We live in highly polarized and politicized times, pulled further right and further left. For ALF’s 25th Anniversary, we convene in a gracious space to hear from conservative leaders who represent a spectrum of rural, religious, racial, ethnic, and generational perspectives within the Republican Party.
Facilitated by Matt Martinez (ALF Class XXV) panelists and ALF Senior Fellows will:
Before and after the 5:30 p.m. panel, ALF Senior Fellows will renew quality friendships while enjoying a hosted reception. This is a no-cost event, registration is required for planning purposes.
J.T. Wilcox – ALF Senior Fellow Class III, Farmer, House Republican Leader
Representative J.T. Wilcox grew up on his family farm in rural Pierce County, where he still lives today. For 23 years, J.T. was employed at his 5th generation family business, Wilcox Farms, comprised of multiple food processing plants, feed mills, an 800-cow dairy herd and greenfield manufacturing development. He’s been chairman of the national “Got Milk” program, the Washington Holstein Association, the Washington Poultry Industry Association.
In 2011, J.T. was sworn in as state representative for the 2nd Legislative District, which includes Roy, Rainier, Eatonville, Orting, Fort Lewis, and Graham. He now serves as House Republican Leader.
Paula Wallace Lonergan – Pierce County GOP Activist
The oldest child of seven from Baltimore, MD., Paula graduated from Seton Catholic High School. She’s a disabled Vietnam Era Veteran. While a single mother, she completed her undergraduate degree in Public Administration at University of Puget Sound.
Paula has worked in employment & training programs, human resources and social service programs. She retired from Employment Security Department in 2012 as a Program Manager after 30 years of state service. Paula served nearly 12 years on Tacoma’s Citizens Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and Human Rights Commission. Paula is also a passionate member of the Republican Party, holding leadership roles in the Pierce County GOP.
Maia Espinoza – Republican Candidate and Director of the Center for Latino Leadership
Maia Espinoza was a Republican candidate for Washington State House of Representatives, District 28 in 2018. Maia was born on Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and is the eldest of 5 children. Her mother is a retired Major in US Army and is a disabled combat veteran. Her father serves in the US Army National Guard.
Maia attended Clover Park High School, Pierce College, and Pacific Lutheran University. She served on the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Race and Ethnicity Task Force, as well as the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Maia is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Latino Leadership.
Matt Martinez – Moderator – ALF Senior Fellow - Class XXV
Matt joined Tacoma's KNKX in 2015 as Director of Content, overseeing all editorial channels. Before moving to Tacoma, he was a Senior Producer for NPR in Washington, D.C. Matt started at NPR in 2000 as a producer for NPR's afternoon flagship newsmagazine All Things Considered.
Matt has been involved in some of the biggest stories of the past two decades, including award-winning coverage of September 11th and the Boston Marathon bombing. His work as a field producer with NPR ranges from codeine syrup abuse in Houston to Sudanese refugees in Portland, Maine, to the "Shed Boys" of Port Townsend, Washington, to reporting on the New Hampshire Primary.