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Luis Ayala
Councilmember
City of Alhambra
Alhambra, CA
1997-1998 CHCI Fellow

 
Anthony Alcoser
Member- Board of Trustees
Harlandale ISD
San Antonio, Texas
2003 Intern


Ben Cardenas
Member- Board of Education
Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA
2002-2003 Fellow

Alejandra Castillo
Member- Board of Trustees
University of the District of Columbia
1992-1993 Fellow


Abel Herrero
State Representative
Texas House of Representatives
1992 Intern

 Liza Rodriguez
Judge
Bexar County Court #8
San Antonio, TX
1993-1994 Fellow


José G. Pérez
Alderman
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
1996 Intern


Jessie Ulibarri
State Senator
Colorado Senate
2006-2007 Fellow


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Congressional Staff-CHCI Alumni April 2012

Congressional Staff-April 2012 Alumni of the Month

 

This month, CHCI profiles three CHCI Alumni congressional staffers that were recently elected as Executive Board members of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association: Bertha Guerrero, President, Marvin Figueroa, Vice President and Maria Urbina, Programming Director.

Maria Urbina
Carson City, NV
Legislative Correspondence Manager, Office of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
CHCI Fellowship 2008-09: Office of Senator Harry Reid, Latino and Asian Affairs

What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program?

Upon the completion of my public policy fellowship in the spring of 2009, I was hired on staff to be a Legislative Correspondent (LC) covering issues such as public lands and natural resource management, labor, gaming, immigration and civil rights. A year and half later, I was asked to join the re-election efforts in Nevada, serving as the Friends for Harry Reid Northern Nevada Latino and Asian Outreach Coordinator. After a successful re-election campaign for the most watched campaign of the 2010 cycle, I returned to DC to resume my position as an LC. Shortly after my return, I was promoted to manage the Senator’s legislative correspondence corps and robust mail system. I continue to work on my issues as an LC, and enjoy being part of Team Reid.

What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and the opportunity to work in Congress?

Naturally, without the financial and professional backing of the CHCI program and staff, I would have been extremely limited in my abilities to work on the Hill and expand my network. Every step of the way CHCI and its many networks provided guidance, support and friendship.

What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants, especially those who also wish to work in Congress?

My advice to CHCI familia on the Hill is to be good stewards of the CHCI name, and get to know those outside of the CHCI network to balance out your professional and personal well- being in Congress.

Marvin Figueroa
Bronx, New York
Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
CHCI Fellowship 2010-11: White House, Office of Public Engagement & Office of Senator Mark Warner

What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program?

Following the fellowship, I took a permanent position in the office of Senator Mark Warner as a Legislative Correspondent.  I have since been promoted to Legislative Aide, handling healthcare and education, and the lead person on immigration policy.  In this capacity, I meet with constituents on behalf of the Senator, research and develop policy proposals, and drafts legislation. I was recently appointed to Senator Warner’s liaison to the Hispanic community, and I am now responsible for ensuring that the growing Virginia Hispanic community is able to inform the work of the Senator.

What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and the opportunity to work in Congress?

The fellowship provided the opportunity to gain a federal perspective on the disparities we see in education and healthcare, and surrounded me with policymakers, thought leaders, and high ranking officials committed to creating solutions.  My participation in the program sharpened my ability to view things from an interdisciplinary lens, equipping me with the understanding that in every public policy discussion there are multiple layers to consider.  This is a skill I continue to use.

What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants, especially those who also wish to work in Congress?

Just be bold.  I believe too many smart, young people often level their expectations because they lack positive role models.  This was the case for me at one point.  Now, if there is no one where I aspire to be, I create my own blueprint.  You just have to have faith—both in God and in yourself.

Bertha Guerrero
Santa Ana, California
Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
CHCI Fellowship 2009-10: Office of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva

What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program?

Following the fellowship, I was offered a permanent position in the office of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) as a Legislative Assistant. In this capacity I serve as the policy advisor for the Congressman in the areas of immigration, border security, human rights, and foreign affairs.  I also was recently elected to President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association Executive Board, a non-partisan Congressional Staff Organization whose primary purpose is to increase the number of Hispanic staffers in Congress and to promote career development and advancement opportunities for current Hispanic staffers.

