Who we are
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the premiere nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders.Meet Our Leadership
What we do
CHCI brings together an unmatched network of community leaders—along with our top-tier, transformative programming—to build a pipeline of Latino talent ready to shake up local communities, the halls of Congress, and corporate boardrooms. CHCI also convenes young professionals, Members of Congress and other public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates, and thought leaders to discuss issues facing the Latino community and the nation.
In 1976, five Hispanic members of Congress—Herman Badillo (NY), Baltasar Corrada (PR), E. “Kika” de la Garza (TX), Henry B. Gonzalez (TX), and Edward Roybal (CA)—came together to organize the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). Their goal was to use legislative and executive action to help ensure that the needs of Hispanic people in the United States were being met.
In 1978, four members of the CHC, Representatives Edward Roybal, E. “Kika” de la Garza, Robert “Bobby” Garcia (PR), and Baltasar Corrada established a nonprofit organization designed to serve as an educational institute for the Hispanic community. In October 1981, federal regulations mandated that fundraising activities be removed from government premises. The decision was made to maintain a legislative Caucus on Capitol Hill, known to this day as the CHC and to move the nonprofit organization off the Hill. That is where the name Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was born.
For more than 40 years, CHCI has been keeping the founders’ promise by breaking down barriers and giving young Latinos the tools and opportunities they need to thrive on and off Capitol Hill.
CHCI Launches the Latino Hill Staff Academy dedicated to the professional and leadership development of Latino/a/x Capitol Hill Staffers, at every role and level, in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
The first CHCI Alumni is elected to the U.S. Congress.
CHCI hosts its Inaugural 5K Run-Walk.
CHCI welcomes new President & CEO, Marco A. Davis.
CHCI moves into new headquarters location in Washington, DC.
CHCI celebrates Hill staff with the Chief of Staff Awards to recognize Congressional Staff who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting diversity on Capitol Hill.
CHCI Advisory Council is Created. The CHCI Advisory Council members support the organization with resources and expertise, helping provide strategic input and guidance.
CHCI creates the R2L NextGen program for high school students.
CHCI builds upon its success and formally launches inaugural Spring and Fall internship programs.
CHCI builds upon its success and expands its fellowship program by formally launching the Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program.
CHCI launches its Ready to Lead (R2L) high school program to help prepare students for college.
CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowship Program celebrates its 25th anniversary.
CHCI starts its Scholarship Awards Program to help more Latino youth attain higher education.
CHCI Gala not conferred in the wake of September 11
CHCI forms the Alumni Association to give former program participants a forum in which to remain active with the Institute, and provide support and advice for new participants.
CHCI’s legislative seminars become CHCI’s Issues Conference. The conference continues to provide Latinos with a forum to discuss issues affecting our communities.
The CHCI Fellowship Program is expanded to include recent college graduates. The summer Congressional Internship Program begins.
CHCI brings four graduate students to Washington, D.C. as the first class of its Graduate Fellowship Program.
CHCI begins hosting legislative seminars.
Representatives Edward Roybal, E. “Kika” de la Garza, Robert “Bobby” Garcia, and Baltasar Corrada form a nonpartisan nonprofit educational organization and name it the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute .
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is governed by its Board of Directors and is supported by an Advisory Council composed of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. Together, they form the leadership of the organization, entrusted with and accountable for the strategic vision and direction of CHCI.