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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
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O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
B Educational Institutions
B99 Education N.E.C.
B Educational Institutions
B82 Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is one of the leading Hispanic non-profit and non-partisan 501(c)(3) organizations in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. "Kika" de la Garza, and Congressman Baltasar Corrada to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. To fulfill it's mission, CHCI offers nationally recognized educational and leadership development programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of it's participants as effective professionals and stong leaders. As the premier natinal Hispanic educational organization, CHCI has created a pipeline for Latino youth from highschool through college, graduate school and on to the workforce. CHCI's educational programs, services and activities have an extremely successful record of developing effective Hispanic leaders.
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Ms. Esther Aguilera
Esther Aguilera, one of Washington's top strategic thinkers, is President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a position she has held since November 2004. Under her leadership, CHCI continues to aggressively expand national programs and services to Hispanic high school, college and graduate students - growing the organization's annual budget and national visibility.
She is a 2010 recipient of the Alumni Seal Award for Service to the Community from her alma mater, Occidental College in Los Angeles, and was featured as one of the nation's top 90 women mentoring leaders by Women of Wealth magazine in February 2011.
She has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in Washington, D.C., presented with Hispanic Magazine's 2006 Latina Excellence Award in Education, and was featured in Latino Leaders magazine's 2007 women's issue for her positive impact in the Hispanic community.
Aguilera's unique expertise - derived from extensive senior management experience in corporate, public affairs, policy, legislation, fundraising and the non-profit sector - makes her a sought out expert. In January 2011, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry appointed Aguilera to its newly created Hispanic Council on Federal Employment to to advise him on leading employment practices in the effort to remove barriers to recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce.
She began her career in Washington, DC in 1990 as a policy analyst for the National Council of La Raza, a prominent national think tank, with extensive national policy development and research responsibilities leading Aguilera to author several major publications.
Aguilera was executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a legislative group on Capitol Hill, whom she worked for from 1993-98. Her responsibilities included legislative and relationship building among congressional, White House and constituency allies.
In October 1998, Aguilera was appointed to serve as senior advisor to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and executive director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Office. Under Secretary Richardson, Aguilera developed senior policy recommendations leading to the implementation of a nationwide Hispanic outreach program, increased DOE's small business contracting, established long-term partnerships with business leaders and launched the first DOE small business conference, now an annual event.
Prior to joining CHCI, Aguilera served as Principal at the Dewey Square Group, a nationally renowned public affairs firm, directing strategic national projects for a variety of Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profits.
Aguilera has also led strategic membership fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, exceeding fundraising goals while implementing national outreach programs. She has been a featured speaker at numerous national conferences and forums, including Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, National Council of La Raza, Latina Style Magazine, among others.
She holds a BA in Public Policy from Occidental College, Los Angeles. A native of Mexico, Aguilera's family relocated to Los Angeles in 1972. Overcoming numerous obstacles, today the Aguilera's have achieved the American dream. She is married and the mother of two wonderful boys, Mackie and Jacob.
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