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CHCI Alumni Association Southern California Chapter
Elections: Chapter President
2019-2020 Term

The CHCI Alumni Association Southern California Chapter invites local alumni to vote for its next Chapter President from the candidates below:

Click to review the Chapter President Position Description.  Voting ends Tuesday, December 14, 2018, 11:59PM ET.

Congressional Intern 2012

Brian Lucero Contreras is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo’s Corporate Communications team in Southern California. Serving as a regional spokesperson for the bank, Brian oversees consumer banking regional communications for San Diego, Imperial, and the Inland Empire. A Southern California native, Brian joined Wells Fargo in January 2018. Prior to that, he worked as senior account executive at Vectis Strategies and Mozaic Media and Communications.

Brian is an alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington D.C., and currently serves as Vice President of CHCI’s Alumni Association Southern California chapter board. He is also a graduate of Equality California’s Leadership Academy in Los Angeles. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational
communication and public relations from California State University, Los Angeles. He resides in San Diego, CA

Brian’s Candidate Statement

A product of CHCI’s Congressional Internship program, I have served as a regional board member since 2013 and have been fortunate enough to serve alongside incredible alumni leaders and friends. It goes without saying that I would not be running for president today if it weren’t for their encouragement and mentorship over the years.

I am incredibly proud of the work the Southern California board has accomplished to this day and if elected president, my goal would be to continue building off of that foundation and help elevate the experience for our alumni within this region even further. My motivation in running for president is very simple: to pay it forward and encourage others to do the same.

Through collaboration and hard work, I know this board will continue to make the Southern California chapter the best it can be, and I would be humbled by the opportunity to help lead us ahead.

Brian Lucero Contreras

Congressional Intern 2004, Public Policy Fellow 2005-2006

Ryan Murguía is an Associate with the global law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He graduated from Yale University in 2005 and Northwestern University School of Law in 2010 with a concentration in Law and Social Policy. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, now United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, a Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, and as Co-President of the Latino Law Students Association. Ryan clerked for the Honorable S. James Otero in the United States District Court for the Central District of California and formerly worked as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice, where he handled criminal civil rights cases involving law enforcement misconduct, bias-motivated hate crimes, and human trafficking. Prior to attending law school, Ryan was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow, where he worked in the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, he lives with his wife and daughter in Pasadena, and enjoys traveling, long-distance running, and triathlons. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA).

Ryan’s Candidate Statement

Having participated in three separate CHCI programs–the Internship, Public Policy Fellowship and Scholarship programs–I believe I am well-equipped with the skills necessary to serve as the Southern California Regional Chapter President. I am indebted to CHCI for some of my most meaningful life experiences, including the creation of some of my closest personal friendships and enduring professional connections. As an alumnus, I have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to the CHCI community at-large by serving as a mentor to new CHCI interns and fellows, as a scholarship reviewer, and as a panelist on various R2L and “Life after CHCI” panels and yet still cannot sing the program’s praises high enough. It would be a tremendous honor to facilitate the connection of alumni throughout Southern California and to together work on creating a pipeline for the next “Next Generation of Latino Leaders.”