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1989 Congressional Intern

Hometown: Gridley, CA & Juchitlan, Jalisco, Mexico

CHCI Program(s)/Year: Internship 1989

CHCI Program Placement(s): U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture

Education: University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University Kennedy School of Government


  • Founder and CEO, Avalos Foundation
  • Head of Compensation and Global Compensation Manager, Facebook
  • Senior Global Compensation Manager, Google
  • Compensation Manager, Corporate Recruiter and Business Operations Manager, Cisco Systems
  • Systems Consultant, Andersen Consulting (Accenture)

2016 CHCI Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus

CHCI and its Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) recognized CHCI Alumnus Arnoldo Avalos (1986 Congressional Intern) as the recipient of the 2016 Medallion of Excellence for Distinguished Alumnus, during this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month events in Washington, D.C. This prestigious annual award recognizes a CHCI alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the Latino community, highlighting the impact of CHCI’s programs and the prominence of its alumni.

Community Service & Volunteer Activities: Board of Governors, California Community Colleges; Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Board Member; Latinas Contra Cancer; Board Member of Latino Community Foundation

“CHCI takes youth from the marginalized edges of America and puts them in the halls of power and influence. Participation in CHCI programs can fundamentally change the direction of someone’s life. Very few programs in our country target low-income Latino youth, which is what makes CHCI so unique.”