CHCI Announces New 2011-2012 Board Members

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez to Chair Nation's Leading Latino Youth Leadership Development Organization

CHCI today announced its new board of directors for the 2011-2012 term. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez of San Antonio, TX will chair its board of directors. Gonzalez's unanimous election to the post signals the Board's confidence in his vision and dedication to CHCI's mission.  CHCI also announced its newly created advisory council.

"CHCI has a 32-year legacy of developing Latino leaders and I look forward to expanding the great work and achievements of Rep. Velázquez and past chairs during the next two years," said Gonzalez. "The Latino population is positioned to determine the future success of America and CHCI is at the forefront of the struggle to ensure Latino youth have opportunities to succeed through education."

Gonzalez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 representing Texas' 20th Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the House Administration Committee.  His father, former Representative Henry B. Gonzalez, represented the same district for 37 years, and is one of the founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1976. 

"We could not be more pleased that Rep. Gonzalez will be leading the organization for the next two years," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "His experience, knowledge, and passion for the Hispanic community are unparalleled. We look forward to expanding our reach into the community to serve even more young Latinos in the coming years."

CHCI 2011-2012 Executive Board

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez
CHCI Chair
Susan Gonzales,
CHCI Vice Chair
Mike Fernandez,
CHCI Treasurer
Benjamin Romero,
Lockheed Martin
CHCI Secretary
Esther Aguilera,
CHCI President & CEO

Derek E. Leon
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP  CHCI Counsel

Board of Directors
Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation
Rep. Joe Baca
Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch
Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Assn. President
Rep. Dennis Cardoza
Gil Casellas
Maria Contreras-Sweet, PROMERICA Bank
Leo Diaz, UPS
Ivelisse Estrada, Univision
Henry Fernandez, USA Funds
Jerry Fuentes, AT&T
Francisco Gali, Gali Services International
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa
Rita Jaramillo, NEA
Rep. Ben R. Lujan
Moses Mercado, Ogilvy
Orlando Padilla, Padilla Networks
Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi
Patricia Pineda, Toyota
Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO
Chuck Rocha, CWA
Frank Ros, The Coca-Cola Company
Ignacio Salazar, SER-Jobs for Progress
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez
Omar Vargas, PepsiCo
Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez
E. Ivan Zapian, Walmart

CHCI Advisory Council
Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy
Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Jim Costa
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Luis Echarte, Azteca America
Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service
Robert Garcia, Venable
Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez
Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano
Carlos D. Nazario, Jr. , RC Consulting
Emilio Pardo, AARP
Rep. Ed Pastor
Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance
Frank Quevedo, Quevedo Group
Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Del. Gregorio Sablan
Rocio Saenz, SEIU
Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Rep. Jose E. Serrano
Rep. Albio Sires

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, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

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