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Alumni in Elected & Appointed Office

Luis Ayala
City of Alhambra
Alhambra, CA
1997-1998 CHCI Fellow

Anthony Alcoser
Member- Board of Trustees
Harlandale ISD
San Antonio, Texas
2003 Intern

Ben Cardenas
Member- Board of Education
Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA
2002-2003 Fellow

Alejandra Castillo
Member- Board of Trustees
University of the District of Columbia
1992-1993 Fellow

Abel Herrero
State Representative
Texas House of Representatives
1992 Intern

 Andres Quintero
Appointed Governing Board Member
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
San Jose, CA
2003 Intern

José G. Pérez
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
1996 Intern

Jessie Ulibarri
State Senator
Colorado Senate
2006-2007 Fellow

Michael Vargas
Secretary, Board of Trustees
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
2007 Intern

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Presidential Appointment Initiative

CHCI and the CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) are pleased to announce the establishment of a Presidential Appointment Initiative (PAI) that will support the efforts of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) to increase Latino appointment officials at both the federal and state levels to grow the pipeline of Latinos serving our nation.

The CHCI-AA seeks to serve as the premiere referral pool of Latino talent to serve as presidential appointees, across all departments and at all levels of government. CHCI encourages its sister organizations to leverage their own resources (alumni, program participants, membership) in similar ways to support NHLA's efforts.

Our Goal

The goal of the PAI is to encourage CHCI Alumni to apply for leadership roles and serve our nation as leaders in their communities, and to identify other qualified Latino talent as potential candidates for these positions.

Why This Is Important

As presidential appointees, CHCI Alumni would be at the decision-making table, with the power to set or influence policies. Alumni would be in a position to directly impact the well-being and life opportunities of Latinos and their families. They would also serve as leaders and resources within their own communities and to our nation.

How to Apply

1. Submit your tailored resume to the CHCI-AA by emailing PAI@chci.org

2. Apply to the White House at whitehouse.gov/apply. In order to be considered for a presidential appointment, all applicants MUST apply through the official White House Presidential Personnel Office application site. 

3. Notify CHCI once you have submitted your online application with the White House PPO.

4. Try consulting the 2012 Plum Book to identify the type of opportunities that may be available as an appointee across the federal agencies.

5. Research, prepare, and campaign for the opportunity.  Make sure you follow up with the PPO to check the status of your paperwork and if they need any additional supporting documentation, references, etc.

How We Can Help

The CHCI-AA is dedicated to the advancement of your leadership and our community. Through this new initiative, we will:

• Alert candidates of informational sessions provided by NHLA and other organizations

• Forward resumes of interested candidates to the White House Presidential Personnel Office

• Connect interested candidates with current and former CHCI Alumni appointees

• Refer senior candidates to congressional caucuses and advocacy organizations for further consideration

Spread the Word

All qualified Latino talent referred by CHCI Alumni is encouraged to apply. Forward this announcement to a friend or colleague.

For more information, contact PAI@chci.org.

We are proud to recognize the following CHCI Alumni currently serving as Presidential Appointees:

Betsaida Alcantara
Communications Director
General Services Administration

Nathaly Arriola
Deputy Press Secretary
White House Office of National Drug Control

Scott Astrada
Confidential Assistant    
White House Office of Management and Budget

Miguel Ayala 
Deputy Director of Communications       
White House Council on Environmental Quality

Naomi Barry-Perez
Director of Civil Rights  
US Department of Labor

Alejandra Castillo           
National Director           
Minority Business Development Agency, US Department of Commerce

Alejandra Ceja   
Executive Director
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Carlos Elizondo
Residence Manager & Social Secretary   
Office of the Vice President Joe Biden

Gabriella Gomez             
Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs         
US Department of Education

Alfonso Lopez 
Legislative Affairs Specialist        
US Department of Homeland Security

Laura Marquez
White House Liaison      
US Department of the Interior

Lorenzo Olvera
Confidential Assistant    
Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, US Department of Education

M. Lucero Ortiz
Chief of Staff
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), US Department of Labor

Stephanie Valencia-Ramirez       
Deputy Chief of Staff to US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
US Department of Commerce