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Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Announces Two New Board Members

By LUIZA Ch. SAVAGE, Staff Reporter of the Sun

17 June 2005
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WASHINGTON, June 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is pleased to announce two new members to its Board of Directors; Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuno (PR) and Mr. Hector Alcalde, founder and chairman of Alcalde & Fay.

"CHLI is honored to have two additional distinguished leaders of the Hispanic community join the Board of Directors of this growing organization. As a freshman member of Congress, Luis Fortuno has gained the respect and recognition of his colleagues as a strong advocate for his constituents and all Latinos. We are also privileged to have Hector Alcalde serve as a board member. His long track record as a consultant to numerous national and international organizations is a tremendous asset to CHLI. We welcome them and look forward to working together as we expand our programs and initiatives in the coming months," said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Board of Directors.

The Honorable Luis Fortuno was elected as the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico for the 109th Congress. From 1994 to 1996, Fortuno was the secretary of Puerto Rico's Economic Development and Commerce. He also worked as the executive director for Puerto Rico Tourism Company. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fortuno received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from University of Virginia.

Mr. Hector Alcalde, chairman, chief executive officer and founding partner of Alcalde & Fay, has more than 35 years of experience in the legislative process in Washington, D.C. Alcalde has represented national and international organizations at all levels of government. For 12 years, he worked as the chief of staff to former Congressman Sam Gibbons, who served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Institute's board members include Members of Congress, corporate executives, and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to CHLI.


The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to creating a broader awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of millions of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. For more information, please visit: http://

Contact: Mercedes Viana Schlapp of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, 703-470-4794

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