About This Video
The right to freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental American values; but how can you, as an activist citizen, best use that right to influence legislation for the better of this country? In this webinar, Paulo Sibaja, the Strategic Initiatives Director for the Republican National Committee, shares his insights on grassroots lobbying and how you can use this tactic to influence legislators to pass good bills and kill bills that would be detrimental to the nation. You may not be a senator or a representative, but by using the tactics and practices of grassroots lobbying that Paulo explains in this webinar, you can take an active role in the legislation of both state and federal law.
@PauloSibaja--for those interested in following him on Twitter-- is the Strategic Initiatives Director, Colorado for the Republican National Comittee. As director, Paulo engages Colorado's Hispanic population in a meaningful and substantive way, shares the Republican Party's message, and builds a bench of future Republican Hispanic leaders.
He also serves as Chairman of Latino NRC, Colorado.
Prior to rejoining the RNC Paulo was the Director of Coalitions for the Leadership Institute (LI), one of the nation’s premier organizations responsible for training activists, students, and leaders. With LI, Paulo travels the nation conducting training schools, workshops, and seminars. He strives to promote the Institute’s mission to produce a new generation of public policy leaders committed to time-tested policies and values.
Paulo was appointed Chairman for Latino NRC, Virginia. He was responsible for building a grassroots movement within Virginia's Hispanic community as well as taking the conservative message to all modes of communication including Spanish press.
Paulo was Deputy Coalitions Director in Colorado for Mitt Romney for President and State Director of Hispanic Outreach, New Mexico for the Republican National Committee (RNC). His main priority was to connect the candidate and the Republican Party to key demographics, including Hispanics. The RNC referred to Paulo as "a veteran of California 'rough and tumble' politics, working on the California Assembly and various campaigns, including the 2008 Presidential Campaign."
Prior to the RNC, Paulo worked as Legislative Director for Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, California. He served as the legislator’s top public policy advocate in the State Capitol and to outside public policy players. Before working for Assemblyman Nestande, Paulo was the Director of Communications and Legislation of Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), a non-profit non-partisan public policy advocacy organization in Sacramento.
Before joining Capitol Resource Institute, Paulo was an Assembly Fellow for Senator Jim Nielsen. In his capacity, Paulo staffed several public policy bills and resolutions. The Governor signed two of those policy bills; they were AB 2530, responsible for saving the Williamson Act, and AB 1644 California’s landmark Veterans Remains bill. Senator Nielsen appointed Paulo as a delegate to California’s Republican Party.
Paulo has been quoted in the LA Times, Washington Post, by the Associated Press, and others. He was published in the Orange County Register, and he has been interviewed by publications, including Latin American news outlets, about his experience at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Paulo was a vice-presidential candidate for the California Republican Assembly, the state’s oldest conservative organization often referred to as the “conscience of the Republican Party” by President Ronald Reagan. During the race he was endorsed by current U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa, Senator Jim Nielsen, Republican Assembly leader Connie Conway, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, former CRA Vice-President Pete Weber, and many more.
He has also worked as a substitute teacher and for a financial institution prior to and in the midst of the financial meltdown. There he learned valuable lessons while developing first hand economic and financial experience.
Paulo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He was born in Costa Rica and has lived in California for much of his life.