CHCI Announces New 2013-2014 Board Members

Dec 12, 2012, 12:56 ET from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa to Chair Nation's Leading Latino Youth Leadership Development Organization

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced its new officers and members elected to its board of directors for the 2013-2014 term.  Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of the Rio Grande Valley, TX, will chair its board of directors. Hinojosa was unanimously selected to lead CHCI for the next two years as the organization experiences continued growth in carrying out its mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders.


"CHCI has a 35-year history of impacting the Latino community and preparing America's future leaders," said Hinojosa.  "I look forward to expanding the great work of Rep. Charlie Gonzalez and all of our dedicated board members.  As we saw in November, the Latino population will play a vital role in determining the future of America and CHCI's work is to provide educational and leadership opportunities to ensure that future is a successful one."

Rep. Hinojosa was first elected to Congress in 1996 and was elected in November to serve his ninth term as the representative of the 15th District of Texas.  He currently serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee and Financial Services Committee.  Hinojosa is regarded as a champion for the disadvantaged and has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for education, housing, and economic development in Congress.

"We could not be more pleased that Rep. Hinojosa will be leading the organization for the next two years," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "His commitment to education is well-documented and his passion for the Hispanic community reflects the type of leadership we need to continue impacting Latino youth for years to come."

The 2013-2014 CHCI Officers:

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Chair
E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart, Vice Chair
Henry Fernandez, USA Funds, Treasurer
Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation, Secretary
Esther Aguilera, President & CEO

The CHCI 2013-2014 Board of Directors (New members underlined)

  • Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Association President
  • Alonzo Cantu, Cantu Construction
  • Gil Casellas, Omnitru
  • Rep.-elect Joaquin Castro
  • Mike Fernandez, Cargill
  • Jerry Fuentes, AT&T
  • Bert Gomez, Univision
  • Susan Gonzalez, Facebook
  • Derek Leon, CHCI General Counsel
  • Rep. Ben R. Lujan
  • Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines
  • Moses Mercado, Ogilvy Government Relations
  • Juan Otero, Comcast Corporation
  • Rep. Ed Pastor
  • Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance
  • Rep. Pedro Pierluisi
  • Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO
  • Benjamin Romero
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Rep. Linda T. Sanchez
  • Rep. Albio Sires
  • Omar Vargas, Praxair, Inc.

CHCI also welcomes the following newly-elected members of Congress to its 2013-2014 Advisory Council:

  • Rep.-elect Tony Cardenas
  • Rep.-elect Pete Gallego
  • Rep.-elect Joe Garcia
  • Rep.-elect Gloria Negrete McLeod
  • Rep.-elect Raul Ruiz
  • Rep.-elect Juan Vargas
  • Rep.-elect Filemon Vela

About CHCI
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders.  The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders.  For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771, visit, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci) and LinkedIn.

SOURCE Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute