CHCI Announces New 2011-2012 Board Members

CHCI Announces New 2011-2012 Board Members

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez to Chair Nation's Leading Latino Youth Leadership Development Organization


WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced its new board of directors for the 2011-2012 term. Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez of San Antonio, TX will chair its board of directors. Gonzalez’s unanimous election to the post signals the board’s confidence in his vision and dedication to CHCI’s mission. CHCI also announced its newly created advisory council.

“CHCI has a 32-year legacy of developing Latino leaders and I look forward to expanding the great work and achievements of Rep. Velazquez and past chairs during the next two years,” said Gonzalez. “The Latino population is positioned to determine the future success of America and CHCI is at the forefront of the struggle to ensure Latino youth have opportunities to succeed through education.”

Gonzalez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 representing Texas’ 20th Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the House Administration Committee. His father, former Representative Henry B. Gonzalez, represented the same district for 37 years, and is one of the founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 1976.

“We could not be more pleased that Rep. Gonzalez will be leading the organization for the next two years,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “His experience, knowledge, and passion for the Hispanic community are unparalleled. We look forward to expanding our reach into the community to serve even more young Latinos in the coming years.”

The 2011-2012 CHCI Executive Board:

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez

CHCI Chair

Susan Gonzales, Comcast

CHCI Vice Chair

Esther Aguilera

CHCI President & CEO

Mike Fernandez, Cargill

CHCI Treasurer

Benjamin Romero, Lockheed Martin

CHCI Secretary

Derek E. Leon

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP CHCI Counsel

Board of Directors

Silvia Aldana, PG&E Corporation

Rep. Joe Baca

Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch

Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Assn. President

Rep. Dennis Cardoza

Gil Casellas

Maria Contreras Sweet, PROMERICA Bank

Leo Diaz, UPS

Ivelisse Estrada, Univision

Henry Fernandez, USA Funds

Jerry Fuentes, AT&T

Francisco Gali, Gali Services International

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa

Rita Jaramillo, NEA

Rep. Ben R. Lujan

Moses Mercado, Ogilvy

Orlando Padilla, Padilla Networks

Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi

Patricia Pineda, Toyota

Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO

Chuck Rocha, CWA

Frank Ros, The Coca-Cola Company

Ignacio Salazar, SER-Jobs for Progress

Rep. Linda T. Sanchez

Omar Vargas, PepsiCo

Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez

E. Ivan Zapien, Walmart

CHCI Advisory Council

Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy

Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank

Rep. Xavier Becerra

Rep. Jim Costa

Rep. Henry Cuellar

Luis Echarte, Azteca America

Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service

Robert Garcia, Venable

Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon

Rep. Raul Grijalva

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez

Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines

Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano

Carlos D. Nazario, Jr., RC Consulting

Emilio Pardo, AARP

Rep. Ed Pastor

Yvette Pena Lopes, Blue Green Alliance

Frank Quevedo, Quevedo Group

Rep. Silvestre Reyes

Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Del. Gregorio Sablan

Rocio Saenz, SEIU

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Jose E. Serrano

Rep. Albio Sires

About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit

SOURCE Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

CHCI Announces New 2011-2012 Board Members