Ileana Ros-Lehtinen named chair of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Congratulations to our good friend Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban American ever elected to congress, on being named the new chair of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. Throughout her congressional career, Ileana left her mark on D.C. and on the South Florida community she faithfully represented, and will surely do a wonderful job in her new role.

Via The Hill:

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) on Thursday announced former Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) as its new chair, taking over for former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who will become chair emeritus.

The group, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in the summer, is a bipartisan organization that runs an internship program in Washington for young Latinos to learn the ropes of government and the corporate world.

The group was founded by Díaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.) in 2003 to open doors for Hispanic youth who otherwise would not have the opportunity to intern in Washington.

“I’m honored to build on the work of my legislative brother Lincoln Díaz-Balart, CHLI’s Chairman Emeritus, and lead CHLI’s efforts to grow and shape future Hispanic leaders and present opportunities to advance diversity of thought and the Hispanic community at large,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement.

“Lincoln founded CHLI more than 20 years ago and nurtured it into a transformative institution whose alums always tell us that their experience changed the trajectories of their lives for the better,” she continued. “As a co-founder of CHLI, empowering Hispanic students is near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to championing CHLI alongside our great board of directors.”

Ileana is a wonderful person who despite her small stature, is a giant among her peers and will no doubt accomplish great things for the organization and the Hispanic American community.

¡Felicidades, Ileana!

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