Ingrid M. Duran is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies, a company that she and partner Catherine founded in 2004 to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing the concerns of Latinos, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.
Prior to starting D&P, Ingrid was President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where she expanded on an already extensive professional network that included members of Congress, elected officials and Fortune 500 executives.
Ingrid's passion for social justice was sparked at the young age of 5, when she began attending farm worker rights rallies with her parents and participating in voter registration drives in her hometown of Los Angeles. Following a tour in the US Marine Corps, where she developed critical leadership skills, Ingrid worked for six years on Capitol Hill, serving under the Clerk of the US House of Representatives, working on the House Banking Committee under the leadership of Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, Chairman and Rep. Gene Green as a Legislative Aid. Through these positions, she became well versed in the intricacies of the legislative and committee processes.
Ingrid also ran the Washington, DC office of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, where she was responsible for representing Latino community interests to Congress and the Administration.
She was tapped by President Bill Clinton to serve on the President's Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, and was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Minority Veterans Advisory Board. In 2000, she became the first gay Latina to serve on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, and served as the Chairwoman of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) and as a board member of The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Boards.
Her efforts as a strong and steadfast advocate for the GLBT and Latino communities have garnered her numerous honors, including the 2003 Premio Dignidad Award from LLEGO. Both Hispanic and Poder magazines have named her among the Nations 100 Most influential and powerful Hispanics, and the former has recognized her as a Latina of Excellence in 2004 & 2005.
Her work has attracted national media attention, gaining her coverage in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Antonio News Express, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Washington Post Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Style Magazine, People en Espanol, USA Today, and The Miami Herald. She also has appeared on NBC, C-Span, Univision and Telemundo. A passionate public speaker, Ingrid has presented on college campuses, conferences and to the media on GLBT, Latino, leadership and civil rights issues.
She is a graduate of Park College, where she earned a B.S. in Organizational Management. She is a graduate of the Executive Program at Harvard's JFK School of Government, Corporate Governance Program of Harvard Business School, the fellowship program of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Together, Ingrid and Catherine founded PODER PAC a political action committee by Latinas for Latinas. PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government.
Ingrid & Catherine also have two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions. Through these two production companies they have been able to impact social change through film. They are Executive Producers on the film The Latino List which will air on HBO in September of 2011. The film explores what it means to be Latino in the United States. The twenty-five individuals featured represent Latinos who have contributed to the fabric of America and feel a real sense of patriotism to the country that enabled them to fulfill their dreams. They were also Associate Producers on the award winning film The Harvest/La Cosecha together with Executive Producer, Eva Longoria they raised funding and crafted a political strategy for the film that included a panel and screening of the trailer at the US Department of Labor with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, author of The Care Act legislation in Congress in 2009. Additionally, the strategy included: a briefing and screening of the trailer in Congress in 2010 and a press conference to re-introduce the Care Act in 2011 and to highlight the film which reinforces the need for legislation to protect child migrant farmworkers in the US and a screening of the film in the Capitol Visitors Center.