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Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (PR) and Belinda Garza of Wal-Mart Join Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 8, 2009   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

September 8, 2009

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (PR) and Belinda Garza of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Join the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico, and Ms. Belinda Garza of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Both members were voted in by the CHLI Board of Directors at its July 9th Board meeting.

"The CHLI Board of Directors is extremely pleased to welcome these fine stewards of the community into the CHLI family,” said Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21), CHLI Board Chairman. "I want to personally thank Belinda Garza of Wal-Mart and Congressman Perluisi for their support of CHLI. Our board of directors continues to grow and represent the diversity and leadership present throughout the U.S. Hispanic community.”

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi is a member of the Democratic Party and Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner. He is the sole representative in Congress of the four million American citizens who reside on the Island. From 1993-1996, he served as Attorney General of Puerto Rico where he was the Chief Legal Officer of the Government issuing numerous published legal opinions.

"I want to thank the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute for the privilege to serve our great and diverse United States Hispanic community,” said Congressman Pierluisi (PR). "I look forward to working with the other Democratic and Republican members of the Board, as well as the socially responsible corporate members, to continue embracing and advocating for Hispanic leadership throughout our great nation and abroad.”

Walmart's mission to save people money so they can live better touches millions of consumers every week by providing its customers with affordable prices on products and offerings they want and need, such as $4 prescription medications and grocery items. With more than 2.1 million associates around the world, Walmart has more than 7,900 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine's 2009 Most Admired Companies survey.

Garza has worked for the retailer for six years and educates policy makers on Walmart's health and wellness programs, benefits, and ideas for reform. Prior to joining Walmart, she was on the staff of U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX).

"Walmart's commitment to serve our customers extends beyond the products and services in our stores and clubs, and into the communities we serve,” said Belinda Garza, senior manager, Walmart Federal Government Relations. "We will continue to partner with CHLI as we work together to develop future Hispanic leaders in business and public policy."

CHLI's Board of Directors includes the following Congressional members: Hon. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Chairman (FL-21), Hon. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Hon. Albio Sires (NJ-13), Hon. Devin Nunes (CA-21), and Hon. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), as well as the following corporate members: Eduardo J. Negron-Mendez, Esq., Treasurer; Susan I. Santana of AT&T, Secretary; John Hoel of Altria Client Services, Inc.; Cindy Colenda of the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation; Rudy Beserra of the Coca-Cola Company; Bert Gomez of Univision Communications, Inc.; Pepe Fanjul, Jr. of Florida Crystals; and Cris Turner of Dell, Inc.

About CHLI:

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., that advances the diversity of thought in U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit You may also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



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