This season of giving thanks, we wish to recognize a founding board member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) for his vision, leadership and continued commitment to the organization and the Hispanic communities we serve. A group of members of Congress and business leaders gathered to share thoughts and ideas, and in doing so founded the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute in November, 2003. CHLI's vision: "Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought," captured the contributions of all Hispanics, from all backgrounds, and respected their individual points of view. A vision that continues to inspire us each day.
A founding member of CHLI who continues to give his time and expertise to leading the organization is Bert Gomez, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Univision Communications Inc. Mr. Gomez, with over 20 years of experience as a lobbyist, leads the Washington, D.C. office on issues and policies that impact the corporation, industry and the Hispanic communities across the country. An advocate for education and civic engagement, he is a guest speaker and mentor to college students in Washington, D.C. and his hometown of Miami, Florida
Thank you Bert for your leadership and staunch dedication to the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and Hispanic Americans.
Mary Ann Gomez
CHLI Executive Director
CHLI Leadership Profile
Bert Gomez CHLI Founding Board Member
Senior Vice President,
Univision Communications, Inc.
Bert Gomez is senior vice president of Government Relations for Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this position, he leads the Government Relations efforts for the company as Univision's chief lobbyist in Washington, D.C., is responsible for the activities of the company before Congress and other government bodies, oversees all relationships and contact with policy makers in the U.S. and works with the regulatory and legal team on Federal Communications Commission and other agency matters.
Mr. Gomez has an extensive working knowledge of the interplay between Congress, the administration, relevant agencies, local governments, industry stakeholders and community organizations. He manages Univision's team of consultants in Washington and directs the activities of the company's Political Action Committee (PAC).
He previously served as Univision's vice president of Government Relations and Political Strategy. Mr. Gomez founded the company's Government Relations department and has since effectively transformed the company's relations and influence in the political, policy, and third-party outreach arena. He reports to Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks.
Prior to joining Univision in 2007, Mr. Gomez spent 17 years with RJR Nabisco and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in various corporate functions within Sales, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and Government Relations and was based in Florida and Washington. Most recently at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Mr. Gomez was the director of Government Relations, advocating for company positions in Congress, directed the PAC activities of the company, and was the point person with community organizations and leaders.
Earlier in his career, he spent 5 years with the Dow Chemical Company in various corporate functions within Sales, Marketing, and Latin America Division, and was based in Florida and South Carolina.
A native of Cuba, Mr. Gomez grew up in Miami, Florida and is fluent in Spanish. He is a founding board member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and works with other national Hispanic groups and industry associations, has been a speaker and guest lecturer on corporate lobbying and Government Relations, and he coaches youth baseball in the Washington area.
A graduate of the University of Miami, he holds a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. and the Graduate Certificate in Management from City University in Seattle. He is married to Susan Santana, has three children, and lives in McLean, Virginia.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and non-partisan organization. CHLI's vision is Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought. CHLI is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and Hispanic corporate executive leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. The organization's leadership, domestic and international partners and staff prepare and promote Hispanic college students and professionals to be global leaders. Programs incorporate the intersections of academic excellence, public policy and global perspectives. For more information visit www.chli.org