Interview with Mickey Ibarra. Mickey Ibarra is president of the Ibarra Strategy Group, a government relations and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of the Latino Leaders Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Bringing Leaders Together” to establish relationships, build unity, and share personal stories. He is a member of the Ibarra Foundation Board of Directors and completed six years of service on the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Board. Appointed Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House in 1997, Mr. Ibarra served as a member of the President’s senior staff. His role was to build support for the President’s policy initiatives and to coordinate outreach to state and local leaders on a broad range of issues. His new book published in 2017 by Arte Publico Press, “Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph,” features 33 keynote addresses delivered at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series since 2004.