WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced its new board of directors for the 2009-2010 term. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York will chair its board of directors. Velazquez's unanimous election to the post signals the Board's confidence in her vision and dedication to CHCI's mission.
"The strength of the Hispanic community continues to grow and reach new heights, and we are at a point today where all issues from healthcare to the economy should be considered Hispanic issues. Now is our chance to build upon these successes and empower our youth to chart a path that will place Latinos at the forefront of a global, innovation-driven economy," said Congresswoman Velazquez.
Velazquez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 representing New York's 12th District. Her district covers areas of Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and Queens, the only district to cover all three boroughs. Velazquez currently chairs the House Small Business Committee and is a member of the Financial Services Committee.
"We could not be more pleased that Congresswoman Velazquez will be leading the organization for the next two years," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "Her experience, knowledge, and commitment to the Hispanic community are unparalleled. We look forward to expanding our reach into the community to serve even more young Latinos in the coming years."
CHCI also welcomes its new congressional board members: the Honorable Ben Lujan (NM-3) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR).
The 2009-2010 CHCI Executive Board: Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12) CHCI Chair Rita Jaramillo, National Education Association CHCI Vice Chair Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. CHCI Secretary Hon. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) CHCI Treasurer Full Board Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy Silvia Aldana, PG&E Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank Hon. Joe Baca (CA-43) Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31) Tonio Burgos, Burgos & Associates Hon. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) Gil Casellas, DELL Maria Contreras Sweet, FORTIUS Hon. Jim Costa (CA-20) Hon. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) Leo Diaz, UPS Frank Dominguez, Imperial Construction Luis Echarte, Azteca America Ivelisse Estrada, Univision Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service Henry Fernandez, USA Funds Mike Fernandez, State Farm Insurance Jerry Fuentes, AT&T Francisco Gali, Gali Services International Robert Garcia, Venable Susan Gonzales, Comcast Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20) Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon Hon. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) Hon. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4) Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3) Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines Zixta Martinez, Freddie Mac Hon. Robert Menendez (NJ) Moses Mercado, Ogilvy Hon. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA-38) Carlos D. Nazario, Jr., Promesa Systems Juan Ochoa, Metropolitan Pier Exposition Authority Hon. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27) Orlando Padilla, General Motors Emilio Pardo, AARP Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-4) Hon. Pedro Pierluisi (PR) Yvette Pena Lopez, Teamsters Federico Pena, Vestar Capital Partners Patricia Pineda, Toyota Frank Quevedo, Southern California Edison Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO Hon. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16) Chuck Rocha, United Steelworkers Hon. Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates Benjamin Romero, Lockheed Martin Frank Ros, The Coca-Cola Company Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) Hon. John T. Salazar (CO-3) Rocio Saenz, SEIU Ignacio Salazar, SER -- Jobs for Progress Corinne Sanchez, Proyecto del Barrio Hon. Linda T. Sanchez (CA-39) Hon. Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) Hon. Albio Sires (NJ-13) Hon. Jose E. Serrano (NY-16) Hon. Hilda Solis (CA-32) Oscar Suris, Ford Motor Company Ray Verches, Verches & Associates Omar Vargas, PepsiCo E. Ivan Zapien, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO Alejandra Ceja, Emeritus, CHCI Alumni Association President Ed Pena, CHCI Counsel About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
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 or visit http://www.chci.org/. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
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