Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month
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This week the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is highlighting two CHLI Alumni for #ImmigrantHeritageMonth, Michael Monrroy, class of 2010, and Dominique Espinoza, class of 2017. Read about their heritage below.
Michael Monrroy is the American-born son of Latin American immigrants, who came to the United States in the early 1980s from La Paz, Bolivia and Medellin, Colombia. Born and raised in Virginia, Michael attended public schools and graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2011 – a first in his family – as a Hispanic Heritage Foundation business scholarship recipient, studying public policy and international business. A highlight of his college years was his 2010 participation in the CHLI international business program in Madrid, Spain. Today, Michael is a young professional leader in corporate America and political grassroots. He has successfully led business development efforts both domestically and internationally at technology focused startups and publicly traded companies. In his free time, he has pursued his passion for public service by serving on county level boards and commissions in Virginia, as Chairman of the Loudoun County Young Republicans, and within the Republican National Committee’s Virginia Hispanic Advisory Council. Currently, he is advising the Ed Gillespie for Governor campaign on Hispanic outreach efforts. Michael is proud of his immigrant roots, proud to be bilingual, and proud of the hard work ethic and love of country instilled in him by working class immigrant parents.
Dominique Espinoza, born and raised in Machala, Ecuador, moved to Miami, Florida, at the age of 14. As an immigrant, Dominique had to overcome the obstacles of adopting a new culture and learning an entirely new language during her first year of high school. With a lot of discipline and determination, Dominique was able to attain a full ride scholarship to attend Florida International University (FIU) and became the first person in her family to graduate, and with honors. Upon graduating, Dominique completed a fellowship with CHLI, which catapulted her career and gave her the essential tools necessary to join the public sector. Dominique is proudly working for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as a Deputy Scheduler. Dominique is thankful for her family's unconditional support and is proud of her Hispanic roots. 

About CHLI: 

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. 

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 William Hurd (TX-23)
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

Silvia Aldana
PG&E Corporation
LaKeitha Anderson
RAI Services Co.
Angela Maria Arboleda
Herbalife International of America
Joedis Avila
Ford Motor Company
Rudy Beserra
The Coca-Cola Company
Juan Carlos Gutierrez
John Hoel
Altria Client Services
Univision Communications, Inc.
David Olivencia
Juan Otero
Comcast | NBCUniversal | Telemundo

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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