As a Principal at The Raben Group, Zuraya brings over ten years of experience in government affairs from both the public and private sector. Zuraya combines substantial experience in public policy and advocacy work in Washington, DC with deep ties to both the Hispanic and Latin American community in DC and in Latin America.
Her time in the House of Representatives and Capitol Hill relationships complement her unique knowledge from off the Hill, stemming from having headed non-profit organizations, coalitions, and time in a Fortune 50 company. Zuraya has built creative alliances to advance a variety of issues, including diversity in the federal government, diversity in corporate America, immigration reform, and international trade.
Before joining Raben, Zuraya was Vice President for Public Affairs at UPS, a unique role that combined a federal government affairs portfolio with an international affairs portfolio of issues. At UPS she took the company’s Public Affairs department in new directions, entering into new partnerships with key Hispanic associations and groups that UPS had not previously explored in order to amplify support for the company’s positions on globalization and border facilitation. She secured an invitation for UPS’ CEO at the time to be one of two private sector participants at the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) stakeholder meeting and secured among the highest number of UPS facility visits by Members of Congress.
Additionally, Zuraya has worked with multiple companies and organizations to secure funding and membership for U.S.-Mexico exchange programs for both youth and senior executives, and successfully inserted trade and border facilitation language into statements issued by both the U.S. and Mexican Ministries of Commerce and Economy.
Her penchant for breaking down barriers is also evidenced by her work on diversity and inclusion, as she successfully advocated for Hispanic attorneys as Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), having almost 90 Latino candidates endorsed by the HNBA nominated by the President for various roles in federal bench and in agencies. As a young staffer in the House Committee on Small Business, she led the effort to keep immigration on the front-burner of that committee’s work, and prepared hearings on the challenges posed to small businesses by mandatory E-verify policies.
Zuraya is entrepreneurial, substantive, and a consensus builder, which is what makes her style of advocacy so effective. She doubled the HNBA membership during her tenure, and more than doubled its programming and staff. She designed and launched a program by the U.S.-Mexico Foundation to take delegations of Mexican-American leaders from diverse fields to Mexico to partner on specific community programs in Mexico and develop long-term, collaborative cross-border relationships.
Zuraya currently serves on the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, and was recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 40 Latinos under 40 in Foreign Affairs.” She earned her Licenciatura en Derecho from the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a regular commentator on CNN en Español, Telemundo, NTN24, and Univision.