CHCI Announces New Additions to its 2011-12 Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced recent additions to its 2011-12 Advisory Council, adding dedicated national leaders committed to the organization's mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

CHCI is pleased to welcome its newest 2011-12 Advisory Council members:

Steve Aguilar, State Farm Insurance
Angela Mariana Freyre, The Nielsen Company
Gerald G. Harvey, Lockheed Martin
Cindy Jimenez, United Technologies
Lonnie L. Johnson, ExxonMobil Corporation
Maria Neira, AFT
Marta Pérez, AstraZeneca
Jason Rodriguez, Hewlett Packard
Julio F. Suárez, Darden Restaurants
Guillermo Valenzuela, Aliviane
Peter R. Villegas, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

"We are very pleased to have such a distinguished and talented group of professionals join our advisory council to help guide CHCI forward," said Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair. "With the Latino population positioned to determine the future success of America, it is critical that leaders from all sectors of society join in our efforts to ensure Latino youth have opportunities to succeed through education."

The new advisory council members join a dynamic group of Latino leaders who serve on CHCI's Board of Directors and Advisory Council. CHCI convened them at its inaugural joint meeting held on May 3, 2011.

The 2011-12 CHCI Executive Board:

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez
CHCI Chair

Susan Gonzales
CHCI Vice Chair, Comcast

Benjamin Romero
CHCI Secretary
Mike Fernandez

CHCI Treasurer, Cargill

Esther Aguilera
CHCI President & CEO

Derek E. Leon

CHCI Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP


CHCI Advisory Council

Steve Aguilar, State Farm Insurance
Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy GR
Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Jim Costa
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Luis J. Echarte, Azteca America
Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service
Angela Mariana Freyre, The Nielsen Company
Hon. Robert Garcia, Robert Garcia & Associates
Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon
Rep. Raúl Grijalva
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez
Gerald G. Harvey, Lockheed Martin
Cindy Jimenez, United Technologies
Lonnie L. Johnson, ExxonMobil Corporation
Lidia S. Martinez, Southwest Airlines
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano
Carlos D. Nazario Jr., RC Consulting
Maria Neira, AFT
Emilio Pardo, AARP
Rep. Ed Pastor
Marta Pérez, AstraZeneca
Frank Quevedo, Quevedo Group
Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Jason Rodriguez, Hewlett Packard
Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Del. Gregorio Sablan
Rocio Saenz, SEIU
Rep. Loretta Sánchez
Rep. José E. Serrano
Rep. Albio Sires
Julio F. Suárez, Darden Restaurants
Guillermo Valenzuela, Aliviane
Peter R. Villegas, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Board of Directors

Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation
Rep. Joe Baca
Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Association President
Rep. Dennis Cardoza
Gilbert F. Casellas, Omnitru
Maria Contreras Sweet, PROMERICA Bank
Leo Diaz, UPS
Ivelisse R. Estrada, Univision
Henry L. Fernández, USA Funds
Jerry M. Fuentes, AT&T
Francisco J. Gali, Gali Services International
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa
Rita Jaramillo, National Education Association
Rep. Ben R. Luján
Moses C. Mercado, Ogilvy GR
Orlando Padilla, Padilla Networks
Yvette Pena Lopes, BlueGreen Alliance
Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi
Patricia Pineda, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Sonia Ramírez, AFL-CIO
Chuck Rocha, Communications Workers of America
Frank P. Ros, The Coca-Cola Company
Ignacio Salazar, SER—Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez
Omar Vargas, PepsiCo
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez
E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart







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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