I am honored to serve as President of CHSA—an organization that has made a tremendous impact in increasing the recruitment, retention and development of a more diverse workforce on Capitol Hill.  I look forward to working with the newly elected Executive Board, our membership, and all our partners in advancing CHSA’s mission and am eager to see the exciting directions the organization will take in this coming year.

What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and the opportunity to work in Congress?

Through the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship, I gained hands-on experience in federal policy decision-making that is essential to my work in Capitol Hill. My primary focus throughout the program was to address healthcare, education, affordable housing and immigration issues, and through this experience I was able to include these needed skills for my career in federal government.

What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants, especially those who also wish to work in Congress?

The most impressive aspect of CHCI's program was having the opportunity to engage and interact with prominent Latina/o Leaders and Latina/o Community Partners.  Having the opportunity to engage with these leaders was empowering. These leaders have paved the way for the leaders of tomorrow, and it was a great honor to partake in such an insightful and empowering program.  I strongly encourage current and prospective CHCI participants to really enjoy and utilize every resource the CHCI program has available for its program participants.


Past Alumni of the Month

Ricardo Zavala - September 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Miryam Catherine Granthon-Gerdine - August 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Angelica Reza Wind - July 2014 Alumna of the Month
Ray Mateo - June 2014 Alumni of the Month
Hayde Calderon - May 2014 Alumni of the Month
Arnoldo Avalos - April 2014 Alumni of the Month
Elizabeth Cedillo - March 2014 Alumni of the Month
Marvin Figueroa - February 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Cris Garza - January 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Jaden Felix - December 2013 Alumni of the Month
2013 Distinguished Alumni - October/November 2013 Alumni of the Month
Fabiola Carrion - September 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Juan C. Otero- August 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Norma Dominguez - July 2013 Alumni of the Month
Francisco Heredia - June 2013 - Alumnus of the Month
Raymond Rico - May 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Alejandra Castillo - April 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Yara Lorenzo - March 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Antonio E. Sandoval & Milagros “Mimi” Aledo-Sandoval - Alumni Couple of the Month
Abel Herrero - January 2013
Jessie Mosqueda - December 2012
Kenia Seoane Lopez - CHCI Alumnus November 2012
Hon. Liza Rodriguez - 2012 Distinguished Alumnus & October 2012 Alumnus
Melissa Chabran - CHCI Alumnus June 2012
Jessie Ulibarri - CHCI Alumnus May 2012
Congressional Staff-CHCI Alumni April 2012
Anthony Alcoser-CHCI Alumnus March 2012
Diana Mendoza-CHCI Alumnus February 2012
Betsaida Alcantara-CHCI Alumnus December 2011
Orson Aguilar - CHCI 2011 Distinguished Alumnus & September 2011 Alumnus
Cynthia T. Cruz-CHCI Alumnus August 2011
Miguel Lopez - CHCI Alumnus July 2011
Alejandro Becerra - CHCI Alumnus June 2011
Staff Members for the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy - CHCI Alumnus May 2011
Happy 30th Anniversary CHCI Fellowship Program!
Raul Magdaleno - CHCI Alumnus March 2011
Carlos Elizondo -- CHCI Alumnus December 2010
Ana M. Polanco -- CHCI Alumnus April 2010
Sami Hamed -- CHCI Alumnus March 2010
Couple Edition -- CHCI Alumnus February 2010
CHCI Alumni Association Chapters' Special Edition - October 2009
Edith Rocío Robles -- CHCI Alumnus August 2009
Silvia Inéz Salazar--CHCI Alumnus July 2009
Francisco J. Uribe CHCI Alumnus June 2009
Heidy Servin-Baez CHCI Alumnus April 2009
March 2009: White House Edition
William (Bill) Arce CHCI Alumnus February 2009
Stephanie Valencia CHCI Alumnus January 2009
Miguel Ayala CHCI Alumnus December 2008
Eric Rodriguez-CHCI Alumnus November 2008
Sonia Ramirez CHCI Alumnus October 2008
Mildred Otero CHCI Alumnus September 2008
Juan Ciscomani CHCI Alumus August 2008
Leo Prieto CHCI Alumnus July 2008
Octavio Saenz CHCI Alumnus June 2008


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