CHCI Celebrates Latino Cabinet Members
(From left to right) Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.
On July 28, CHCI and its Chair, Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, hosted a reception in the Russell Senate Office Building, celebrating top Latino Cabinet members currently serving on President Barack Obama’s administration. This historic gathering honored Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. Also in attendance were the 46 CHCI Summer Congressional Interns and 40 R2L NextGen participants, the future leaders of our community.
CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera led the program with the pledge of allegiance, giving way to CHCI Chair, Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, to provide opening remarks. Sen. Bob Menendez, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Rep. Xavier Becerra, and Rep. Linda Sánchez all took turns introducing the honorees, highlighting the wonderful journey that led them where they are today. A palpable energy could be felt in the room, as guests were moved by the inspiring words of each speaker. We also would like to thank all the leaders who came out in support of the Latino cabinet members, which include Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Grace Napolitano, Tony Cárdenas, Joaquin Castro, Joe Garcia, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Raul Ruiz, Juan Vargas, Judy Chu, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Richard Nolan. CHCI was also honored to welcome the Ambassador of Spain, His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares, and White House Director of Domestic Policy, Cecilia Munoz.
The CHCI Latino Cabinet Member Reception is made possible due to the generous support of Bank of America, Cargill, McDonald's Corporation, Samsung, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Realtors, Mary Kay, Toyota, Bright House Networks, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), National Association of Minority Automotive Dealers (NAMAD), and Popular Community Bank.