Latinos comprise the largest ethnic group in the largest state of the union. Today, nearly 40 percent of all California residents are of Latino origin – a number that will only grow over the coming decades. The future of California and the future of its Latino population are one in the same. But when we look at some of the economic and political trends among California’s 14 million Latino residents, there are troubling signs for our community, and for our state’s future.
Juan P. Novello
Chief Operating Officer
California Latino Economic Institute
Juan P. Novello serves as COO, and is the first full-time staffer for the CLEI. Novello served as Senior Vice President at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) where he managed the operations and internal strategy; engaged with Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Businesses Associations, Corporations, and Elected officials throughout California. He served as Events and Communications Manager for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce prior joining the CHCC.
Born in Mexico, he migrated to the United States at the age of 13. In 2012, Juan graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management and a Specialization in Entrepreneurship. Juan founded and led student organizations and was actively involved in his community while completing his undergraduate studies. He was an Inaugural Fellow for both the CLYLP Comcast Fellowship Program and the EQCAI Comcast Fellowship Program. These fellowship programs allowed him to learn about California’s politics and to develop a passion for public service.|
Through President Barak Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) he was granted immigration relief. Juan’s undocumented status allowed him to develop a strong and unique perspective about life, and to share his experience with others. Juan is now a permanent resident.
Juan lives in Sacramento with his husband Josh and their french bulldog - Joei.