Phi Iota Alpha Announces Keynote for the 87th National Convention

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Phi Iota Alpha Announces Keynote for the 87th National Convention

New York, New York - June 27, 2019

Phi Iota Alpha is pleased to announce Andres X. Vargas as the keynote speaker during their 87th National Convention to be held in Tampa, FL during the month of July.

Andy X. Vargas serves as State Representative for the 3rd Essex district. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at 24. He was previously elected and served as a City Councilor in Haverhill, MA. Rep. Vargas attended Boston University and received a Bachelor's Degree, with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and a concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies. He is an inaugural member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies.

Rep. Vargas grew up on Arlington St. in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At a young age, his family moved from Cambridge to Haverhill, due to rising housing costs. Andy's family immigrated from the Dominican Republic and played an active role in installing the values of humility, hard work, and service. Prior to elected office, Rep. Vargas led communications and marketing for Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), a non-profit that fosters inclusive entrepreneurship in communities that need it most. He also served in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, and as a White House intern under the Obama administration.

At 22, Vargas was elected City Councilor, where he focused on educational equity, financial transparency, economic development, and support for public safety. In 2017, Andy was elected to serve as State Representative for the 3rd Essex District (MA House). He was recently re-elected. As Representative, Andy has successfully helped pass civic education reform, advanced legislation to address the opioid epidemic, and created a new public health grant to fund youth gun violence prevention. He resides in downtown Haverhill with his wife and Yankees fan, Rikelma.


About Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 87 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.