about pretty much anything.

Thursday, October 10, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker

Sandy Wolff works at Lone Star Justice Alliance in Austin. Like many justice-involved individuals, Sandy experienced abuses in her personal relationships that ultimately lead to her incarceration. While serving her time, Sandy vowed to end toxic relationships so that she could dedicate herself to helping vulnerable individuals who suffer injustices in the Texas criminal justice system.

Since completing her sentence, Sandy has dedicated her time to social justice advocacy and several organizations that improve the lives of marginalized people in the Austin community. Sandy is on the board of directors for Truth be Told, a nonprofit that empowers previously or currently incarcerated women, has testified with the ACLU in front of legislative committees on several different criminal justice bills, and also works with the Caritas of Austin.

In addition to her advocacy work, Sandy improves herself by continuing her education. Through Austin’s Free Minds program, she completed her humanities courses and recently received her certification to teach in the Travis County Jail. She hopes to take sociology courses about criminal justice in the near future.

Charles Batiste, born in Houston Texas, has experience with policy and research, ensuring that youth successfully transition into adulthood. He has a passion for youth who have experienced homelessness and involvement with the foster care and juvenile justice system. As an advocate and true leader, he wants to provide the community with alternative solutions and works hands-on with youth, creating a voice for each and every individual that he comes across.