How can life in public service, elected and non-elected, can impact the world for Christ?
Councilman Fernando Cabrera
Fernando Cabrera has proudly served as the NYC Council Member representing the 14thdistrict in the Bronx since January 2010. His leadership positions in the NYC Council include Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee and Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Task Force. He is also a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus. Councilman Cabrera has been a staunch advocate for tenants, youth and seniors. Fernando Cabrera also serves as the senior pastor of New Life Outreach International in the Bronx. He is a former program director for the Mental Health and Counseling program at Mercy College, where he also taught for 12 years. Councilman Cabrera earned his B.A. in Religion from Southern California College, his M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University and his Doctorate in Counseling from Argosy University. He is married to Elvia Cabrera and is a father of two and grandfather of three.
Emilie served as a Team Leader from 2005-2012 at the Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State. There she innovated strategies to promote international religious freedom as part of U.S. Diplomacy in East Asia. Currently, Emilie is Executive Director and co-founder of Kids World Co., a Benefit Corporation serving students in the U.S. and China. Prior to that she was senior counsel at Jus Cogens, LLC law firm where she advised victims around the world of human rights violations on legal and diplomatic strategies. From 2003-2005, Emilie was the Director of International Advocacy at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, launching the firm’s work at the United Nations. Emilie is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1999) and Harvard College cum laude (1996) where she majored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and was a member of the Varsity Golf Team.
Representative Rob Bryan
Rob is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 88. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on various other committees, including the Regulatory Reform and Insurance Committees. In 2014, Rob was named to the Emerging Leaders program sponsored by the University of Virginia and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. He also serves on the North Carolina Courts Commission and co-chaired the Educator Compensation and Effectiveness Task Force. Rob is a lawyer at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, the largest law firm headquartered in North Carolina, where he has built a successful commercial real estate practice. Raised by a teacher and an engineer, Rob spent his first two years after college participating in the Teach for America program. As a member of BEST NC, he’s currently working with NC Teacher of the Year, James Ford, to identify the best evidence-based strategies to pay, evaluate, and retain teachers. In addition to remaining an active alumnus of Teach For America in Charlotte, Rob has served on and led numerous boards, including founding the Charlotte Chapter of the Christian Legal Society. He currently serves on the UNC Board of Visitors and the Advisory Board for the May 20th Society. Rob is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University Law School. He and his wife Dottie have six children and attend Uptown Church.