Lia Parada is the director of Government Affairs at American Progress, where she focuses on women’s economic security and reproductive health; race and ethnicity; immigration; and criminal justice.

Parada has more than a decade of legislative experience, including working with congressional House and Senate leadership members and staff; senior policy staffers at the White House; and key advocacy organizations engaged in critical policy fights.

Prior to joining American Progress, Parada was the legislative manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In this role, she worked closely on the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the nomination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Additionally, Parada’s legislative advocacy focused on both protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care services and the reproductive rights of immigrants, youth, service members, veterans, and their family members. Parada was also a liaison to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

As deputy campaign manager for legislation and policy at the Alliance for Citizenship, Parada was the chief legislative advocate for the national coalition to pass comprehensive immigration reform, leading to former President Barack Obama’s executive actions on Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Parada played a critical role in guiding a coalition of national and local groups across the country to strategically engage in congressional and administrative advocacy efforts.

Parada also served in the U.S. House of Representatives as legislative assistant to former Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus. In this role, she advised Rep. Becerra on immigration and was his primary liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She also played a key role in passing the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the House in 2010. Her policy portfolio also includes appropriations, judiciary, Homeland Security, and telecommunications. Parada also served as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA).