CHCI Announces New 2009-2010 Board Members

CHCI Announces New 2009-2010 Board Members

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12) to Chair Nation's Leading Latino Youth Education and Leadership Organization


WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced its new board of directors for the 2009-2010 term. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York will chair its board of directors. Velazquez’s unanimous election to the post signals the Board’s confidence in her vision and dedication to CHCI’s mission.

“The strength of the Hispanic community continues to grow and reach new heights, and we are at a point today where all issues from healthcare to the economy should be considered Hispanic issues. Now is our chance to build upon these successes and empower our youth to chart a path that will place Latinos at the forefront of a global, innovation-driven economy,” said Congresswoman Velazquez.

Velazquez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 representing New York’s 12th District. Her district covers areas of Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, and Queens, the only district to cover all three boroughs. Velazquez currently chairs the House Small Business Committee and is a member of the Financial Services Committee.

“We could not be more pleased that Congresswoman Velazquez will be leading the organization for the next two years,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “Her experience, knowledge, and commitment to 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.”

CHCI also welcomes its new congressional board members: the Honorable Ben Lujan (NM-3) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR).

The 2009-2010 CHCI Executive Board:

Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)

CHCI Chair

Rita Jaramillo, National Education Association

CHCI Vice Chair

Andrew Baldonado, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

CHCI Secretary

Hon. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)

CHCI Treasurer

Full Board

Dean Aguillen, Ogilvy

Silvia Aldana, PG&E

Eddie Aldrete, IBC Bank

Hon. Joe Baca (CA-43)

Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

Tonio Burgos, Burgos & Associates

Hon. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)

Gil Casellas, DELL

Maria Contreras Sweet, FORTIUS

Hon. Jim Costa (CA-20)

Hon. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Leo Diaz, UPS

Frank Dominguez, Imperial Construction

Luis Echarte, Azteca America

Ivelisse Estrada, Univision

Victor Flores, Arizona Public Service

Henry Fernandez, USA Funds

Mike Fernandez, State Farm Insurance

Jerry Fuentes, AT&T

Francisco Gali, Gali Services International

Robert Garcia, Venable

Susan Gonzales, Comcast

Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20)

Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon

Hon. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7)

Hon. Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4)

Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)

Lidia Martinez, Southwest Airlines

Zixta Martinez, Freddie Mac

Hon. Robert Menendez (NJ)

Moses Mercado, Ogilvy

Hon. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA-38)

Carlos D. Nazario, Jr., Promesa Systems

Juan Ochoa, Metropolitan Pier Exposition Authority

Hon. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX-27)

Orlando Padilla, General Motors

Emilio Pardo, AARP

Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-4)

Hon. Pedro Pierluisi (PR)

Yvette Pena Lopez, Teamsters

Federico Pena, Vestar Capital Partners

Patricia Pineda, Toyota

Frank Quevedo, Southern California Edison

Sonia Ramirez, AFL-CIO

Hon. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)

Chuck Rocha, United Steelworkers

Hon. Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23)

Minerva Rodriguez, MRR & Associates

Benjamin Romero, Lockheed Martin

Frank Ros, The Coca-Cola Company

Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)

Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Hon. John T. Salazar (CO-3)

Rocio Saenz, SEIU

Ignacio Salazar, SER — Jobs for Progress

Corinne Sanchez, Proyecto del Barrio

Hon. Linda T. Sanchez (CA-39)

Hon. Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)

Hon. Albio Sires (NJ-13)

Hon. Jose E. Serrano (NY-16)

Hon. Hilda Solis (CA-32)

Oscar Suris, Ford Motor Company

Ray Verches, Verches & Associates

Omar Vargas, PepsiCo

E. Ivan Zapien, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO

Alejandra Ceja, Emeritus, CHCI Alumni Association President

Ed Pena, CHCI Counsel

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

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CHCI Announces New 2009-2010 Board Members