CHLI recognizes Cesar Gonzalez and Judi Wolford for Their Service to the U.S. Congress and the Hispanic Community
Washington DC - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute recognized two outstanding leaders for their contributions to the Hispanic community and years of dedicated service with the Stephen D. Vermillion, III CHLI Congressional Staff Appreciation Award on July 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's (CHLI) Stephen D. Vermillion, III Congressional Staff Appreciation Award is presented to two Congressional Staff Members who support the advancement of the Hispanic Community in the United States, have demonstrated support for CHLI's programs and activities and share CHLI's dedication to bipartisan leadership. These staff members are proven advocates of CHLI's mission and values.
The Stephen D. Vermillion, III Congressional Staff Appreciation Award is given to a current staff member from both parties who are committed to public service, engaged in meaningful bipartisan dialogue, and foment's the Hispanic community's economic development, political involvement, and educational opportunities.
This award was renamed last year to honor the late Stephen D. Vermillion who served on Capitol Hill for 17 years. Vermillion was the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. David Rivera (FL). His previous positions included chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL), communications director to then-U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston (LA) and military and national security adviser to U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (WI).
"CHLI is proud to honor Cesar Gonzalez and Judi Wolford, both exceptional public servants, with the Stephen D. Vermillion CHLI Congressional Staff Appreciation Award. Steve Vermillion was an extraordinary man. His legacy of hard work, patriotism and service, is carried on by admirable public servants such as Cesar Gonzalez and Judi Wolford," expressed The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Chairman.
Cesar Gonzalez, currently serves as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL). Prior to this role, Gonzalez was the staff director for the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process and legislative director and counsel to then-U.S. Rep Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL). Before coming to Capitol Hill, Gonzalez was an attorney for the American Association of Retired Persons. Gonzalez received a J.D. from Tulane University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Florida International University.
"Cesar's unwavering integrity and work ethic have earned him the admiration and respect of staff and members of both parties. First for my brother Lincoln, and now for me, Cesar has been more than just an essential team leader; he is a trusted confidant and member of the Diaz-Balart family. I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition," said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.
Judi began her career on Capitol Hill more than 22 years ago as the Office Manager for Congressman Rick Boucher of Virginia. In 1999, she went to work for (now) Senator Robert Menendez where she worked as the Office Manager/Scheduler during his years as Vice Chair and then Chairman of the Democratic Caucus. When he went to the Senate, she decided to stay on the House side and work for his successor, Congressman Albio Sires. She serves as his Administrative Director/Scheduler. In January, she will have 15 years in this particular job (working for NJ-08).
"I am fortunate to have Judi as a member of my staff. She has been with my office since I first assumed my position as a New Jersey Representative, and since then, she has helped all operations run smoothly. I genuinely appreciate all of her hard work and attention to detail," said Congressman Albio Sires.
This event was graciously sponsored by Oracle, AztecaAmerica, and Pacific Gas & Electric.
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.
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