California Latino Caucus Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary

California Latino Caucus Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Special Fifth Annual Gala – ‘A Journey With Giants’ – Will Honor Sen. Nell Soto, TELACU’s David Lizarraga and Galpin Ford’s Bert Boeckmann for Exceptional Public Service to California


Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 23, 2006–The California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy (CLCI), best known for its focus on leadership development, is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year with an extraordinary Gala, “A Journey With Giants,” on October 27. The event will honor State Senator Nell Soto, TELACU’s President and CEO David Lizarraga and Galpin Ford’s President Bert Boeckmann with the Institute’s El Angel Awards. And, in recognition of a lifetime of pioneering public service, CLCI is presenting the “Torch Award” posthumously to the late U.S. Congressman Edward R. Roybal. Roybal’s daughter, U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, will be accepting the “Torch” on her father’s behalf at the Gala.

“The Institute has covered a lot of important ground in its first five years,” said Sen. Richard G. Polanco, chair of the Institute. “During this time, we have established a nationally recognized public policy fellowship, which now has 24 Fellows. In partnership with DaimlerChrysler, we have created the first-ever Elected Officials Academy to train newly elected municipal and county officials in the ethics and mechanics of government. And, we have launched the Madrinas/Padrinos, a Southern California-based professional leadership network. The Board has done a superb job and we are grateful for the ongoing support of our Corporate Advisory Board. We look forward to the next five years as we continue to highlight those policy issues that matter to California and to the nation. We have just begun to make our mark.”

According to the Institute’s Board Secretary Carmen O. Perez, “This year we have a lot to celebrate. We are celebrating everything accomplished in the past five years as well as honoring three very special individuals who have given so much to the community: Sen. Nell Soto, David Lizarraga and Bert Boeckmann.”

“This is a landmark year for the Institute,” said Institute Board Member and former California Assembly Member Bob Pacheco. “We are taking a moment to acknowledge the hard work that has gone into these programs, honor some great people and get ready for the next five years of success and progress.”

Established as a nonpartisan effort by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California Latino Caucus Institute (CLCI) is a broad-based public policy, educational, and leadership development non-profit organization. The Latino Caucus Institute was created to fill a pressing need in our society for enlightened leadership and positive social transformation. The Institute is poised to offer the means for Californians to meet their highest potential at a time in history when unprecedented challenges and increased public expectations call for well-developed public policy in myriad areas of life. The Institute is responding to this complex and challenging environment by being an incubator of innovative ideas and ethical leadership.

California Latino Caucus Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary