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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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Hon. Liza Rodriguez - 2012 Distinguished Alumnus & October 2012 Alumnus

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Current Job/City:  Judge, Bexar County Courthouse – County Court #8, San Antonio, TX
CHCI Program(s)/Year(s): Fellowship 1993-94
CHCI Placement(s): MALDEF

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

Since completion of the program, I obtained my Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law, and have become licensed to practice law in both State and Federal Court. I practiced as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for ten years during which time I prosecuted everything from misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated cases to felonies such as Murder.  During my final year, I served in the Family Justice Division and prosecuted crimes against children.  Following my time at the District Attorney’s office, I served as the County Court Administrator for almost two years, and then went into private practice with an emphasis on Criminal Defense for a year before being elected as Judge of County Court #8, in which I unseated a 15 year incumbent. However, my proudest accomplishment in life has been becoming a mother to two wonderful children, Alina 10 and Aiden 7.

2. What impact did your CHCI experience have on your career and development as a leader?

My experience with CHCI was definitely life-changing. Having the opportunity to live and work in our nation’s capital and network with other young Latino leaders exposed me to potentials I never imagined. Working with the MALDEF organization (which was my fellowship assignment), was actually the impetus for my seeking a legal career.

3. How have you stayed engaged in community service?

My community service (as defined in the traditional sense) is mainly comprised of my involvement with my children’s school, as well as extracurricular organizations.  I am a volunteer room parent and soccer coach (although I’ve never played soccer a day in my life).  Being a single parent with a full time job limits the amount of time I have for the many endeavors I seek to accomplish. However, I would submit that my last few jobs as a public servant kept me focused on the best interests and safety of the community. However, my current full time job is one in which I am able to provide service to my community on a daily basis. By taking the time to know the defendants that appear in my courtroom every day and finding ways to ensure that they succeed while on community supervision, I firmly believe that I am providing a significant service to the community. Many times as part of their community supervision, I require offenders to complete educational components, such as securing a High School diploma, as well as attend job counseling, and if applicable, complete courses in alcohol and substance abuse prevention. I am also hoping to start the first DWI Court in Bexar County which will focus on helping offenders address their substance abuse issues and to receive the treatment they need.

4. What advice would you give current and future CHCI participants?

Take advantage of the opportunity to network and gain knowledge of our world and country. Realize that there are other young, talented, and motivated individuals with similar backgrounds who have been able to succeed and flourish in their careers. Learn as much as you can from these remarkable individuals and know that you are capable of accomplishing similar successes as well. Enjoy your time in D.C., it goes by very quickly!

5. Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?

I am completely open to any and all opportunities to learn and grow as an attorney and/or Judge and I will continue search for ways and positions in which to best serve my community, whether as a public servant or as a private citizen. I would love to continue my career as a member of the Judiciary; however, being that I hold an elected position, I serve at the will of the voters. So although nothing is guaranteed, the possibilities are endless.

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
Abel Herrero - January 2013
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