CHCI Alumni Association DC-Metro Chapter
Meet the DC Metro Chapter Alumni Board Members
Public Policy Fellow 2012-2013
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Cristela Solorio Ruiz most recently served in the Obama administration at the Department of Agriculture as a Legislative Analyst in the Office of Congressional Relations. Prior to that she worked on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the State of Connecticut with Access HealthCT. In 2012, Cristela moved to Washington D.C. to participate in the Public Policy Fellowship.
With over 6 years of experience working at the local, state, federal and executive level of government Cristela is committed to serving her community and is active in multiple boards such as the Latino GLBT History Project and LULAC Lambda. Cristela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and a minor in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Public Policy Fellowship 2015-2016
Rafael Hurtado Jr. was born and raised in the Little Village neighborhood on the South side of Chicago. Throughout high school and college years, he worked on local environmental justice issues in his community. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, Rafael moved to Washington DC to participate in the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship. Today, Rafael works as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) covering a variety of issues.
Public Policy Fellow 2014-2015
Rosita López is a proud New Mexican who grew up on her family's ranch in the village of Puerto de Luna, NM. She attended the University of New Mexico where she received a B.A. in Mass Communications and Spanish in 2012. After graduation, she worked mainly in marketing for a local hotels and resorts company and for an Albuquerque start-up. During that time she realized her skills could be put to better use serving her community and so she set her sights on Washington, D.C. In 2014, Rosita was accepted to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Fellowship. After a rewarding year as a fellow in the office Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Chairman Tom Wheeler's office at the Federal Communications Commission, she accepted a position at the Communications Workers of America (CWA) labor union. Rosita currently serves as the Digital Media Manager for the National CWA Political Department where she helps build political power for working families.
Housing Graduate Fellow 2014-2015
Cheye-Ann Corona has over nine years of experience advocating for viable public policy reforms that provide economic, political, and social mobility for marginalized communities of color. Currently, she resides in Washington, D.C. where she works on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Al Green of Houston, Texas. She is a proud Chicana from California’s San Gabriel Valley and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelors’ in International Development Studies and a dual Masters’ in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies.