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President Appoints CHLI Board Member Nathalie Rayes to the Board of Trustees of the Wilson Center

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The President of the United States Appoints CHLI Corporate Board Member Nathalie Rayes to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Washington D.C. - President Barack Obama announced the appointment of CHLI Corporate Board Member Ms. Nathalie Rayes to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is regarded as one top think-tanks in the world.  The Board of Trustees are appointed to six-year terms by the President of the United States.  Trustees serve on various committees including audit, finance, investment, and fellowships.
"President Obama made a wise decision in selecting Nathalie for this prestigious position. Nathalie's wisdom and professionalism will be of great assistance to the Wilson Center as it seeks to maintain its status as one of the premiere centers of thought and analysis in the world. If her contributions to the Wilson Center are in anyway similar to those she has already made to CHLI, as I am confident they will be, the center will acquire even greater respect in the years to come," said CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.


Ms. Rayes is the U.S. National Public Relations Director of Grupo Salinas, a Mexican conglomerate with US$6 billion in annual sales and 100,000 employees in Mexico, the United States, and Central and South America, and with operations in the broadcasting, retail, banking and financial services, telecommunications and internet. Ms. Rayes is also the Executive Director of Grupo Salinas' philanthropic arm in the United States, Fundación Azteca America, that seeks to improve the quality of life of Latinos by partnering with existing nonprofits to empower, create awareness and motivate change on social and civic issues.

Previously, Ms. Rayes served as Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn's Deputy Chief of Staff, directing the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Relations, serving as chief liaison to federal, state and regional governments and to the Los Angeles City Council, international trade, protocol, immigrant affairs as well as Mayor's appointment to City Commissions and boards.  Prior to that, Ms. Rayes was Senior Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Feuer, heading all aspects of the Councilmember' s activities with respect to citywide legislation and ordinances impacting the Fifth Council District. Ms. Rayes also served as a Department of State Fellow in the Economic/Political Section of the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Ms. Rayes serves on the Advisory Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, and the U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the Public Policy Alumni Council at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Rayes is the recipient of Santa Monica College 2013 Distinguished Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Professional and Community Service Achievement, and the 2012 "Mujeres Destacadas Award", a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding women in our community. She is also a Fellow of the Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the leading cross-sectional leadership development program in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms. Rayes has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology cum laude and Masters in Public Policy with concentrations in International Relations and Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is fluent in Spanish and conversational Arabic. Ms. Rayes resides in Chesnut Hill, Massachusetts with her husband, Dr. Tarek Samad, and their young sons, Julian and Alexander.




About the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was chartered by Congress in 1968 as a living memorial to Woodrow Wilson, and it works actively to connect Washington and the world through open dialogue and independent research on major global issues.  In a recent study the Wilson Center was named one of the top ten think-tanks in the world and the top US "Think Tank to Watch" in 2014.  The members of the Board of Trustees are appointed to six-year terms by the President of the United States. For more information, visit:, Twitter:  @TheWilsonCenter

About CHLI:

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and Corporate Executive Leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness.  Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. For more information, visit: www.chli.orgTwitter: @TheCHLI

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