The University of Houston hosts a roundtable discussion titled "Immigration Policy and America's Foreign Relations" in the UH Student Center Theater, Room 103. Panelists include Christopher Ashby, Alberto Cardenas, Marty McVey and Gordon Quan.
Christopher Ashby, former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, was directly involved with efforts to create a free trade area of the Americas. After his tour in Uruguay, he became president international of NIC Computer Company based in Palo Alto, California. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he worked in international banking for 24 years as country manager for Jakarta, Spain and Portugal for Chemical Bank.
Alberto Cardenas, counsel with Vinson & Elkins LLP, represents businesses affected by America's immigration laws and advises corporate and academic clientele seeking resolution on statutory and regulatory issues. He has extensive experience in drafting legislative solutions on diverse matters and in his tax policy practice assists clients with issues pending before government entities.
Marty McVey, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and president of McVey and Associates, was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a director of USAID Board for the International Food and Agricultural Development in 2011. His responsibility with the agency includes providing guidance to the federal government on investments in training, research and technology transfer to developing countries.
Gordon Quan, managing partner for the immigration law firm Quan Law Group, grew up in Houston's East End in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood. After working as a teacher in an inner-city school, Quan became an attorney, where he has practiced law for more than 30 years. A former Houston City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, Quan helped the City of Houston create an Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs. He is a founding member of the Texas State Bar Association's Immigration Section and the Asian Bar Association of Houston.