Mildred Otero

2003-04 Graduate Public Policy Fellow

CHCI’s paid fellowship experience helped Mildred Otero connect her social work experience and passion for children’s issues to public policy and launched a career dedicated to improving education. She continues to stay personally and professionally connected to her fellowship program peers who remain a strong network of professionals and friends.

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Current City: Miami, Florida

CHCI Placement: The Office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Education: State University of New York at Albany; New York University


  • Vice President - Policy Leadership, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Chief Education Counsel, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Senior Policy Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Senior Advisor, United States Agency for International Development
  • Senior Advisor, Education and Children’s Issues, The Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Legislative Assistant, The Office of Senator Jack Reed
  • Deputy Director for Early Childhood Development, Children’s Defense Fund

“CHCI programs do more than put Latinos on a different trajectory for their lives; they create an amazing pipeline of Latino policymakers. When I first came to Washington, D.C., there were very few people of color on Capitol Hill. Today, I am grateful to see so many young men and women of color representing the important perspective of the Latino community.”