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CHLI Summer Newsletter

Wednesday, September 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) had quite a busy summer. From honoring staffers from the Hill, to preparing today's youth to become future leaders, to being involved in both political conventions for the first time, CHLI continues to strive to advance the Hispanic community's diversity of thought.


"This summer was as exciting as it was busy for the CHLI. I am elated that our annual events were filled with CHLI friends, family, and future leaders, and that we were able to participate in the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for the first time.

To continue the "first time" experiences, we are looking forward to our first ever Red White Y Tu tour. The CHLI is eager to hold forums to encourage millennials to leave their mark on this upcoming election. The tour kicks off a week after our 5th Annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium which will cover issues and international affairs that affect U.S. global competitiveness.  

None of this would be possible without the continued support of CHLI sponsors, partners, the exceptional board of directors, dedicated corporate advisory council and hard-working CHLI staff. Thank you for assisting CHLI in achieving all of its endeavors and advancing the Hispanic community's diversity of thought."

Mary Ann Gómez Orta
CHLI President & CEO


CHLI Summer Recap

CHLI Congressional Staff Appreciation Award Reception
CHLI honored Juan Hinojosa, Chief of Staff for Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05), and Miguel Mendoza, Legislative Director for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) with its 2016 Stephen D. Vermillion III Congressional Staff Appreciation Award. The awards were presented on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the offices of Altria on 101 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C.

To read more, please CLICK HERE
CHLI Future Leaders Conference
CHLI held its annual Future Leaders Conference on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference was “Advancing the Future-One Millennial at a Time,” which captivates the importance of educating the leaders of tomorrow.

To read more, please CLICK HERE
CHLI Leadership at the RNC & DNC

CHLI participated for the first time in the Republican National Convention (RNC) held in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) held in Philadelphia, PA. 

To read more, please CLICK HERE
CHLI LA Meet & Greet
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 tocultivate relationships with community leaders and organizations that align with CHLI’s vision and mission.
To read more, please CLICK HERE


Meet our CHLI Fall Global Leaders!


The CHLI Global Leaders Internship/Fellowship Program hosts interns every fall and spring. They serve as interns for a member of Congress for half the semester and then serve in a government affairs office for a major corporation or trade association in Washington, DC. They earn academic credit from George Washington University for their course work in the Applied Politics course led by Professor Gregory Lebel. CHLI wants to thank this year’s sponsors who make this unique scholarship a once in a lifetime experience: Juan Otero and Comcast | NBC Universal | TelemundoJohn Hoel and Altria Client ServicesRay Dempsey, Jr. and BP AmericaJoe Avila and Ford Motor CompanyJustin Kissingerand Heineken USAAngela Arboleda and HerbalifeAlberto Senior and MillerCoors; and Zuraya Tapia Hadley and UPS.

   Alejandro Coste

Alejandro Coste Sanchez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a family from the Dominican Republic.

He attended Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo from Kindergarten to senior year. He is currently a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and majors in Economics.

Alejandro has been an athlete for most of his life and enjoys an active lifestyle. He played soccer for many years, but also participated in volleyball and softball. His congressional placement is with Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08) and his corporate placement is with Patrice Webb and the American Beverage Association. Alejandro aspires to continuously learn in order to be useful in the development and overall future of Puerto Rico.

Twitter: @Alejandrocoste

 Elizabeth Dos Santos
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dos Santos is originally from Miami, FL but her parents moved her to Charlotte, NC when she was 11 years old. She is a first generation college student and graduated high school at 17 with an Associates Degree in Arts. She has been an official student of three different universities. The first was Appalachian State, the second was the University of North Carolina Charlotte where she will earn a Bachelor’s in Political Science in the spring of 2017, and her third and final university is The George Washington University where she will complete the Semester in Washington Program.

Dos Santos has high aspirations to work on Capitol Hill one day. One of her goals is to meet U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) again and have the opportunity to have a personal conversation with him, "Cubana to Cubano." During this fall, Dos Santos will intern in the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and hopes to make a great impression on her team and represent the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute to the best of her ability. 

Twitter: @LizzieDosSantos
 Jake Orta

Jake Orta, a California State University at San Bernardino (CSUB) alumnus, recently arrived to Washington, D.C. to work under Representative David Valadao from California’s 21 Congressional District.  Orta proudly stands with his affiliation to the Republican Party, and is a true advocate of the Second Amendment.

On his downtime, Orta loves to go fishing and also enjoys snowboarding as well. He shares his birthday with his twin brother John, who is one minute younger than he. Unfortunately, Orta had to undergo a kidney transplant in 2005, where his father gave a piece of his kidney. Five years later, he had to go under the same procedure, this time his brother came to his aid. Luckily, he was able to endure the situation and lives medication-free now.

Orta graduated this past June with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration. Through the use of the skills he learned throughout his four years at CSUB, Orta scored an amazing opportunity in his hometown this past summer as a field representative for Senator Mike Morrell’s office. During his time as a field representative, Orta was in charge of the City of Highland and the unincorporated Mountain Communities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Orta loves to read about people who have had an impact on the world in order to gain different outlooks on the way of life and problem solving. He is excited to work under Representative Valadao and continue to gain knowledge while on the Hill.

Twitter: @jake_orta


Upcoming Events!


The symposium brings experts to discuss trade issues that affect U.S. global competitiveness. Special guests in the past include Alvaro Uribe, former President of Colombia; Juan Rodriguez Inciarte, U.S. – Spain Council; Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-Development Bank and Governor John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable. His Excellency, Carlos Sada, Mexico Ambassador to the United StatesCHLI will be the keynote speaker for this year. CHLI will hold its annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium on September 14 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.


CHLI will hold forums across the country as part of its Red White Y Tu tour to discuss the importance of being educated about the political process and the importance of Hispanic/Latino voter participation. The Red White Y Tu tour will kick off in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, September 22 at California State University, Los Angeles, followed by San Antonio, TX on Monday, September 26 at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and wrap up in Miami, FL on Thursday, September 29 at Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus.


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