Robert Gittelson

Robert Gittelson, an award-winning immigration reform activist who became a prominent voice on Capitol Hill, died peacefully on Aug. 7 in his Tarzana home after suffering a heart attack. He was 54.

Gittelson, who was Jewish, served as a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation's largest Christian Hispanic organization, and as the organization's vice president for government affairs. Gittelson - an independent conservative - participated in hundreds of meetings in the nation's capital in recent years, including with President Barack Obama and his staff, senators, congressmen, to advocate for a legislative solution to comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigration reform activist Robert Gittelson of Tarzana dead at 54

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014