Jorge Barón ditched Hollywood to defend immigrants' rights

Jorge Baron on the Beyond the Surface Podcast

My guest Jorge Barón is a national figure in the immigration debate. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when he was 13.

As the son of a TV legend in Colombia, it seemed like Jorge's destiny was to be in the entertainment business. But instead, his career took a different path. Now he’s the leader of one of the largest immigrant rights non-profits in the U.S.

In 2008, Governor Gregoire appointed Jorge to serve on Washington’s New Americans Policy Council. In 2009, Puget Sound Business Journal selected Jorge as one of “40 under 40”—a list that highlights 40 business and nonprofit leaders under the age of 40. In 2012, the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington awarded Jorge its Model of Excellence award. These only among some of his honors.

In this episode, I asked Jorge about his life in Colombia. What it was like to grow up under the shadow of his famous father. And why he left his career making movies in Hollywood to fight for immigrant rights.

I also asked Jorge to share his take on running a successful nonprofit and his future aspirations as he continues to do his part to change the world.

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