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CHLI Welcomes Global Leaders Programs’ Alumni as Programs and Operations Coordinator

Friday, June 8, 2012  
Posted by: Leo Velasquez
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CHLI Welcomes Global Leaders Programs’ Alumni as Programs and Operations Coordinator

Washington, D.C. – (June 8, 2012) Rafael "Leo” Velasquez was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At the age of 13, Leo and his family moved to Houston, Texas, then later to Black Mountain, North Carolina. Leo enrolled at Montreat College where he received an athletic and academic scholarship, as well as numerous scholar athlete awards. Mr. Velasquez earned a degree in International Business Administration in 2011.

Leo was considered a leader in the classroom and within his team. His ability to understand his teammates and classmates matched by strong and calm leadership style led his coach to name Leo, co-captain of the soccer team his senior year. He has also made a positive impression with his professors who awarded his hard work and deeply embedded moral values with an invitation to represent Montreat College in the Annual Ethics Symposium held in Hilton Head South Carolina.

He brings a strong work ethic and resilient desire to learn and to help students achieve their goals. Leo participated in the CHLI Global Leaders program, and received high praise for his insightful contributions to the classroom, his ability to adapt quickly to a new environment, and his willingness to take on new assignments. He interned in Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office and his corporate internship was with General Motors Company Government Relations & Global Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. Leo stated "CHLI has demonstrated that they have a strong commitment to the Hispanic community, and are investing in our next generation of leaders. I am extremely proud to be part of such a prestigious organization, and I look forward to providing students access to opportunities so that they may become influential members both, at a national and global scale.”

"CHLI is fortunate to have Leo Velasquez on the team. His insights, passion, leadership style and commitment to excellence are truly inspirational,” Mary Ann Gomez, CHLI Executive Director.


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. CHLI prepares and promotes Hispanic global leaders. For more information, please visit

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