Rudy Arredondo is the President/CEO/Founder of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association which represents the interests, nationally, of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC organizing, dealing with policy, legislation and regulatory issues. He is an active member of the board of directors of the Rural Coalition/Coalicion Rural. He focuses on issues related to land, ethnic minority community agriculture, rural economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, specifically as they relate to Latino farmers and ranchers in the United States. Rudy is a co-chair of the Justice Action Mobilization Network on Climate Change. He is a past member of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association. He is an active member and advisor on the AGree Advisory Committee for food and agriculture policy. He is very active with Farm Aid Advocacy Link, R-CALF USA (independent beef producers), the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE). He has worked for the DNC, the UFW, and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Mr. Arredondo is a recipient of the United Nations Association (DC Chapter) Human Rights Award, the Founders Leadership Award of the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County. He served on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and was elected to two (2) four year terms. He was awarded the Maryland Governor’s Citation for Health, and the Maryland House of Delegates Citation for Health Issues Leadership and the Maryland Senate Citation for Health Leadership. He is also an active member of the National Press Club since 1997. He edits and publishes the National Hispanic Political Reporter. In Washington, DC he worked as Special Assistant for Latino Affairs to the Commissioner of Public Health, where he founded the Mary Center for Maternal and Child Health. Additionally, he worked with Mayor Marion Berry at the Youth Leadership Institute.