Germán Trejo

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German Trejo

German Trejo is a Mexican-American political consultant and president of Battleground Solutions in Ohio. The company serves Democratic candidates and progressive non-profit organizations.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Trejo was born in Morelia, Mexico,[2] he moved to the US in 1998,[3] and attended Ohio State University, at first majoring in architecture,[4] and later in political science and international studies.[2] He graduated in 2004.[3] At Ohio he was vice president of its Council of Hispanic Organization,[5] an unsuccessful candidate for vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government,[6] and co-chair of its Underrepresented Constituency Committee.[7]

Career[edit]

After graduating Trejo was appointed, from 2006–2009, to an unpaid position as consejero (adviser) to the Mexican government's Institute of Mexicans Abroad,[8][9] he has worked in three presidential races: Wisconsin in 2004, Ohio in 2008, and Florida in 2012.[2] In 2004 he served as the Hispanic Outreach Director in Wisconsin for the Kerry-Edwards campaign;[10] as of 2007 he was the southeastern Ohio director of the Ohio Democratic Party.[3]

Trejo was involved in 2007 in Centro Mexicano, a proposed community center in Columbus, Ohio. Trejo promoted the center's plans to house a Mexican consulate, a training center for Latinos, and a business services center targeting the Hispanic community,[11] he presented the center as a nonprofit organization while trying to secure funding, though he had not incorporated it as a nonprofit with the state,[9] and allegedly told investors that it was financially secure. Seven months after it was supposed to have opened, the center filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing $615 in assets and over $168,000 in debts.[3]

In 2011 Trejo founded G&T Consulting, a political-consulting firm catering to Latino Democratic candidates.[12][2] Since 2013 he has served as the president of Battleground Solutions.[1] In 2013 he joined the board of Democracy Win.[13]

Awards[edit]

  • The Ohio State University Do Something Great, given by Ohio State's President Dr. Britt Kirwan (2004)[14]
  • Ohio Senate Special Recognition, signed by Speaker of the House Sen. Bill Harris (2005) and Sen. Ray Miller[15]
  • Texas House of Representatives Certificate of Appreciation, signed by Rep. Roberto Alonzo (2007)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Battleground Solutions, retrieved 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About", germantrejo.com
  3. ^ a b c d Czekalinski, Stephanie; Jodi Andes (2007-10-14). "Investors startled by sudden demise of Centro Mexicano". The Columbus Dispatch.
  4. ^ "German Trejo". Do Something Great. Ohio State University. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  5. ^ Karcher, Melissa; Hicks, Tom (14 October 2002). "Ten Latino groups unite, elect new VP". The Lantern. Ohio State University.
  6. ^ Bornhorst, Nikki (22 April 2002). "Pauline, Goodman win USG election". The Lantern. Ohio State University.
  7. ^ Aly, R. H. (18 October 2001). "USG committee getting things done early in year". The Lantern. Ohio State University.
  8. ^ “Consejeros Titulares 2006-2008", Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, p. 40. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  9. ^ a b Czekalinski, Stephanie (2007-06-14). "Delay in Mexican center raises questions". The Columbus Dispatch.
  10. ^ Democracy in Action, Kerry and Allies-Campaign Organization, Wisconsin. http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/kerry/kerrgenwi.html Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  11. ^ Kemper, Kevin (2006-12-18). "Mexico reaching out to Columbus". Columbus Business First.
  12. ^ "Corporation details", Ohio Secretary of State Business Services. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  13. ^ DemocracyWin.org. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
  14. ^ "German Trejo". Do Something Great. Ohio State University. Retrieved 2012-02-09. http://www.germantrejo.com/#!tv/galleryPage
  15. ^ a b Image of the award located at http://www.germantrejo.com Retrieved 2013-11-15.