Juventino Meza

Legislative Affairs Organizer | he/him

Juventino Meza was a member of the Latino Economic Development Center's Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee from 2008-2017 and served in the Saint Paul's Mexican Consulate's Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program selection committee from 2012-2015.

He is the youngest recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican Government's highest recognition for a civilian, and a recipient of the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He received Augsburg University's 2022 Decade Award. He was also named one of the "25 Under 25" by OutFront Minnesota in 2012.

Juventino co-founded NAVIGATE MN (now Unidos MN) and the Capitol Pathways internship program for college students of color and Native American students to hurry history and diversify who works in and around the Minnesota state government. In 2012, Juventino played a critical role in building a broad coalition to get President Obama to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and in 2013 organized efforts to get the legislature to pass the Minnesota Dream/Prosperity Act.

Juventino graduated from Augsburg University in 2011 and currently attends William Mitchell School of Law focusing on Health Care Compliance, Native American Law, and Sovereignty.

Email: juventino@mnipl.org