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Alumni in Elected & Appointed Office

Luis Ayala
City of Alhambra
Alhambra, CA
1997-1998 CHCI Fellow

Anthony Alcoser
Member- Board of Trustees
Harlandale ISD
San Antonio, Texas
2003 Intern

Ben Cardenas
Member- Board of Education
Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA
2002-2003 Fellow

Alejandra Castillo
Member- Board of Trustees
University of the District of Columbia
1992-1993 Fellow

Abel Herrero
State Representative
Texas House of Representatives
1992 Intern

 Liza Rodriguez
Bexar County Court #8
San Antonio, TX
1993-1994 Fellow

José G. Pérez
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
1996 Intern

Jessie Ulibarri
State Senator
Colorado Senate
2006-2007 Fellow

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Alumnus of the Month

Henry Fernandez - November 2014 Alumnus of the Month

Watch His Tribute Video & Acceptance Speech

Name: Henry Fernandez, Ed.D

Hometown: New York, NY

CHCI Program(s)/Year: 1987-88 Fellowship Program, 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Placements: U.S. Department of Education; Congressman Matthew Martinez (D-CA)

“Leadership means taking people from one place to another, whether physically or on issues. Leaders operate outside their scope of authority, and taking leadership steps is an inherently personally dangerous process.

I want to thank CHCI not just for the skills and the experience that they gave me during my fellowship many years ago, but more importantly, for the confidence I gained in myself to be able to take some leadership steps and to help move people.” -Henry Fernández

The CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) was proud to recognize long-time supporter and CHCI Board of Directors Member, Henry L. Fernández, Ed.D. as the recipient of the 2014 Medallion of Excellence for Distinguished Alumnus. This prestigious annual award recognizes a CHCI alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the Latino community and who has thereby achieved distinction. It is meant to highlight the impact of CHCI’s programs and the prominence of its alumni. As an alumnus of the CHCI 1987-88 Fellowship Program, Fernández credits the CHCI fellowship experience with exponentially advancing his professional and personal growth as an educator, community & civil rights advocate, and father. Fernández has played an integral role in the growth of CHCI and in the formation of its nearly 3,000 strong alumni network. Since 2009, he has served on CHCI’s Board of Directors, chairing the Programs and the Finance committees, and currently holding the position of CHCI Treasurer.

Dr. Fernández has more than 30 years of work experience in education. Arriving in the United States as an immigrant at the age of 9, Fernández was taught the value of an education by his father, who successfully relocated the family to a new country by working hard and holding a degree. Fernández has been employed at USA Funds for more than 10 years, serving as a senior grants officer, vice president for government relations, and executive director of the philanthropic department. He has managed millions of dollars in grants and scholarships that USA Funds invests annually in enhancing opportunities for more students to enter and complete college, has coordinated efforts that reach policymakers, and has interacted with stakeholder groups. Prior to joining USA Funds, Fernández was a program director for Lumina Foundation for Education. His experience also includes work in corporate philanthropy and service as director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program, as well as work as program administrator for New York’s Teachers College, Columbia University. Earlier in his career, he served as an elementary-school principal and teacher.

Fernández actively supports his community and professional organizations through his involvement. In his community, Fernández was a founding member and coordinator of the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund, which has raised $2 million for academically gifted and indigent Hispanic Hoosiers, and currently serves on the board of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. In addition to the CHCI Board of Directors, he has served on a number of boards, including those for the NALEO Educational Fund, Grantmakers for Education, and Advocates for Youth, and also served for four years as an elected school-board member on the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township of Indiana. He is an Honorary Board member of Excelencia in Education, in Washington, D.C.

Fernández received a doctoral degree in education and three master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Queens College of the City University of New York. He has been living in Indianapolis since 2002 with his partner of 20 years and their two children.

Past Alumni of the Month

Ricardo Zavala - September 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Miryam Catherine Granthon-Gerdine - August 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Angelica Reza Wind - July 2014 Alumna of the Month
Ray Mateo - June 2014 Alumni of the Month
Hayde Calderon - May 2014 Alumni of the Month
Arnoldo Avalos - April 2014 Alumni of the Month
Elizabeth Cedillo - March 2014 Alumni of the Month
Marvin Figueroa - February 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Cris Garza - January 2014 Alumnus of the Month
Jaden Felix - December 2013 Alumni of the Month
2013 Distinguished Alumni - October/November 2013 Alumni of the Month
Fabiola Carrion - September 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Juan C. Otero- August 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Norma Dominguez - July 2013 Alumni of the Month
Francisco Heredia - June 2013 - Alumnus of the Month
Raymond Rico - May 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Alejandra Castillo - April 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Yara Lorenzo - March 2013 Alumnus of the Month
Antonio E. Sandoval & Milagros “Mimi” Aledo-Sandoval - Alumni Couple of the Month
Abel Herrero - January 2013
Jessie Mosqueda - December 2012
Kenia Seoane Lopez - CHCI Alumnus November 2012
Hon. Liza Rodriguez - 2012 Distinguished Alumnus & October 2012 Alumnus
Melissa Chabran - CHCI Alumnus June 2012
Jessie Ulibarri - CHCI Alumnus May 2012
Congressional Staff-CHCI Alumni April 2012
Anthony Alcoser-CHCI Alumnus March 2012
Diana Mendoza-CHCI Alumnus February 2012
Betsaida Alcantara-CHCI Alumnus December 2011
Orson Aguilar - CHCI 2011 Distinguished Alumnus & September 2011 Alumnus
Cynthia T. Cruz-CHCI Alumnus August 2011
Miguel Lopez - CHCI Alumnus July 2011
Alejandro Becerra - CHCI Alumnus June 2011
Staff Members for the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy - CHCI Alumnus May 2011
Happy 30th Anniversary CHCI Fellowship Program!
Raul Magdaleno - CHCI Alumnus March 2011
Carlos Elizondo -- CHCI Alumnus December 2010
Ana M. Polanco -- CHCI Alumnus April 2010
Sami Hamed -- CHCI Alumnus March 2010
Couple Edition -- CHCI Alumnus February 2010
CHCI Alumni Association Chapters' Special Edition - October 2009
Edith Rocío Robles -- CHCI Alumnus August 2009
Silvia Inéz Salazar--CHCI Alumnus July 2009
Francisco J. Uribe CHCI Alumnus June 2009
Heidy Servin-Baez CHCI Alumnus April 2009
March 2009: White House Edition
William (Bill) Arce CHCI Alumnus February 2009
Stephanie Valencia CHCI Alumnus January 2009
Miguel Ayala CHCI Alumnus December 2008
Eric Rodriguez-CHCI Alumnus November 2008
Sonia Ramirez CHCI Alumnus October 2008
Mildred Otero CHCI Alumnus September 2008
Juan Ciscomani CHCI Alumus August 2008
Leo Prieto CHCI Alumnus July 2008
Octavio Saenz CHCI Alumnus June 2008