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CHLI Welcomes New Board Members

Tuesday, April 7, 2015   (0 Comments)
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April 7, 2015
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CHLI Welcomes New Board Members

Washington, D.C. The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute would like to welcome Joedis Avila from Ford Motor Company; Emilio Gonzalez from Verizon  and Lauren Robitaille from Walmart to the CHLI Board of Directors. These individuals will actively support CHLI's mission while helping make decisions on how the organization can continue its focus on advancing the Hispanic community's diversity of thought.

"It is an honor for CHLI to welcome our new members of the Board of Directors. Each of them have demonstrated great leadership in their fields as well as admirable devotion to the goals of CHLI," said CHLI Chairman former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.  

Joedis Avila is the Manager of Community Outreach for the Ford Fund, under this position he manages strategic partnerships with key organizations and external corporate initiatives on a national and local level. He also manages strategic investments in Hispanic markets. Prior to his work with Ford, Avila worked at MillerCoors, where he managed multicultural and corporate relations, and marketing programs. Before becoming a CHLI Board Member, Avila was a member on the Corporate Advisory Council.  As a CHLI Board Member, he serves on the Trade Symposium Committee.

Emilio Gonzalez is the Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Verizon where he has worked for 11 years. As a leader in Verizon's Public Policy, Law and Security Operations, he manages a large portfolio of national stakeholders and internet policy issues. Before Verizon, Gonzalez served as an appointee in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce and later at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Administration, Gonzalez was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He is the Vice-Chair on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Lauren Robitaille was a member of the CHLI Corporate Advisory Council prior to becoming a member of the CHLI Board of Directors. Robitaille serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations for Walmart. She is responsible for outreach to the legislative and the executive branch on issues including e-commerce, privacy, internet security, tax policy and financial services. Prior to working for Walmart she worked for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart as Legislative Director. As a CHLI Board Member, Robitaille serves on the Gala Committee.

"I am pleased to welcome CHLI's new board members. These new additions will benefit the future of this organization. Joe, Emilio, and Lauren have each demonstrated their commitment to advancing CHLI's mission and I am eager to work with them as CHLI continues to grow," said CHLI Board Member, Congressman Albio Sires. 


The new board members will be joining:

Congressional Board Members: Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Congressman Bill Flores, Congressman Raul Labrador, Congressman Devin Nunes, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Albio Sires and Congressman David Valadao.

Corporate Board Members: Rudy Beserra, Coca-Cola; Ray Dempsey, BP America; Ivette Fernandez, The Libre Institute; Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Oracle; John Hoel, Altria Client Services; David Olivencia, Softtek; Juan Otero, Comcast; Orlando Padilla, Padilla Networks; Susan I. Santana, AT&T; Nicolas Perez Stable, General Electric; and Patrice Webb, American Beverage Assn. Pro-Bono General Counsel: Alejandro Sarria.

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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) 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©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. 


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