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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16.

Marisa J. Demeo’s Nomination as Associate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Represents a Positive Gain for the Nation’s Capital and Another Achievement for the Latino Community

The National Hispana Leadership Institute Congratulates 2001 Alumna for Nomination and Commends President Obama for the Selection

(Washington, DC) President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Marisa J. Demeo to be Associate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In light of that report, Cristina López, President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), released the following statement of support:


The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the premier leadership organization for Latinas, congratulates and supports Marisa J. Demeo on her nomination by President Obama as Associate Judge to the District of Columbia’s Superior Court.


Demeo-- current Magistrate Judge in the Criminal Division of the DC Superior Court-- has a thorough understanding of the DC court system, an impeccable trajectory as a litigator, trial attorney, prosecutor, professor and advocate, and a deep commitment to the District’s diverse communities and the issues that impact them.


Judge Demeo’s efforts in advocating for communities of color for over a decade have received wide praise and recognition from allies in the Congressional Black Caucus, the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, national Latino organizations, government agencies, among others.


We are proud of Judge Demeo, a 2001 graduate of the NHLI Executive Leadership Program.  Since graduation and prior, Demeo has been an exceptional visible role model, mentor, and leader.  When Judge Demeo entered the program, she served as lead attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Washington, DC Office. Six years after graduation, Demeo became the second Latina to be selected as Magistrate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court.


NHLI believes that Judge Demeo’s integrity and passion for justice and fairness will serve the District’s diverse communities well.


With Judge Demeo’s nomination and the appointment of other Hispanic women to key posts, President Obama and his administration are recognizing the political, community, and economic impact of Latinas nationwide. NHLI applauds President Obama for his ongoing effort to reflect the diversity of the 2008 electorate in his administration.

Through its Campaign to Ensure Latina Inclusion in the New Administration (CELINA), NHLI has been working to elevate the visibility of qualified Latinas among the lists of candidates for consideration to key government positions.


The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a national leadership development organization focused on Latina leaders. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. Founded  in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.