AREAS OF EXPERTISE : Field Communications Strategy, Media Advocacy, LGBT Issues/Media, Latino Issues/Media, Spanish Language Media, Video Advocacy
Chuy leads field training on messaging and media communications for allies in the social justice field around the country, with a focus on human rights advocates working on immigration issues in the American South and on the southern border. The emphasis is on designing, conducting, and evaluating trainings on messaging, media readiness, oral presentation, video and other communications skills with a wide range of advocates, policymakers, artists, and other social justice leaders.
Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Chuy led marketing and communications efforts at In The Life Media effectively increasing the brand's visibility in national media markets and expanding its social media reach. He also co-produced the GLAAD Media Award nominated story for "In The Life" titled "Kicked Out" that takes a stark look at youth experiencing homelessness. Earlier in his career, he was a producer on the Telemundo 47 morning talk show "Las Comadres con Gloria B" and a Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) where he established relationships with leading Spanish language media outlets in the United States, successfully pitching hundreds of stories that responded to defamation of the LGBT community while leading media advocacy trainings and joint media efforts with partner organizations across the country and in Mexico City.
As a writer, Chuy participated in the International Arts Relations (INTAR) Hispanic Playwrights Residence Lab and won Pregones Theatres' Asunción Playwrights Project. He wrote "pregnant boy" for the short story anthology titled "From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction" from the Tincture Imprint of Lethe Press and collaborated on the WW Norton & Co. publication titledCrossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America.