Some descriptionZuraya currently serves as Director of Development for the U.S. Mexico Foundation (USMF).  Zuraya was recruited to establish and lead a network of renowned Mexican American leaders and Mexican diaspora communities to engage with Mexican counterparts and support bi-national programs through the USMF Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI). As part of the leadership team in Washington, D.C., role has evolved to set and guide outreach, communications, and development strategy.  She currently focuses on establishing partnerships between the USMF and leading private sector actors.  Prior to joining USMF, Zuraya served as Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association. In addition to her experience leading a national organization, throughout her career she has held positions in national policy and legislative affairs at NDN (a DC-based political think thank), as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she began her career in the international trade law practice at Shaw Pittman LLP.  She is a regular commentator in Spanish-language media on policy issues in the U.S. and a panelist on issues regarding immigration and diversity.  She obtained the degree of Licenciatura en Derecho from Universidad de las Américas, Puebla and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center.  Zuraya resides in northern Virginia with her husband and two sons and is also very active in local and state politics, supporting candidates.