Meet the core of Adelante Strategy group.
The principals of the Adelante Strategy Group, Christian Archer, Cuauhtémoc "Temo" Figueroa and Andres Gonzalez are widely recognized as some of the nation’s leaders in grassroots advocacy.
Christian Archer is the long-time chief political strategist for San Antonio Mayors’ Julián Castro and Phil Hardberger, and most recently, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
The San Antonio Express News called Christian Archer “one of the most driven, successful political consultants in Texas,” and likened him to Vince Lombardi, described as “repeatedly running his power sweep and daring you to stop it, Archer excels with fundamentals and precise execution.”
The political newsletter “Capitol Inside” listed Christian among the top Consultants in Texas because of his successful record of managing campaigns on the local, state and national levels. In addition to helping Austin Mayors Will Wynn, and Houston Mayor Bill White, he was a key force in the landslide win of San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, as well as his successor, Mayor Julián Castro. His other clients include former State Representative and now U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Juan M. Garcia, III, and Congressman Joaquín Castro.
He shepherded the two largest bond referendums in San Antonio’s history – a $550 million bond program in 2007 and the $596 million bond program in 2012 – in addition to two rather controversial referendums for City Council term limit expansions in 2008 and Mayor Julián Castro's Pre-K 4 SA 1/8 cent sales tax increase in 2012.
As Special Assistant to Mayor Hardberger, Christian spearheaded major initiatives for City Hall including the Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Crisis that saw thousands of hurricane victims flooding San Antonio in what came to be known as one of the tragedy’s biggest and most successful relief efforts. During the crisis he also served as the liaison to the New Orleans Saints who played some of their home games at the Alamodome while the Superdome was being used as an emergency temporary shelter for displaced residents.
A Texas Lyceum Director, and member of the Texas League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors, he and his wife Catherine live in New Braunfels with their three children, Christian, James and Emily.
Cuauhtémoc "Temo" Figueroa
With over 20 years of political strategy experience Cuauhtémoc “Temo” Figueroa has coordinated successful campaigns across the country, directing and managing election efforts for candidates and issues at the municipal, state and federal levels. His approach to field organization and grassroots mobilization are nationally recognized, most notably as President Obama’s National Field Director in 2008, where he developed the strategy to harness and expand grassroots support across the country. Temo is also an expert on Latino voter analysis, trends and outreach, having directed campaigns in Texas, Nevada, California, Florida and New Mexico.
Temo’s experience includes a long tenure in organized labor; serving as the Assistant Political Director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, AFL-CIO. He has also served as Director of Policy and Communications for the League of United Latin American Citizens, (LULAC) and he worked for the late U.S. Representative, George E. Brown, Jr. of California, serving as his assistant to the Agriculture Committee.
Temo is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Mona Lisa and their dog, Fidel.
Andres Gonzalez has been involved in business and politics in Texas and nationally for over 30 years. Before starting ASG he was the owner of Andres Gonzalez and Associates, a Public Affairs and Political Consulting firm started in 1992 and located in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The firm has represented small and large businesses, public entities (cities, counties and Indian Tribes), political organizations and candidates.
Andres has worked with clients in the energy, telecommunications, medical, construction, retail sales and housing industries. He has provided strategic planning, lobbying, grassroots lobbying, financial and project management services, and consulted on all aspects of political campaigns.
Andres Gonzalez & Associates was the only Hispanic–owned firm hired as Field Consultants to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) between the 2004 and 2008 election cycles. During the 2002 election cycle Andres served as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Hispanic Outreach Project.
His various governmental positions have included serving as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Robert Krueger (D-TX), White House Liaison for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under President Clinton and Director of Agency Administration for Texas General Land Office.
His national political activities include serving in four presidential campaigns as State Director and in National Staff positions. He also served as a volunteer for the White House Office of Political Affairs during the Clinton Administration, and served as volunteer Advance Staff for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Exploratory Committee. In addition he has worked on and run U.S. Senate and statewide races in Texas, and has worked on or consulted to over 20 Congressional races across the Country.
Andres is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has a BBA in Accounting. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Hispanic Institute, a Washington, DC based think tank that researches national and international issues of importance to the Hispanic Community. In addition the organization has been involved in Civic Engagement projects in various states. Previous civic activities have included serving on the board of The William C. Velasquez Institute, and serving as one of the founding instructors for the Southwest Voter Registration & Education Project’s Latino Institute. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association for Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas.
Andres lives in San Antonio with his wife Zonia, and has three sons who have respectively graduated from Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, and currently attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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