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Well known for her breakout role in the long-running TV series Desperate Housewives, the multi-talented Eva Longoria is a passionate philanthropist and activist for expanding opportunities for Latinos, raising awareness of ovarian cancer, and protecting the welfare of children.

Longoria is an executive producer of the popular dramedy Devious Maids, a program developed by her company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Meanwhile, she is a successful restaurateur, an author of the best-selling cookbook Eva's Kitchen, and will have be debuting her own fashion line in the autumn of 2016.

But even with all these accomplishments, Longoria considers activism and philanthropy her real focus. Among numerous other ventures, she has executive produced two documentaries, The Harvest and Food Chains, exposing the plight of child farm workers, and is currently executive producing the documentary , which explores the power of the Latino vote and the underserved community of 23 million Latinos who are legally in the U.S. and have the power to vote.

Longoria is the founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation, dedicated to empowering Latinas through education and entrepreneurship, and co-founder of Eva's Heroes, providing enrichment programs for adolescents with developmental disabilities. Additionally she serves as national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), the only Latino program in the United States that is focused on addressing the needs of cancer patients as well as their entire family.

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Eva Jacqueline Longoria is an American television and film actress. She has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Longoria promotes humanitarian causes and was named Philanthropist of the year.

Longoria is known for her roles as Isabella Braña on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003, and as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. For her work on Desperate Housewives, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She has also starred in films such as Harsh Times (2005), The Sentinel (2006), and Over Her Dead Body (2008).

In 2006, Longoria founded Eva’s Heroes, a charity which helps developmentally disabled children. She is the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer. Longoria also supports the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, OmniPeace, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Stroke Association, Project HOME and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Longoria is an executive producer of Shine Global Inc.’s documentary, The Harvest (documentary) which is focused on the 500,000 child migrant farm workers in the U.S. and promotes awareness and support to enact the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act).

Longoria was named Philanthropist of the year by The Hollywood Reporter for “her commitment to Latino causes and giving back to the community.” In 2009, Longoria enrolled in a Master’s program in Chicano Studies and political science at Cal State University, Northridge. According to Eva, “because of my involvement with the NCLR and my charity work, I really wanted a better, more authentic understanding of what my community has gone through so I can help create change.” She graduated with her master’s degree in Chicano Studies in May 2013.


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Eva Longoria: Democratic National Convention Speech


In her introductory speech for Senator Cory Booker, Eva Longoria touches on the importance of electing a president who respects and believes in everyone. Responding on a personal level to divisive rhetoric that has occurred throughout the primary campaigns on the Republican side, she hits home that the U.S. is made up of a diverse range of people who are united in the fact they are American.

She points out the diverse attendance at the convention and reflects on the situation at hand. “A Latina from South Texas is introducing the first black senator of New Jersey on the week we'll nominate our first female candidate for President of the United States," she states. Referencing the republican nominee’s slogan “Make Donald Drumpf Again”, she concludes, “It turns out America is pretty great already."

Eva Longoria: Keynote


Eva Longoria Talks About American Opportunity



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Actress Eva Longoria is an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, expanding opportunities for Latinos, protecting children’s welfare, and closing inequality gaps. In the past she has spoken on women in leadership, her experience as a Latino American in the entertainment industry, and the changing character of the Latino population in the United States in economic, political and cultural realms.

Longoria has spoken at The University of Texas at Austin, the Simmons Leadership Conference, the NALIP Media Summit Luncheon (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and both the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.




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Eva Longoria: Democratic National Convention Speech


In her introductory speech for Senator Cory Booker, Eva Longoria touches on the importance of electing a president who respects and believes in everyone. Responding on a personal level to divisive rhetoric that has occurred throughout the primary campaigns on the Republican side, she hits home that the U.S. is made up of a diverse range of people who are united in the fact they are American.

She points out the diverse attendance at the convention and reflects on the situation at hand. “A Latina from South Texas is introducing the first black senator of New Jersey on the week we'll nominate our first female candidate for President of the United States," she states. Referencing the republican nominee’s slogan “Make Donald Drumpf Again”, she concludes, “It turns out America is pretty great already."

Eva Longoria: Keynote


Eva Longoria Talks About American Opportunity