2013-14 CHCI Alumni Association Candidates for Executive Board
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CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT
It has been a privilege serving you as president and working with my fellow alumni board members and chapter leaders to strengthen our association. During the last couple of years we worked hard to reconnect with you, engage you through better communications, and doubling the number of our chapters so we can support you in your respective communities. Through my service on the CHCI Board of Directors, I have actively represented the interests of alumni to ensure that our perspective is part of the deliberations regarding CHCI’s programs and initiatives. For example, this year I worked closely with CHCI events staff to increase alumni participation by offering discount pricing and featuring alumni as speakers or moderators at all the major sessions of the Public Policy Conference in September. In addition, the AA continued to support the Fellows, Interns, and participants of the Ready to Lead (R2L) and High School Latino Leaders in D.C. (HSLLDC) programs by providing opportunities for alumni to interact with and mentor current participants.
As result of our growth and the need for a more dynamic alumni association that supports CHCI’s mission through the continued professional development of its members, we began the process of restructuring the Alumni Association. I envision an organization that fosters a strong sense of community among alumni; that promotes service and continued leadership development; and that leverages its network and expertise for the further empowerment of our community. As this restructuring process continues, I ask for your vote and the opportunity to help establish an association to better serve you and the future generations of CHCI alumni. Thank you for your consideration and vote.
Luis is an Associate at the Ibarra Strategy Group (ISG) with federal legislative and advocacy experience who assists clients with strategy development, issue advocacy, and outreach to government entities, national and community organizations. Prior to joining the Ibarra Strategy Group, Luis worked as a Legislative Correspondent in the DC Office of Senator Jack Reed (D- RI), covering Social Security, senior, housing, and health care related issues. He also served as Senator Reed’s liaison to the Senate Democratic Hispanic Taskforce. ??Prior to his work with Senator Reed, Luis was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow and worked at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) on labor and education issues. During his tenure at NILC, Luis assisted with the planning and execution of activities for the Low-Wage Immigrant Worker (LWIW) Coalition, which brought immigrant advocacy groups and labor organizations together toward the common goals of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and fair working conditions. He also supported NILC’s advocacy work around the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. In 2002, Luis participated in the CHCI Summer Intern Program and in 2003 he received a CHCI Scholarship for his undergraduate studies. In addition, Luis served as the Vice President of the CHCI Alumni Association between 2009 and 2010, and was elected as President for the 2011-2012 term. Luis graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Art in Political Science. He served four year as a member of the Board of Governors of the Brown Alumni Association, serving as Co-Chair of the Multicultural Alumni Committee, and remains a member of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC). Luis is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University on a part-time basis and is expected to graduate in 2014. Luis was born in Armenia, Quindío (Colombia) and grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT
As an alumna of the 2005-2006 Public Policy Fellowship class, I am deeply grateful to CHCI for giving me the opportunity to participate in one of its prestigious programs. It is out of this sense of gratitude, and commitment to developing the next generation of Latino Leaders that I have continued to support CHCI’s mission. Over the last two years, first as the Secretary and now as the Vice President of the Association’s Executive Board, I have worked to increase the visibility of the Alumni Association and to strengthen our network by facilitating communication between alumni, the association, and the institute. I have strongly advocated for the inclusion and increased participation of our alumni in CHCI’s HHM program as well as the expansion of professional development opportunities for our youngest members. With your support, I would like to continue to serve as a voice for the CHCI alumni community, to build on the accomplishments of the last year, to increase alumni engagement, and to expand professional development and workforce readiness opportunities for all our members. I respectfully ask for your vote to serve as the Vice-President of the CHCI-AA, and I thank you in advance for your consideration.
Iliana Estévez currently serves as the Federal Programs Manager at the Hispanic College Fund. In this capacity, she oversees the implementation of three federal workforce development and college retention programs, which include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project, and the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) as well as the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Leadership Project. Iliana joined HCF as the NNSA Leadership Project Manager in 2011. Prior to joining the Hispanic College Fund, Iliana served as the Assistant Director of Georgetown University’s Carroll Fellows Initiative. Her responsibilities included managing recruitment, outreach, program development and advising over 100 students. She also managed the Lisa J. Raines Summer Research Fellowship and the Arrupe Scholarship for Peace. In 2007, Iliana was selected as Amnesty International’s Ralph J. Bunche Fellow where she led a campaign to improve the working conditions of migrant farm workers. Through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy Fellowship, she worked at the World Bank’s Civic Engagement and Participation Group and at the Washington Office on Latin America. Iliana graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a BA in Hispanic Studies and English Literature.
