Director of Voces de la Frontera
Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the founding Director of Voces de la Frontera, a low-wage and immigrant workers center with chapters in Milwaukee and Racine, including a student chapter called Students United for Immigrant Rights with members from 3 high schools. Voces de la Frontera is increasingly recognized as Wisconsin's leading voice for immigration reform. Recent accomplishments include leading nationally recognized Immigrant Rights Marches with 70,000 participants on May 1, 2006 and 30,000 participants on March 23, 2006.
Prior to directing Voces de la Frontera, Ms. Neumann-Ortiz served as the Coordinator of the High School Equivalency Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, advancing community and bilingual education. Ms. Neumann-Ortiz also previously worked as Director of the Wisconsin Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and as Coordinator of a Sectoral Economic Development Project in the Printing Industry, supported by Center for Community Change.
Ms. Neumann-Ortiz is on the board of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, the Wisconsin Legalization Coalition (representing 44 allied organizations in the State), and on the Immigrant Organizing Committee of the national Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). She also serves on the boards of Wisconsin Citizen Action and Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice. She has received community award recognitions from Labor Council for Latin American Advancement chapters in Milwaukee and Racine. Ms. Neumann-Ortiz also writes a regular column in the local Spanish Journal.
Ms. Neumann-Ortiz earned her Masters Degree in US/ Chicano History at the University of Texas- Austin and her Bachelor of Art degree in English at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.