Leo Prieto CHCI Alumnus July 2008
Kansas City, MO
CHCI Internship 1999: Senator Sam Brownback
CHCI Fellowship 2000-2001: 1st Placement: Rep. Luis Gutierrez; 2nd Placement: U.S. Department Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practice
CHCI Scholarship 2003
What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program(s)?
I worked at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute from June 2001 to August 2003 as the First Central States Regional Director in Kansas City, KS. I coordinated grassroots leadership development programs and voter registration campaigns for twelve states. After receiving a law degree from Kansas University I began to work as Director of Latino Relations for the Kansas City Wizards serving as a liaison between the team, the Hispanic media and Kansas City Latino community and international markets. My responsibilities included marketing, sourcing corporate partnerships, creating Spanish language media opportunities, grassroots efforts, advertising/marketing opportunities, charitable work, political activism and working closely with youth and adult soccer leagues. I have been promoted to Director of Corporate Partnerships where I handle corporate sponsorships. The revenue generated in MLS soccer is strategically a result of companies reaching out and targeting Latino communities. I also handle international friendly matches and partnerships.
What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and development as a leader?
CHCI was an amazing experience that changed my life. It allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, gave me confidence to compete and be amongst the best, and allowed me to develop my diverse leadership skills at all levels. It gave me the political, corporate, and legal experience as a foundation to succeed in anything that I do.
How have you stayed engaged in community service?
In law school through educating undocumented workers on their rights and through USHLI, organizing and mobilizing Latino voter registration campaigns and motivational speaking in Latino communities.
What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants?
Get out of your comfort zone and be yourself. People will forget your name, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
In five years as the "Mexican Jerry McGuire" and in ten running for national office.
Past Alumni of the Month
Miguel A. Blancarte, Jr. - March 2015 Alumni of the Month
Martha L. Bahamón - February 2015 Alumni of the Month
2013-14 CHCI Alumni Executive Board - January 2015 Alumni of the Month
Mariana Kihuen - December 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Henry Fernandez - November 2014 Alumnus 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