My name is Amilcar Guzman, a 2008-2009 Public Policy Fellow and current Programs Coordinator for the CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA). I seek your vote for the Vice-President of the 2013-2014 CHCI-AA Executive Board. In 2008, I was fortunate to be selected as a Public Policy Fellow and spent 9 months honing my public policy skills and learning what it means to be a Latino leader. I am thankful for the opportunities that CHCI has afforded me and strive to ensure that future generations of program participants and alumni have the same opportunities to develop their professional skills as Latino leaders. Since completing the Fellowship, I have remained actively engaged with CHCI and worked tirelessly to support the mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders. I have served as an applicant reviewer for various CHCI programs and presented frequently at CHCI’s Ready 2 Lead events. As Programs Coordinator for the Alumni Association, I have coordinated multiple events to enhance the awareness of the AA, deepened the AA’s commitment of civic engagement to the Washington, DC area and developed mentorship opportunities between alumni and current program participants. If elected Vice-President of the CHCI-AA, I will work diligently to improve the association, develop our chapters across the nation and enhance our connection to the Washington, DC area. To achieve these goals I will focus on the following areas: restructuring, chapter development, communications, continuous programming and increased collaboration with partner organizations. Currently, the AA is at a crossroads. We are in the midst of deciding our governing structure and its’ relationship to CHCI. Through the restructuring process, I will bring a fresh perspective to these conversations. If elected vice-president of the Association, I hope to provide chapters across the nation with guidance to build their membership, techniques to engage their communities and support as they engage with CHCI and the national board. Through improved communications and consistent programming, I will strive to ensure that all members of the AA feel valued and supported in their ongoing professional development. Lastly, I will seek to establish new partnerships with Latino and community based organizations across DC. In the coming years, the CHCI-AA will undergo a number of changes. As we move forward, I hope to provide consistent and committed leadership to ensure that our members and future members feel supported and valued. As Vice-President of the CHCI-AA I can make strides towards achieving these goals. Thank you and I look forward to the possibility of representing you as Vice-President of the CHCI Alumni Association.
Amilcar Guzman is an Associate, (National and Federal Policy Initiatives) at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC). In this position, he works at the national and federal level to support the effective development and use of longitudinal data systems to promote student success. Prior to joining DQC, Amilcar served as a Research and Policy Associate at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships where he worked to improve data collection efforts and funding for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Amilcar split his time between the White House Initiative for the Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans where he researched the educational pipeline and the office of Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA 15) where he developed policy recommendations on youth mentoring programs. In the local and surrounding community, Amilcar serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia, elementary school tutor and a member of the Lycoming College Alumni Association’s Executive Board. He also served as the Programs Coordinator for the CHCI-AA between 2010-2012. He holds an M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership (Higher Education) from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY
As the current Secretary of the CHCI-AA, I have been honored to serve our members and represent our association. I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the CHCI organization through my participation and interactions with our alumni and program participants. I was introduced to CHCI in 2008 as a Public Policy Fellow and have never been the same. I would like to continue helping the AA build upon our membership, quality programming and future structure. I have been able to work with our alumni from all over the country and witness the difference they are making both in their local communities as well as the dedication they have to give back to CHCI. In our attempts to not only grow our membership but provide quality experiences and resources to our members there are things we need to work on. One way is to continue enhancing the association's online presence and utilizing social media to interact with each other and share information and opportunities. Another way is to continue assisting in providing quality programming to our chapters, local DC alumni and CHCI. This will help people feel connected and continue to foster the sense of family that we have with each other both in DC and across the country. The AA has begun the process of updating our association to better fit the needs of our members and I am happy to be a part of this process. I have served, volunteered and interacted with CHCI in many capacities since my fellowship, such as a member of the Mentoring Task Force, Scholarship and Program Applicant Review Committees as well as being a panelist for fellows, interns and program participant events. Through all of this I have been lucky enough to meet and get to know my fellow alumni, new and current program participants as well as other members of the CHCI family and Id love to continue working with this amazing group or people. I would be grateful to receive your vote for the position of Secretary of the CHCI-AA. Thank you!
Veronica Duron is a Legislative Aide in the Office of Senator Chuck Schumer. She works on the policy areas of education and health care for the Senator. Prior to her work in the U.S. Senate, Veronica worked at CHCI helping the new Development Department manage donors and incoming revenue for CHCI's programs. In 2008, Veronica was selected as a CHCI Public Policy Fellow where she was placed in the office of Congressman Solomon Ortiz. After her placement, she continued to work in his office handling a variety of issues, including: education, labor, housing and banking and finance. Veronica graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a BA in Sociology and History. Go Horns!
