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Alumni in Elected & Appointed Office


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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Staff Members for the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy - CHCI Alumnus May 2011

Name: Crisóforo Garza
CHCI program: Public Policy Fellow (2005-2006)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Editor-in-Chief
How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?

CHCI changed my life personally and professionally, and I will be forever grateful to CHCI's leadership and supporters. As a Public Policy Fellow in the office of Congressman Donald Payne, I had the opportunity to work with DMP (as the Congressman was known) and his wonderful, caring staff. They mentored me and made sure that I learned how to be successful in policy and politics. Whether I was writing speeches on education, statements on the western hemisphere, or questions for hearings, I knew that it was CHCI who put me in the position to become an effective advocate for Latinos, the poor, and the disenfranchised. To put it simply, my career thus far and my path to the Harvard Kennedy School is due in large part to my amazing CHCI experience. Additionally, I cherish the close friendships I made through the fellowship – friendships that will last a lifetime and that continue to make me a better person.

Name: Jeanette Acosta
CHCI program: Summer Internship (2005)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Managing Editor
How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?

My experience with CHCI truly shifted my life onto an empowered pipeline toward advanced education and professional achievement. With CHCI's support and the summer opportunity to work with the inspirational Congressman Xavier Becerra, I not only gained direct exposure to national politics and policy challenges ranging from CAFTA-DR to the National Museum of the American Latino Community Commission Act, but I also met lifelong friends and mentors who introduced me to opportunities such as Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship and the Fulbright Grant. Since the summer of 2005, whenever I meet young Latina/o students I encourage them to apply for CHCI so they can experience the support and power of the CHCI pipeline and continue to lift others up along with them.

Name: Mayra Suárez
CHCI program: Summer Internship (2005)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Director of Board Relations
How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?

The Congressional Internship Program, and my placement with then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, gave me the opportunity to see first-hand the establishment of Latino policies. It also allowed me to have a direct impact on the Latino community in Washington, DC through a community service project done in collaboration with Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care. It is thanks to these opportunities, as well as their leadership development program, that I continue to remain engaged with the Latino community at Harvard and aspire to become Puerto Rico's first female Senator.

Name: Joe Carreón
CHCI program: Scholarship Recipient (2007); Summer Internship (2008)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Senior Editor for Print Interviews
How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?

CHCI was life-changing. It provided me with the opportunity to work inside the halls of the United States Congress and get a firsthand look at the making of federal policy. This experience, accompanied with lasting friendships and a network of mentors across the country, continues to be instrumental in my professional development. Due to CHCI, I feel more empowered and more knowledgeable about what is needed to create change through government.

Name: Salvador E. Perez
CHCI program: Public Policy Fellowship (2007-2008)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Senior Editor for Book Reviews

How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?
I can say, without a doubt, that being a CHCI Fellow was a seminal experience for me – personally and professionally. I can't think of a better way to have started a career in public service.

Name: Noerena Limon
CHCI program: Public Policy Fellowship (2005-2006)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Editor-at-Large

Name: Adam J. Gonzales
CHCI program: Public Policy Fellowship (2005-2006)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Former Editor-in-Chief (2009-2010)

How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?
Looking back five years after my fellowship experience, it's clear that CHCI made a huge impact on my life. For one, the Public Policy fellowship allowed me to establish a professional foundation that I've been able to build upon ever since graduating from the program. The work experience, the exposure to multiple policy areas, and the skill development have all been huge factors in helping me to grow professionally. Moreover, the networking opportunities and camaraderie of the fellowship class blessed me with life-long friends and mentors. But most importantly, I met my wife Gabby when we were both in the same fellowship class. In some sense, CHCI was like one-stop shopping for a grown-up life! Overall, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities that the CHCI fellowship created. As Editor-in-Chief of the HJHP last year, I was proud to publish important policy research being conducted by CHCI fellows and alumni. And of course, I'm very happy to see a new generation of CHCI alums steering the current HJHP volume!

Name: Gabriela Ventura Gonzales
CHCI program: Public Policy Fellowship (2005-2006)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Former Editor-in-Chief (2008-2009)

How did your CHCI experience change or impact your life?
When I was a CHCI fellow five years ago I knew I was a part of something special. Five years later I realize how extraordinary the experience was - I began my career through CHCI, embarked upon a graduate course of study in law and public policy because of my experiences in Washington, DC, and I even met my husband, Adam, through the fellowship! The network and the friendships are enduring. It was a privilege to serve as a former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy (HJHP) alongside several accomplished CHCI alumni. It is a testament to the strength of CHCI programs that so many CHCI alumni continue to lead the HJHP.

Name: Emerita Torres
CHCI program: Summer Internship (2005)
Position with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy: Former Editor-in-Chief (2008-2009)


Past Alumni 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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