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Esther Aguilera Receives Alumni Award from Occidental College

CHCI is proud to announce its President & CEO Esther Aguilera as a 2010 recipient of the Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community from her alma mater, Occidental College in Los Angeles. She will receive the award on Saturday, June 12, 2010, as part of the annual Alumni Awards Assembly which recognizes distinguished alumni selected by the Occidental College Alumni Association for their commitment to giving back to the community.

"I am honored to be recognized by my alma mater for work that I truly love doing," said Aguilera. "Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the work force and the generations of Latinos to come will have more power than ever to influence this nation. CHCI garners that power in Latino youth and reinforces the goals of higher education and civic duty within every fiber of the Hispanic community."

Aguilera will also be featured as a keynote speaker during a presentation on "Building an Excellent, High Performing Organization" on Saturday June 12, prior to the award ceremony, as part of Occidental College's Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Aguilera, a native of Mexico, moved to the United States with her family at three years old. Her and her siblings quickly realized the importance of higher education as the pathway to the American dream. "Getting my college degree has allowed me to live my dreams and it is especially gratifying to come full circle and now dedicate my career to providing that opportunity for others."

Since graduating from Occidental College with a BA in Public Policy, Aguilera has occupied various high-ranking positions in Washington, D.C. including policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, senior advisor to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and executive director of the Department of Energy Small Business Office.

Since taking the helm of CHCI in 2004 she has been presented with Hispanic magazine's "2006 Latina Excellence Award in Education," was featured in Latino Leaders magazine's 2007 women's issue for her positive impact in the Hispanic community, and is recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in Washington, D.C. Under her leadership, CHCI has grown its programs, its outreach and established itself as the premier leadership organization for young Latinos. 

About CHCI
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.

The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Media Contact:
Scott Gunderson Rosa: (202) 548-5876