CHCI Announces New 2013-2014 Board Members

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa to Chair Nation’s
Leading Latino Youth Leadership Development Organization

CHCI today announced its new officers and members elected to its board of directors for the 2013-2014 term. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa of the Rio Grande Valley, TX, will chair its board of directors. Hinojosa was unanimously selected to lead CHCI for the next two years as the organization experiences continued growth in carrying out its mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

“CHCI has a 35-year history of impacting the Latino community and preparing America’s future leaders,” said Hinojosa. “I look forward to expanding the great work of Rep. Charlie Gonzalez and all of our dedicated board members. As we saw in November, the Latino population will play a vital role in determining the future of America and CHCI’s work is to provide educational and leadership opportunities to ensure that future is a successful one.”

Rep. Hinojosa was first elected to Congress in 1996 and was elected in November to serve his ninth term as the representative of the 15th District of Texas. He currently serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee and Financial Services Committee. Hinojosa is regarded as a champion for the disadvantaged and has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for education, housing, and economic development in Congress.

“We could not be more pleased that Rep. Hinojosa will be leading the organization for the next two years,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “His commitment to education is well-documented and his passion for the Hispanic community reflects the type of leadership we need to continue impacting Latino youth for years to come.

The 2013-2014 CHCI Officers:
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, Chair
E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart, Vice Chair
Henry Fernandez, USA Funds, Treasurer
Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation, Secretary
Esther Aguilera, President & CEO

The CHCI 2013-2014 Board of Directors (New members underlined):
Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Association President
Alonzo Cantu, Cantu Construction
Gil Casellas, Omnitru
Rep.-elect Joaquin Castro
Mike Fernandez, Cargill
Jerry Fuentes, AT&T
Bert Gomez, Univision
Susan Gonzales, Facebook
Derek Leon, CHCI General Counsel
Rep. Ben R. Lujan
Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines
Moses Mercado, Ogilvy Government Relations
Juan Otero, Comcast Corporation
Rep. Ed Pastor
Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi
Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO
Benjamin Romero
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez
Rep. Albio Sires
Omar Vargas, Praxair, Inc.

CHCI also welcomes the following newly-elected members of Congress to its 2013-2014 Advisory Council:
Rep.-elect Tony Cardenas
Rep.-elect Pete Gallego
Rep.-elect Joe Garcia
Rep.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham
Rep.-elect Gloria Negrete McLeod
Rep.-elect Raul Ruiz
Rep.-elect Juan Vargas
Rep.-elect Filemón Vela

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.

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