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2017 Kickoff Program

The Presidential Orders on Immigration & Sanctuary Cities & Counties

About our Speakers

Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF (Ret.)

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support special mission tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and intelligence contingencies and activities in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa with the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Joint Special Operations Command. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to Joint Special Operations units and the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, and as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, in Washington, D.C. He holds a BA in Social Psychology, MS degrees in International Relations, Operational Studies, and International Security Studies. As a national security consultant, he provides regular commentary appearing on and writing for numerous media outlets — TV and radio, and internet web sites, to include; Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, NBC News Channel 8, Bay News 9, Fox 13, WFLA 970-AM, WMAL Washington, DC, The Blaze, Out Loud America, Salem Communications, Lake of the Ozarks Radio, Breitbart, The American Thinker, The Daily Caller, The Counter Jihad Report, Jerusalem Today, and iPatriot.

Anna V. Eskamani

A Florida native and first generation Iranian-American, Anna serves as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She is also a PhD student and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF). A feminist and millennial, Anna is committed to building collective power to lift community efficacy. She has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel has one of the most 100 influential people in the region has recently been awarded as one of UCF’s “30 under 30” awardees. Most of Anna’s family lives in Iran.

Nestor Ortiz

Nestor Ortiz has been involved in youth and community development for more than 25 years. Serving in leadership roles in primarily informal education institutions, he has remained committed to the holistic impact youth and community programs can have on larger communities. He has long championed for not only adults but for youth to actively advocate for their own engagement in real and systemic community change. Serving as a youth and community development consultant for 12 of those 25 years, Nestor has worked with community agencies all over the US with a focus on the Tampa Bay area, helping them create and develop their own high quality initiatives. Recognizing the greater needs of disenfranchised communities, Nestor began to shift his general focus of youth and community development to a more concentrated approach in areas that impacted historically marginalized communities and causes including low income communities, individual rights of womyn and the LGBTQ community, immigration and undocumented issues, communities of color, Muslim advocacy and environmental challenges. Nestor is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the UACDC, a local non-profit community development center focused on housing, arts & education, community safety and a host of other community support initiatives. Nestor has served on numerous boards and councils over the years and currently serves as the Chair of the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council and is a member of the 2017 class of the New Leader’s Council. He is the father of two hilarious and compassionate boys and is an avid outdoor adventure enthusiast.