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Wednesday, November 16, 2011  
Posted by: Mari Cabrera
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For Immediate Release: November 16, 2011


Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is proud to welcome its new Executive Director, Mary Ann Gomez.

Mary Ann joins CHLI with a wealth and breadth of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She previously served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications; worked as a marketing manager for Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation and represented PhRMA as a National Alliance Development Consultant.

Ms. Gomez has also worked for various public relations and marketing firms in California covering issues in transportation, water, healthcare, planned development, and community events. She was also an instructor for the University of Phoenix and Heald College teaching management, marketing and public speaking.

"The board and I are excited to have Mary Ann Gomez as our Executive Director to guide the enhancements and expansions of our programs, congressional outreach and international relations. Mary Ann is an exceptional Hispanic leader,” said Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

Mary Ann takes great pride in giving back to the Latino community and enjoys being involved with organizations in which she can learn about a new issue, event or community. She believes that diverse points of view create exponentially better results for all. She is the eldest of a Mexican-American family born and raised in California to parents who were farm workers. Her father came to the United States as a bracero from Michoacan, Mexico and her mother was born in Brownsville, Texas to parents from Jalisco, Mexico.

Mary Ann Gomez shared, "My passion for promoting higher education for Hispanic youth and showing them how we can help our communities through the business world, combined with serving a diverse and inclusive board of directors excites me every day.”

Mary Ann is a board member of the University of the Pacific Alumni Association and previous board member of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Astronaut Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation and former President of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project. She earned a B.A. in Communications at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and an M.B.A. at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.


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

For more information contact Mari Cabrera at (202) 347-8280, ext. 303 or


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