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Harvard Week for NHLI's 2013 Fellows

The Harvard Kennedy School of Government hosted the National Hispana Leadership Institute's Executive Leadership Program fellows for a week of training and interactive discussion. From Monday, January 21 through Friday, January 25, ELP fellows learned how to create change through public policy and effective management.

Faculty educated fellows on a range of topics including leadership, strategic management, negotiation and presentation skills.

"It was an experience like no other.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this woman would ever attend a class in those hallowed halls. What an amazing experience," said Nilda Oyola, Vice President of Sales, Majestic Drug.

As a part of the curriculum, fellows also focus on projects designed to help their communities. These leadership projects are then implemented in communities across the country and will impact hundreds of Latinos.

"I found that our week at Harvard challenged us to strengthen our individual voices not necessarily for our own success, but for the success of our causes and our community.  I walked away feeling grateful for all that I learned,  not just from the wonderful faculty, but also from my inspiring hermanas," said January Contreras, attorney at law. 

NHLI's fellows receive training over an 11 month period, focusing on training, mentorship and leadership projects. The fellows' next training session will be a leadership development program at the Center for Creative Leadership.

To learn more about NHLI’s Executive Leadership Program and the 2013 fellows please visit our website at and view photos of the fellows during Harvard week here.


Alumna on the Move

Claudia Granados, 2011 ELP Alumna, was recently awarded as the Public Advocate of the Year by Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. Ms. Granados is Senior Advisor to Mayor Cory A. Booker. Prior to joining the Mayor’s staff in 2007, Claudia served several posts in various roles of the Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U), including Interim Executive Director of the N.J. State Council, Deputy Political Director for Local 32BJ, and Political Operations Manager for the S.E.I.U, in Washington, D.C.

"I am deeply honored and grateful to the Board and Chairman of the NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for bestowing this award on me.  I accept the award on behalf of the men and women that work hard everyday to deliver  public services to city residents in my great city of Newark, New Jersey. Thank you for recognizing my work and believing in me," said Granados. 

Congratulations to Claudia, January's Alumna on the Move!


Nominate the Next Alum on the Move

Are you or one of your hermanas doing something noteworthy in the community or in your career? If so, we want to know about it! NHLI will be featuring hermanas in our monthly newsletters. To nominate yourself or a fellow hermana, send an email to!


NHLI's Change of Address

NHLI's mailing address has changed. Please send any future correspondence to P.O. Box number 53038, Washington, D.C. 20009. This address is updated for reference on NHLI's website at


NHLI presents Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32) with the 2012 Legislative Award

NHLI staff members had the honor of traveling to the Longworth House Office Building on Wednesday, January 23 to meet with Congresswoman Napolitano, where she was presented with the 2012 Legislative Award for her efforts to support Latino issues and mental health awareness in the Latino community. The award is part of NHLI’s annual Mujer Awards and recognizes a Latina elected official for her lifetime support to the Latino Community.

Rep. Napolitano and NHLI staff discussed issues affecting Latinos such as mental health initiatives, transportation and the Congresswoman's efforts to help Latinos in her community. NHLI would like to thank the Congresswoman for her time and her wonderful staff for all of their help facilitating the meeting. 

The Legislative Award is in its third year. Other awardees include Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27).


NHLI Launches Efforts to Assist Alumnae Seeking Presidential Appointments 

In 2009, to ensure that Latinas were represented in the Obama Administration, NHLI launched an initiative to assist its alumnae in navigating the appointments process. This initiative, referred to as CELINA, is the Campaign to Ensure Latina Inclusion in the New Administration (CELINA). NHLI is once again providing this assistance to its alumnae and is re-launching the CELINA initiative

NHLI is pleased to announce that Maria Rita Jaramillo (ELP’88) has offered to assist interested alumnae seeking an appointment, as she did in 2009. She is well suited to assist alumnae as she previously served in the Clinton Administration, Office of Presidential Personnel where she was responsible for identifying and recommending Latinos for senior level appointments. Jaramillo has held management positions with four federal agencies giving her extensive experience in the Executive Branch of government. In addition, she served for five terms as Chief of Staff to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa where she established a working relationship with Members of Congress. All of these are valuable resources and NHLI is pleased that she has agreed to share them with interested alumnae.

NHLI alumnae currently serving in the Obama Administration include: Carmen Lomellin (ELP’88), U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Judith Canales (ELP’92), Acting Associate Under Secretary, Rural Development, Department of Agriculture; Liz Montoya, Chief of Staff, Office of Personnel Management; Lisa Pino, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Agriculture; and Alejandra Ceja, Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary, Department of Education

To get started, interested individuals should research the Plum Book for vacancies. It was released in December 2012 by the Government Printing Office. This publication identifies more than 8,000 politically appointed positions within the federal government. Please note that there are fewer vacancies in a second term than a first. 

More information will be provided in future issues of NHLI's monthly newsletter. In the meantime, please email with any questions.


Call to Webinar Presenters

Do you have an interesting topic you could teach others about? If so, NHLI is always accepting applications to host a webinar! This is a great opportunity to engage the community and provide career, financial, or other guidance. Click here to submit a proposal!


Help NHLI reach its goal by March 31st!

NHLI is proud to look back at 25 years of accomplishments as the hundreds of Latinas that have graduated from our programs reach higher level positions and make a significant impact in our communities. As we start building 25 more years of history, NHLI is asking YOU to give back to allow us to continue to build our quality reputation with the Latino community nationwide. NHLI is poised to step up to achieve programmatic expansion and a deeper level of impact and outreach. Help us get there!

Thanks to the support of hundreds of alumnae and friends, NHLI was able to raise over $60,000 in commitments from the 2012 Executive Leadership Conference in December. NHLI's goal is to raise $100,000, a difference of only $40,000, by March 31. Start 2013 by giving to the causes you care the most about and consider making a contribution to make NHLI's goal a reality. Donate here.

Here's how you can help:

Donate today – Make a minimum donation of $25, $50, $100, or $500. By asking 5-10  friends to donate $50 dollars you will be making a larger impact. Host a house party and invite your friends and family to donate. All donations are tax deductible and any gift size will make a difference.

E-mail your friends and family and ask them to support NHLI – Send an e-mail to friends and family and invite them to join you in supporting NHLI. Your friends can sign-up to receive our newsletter or they can make a contribution here.

Spread the word on Facebook – Like us on Facebook  by visiting NHLI's page at If you are on Facebook and are using you can also help us by inviting your friends on Facebook to donate to NHLI. 

Spread the word on Twitter - Follow us on Twitter @NHLI and tweet your support using the hash tag #nhli2013. Here are some tweets you can use:

  • Join me in supporting NHLI today! Give NHLI $25, $50 or $100.
  • Help me spread the word! Give to @NHLI  in honor of a wise Latina in your life! #nhli2013 
  • Will you give @NHLI $5, $10, $25? Support Latina leadership today. Your gift will last a lifetime #nhli2013

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