Featured Speakers


Cristina Antelo, Esq., Principal, Ferox Strategies

Cristina Antelo is a founding principal at Ferox Strategies. Cristina has spent more than a decade representing multinational corporations. From Wall Street to K Street, Cristina has set herself apart as a trusted advisor, skilled advocate, and effective negotiator. Her policy areas of expertise include financial services, tax, trade, border security, transportation and infrastructure, and crisis management.


David Bier, Research Scholar, Cato Institute

David J. Bier is a research fellow with a focus on immigration at the Cato Institute. He is an expert on legal immigration, border security, and interior enforcement.
 


Congressman Henry Cuellar (D) 28th District of Texas (Invited)

Congressman Cuellar serves as the only Texas Democrat on the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee. He is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, while also serving on the Defense Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. He has been an active supporter of the H-2B program.


David Crow, Founder, DC Legislative and Regulatory Services Inc (DCLRS)

David Crow, founder of DC Legislative and Regulatory Services Inc (DCLRS) has worked for Rep. Tom Coleman (R-MO), Secretary of Agriculture Jack Block, the Fertilizer Institute, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Jefferson Group. He is an expert in pesticide and fertilizer policy and regulations as H-2B issues.


Dudley Hoskins, Esq., Professional Staff & Counsel, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

Dudley Hoskins, a pesticide policy and regulatory expert was the manager of regulatory policy at RISE, a regulatory and policy expert at the USDA and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and currently works for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry.
 


Lynnette R. Jacquez, Esq., Managing Partner and Principal, CJ Lake, LLC

Lynnette Jacquez has decades of experience in government relations, serving as counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, worked with the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and International Law. She specializes in identifying federal policy and funding opportunities for her clients and has in-depth knowledge of the legislative process from drafting of legislative provisions to development of strategy to secure enactment to impacting the regulatory process for implementation.
 


Megan Provost, President, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE)

Megan Provost is the President of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders in the specialty pesticides and fertilizer industry.  Provost brings a strong background in national-level pesticide industry advocacy and non-profit leadership to the role.