2019 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit in Collaboration with the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center and the El Paso Community Foundation

Distinguished Speaker: Former Governor of Florida,

Jeb Bush 

November 7th, 2019

El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center

1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901


Tickets have sold out - walk-ups will be considered at the door  


Agenda and Speakers




7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

  • Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance
  • Luisa Del Rosal, Executive Director, SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center
  • Eric Summerford Pearson, President / CEO, El Paso Community Foundation  
8:15 AM - 8:35 AM

Arts and Culture Presentation 1: Border Tuner

  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Artist

Border Tuner, known as Sintonizador Fronterizo in Spanish, is a large scale interactive light-and-sound installation by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Taking place along the El Paso-Juárez border November 13-24, 2019, this site-specific installation will shine a light on the complex, long-standing and important connections between the two sister cities and the people of both the U.S. and México.

The project will place three interactive stations on each side of the border that will control powerful searchlight beams that can be seen from a 10-mile radius. Stations will be located at the Parque Chamizal in Ciudad Juárez and Bowie High School, near the edge of the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso. When lights from any two of the stations are directed at each other using a dial, microphones and speakers will activate to allow participants to communicate with one another, creating cross-border conversations.

Artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will discuss this project and his life as an artist at the 2019 U.S. - Mexico Border Summit.

8:35 AM - 8:55 AM

Arts and Culture Presentation 2: Cross Border Community Engagement with Borderzine

  • Zita Arocha, Director, Borderzine and Professor of Practice at UTEP

Borderzine is launching a cross border reporting and community engagement project that uses media to tell the real and accurate story of U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The project includes an ebook, multimedia storytelling and a series of podcasts from both sides of the Rio Grande. 

Zita Arocha, Director, Borderzine and Professor of Practice at UTEP will discuss this upcoming project and its implications for the U.S. - Mexico border. 

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy

Moderator: Crystal Long, CEO, GECU

  • Dr. Roberto Coronado, Senior Vice President in Charge Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch
  • Dr. Calixto Mateos, Acting Managing Director, North American Development Bank
  • Enrique Perret Erhard, Director, U.S. - Mexico Foundation
  • Alexandra Zapata Hojel, Directora General Adjunta, Instituto Mexicano de la Competitividad
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Using Blockchain to Improve Immigration Policies  

Moderator: Tracy Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation

  • Sean Caputo, Chief Strategy Officer, Augusta Hightech
  • Ariel Ruiz Soto, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Trade Talk: The USMCA

Moderator: Gerald Schwebel, Executive Vice President, Corporate International Division, IBC Bank

  •  Julio Chiu, CEO, SEISA
  •  Raymond Robertson, Senior Fellow, SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center
  •  Emilio Cadena, Chairman of the Board, U.S. - Mexico Foundation
  • Will Hurd, U.S. Representative, TX-23
12:00 PM

2019 Distinguished Speaker Keynote Address: Former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Fireside Chat -  Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas in Conversation with TBA

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Media and the U.S. - Mexico Border 

Moderator: Dr. Richard D. Pineda, Chair, Department of Communication and the Director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies, UTEP

  • Anthony Moreno, News Director, Host of Fronteras, KRWG
  • Angela Kocherga, Border and Southern New Mexico Correspondent, Albuquerque Journal
  • Bob Moore, President/CEO, El Paso Matters
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance
  • Luisa Del Rosal, Executive Director, Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center
  • Eric Summerford Pearson, President / CEO, El Paso Community Foundation 
5:00 - 6:30 PM

 Cocktail Reception

All registered Summit attendees are invited to join The Borderplex Alliance at the Border Summit cocktail reception that will be held at the Aloft Hotel located at 303 Texas Avenue in Downtown El Paso. Complimentary appetizers, domestic beer, and wine will be served 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the lobby bar of the hotel. Please RSVP by adding to your registration. PLEASE NOTE: You must be registered for one of the three Border Summit packages if you wish to attend the reception.

*Agenda is subject to change.

Building on the success of last year's summit, the Borderplex Alliance is partnering with the El Paso Community Foundation to host binational community events that celebrate the U.S. - Mexico border. Events this year will include the return of The U.S. - México 10k, and Border Tuner, a large-scale, participatory art installation along the U.S. Mexico border. Border Tuner and The U.S. - México 10k are ticketed separately.



About Former Governor of Florida, Jeb BushJeb Bush

Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in the state’s history to be reelected. He was most recently a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Governor Bush remained true to his conservative principles throughout his two terms in office – cutting nearly $20 billion in taxes, vetoing more than $2.3 billion in earmarks and reducing the state government workforce by more than 13,000. His limited government approach helped unleash one of the most robust and dynamic economies in the nation, creating 1.3 million net new jobs and improving the state’s credit ratings, including achieving the first ever triple-A bond rating for Florida. During his two terms, Governor Bush championed major reform of government, in areas ranging from health care and environmental protection to civil service and tax reform. His top priority was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system. Under Governor Bush’s leadership, Florida established a bold accountability system in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice programs in the nation. Today, Florida remains a national leader in education and is one of the only states in the nation to significantly narrow the achievement gap.

Governor Bush currently serves as Chairman of Dock Square Capital LLC, a merchant bank headquartered in Miami. It was founded on the core principals of transparency, creativity, trust and alignment of interest with our partners and investors. Dock Square Capital operates at the nexus of a global network of entrepreneurs and families, and possesses the structural flexibility to add value as principal investors, strategic advisors and joint venture partners. Governor Bush joined the University of Pennsylvania as a non-resident Presidential Professor of Practice for the 2018-19 academic year. He has previously served as a visiting professor and fellow at Harvard University, an executive professor at Texas A&M University, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates from collegiate institutions across the country. Governor Bush has been recognized for his contributions to public policy by national organizations including the Manhattan Institute, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Governor Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. With partner Armando Codina, he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.

Governor Bush previously served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. As Secretary of Commerce, he promoted Florida’s business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, he founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Urban League of Greater Miami to establish the state’s first charter school.

Governor Bush maintains his passion for improving the quality of education for students across the country by serving as the Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national nonprofit education reform organization he founded to transform education in America.

He has written three books, Profiles in Character; Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution; and Reply All: A Governor’s Story 1999-2007.


Official Sponsors and Partners

2019 U.S. Border Summit Sponsors

For Visitors

Block rates for guests are available at the Aloft Hotel.

Aloft Hotel El Paso Downtown

Aloft El Paso Downtown

303 Texas Avenue. El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 351-7990

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