WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced its new officers and members elected to its board of directors and advisory council for the 2015-2016 term. Rep. Linda Sanchez of California will chair its board of directors. Sanchez 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 long history of impacting the Latino community and preparing America's future leaders," said Rep. Sanchez. "I look forward to continuing the growth led by Rep. Ruben Hinojosa and the many great chairs before him, and working with all of our dedicated board and advisory council members to lead CHCI forward over the next two years."
Rep. Sanchez first joined CHCI's board of directors in 2003 and has been actively involved in the organization's mission and activities over the past decade. She has hosted four CHCI fellows and 11 Congressional interns in her Capitol Hill office, providing invaluable work experience and access to the federal government. She has also participated in CHCI's annual Public Policy Conference, hosting sessions that address critical issues for the Latino community in support of CHCI's mission.
"We could not be more pleased that Rep. Sanchez will be leading the organization for the next two years," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "Her commitment to education and opportunities for our youth is well documented and her passion for the Hispanic community reflects the type of leadership we need to continue impacting Latino youth for years to come."
The 2015-2016 CHCI Officers:
Rep. Linda Sanchez,
Ms. Cristina Antelo, Podesta Group
Mr. Luis Campillo, Ibarra Strategy Group and President of CHCI Alumni Assn.
Mr. Lupe De La Cruz, PepsiCo
The CHCI 2015-2016 Board of Directors (New members underlined)
Ms. Cristina Antelo, Podesta Group Mr. Rudy Beserra, The Coca-Cola Company Mr. Luis Campillo, Ibarra Strategy Group and President of CHCI Alumni Assn. Rep. Joaquin Castro Ms. Lorraine Cortez-Vazquez, AARP Mr. Lupe De La Cruz, PepsiCo Ms. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA Dr. Mildred Garcia, CSU, Fullerton Mr. Bert Gomez, Univision Ms. Esther Lopez, UFCW Mr. Ed Loya, Dell Mr. Mario Lozoya, Toyota Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham Ms. Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines Mr. Juan Otero, Comcast Corporation Mr. Javier Rey, State Farm® Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard Rep. Raul Ruiz Ms. Rocio Saenz, SEIU Ms. J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez, EVS Communications Rep.-Elect Norma Torres Mr. Gilbert Valdes, New York Life Rep. Juan Vargas Rep. Filemon Vela Ms. Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO (ex officio) Ms. Anne Marie Estevez, General Counsel (ex officio)
CHCI also welcomes the following newly-elected members to its 2015-2016 Advisory Council:
Rep.-Elect Pete Aguilar Ms. Silvia Aldana, PG&E Ms. Anna Michelle Bobadilla, UT-Arlington Mr. Jed N. Bhuta, General Motors Company Ms. Jackie Cisneros, The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation Mr. Max Espinoza, Scholarship America Ms. Micaela Fernandez Allen, Walmart Mr. Louis Finkel, American Petroleum Institute Rep.-Elect Ruben Gallego Dr. Meriah Heredia-Griego, UNM Rep. Ruben Hinojosa Mr. Raul Magdaleno, IDQ Group, Inc. Mr. Keith McCoy, ExxonMobil Mr. Tony C. Moya, Salt River Project Rep. Pedro Pierluisi Ms. Deanna Rodriguez, Entergy Ms. Ivette Rodriguez, AEM Ms. Ermelina Ruiz Moretti, Chevron Rep. Albio Sires Mr. Walter Ulloa, Entravision Ms. Andrea Zuniga, AFL-CIO
About CHCI CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,600 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program.