Meet the CHLI Spring 2017 Global Leaders Interns & Fellows

Each semester the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) selects a number of students to intern in Congressional and Corporate offices in Washington D.C., as well as a recent Florida International University (FIU) graduate to work as the CHLI Communications and Marketing Fellow.  

Dominique Espinoza

Dominique Espinoza is a recent graduate of Florida International University’s Honors College. Majoring in Psychology, Dominique has a passion for working with people, especially within the Hispanic/Latino community. Born in Machala, Ecuador, Dominique moved to the United States, by herself at the age of 14, in search for the American Dream. She hopes that her passion for public service will propel her into a career practicing immigration or educational law. 

Congressional Internship: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Corporate Internship: Baxter Healthcare

Fernando J. Espinoza 
A son to migrant workers from El Salvador, Fernando comes from humble beginnings and is proud of his background. He is currently a Junior at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is studying Economics with a concentration in Finance. Through his previous internship with the Finance Department of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Fernando knows that the Latino population is lacking in corporate leaders, which is why he is passionate about joining corporate America and looks to rise through the ranks to become an influential leader in the business and Latino community. 
Congressional Internship: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Corporate Internship: Accenture
Alejandra Forero 
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Alejandra moved to the United States at the age of 13. She is currently an Alexander Hamilton Scholar at North Carolina State University and is double majoring in International Studies and Business Administration. She is also highly involved in the Latino and global community by being a part of the Latino Professionals for America, Global Training Initiative, and International Business Club. Alejandra hopes that she can use this experience to gain exposure to how policy is created and influenced.

Congressional Internship: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Corporate Internship: Herbalife
Sol Ortega
Sol Ortega is a first-generation student at the University of Florida studying Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career she has been civically active on her campus and has served as a student senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as Chair for the Advocacy Committee under the department of Hispanic Latino Affairs (HLA), Marketing Director for CHISPAS at UF (an immigrant advocate group) and as Vice Chair for the Reitz Board of Managers. Sol wishes to continue supporting the Hispanic/Latin community and being an advocate for underrepresented communities.

Congressional Internship: Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)
Corporate Internship: American Beverage Association

Michelle Archilla 

Michelle Archilla is the current Communications Fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). Born and raised in the City of Miami Beach, Michelle has been fortunate to grow up in a diverse city exposed to individuals from all over the world. A recent graduate from  Florida International University, Michelle received her B.S in Communications with a focus in Advertising and a minor in Art. She is passionate about expressing herself through film, writing, and illustrations and would like to use her skills to help advance the Latino community.

Learn more about our Spring 2017 Global Leaders here.
CHLI Board of Directors
Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Vice Chairman
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Vice Chairman
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Treasurer
BP America
Emilio X. Gonzalez, Secretary

Congressional Board Members
Honorable Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Honorable Bill Flores (TX-17)
Honorable Raul Labrador (ID-01)
Honorable Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Honorable Albio Sires (NJ-08)
Honorable David Valadao (CA-21)
Corporate Board Members
Joedis Avila
Ford Motor Company
Rudy Beserra
The Coca-Cola Company
Juan Carlos Gutierrez
John Hoel
Altria Client Services
Steven Levine
Univision Communications, Inc.
David Olivencia
Juan Otero
Comcast Corporation
Orlando Padilla
Padilla Networks
Nicolas Perez Stable
CHC Helicopters
Nathalie Rayes
Grupo Salinas
Lauren Robitaille
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Susan I. Santana, Esq.
AT&T Services, Inc.
Christopher Turner
Dell, Inc.
Patrice Webb
American Beverage Association
Pro-Bono General Counsel
Alejandro Sarria
Covington & Burling, LLP
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