February 2011


NALEO Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends:

2011 is off to a fast start with the NALEO Educational Fund’s National Institute on Redistricting and our annual Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala held in the nation’s capital earlier this month.  It was great to see so many NALEO members in Washington, D.C. for these gatherings, and I am proud that our organization continues to be at the forefront of engaging the nation’s leadership on issues important to our community and our country. 

As the 112th Congress continues its legislative work, we will monitor, continue to advocate and inform you on issues important to our core mission – including immigration reform, the 14th Amendment, and federal budgetary negotiations, among others.

This year is critical to the future political progress of our community with the release of Latino state population numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau.   In 2011 the redistricting process will also play a key role in shaping the nation’s political landscape for the next decade. The maps that emerge will have a significant impact on the ability of Latinos to become fully engaged in the American electoral process and to choose leaders responsive to their communities. Latinos are the nation’s second largest and fastest growing population group and electorate. In order for our nation’s democracy to be representative of its diverse populations and responsive to their voices, Latinos must have a meaningful opportunity to participate effectively in the 2011 redistricting process.

With so much at stake for our community, I want to take this opportunity to invite you to join us for the NALEO 28th Annual Conference, June 23-25 in San Antonio.  As a proud Texan, I expect this year’s conference to be one of the best ever!  Register now by clicking here to assure your spot in the Alamo City: http://www.naleo.org/RegForm/form2011.php
I look forward to continuing our important work, and I thank you for your commitment to strengthening and improving your communities.  We are grateful that we can partner with you in these efforts.

Best regards,
Hon. Sylvia R. Garcia
President, NALEO


In This Issue
2011 NALEO President's Circle VIP Reception Highlights
2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala Highlights
Special Acknowledgement of the
2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala Sponsors

2012 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, February 8, 2012
Register Now for the NALEO 28th Annual Conference
NALEO Educational Fund Program Updates
Member Highlight: Councilmember Paul López
Membership Resources

2011 NALEO President's Circle VIP Reception Highlights

Congressman Charles Gonzalez

Mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro and Mr. Peter R. Villegas, Vice President, Senior Manager, Office of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Together with JPMorgan Chase & Co. serving as exclusive host, the NALEO President’s Circle VIP Reception was held on February 8, 2011 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This gathering provided a special occasion to acknowledge and recognize the most significant and earliest supporters of the NALEO 28th Annual Conference and also served as a kick-off to the 2011 Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala.  The reception hosted several prominent individuals including Mayor of San Antonio, the Honorable Julián Castro; Members of Congress Judy Chu; Charles Gonzalez; Ben Ray Lujan; and Jared Polis; former Congressman Robert Garcia; Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access & Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce,
Mr. Michael C. Camuñez; and Ambassador of Guatemala, His Excellency Francisco Villagran de Leon, among several others. 

Former Congressman Robert Garcia and
NALEO Board Member, California State Senator Alex Padilla

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Executive Director of NALEO and
the NALEO Educational Fund, Mr. Arturo Vargas

Exclusive Host of the
2011 NALEO President's Circle VIP Reception

2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala Highlights

(L to R) NALEO Educational Fund Board Member,
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard; NALEO President,
the Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia;  New York State Assemblymember Peter M. Rivera, recipient, 2011 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service; and
NALEO Educational Fund Chairman, the Honorable Juan C. Zapata

The fourth annual NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala, held on February 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C. proved a success as NALEO paid tribute and recognized New York State Assemblymember Peter M. Rivera with the 2011 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service.  NALEO and our membership were joined by hundreds of distinguished guests at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, including special tributors, the Honorable Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Former New York Secretary of State and current Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP; and the Honorable Adolfo Carrión, Jr., former NALEO President and current Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, who provided their own special words and recognition of Roybal Awardee Rivera.  United States Secretary of the Interior, the Honorable Ken Salazar also provided remarks in commemoration of the late Edward R. Roybal and to the Assemblymember, on this distinctive honor.

Special tributors to Assemblymember Rivera included former New York
Secretary of State and current Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets
and Engagement, AARP, the Honorable Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez; and former
NALEO President and current Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey,
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development,
the Honorable Adolfo Carrión, Jr.

