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CHLI LA Meet & Greet Reception

Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments)
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August 31, 2016

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CHLI Los Angeles Meet & Greet Reception

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) held a Meet & Greet Reception at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Wednesday, August 17th. Los Angeles was chosen for the event in order for CHLI’s leadership and alumni to cultivate relationships with community leaders and organizations that align with CHLI’s vision and mission.

Los Angeles has strong ties to the Hispanic/Latino community, which is why the CHLI Meet & Greet Reception was the perfect platform to formerly announce the CHLI Red White Y Tu Hispanic/Latino Vote Tour. This three-city tour will educate, engage, and empower millennial voters to make their mark in the 2016 election.

The reception commenced with welcome remarks by CHLI President & CEO, Mary Ann Gomez, who proceeded to introduce CHLI Treasurer and VP & Head of External Affairs of BP America, Ray Dempsey, Jr., to welcome everyone to the BP Grand Entrance of the LACMA.

“The event was a great opportunity to highlight the important work of CHLI with our friends in Los Angeles,” said Dempsey. “The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was a fabulous venue, and BP was very proud to have been a part of making that special evening such a success.”

CHLI Board Member and Executive Director of Fundación Azteca America, Nathalie Reyes, presented the former Mayor of Los Angeles, James Hahn, who welcomed everyone to Los Angeles.

Former Member of Congress and CHLI Chairman, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, spoke about CHLI, its support of the youth and the importance of voting.

“It was a great privilege for CHLI to meet so many impressive community leaders in Los Angeles, such as Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of CSU, Fullerton and Mayor Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with our friends in Southern California,” said CHLI Chairman Diaz-Balart.

CHLI Corporate Advisory Council Member and Senior Director of Government Affairs of Target, Isaac Reyes;  Director of Federal Strategies for AARP, Beverly Gilyard; AARP Metro Manager for Los Angeles, Luis Campillo, and President & CEO of Azteca America, Manuel Abud, took to the podium to share what their corporations are doing in the Los Angeles communities - their engagement with civic participation programs and the importance of CHLI in the community.


Chief of Staff of Los Angeles Mayor, Ana Guerrero, was present on behalf of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Guerrero has always been an advocate for the betterment of the Hispanic community. She shared how the City of Los Angeles is promoting civic engagement. 


CHLI looks forward to returning to Los Angeles to kick start the Red White Y Tu tour on Thursday, September 22 at California State University, Los Angeles followed by San Antonio on Monday, September 26 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and end in Miami on Thursday, September 29 at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus.

CHLI would like to recognize and express its gratitude toward BP America, AARP, Azteca America, Target, The Latino Coalition, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the LACMA for making this event possible.

To learn more about the CHLI Red White Y Tu Hispanic Vote Tour, email Nina Roque, CHLI Director of Programs & External Affairs at or visit






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