In 2018, CHCI introduced the CHCI Young Alumnus Award, created to spotlight the diversity of the growing CHCI Alumni body.
Commemorating an alumnus who completed their CHCI leadership program within the past ten years, recipients exemplify dedicated civic engagement and leadership in the Latino Community.
- Must have successfully completed of one of CHCI’s leadership programs (Fellowship, Internship, Scholarship, Scholar-Internship, R2L NextGen) within the past ten years (2009 or later)
- Must exhibit dedicated civic engagement and leadership in the Latino community
2019 Alma Acosta
Alma Acosta is a first generation Mexican-American, born in Mexico, and raised in Southern California. She is the Executive Director for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that is currently 38-members strong. In her role, she is responsible for creating a unified CHC policy platform on issues of relevance to the Hispanic community. She served as the CHC Executive Director in the 115th Congress for Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and now under Chairman Joaquin Castro’s (TX-20) leadership in the 116th Congress. Prior to becoming the CHC Executive Director, she worked as a senior policy member for Lujan Grisham’s team for numerous years. Acosta originally joined Lujan Grisham’s office in 2013 as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Graduate Fellow, beginning her work on policy issues that impact the Hispanic community, including immigration, housing, education, agriculture and the environment. She has a B.A. in sociology from the California State University Long Beach and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from California Polytechnical University Pomona.
2018 Bertha A. Guerrero
Bertha Alisia Guerrero serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles). In this role, she is the congressman’s principal advisor on a wide range of policy, legislative, and political matters. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of his public policy priorities as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. She previously served as Director of Public Engagement for Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee. In this capacity, she engaged political, media, and key constituencies to build support for a wide range of conservation and environmental legislative priorities. Before returning to Capitol Hill, Bertha Alisia served as Director of National Advocacy at the Hispanic Federation, where she mobilized elected officials, businesses and community leaders, and diverse stakeholders to support Latino nonprofits, improve education, increase access to quality health care, aid immigrant families, and expand economic empowerment and financial security.
Bertha Alisia was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her dog, Mia.