(Left) United States Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar (Right) NALEO President, the Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia; United States Secretary of Labor,
Hilda Solis; and Deputy Director, Selective Service System, Mr. Edward Allard


Special Acknowledgement of the
2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala Sponsors

(Left) Karen J. Lewis, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Southwest Airlines; and NALEO President, the Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
(Right) Tom Lehner, Vice President for Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America; and NALEO President, the Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
A special thank you once again to our participants and sponsors of the Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala for their generous and continued commitment to the work of NALEO and the NALEO Educational Fund.  This support enables the NALEO Educational Fund to gather our nation’s distinguished leadership to celebrate the legacy of the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal and also helps provide critical funding for our programs year-round aimed at promoting a stronger and more vibrant democracy.

Chair of the 2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala


Vice-Chair of the
2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala

2011 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala Sponsors



State Farm Insurance Companies


Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
JPMorgan Chase & Co.


The Coca-Cola Company
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Together Rx Access
USA Funds


American Federation of Teachers
BASICS/Promesa Systems, Inc.
Ibarra Strategy Group
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Education Association
Select Management Resources
The Raben Group

2012 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala,
February 8, 2012

Continuing in the tradition of recognizing outstanding Latino public servants and stellar Latino leaders while reintroducing a new generation of Washingtonians to the life and legacy of the late Congressman Edward. R. Roybal, we look forward to hosting you once again at the annual Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala next year on February 8, 2012, in Washington D.C.  Mark your calendar for what is sure to be a memorable event. 

For more information, please call the NALEO Development Department at (213) 747-7606, ext. 4462 or email development@naleo.org.
Chair of the 2012 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala

Vice-Chair of the
2012 NALEO Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala

Register Now for the NALEO 28th Annual Conference

NALEO 28th Annual Conference
June 23-25, 2011
San Antonio, Texas
Join us for the largest gathering of Latino elected and appointed officials in the country. The NALEO Annual Conference, unlike other professional development conferences for elected officials, presents a unique opportunity for elected and appointed officials and their supporters to meet with their colleagues from all levels of government, from local school boards to the President’s Cabinet. With such a concentration of political discourse, the Conference has been termed “The Nation’s Latino Political Convention.”
The NALEO Annual Conference is the premier forum for providing substantive programming and governance resources to the nation's Latino policymakers at all levels of elected and appointed office. Critical information on issues affecting their constituents and the Latino community today enables policymakers and other stakeholders to address these challenges and serve their communities with the tools and information to truly make a difference.
Click here to register now:  http://www.naleo.org/RegForm/form2011.php

NALEO Educational Fund Program Updates

Constituency Services

NALEO National Redistricting Institute

On February 8-9, we conducted our NALEO Policy Institute on Redistricting in Washington, D.C., which covered various topics, including information on the redistricting process and its importance to the Latino community, the Voting Rights Act and other types of criteria used to draw district lines, guidance on how to hold hearings and provide public testimony, and the types of data used for redistricting.  The Institute featured Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez as keynote speakers.  Panelists included leading voting rights advocates from across the country, experts on the Census and other data used in redistricting, and Latino elected officials and community leaders.
The NALEO Redistricting Institute was the first where attendees included both Latino elected officials and a significant number of community leaders.  Among the 47 attendees, 30 were Latino elected officials, including nine state legislators, two county officials, 18 municipal officials, and one school board member.  Participants came from 18 states, including several from emerging Latino populations, such as Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon.

If you are interested in learning more about redistricting, please join us for our February NALEO Membership Webinar which will focus on this topic.  For information on how to register, please contact
Ms. Alma Siliezar-Pérez, Program Coordinator for Membership, at asiliezar@naleo.org

The Common Core Standards
The NALEO Educational Fund last month co-hosted a national kickoff on the common core state standards, in partnership with the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) in Los Angeles.  The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led, voluntary effort to establish a single set of educational standards for English-language, arts and mathematics that states can share and adopt. They are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared for college, employment and success in the global economy. State leaders, through their membership in the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) Center, have developed a common core of state standards with the assistance of content specialists and education experts. 

