Dear CHCI Stakeholders:
I am excited to join you in our mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders as the new President and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). It is a privilege to be at the helm of CHCI at such a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
I come to you from Los Angeles, where I served as executive director of the Latino Alumni Association (LAA) at the University of Southern California (USC), my alma mater. During my tenure at LAA, we raised over $15 million towards scholarships and other key university initiatives, its endowment has more than tripled, and our donor base expanded. I am also very proud of the student leadership programs we developed at USC over the last ten years.
I bring this same level of passion and commitment to CHCI and I look forward to working with the board of directors, advisory council, alumni, partners, and staff to build upon the CHCI legacy and transform it into an innovative leadership organization.
We all know the numbers. Hispanics will represent 28.6 percent of the population by 2060 and Hispanic representation is even larger within younger segments of the population which CHCI serves.
CHCI’s challenge is to grow at a pace that allows us to serve more and impact more lives. In order to serve more young Latinos, we need to invest more in our leadership programs, continue growing our network, and gain more allies and partners in our mission.
Technology will be the key in reaching more young leaders and new stakeholders across the country. Thanks to the support of key partners, CHCI is already working to enhance its capabilities in that space and I look forward to expanding them even further.
I want to thank CHCI Chair Rep. Linda T. Sánchez and the board of directors for entrusting me to carry on the mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders. I also want to thank Cristina Antelo, CHCI’s Vice Chair, for her leadership and insightful contributions as interim president and CEO over the past nine months.
The future success of America depends on the future success of the Latino community. For nearly 40 years, CHCI has directly impacted the talent and workforce pipeline, creating leaders to ensure our communities, cities, and country, remain competitive in a global economy.
CHCI’s mission is more critical now than ever and I look forward to your partnership as we begin to retool for the next 40 years.
CHCI President & CEO