CHLI Fall 2016 Global Leaders & Fellow Graduation and Launch of CHLI Alumni Association
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Posted by: Roberto Cervantes
For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2016
Phone: 202-347-8280 EXT 303
The 2016 Fall Global Leaders & Fellow Take Off Alongside the
CHLI Alumni Association
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic leadership Institute (CHLI) held a graduation reception for the 2016 Fall Global Leaders Interns & Communications & Marketing Fellow at the Florida International University (FIU) in DC office on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The CHLI Global Leaders Program selects student from across the country and places them in a congressional office for the first half of the semester, and at a corporate office for the second half. During the length of their semester, they attend an Applied Politics course at George Washington University. The Communications & Marketing Fellowship provides a recent graduate of FIU to serve as the CHLI point person for the execution of its communications and marketing strategy.
“Students who are tomorrow’s leaders, are CHLI’s reason for existing. It was indeed a pleasure to be able to congratulate CHLI’s latest “graduates” at an important moment in their lives; as they continue becoming exemplary leaders,” stated CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
This semester’s Global Leaders were Alejandro Coste, Elizabeth Dos Santos and Jake Orta. Coste is from Puerto Rico and is currently studying Economics at the University of Puerto Rico. Coste interned with Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08) and with the American Beverage Association.
“Through its wide range of connections and activities, CHLI allowed me to gain firsthand experience as to what the D.C. life is really like, both professionally and socially. Due to its focus on public service, leadership development and academic excellence, the Global Leaders Program has provided me with the tools I need to face the future as a young Hispanic leader,” said Coste.
Dos Santos is studying Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte located in her home city of Charlotte, NC. Her time with CHLI was first spent interning with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), and then with Ford Motor Company.
"I'm so proud of folks like Lizzie who worked hard every day in my DC office to help me effectively represent my constituents. CHLI empowers so many men and women who go on to careers in public service and are excellent young, Hispanic leaders," said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.
“Being able to live in D.C. and be exposed to the public and private sector was an incredible experience. Thanks to CHLI I was able to develop keen professional and networking skills in order to thrive in any atmosphere,” said Dos Santos.
Orta, a California native and alumnus of California State University at San Bernardino, came to CHLI with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration. He first interned with Congressman David Valadao (CA-21), before landing a job as a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07).
“I am a Legislative Correspondent in the office of Congressman Duffy and my responsibility is to connect him with his constituents. Without the guidance and support of CHLI, I would have never had the opportunity and resources necessary to excel in my role as an intern and make a good impression,” said Orta.
This semester’s Communication and Marketing Fellow was Roberto Cervantes, an FIU alumnus who received his Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and minors in both Marketing and Hospitality. Typically the Fellowship lasts for six months, but fortunately for Cervantes, he was able to take advantage of a year-long opportunity and gain extensive experience with local and national media leaders, media relations campaigns, social media strategies, event planning and much more. Unlike the Global Leaders Program, the Communications and Marketing Fellow works out of the CHLI office and is supervised by the CHLI President & CEO, Mary Ann Gómez Orta.
“It has been CHLI’s pleasure to host Roberto as our Communication & Marketing Fellow this past year. His hard work and dedication were so outstanding that we decided to ask him to stay on for an additional six months,” said Gómez Orta. “Roberto’s future in the field of communications is very bright and he will be sorely missed at CHLI.”
“CHLI gave me the opportunity to grow as a professional and as an individual. I learned more than I could’ve imagined and I will forever be grateful for everything they were able to do for me,” said Cervantes. “I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived in D.C., but I am returning home with valuable knowledge and great memories.”
CHLI would like to wish the graduates the best of luck on their future endeavors, and thank all of our sponsors and partners for a supportive year.