CANDIDATES FOR TREASURER
CANDIDATES FOR PROGRAMS COORDINATOR
CHCI has transformed my personal and professional life in so many ways, especially by giving me a new family that is supportive and caring. I am grateful for the investment CHCI has made in me and my professional career. I have been waiting for the opportunity to give back to CHCI in a significant way by volunteering my time on the Alumni Executive Board since I became in alum in 2010. My desire to be on the Board comes from a sense of gratitude and desire to continue to foster relationships with fellow alums in order to support them in their personal and professional lives. If given the opportunity to become Programs Coordinator, I would strive to accomplish three primary goals with the help of all of you.
Goal 1: Understand Needs of Alums: I would strive to understand and meet the needs of alums as they go through the different stages of their lives. We all have different needs as we move throughout our lives and in order to engage alums, we need to understand their individual needs. But understanding the needs is just the first step. I want to take action and address those needs as best as we can.
Goal 2: Effective Communication: I want to make sure alums know what the Alumni Boards are doing on their behalf, not just the Alumni Executive Board in DC but other Alumni Boards in the different cities. Board Members are elected to serve you so it's important for you to know what we are doing to help you. It is also important that you know what other alums are doing, what they have accomplished, and how they are making a difference in their community. I want to accomplish this by creating a quarterly newsletter and using social media to keep you informed.
3. Unite Scholarship Recipients, Interns, and Fellows: We all know how great CHCI is and how it has made a difference in our lives. Some of us have 9 months to experience the best of CHCI while others have 3 months or are given financial assistance. All of it is great but not all the experiences are the same. Regardless of what you are a recipient of, the CHCI family should be available to you. I want to implement creative ways to connect alums to one another so that we can continue to be a support system for one another.
It would be a honor to work on your behalf. Thank you all for your consideration.
Karla Acevedo was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 4. Being involved in the community from an early age and having mentors to guide her have heavily influenced her passion for social justice and working with youth. Growing up, Karla was involved in a local non-profit organization called MissionSAFE, which uses a relational/trauma-sensitive youth development model. Karla became intimately familiar with the organizations programs and approach first as a participant and then as a peer-leader practitioner. Karla next worked as a Youth Programs Associate at the Boston Center for Community and Justice, which strives to develop a diverse community of socially responsible leaders, both individuals and organizations, which advance social justice throughout the Greater Boston area. This position provided Karla the opportunity to work with a diverse group of high school students and facilitate cross-cultural understanding, dialogue and community building. As a CHCI Fellow, Karla worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and then with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Based on the strength of her work, she was hired after her Fellowship ended to direct the LAYC's cutting edge youth leadership development and volunteer mentoring programs. She later transferred to the Community Peace Building Team where she worked on gang prevention and helped youth make healthy choices. She graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a degree in Human Development and Women's Studies. She received her Master's in Public Administration from Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows Program. Her passion is to help young people find their voice and achieve their dreams.
CANDIDATES FOR LEGAL LIAISON
I am pleased to submit my qualifications for reelection as the CHCI-AA Legal Liaison. The CHCI-AA is at a critical point of restructuring for its future. The legal liaison is a key collaborator and advisor throughout the process of restructuring the association in the months ahead. And so I hope to continue in service to the CHCI-AA in this position. The Legal Liaison's role is to serve as translator, counselor and helper -- offering counsel and advice to the board, and supporting the President in communicating to the alumni body. The Legal Liaison is also the member of the alumni Board charged with creating simple, usable explanations of complex financial and governance matters facing our association and its chapters. The role affords the CHCI-AA Board one team member who can help make recommendations for updates to our bylaws and related documents in order to evolve the association's leadership structure for the future. As an attorney, I've counseled numerous clients across business issues and transactional matters. As a policy leader, I have also worked with teams to distill complex public policy issues into powerful messages. All of this, and my personal passion and dedication to CHCI will help me to continue to serve the CHCI-AA Board and our alumni. Thank you for considering my candidacy and for your vote to reelect me.
Jason Llorenz is an alumnus of CHCI's internship and law fellowship programs, and has been actively involved as a trainer and mentor for virtually every CHCI class since he was a Fellow. Jason is a leading advocate in the areas of telecommunications and innovation policy, and currently serves as Advisor to the Mobile Future Coalition. He has addressed numerous groups and associations both on Capitol Hill and around the country. Jason’s writing appears in the Huffington Post, and he has authored articles or been interviewed for numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, Univision News, Latina Lista, Politic 365, Fierce Telecom, and others. Jason earned a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from Cazenovia College. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Washington, DC. Jason serves as a legal advisor to the Columbia-Harlem small business development center at Columbia University, where he offers low-cost and pro-bono legal services to the center’s small business and start-up clients. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Internship Institute (501(C)(3). LinkedIn.com/in/jasonllorenz. Twitter: @llorenzesq.