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Alumni in Elected & Appointed Office

Luis Ayala
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

 Andres Quintero
Appointed Governing Board Member
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
San Jose, CA
2003 Intern

José G. Pérez
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
1996 Intern

Jessie Ulibarri
State Senator
Colorado Senate
2006-2007 Fellow

Michael Vargas
Secretary, Board of Trustees
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
2007 Intern

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Antonio E. Sandoval & Milagros “Mimi” Aledo-Sandoval - Alumni Couple of the Month

Antonio E. Sandoval
Albuquerque, NM
Current Job/City: Special Projects Manager, Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque, NM
CHCI Program(s)/Year(s): CHCI Summer Intern 2002
CHCI Placement(s):Office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (SD)

Milagros “Mimi” Aledo-Sandoval
Tampa, FL
Current Job/City:Senior Fiscal Analyst, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, Santa Fe, NM
CHCI Program(s)/Year(s):CHCI Summer Intern 1998; CHCI Fellow 2001-2002
CHCI Placement(s):U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings (FL); U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY)



 1. What have you been doing since you finished the CHCI program(s)?

Mimi moved to New Mexico in 2006 upon completing her Master in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to help Antonio run for the New Mexico House of Representatives.  Prior to Mimi’s current employment with the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer, a mayoral fellow with the City of Chicago, a policy analyst for the Albuquerque City Council, and the campaign manager for U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s successful county commission race in 2010.

After his internship with U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, Antonio received a B.A. from Colorado College, was the central Florida organizer for Mi Familia Vota during the 2004 election cycle, and became the director of business development for Keystone International, Inc.  Antonio, unsuccessful in his run for elected office, started a graduate program at the University of New Mexico in 2007 while working as a staffer for U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (NM-01).  Antonio also served as Congressman Heinrich’s campaign political director in 2010.  After three years of service to the Congressman, Antonio set out to start his own business – Apollon, LLC.  Antonio’s main client, Technology Ventures Corporation, focuses on the commercialization of federal research and development at the Department of Energy, particularly at Sandia National Laboratories. 

In the fall of 2009, Antonio and Mimi married in a historic mission church built by Antonio’s great grandfather in Abeytas, NM.  

2. What impact did your CHCI experience have on your careers and development as leaders?

For both of them, CHCI provided the first real exposure to the broad spectrum that makes up the Latino Community and the issues that impact all of us as Latinos.  For Antonio, growing up in NM, he had only been exposed to the Mexican/New Mexican experience.  For Mimi, having excelled in mainly Caucasian schools, she did not have privilege to work alongside many Hispanics.  The CHCI experience exposed both of them to the richness of the greater Hispanic community and the challenges and opportunities that come with being Hispanic.  Alongside culturally like-minded individuals, Antonio and Mimi grew in their understanding of larger societal issues and in their understanding that as leaders they must always work to better the lives of Hispanics through public policy.  “We are blessed to be part of a family of future leaders and embrace the responsibility associated with having had the CHCI experience.” ~ Antonio and Mimi

3. How do you manage family, careers and community service?

Luz en la casa, luz en la calle.  We believe all must be right with us at home for all to be right in our public lives.  Priority setting, strong communication, approaching life as a team, and prayer are the elements that allow us to manage our careers and strengthen our marriage.  We have learned that we must make career decisions together and be supportive of each other’s careers.  Life gets super busy, however when you are clear about your priorities and communicate your needs to one another - there is always “luz” at home.

Past Alumni of the Month

Gladis Molina - August 2015 Alumnus of the Month
Michael Anthony Vargas - July 2015 Alumni of the Month
Desiree Flores - June 2015 Alumna of the Month
Guillermo Raya - May 2015 Alumni of the Month
Nathaly Arriola - April 2015 Alumnus of the Month
Miguel A. Blancarte, Jr. - March 2015 Alumni of the Month
Martha L. Bahamón - February 2015 Alumni of the Month
2013-14 CHCI Alumni Executive Board - January 2015 Alumni of the Month
Mariana Kihuen - December 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Henry Fernandez - November 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Ricardo Zavala - September 2014 Alumnus 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
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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