Yesterday, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a report highlighting the lack of diversity in the U.S. Senate workforce, particularly at the senior level. The report finds that Latinos make up over 16 percent of the U.S. population but only 2.1 percent of top Senate staffers.
CHCI is proud to note that the report recommended CHCI’s internship and fellowship programs as resources for Senate offices to increase diversity in their ranks. CHCI’s leadership development programs educate, empower and connect hard working Latinos who have a passion for public service. For more than 38 years, CHCI has addressed the disparity by helping talented Latino leaders access prestigious public policy roles and empowering them to build the networks necessary to advance in their careers.
Because of the leadership pipelines we have created in Washington, today we have Juan Pachon serving as deputy communications director for Senator Robert Menendez, Marvin Figueroa as a senior policy advisor to Senator Mark Warner, and Veronica Duronserving as a legislative assistant for education and immigration for Senator Chuck Schumer. These are just a few examples of CHCI Alumni serving in the Senate and the House of Representatives as advisors, communications professionals and more.
We know that the percentage of Latinos serving as staff in the Senate, and in all levels of government, must improve so that our interests are accounted for during public policy decisions that impact all communities. It’s an honor to be recognized as part of the solution and we remain energized to continue working to ensure that leaders and decision makers in public policy reflect the great diversity of our nation.