Oscar De Los Santos is the proud child of Gregorio and María Dolores – immigrants from Tenamaxtlán, Jalisco, México. When they were just children, Oscar’s parents made the impossible decision to leave home and migrate north without authorization. In search of American wages, they spent years doing back-breaking work in agricultural fields and on assembly lines. Despite their hard work feeding American families and keeping American supply chains running, Oscar’s parents were excluded from our country’s democratic traditions. Because of where they were born and how they came to this country, they could not vote.
Roused by his parents’ experience of disenfranchisement, Oscar has dedicated his life to public service. Oscar served as the youngest field organizer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, where he organized thousands of immigrant and low-wage voters. In recognition of his work, Oscar was invited by the Democratic National Committee to a private dinner with President Obama. After graduating from college, Oscar became a public school teacher, teaching English at a low-income, majority-minority school in Phoenix’s Southside. He later served as head of public policy for the Association of Arizona Food Banks, where he led grassroots campaigns in the Arizona Legislature to defend the civil rights of low-income voters and people with felony records.
Today, Oscar works at the Arizona Democracy Resource Center, where he is an organizer working to pass the Arizonans for Fair Elections Act, a historic ballot measure that will provide for same-day and automatic voter registration, expand early voting, and prohibit the partisan state legislature from allocating Arizona’s 11 Electoral College votes. Oscar also currently serves as campaign director at Move On, America’s largest progressive grassroots advocacy organization, where he leads Move On’s millions of members in campaigns to preserve and strengthen our democracy. Oscar graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California. He also holds two graduate degrees: one in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he studied as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and another in public policy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.