October 28, 2016
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Hispanic Caucus Seats New Board Members

 WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has announced its new board of directors for the 2011-2012 term.  Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez of San Antonio, TX 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 Representative 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


CHCI Chair


Susan Gonzales, Comcast


CHCI Vice Chair


Esther Aguilera


CHCI President & CEO




Mike Fernandez, Cargill


CHCI Treasurer


Benjamin Romero, Lockheed Martin


CHCI Secretary


Derek E. Leon


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP CHCI Counsel



Board of Directors


Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation


Rep. Joe Baca


Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch


Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Assn. President


Rep. Dennis Cardoza


Gil Casellas


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


Rita Jaramillo, NEA


Rep. Ben R. Lujan


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 Company


Ignacio Salazar, SER—Jobs for Progress


Rep. Linda T. Sanchez


Omar Vargas, PepsiCo


Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez


E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart



CHCI Advisory Council


Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy


Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank


Rep. Xavier Becerra


Rep. Jim Costa


Rep. Henry Cuellar


Luis Echarte, Azteca America


Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service


Robert Garcia, Venable


Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon


Rep. Raul Grijalva


Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez


Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines


Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano


Carlos D. Nazario, Jr., RC Consulting


Emilio Pardo, AARP


Rep. Ed Pastor


Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance


Frank Quevedo, Quevedo Group


Rep. Silvestre Reyes


Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates


Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard


Del. Gregorio Sablan


Rocio Saenz, SEIU


Rep. Loretta Sanchez


Rep. Jose E. Serrano


Rep. Albio Sires


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. 


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