The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced today its new board of directors for the 2011-2012 term. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, D-Texas, will chair its board of directors. Gonzalez's unanimous election to the post signals the board's confidence in his vision and dedication to CHCI's mission. CHCI also announced its newly created advisory council.
"CHCI has a 32-year legacy of developing Latino leaders and I look forward to expanding the great work and achievements of Rep. Velazquez and past chairs during the next two years," said Gonzalez. "The Latino population is positioned to determine the future success of America and CHCI is at the forefront of the struggle to ensure Latino youth have opportunities to succeed through education."
Gonzalez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 representing Texas' 20th Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the House Administration Committee. His father, former Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, represented the same district for 37 years, and is one of the founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1976.
"We could not be more pleased that Rep. Gonzalez will be leading the organization for the next two years," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "His experience, knowledge, and passion for 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."
The 2011-2012 CHCI Executive Board:
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez
Susan Gonzales, Comcast
CHCI Vice Chair
CHCI President & CEO
Mike Fernandez, Cargill
Benjamin Romero, Lockheed Martin
Derek E. Leon
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP CHCI Counsel
Board of Directors
Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corp.
Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif.
Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch
Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Assn. President
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif
Maria Contreras Sweet, PROMERICA Bank
Leo Diaz, UPS
Ivelisse Estrada, Univision
Henry Fernandez, USA Funds
Jerry Fuentes, AT&T
Francisco Gali, Gali Services International
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas
Rita Jaramillo, NEA
Rep. Ben R. Lujan, D-N.M.
Moses Mercado, Ogilvy
Orlando Padilla, Padilla Networks
Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi
Patricia Pineda, Toyota
Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO
Chuck Rocha, CWA
Frank Ros, The Coca-Cola Co.
Ignacio Salazar, SER-Jobs for Progress
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, D-Calif.
Omar Vargas, PepsiCo
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez,D-N.Y.
E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart
CHCI Advisory Council
Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy
Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.
Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas
Luis Echarte, Azteca America
Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service
Robert Garcia, Venable
Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez,D-Ill.
Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano, D-Calif.
Carlos D. Nazario, Jr., RC Consulting
Emilio Pardo, AARP
Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz.
Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance
Frank Quevedo, Quevedo Group
Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas
Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.
Del. Gregorio Sablan
Rocio Saenz, SEIU
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif
Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y.
Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J.
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