The program in Los Angeles included local NALEO members and representatives from the NAACP, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), the South East Asian Resource Asian Center (SEARAC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Urban League, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

For more information on The Common Core Standards or how to get involved in this initiative, please contact Dr. Joe Bishop, Deputy Director for Constituency Services, at jbishop@naleo.org.

Upcoming Professional Development and Training Opportunities for NALEO Members
The NALEO Educational Fund’s Constituency Services Department invites you to participate in the upcoming Policy Institutes taking place in the first and second quarters of 2011. 

For more information on any of these events, or for information on becoming a NALEO member, please contact Alma Siliezar-Pérez, Program Manager for Membership at asiliezar@naleo.org or at: (213) 747-7606, extension 4428.

NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI): National Institute on School Governance
March 4-6, 2011; Austin, Texas
Target: School Board Members (from all 50 states)

Webinar:  Redistricting 2011:  Shaping the Next Decade of Latino Political Progress
February 24, 2011; 12:00 p.m. (PST)

NALEO Healthy Communities Initiative
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), an initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the NALEO Educational Fund will offer a series of leadership development trainings for Latino elected officials from around the country under the NALEO Building Healthy Communities Initiative. With the goal of improving the vitality of communities across the nation, the NALEO Educational Fund has recognized the need to address the epidemic of obesity and chronic disease, and their effects on adults and children throughout country. The NALEO Educational Fund will hold four national meetings that will offer a three-day intensive training consisting of informational panels, workshops and strategy sessions. The meetings will be complemented with webinars and other technical assistance resources highlighting key governance skills, such as recognition of decision-making capacity, utilization of data, navigating the politics of change, messaging and effective communication and advocacy.  As NALEO’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative progresses, policymakers will be exposed to these strategies for obesity prevention and guided with the skills and knowledge necessary to champion opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity in their communities. The NALEO Educational Fund will be selecting 40-50 participants for each Policy Institute.  We encourage Latino elected officials from all levels of government to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Upcoming Events:
Webinar: Recognition of Decision Making Capacity
March 24, 2011

NALEO Policy Institute on Healthy Communities
April 15-17, 2011; Atlanta, Georgia
For more information on our Healthy Communities work, please contact Ms. Stephanie Ramírez, Deputy Director for Constituency Services, at sramirez@naleo.org

Civic Engagement
The NALEO Educational Fund this year continues its role in ensuring Latinos become full participants in the American political process and civic life.
The first citizenship workshop of the year earlier this month in Los Angeles garnered huge support from local leaders, and hundreds attended.  The public officials co-sponsoring the workshop included Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), State Senator and NALEO Board Member Alex Padilla, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Additional workshops in Florida and Texas assisted hundreds of residents with the naturalization process.  In Florida, Hispanos Al Día and Hispanic Unity led the events, while in Texas, the workshops were organized in collaboration with Neighborhood Center Inc., the Houston Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Univision 45/Telefutura 67, La Tremenda 1010AM, and Proyecto Inmigrante ICS. 
In the weeks leading up to these workshops, the national bilingual civic engagement hotline – (888) 839-8682 – received over 500 phone calls.
NALEO Educational Fund staff and partners have made numerous appearances on the Univision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX 34.  Sen. Padilla recently joined NALEO Educational Fund staff on a morning newscast to highlight the importance of becoming a U.S. citizen, in addition to continuing promotion for a local workshop.
With several critical and competitive local elections in 2011, NALEO Educational Fund staffers maintain the bilingual voter information and protection hotline (888) VE-Y-VOTA, and continue involvement in local non-partisan voter engagement, including a City Council Candidate Town Hall imeeting in Bell, California earlier this month.  The event was organized in partnership with the California Community Foundation (CCF), the Office of Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, and Univision KMEX 34, and provided community members with an opportunity to hear from the candidates for the upcoming March 8, 2011 City Council election.  
Policy, Research and Advocacy (PRA)
The NALEO Educational Fund is monitoring the current debate on HR 1, the continuing resolution (CR) which is intended to provide funding for government operations in FY 2011.  We are working to ensure that there is sufficient funding in areas relevant to our mission, including the work of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its immigrant integration activities.  We are also working to combat reductions that would impair the ability of the U.S. Census Bureau to prepare for Census 2020, and that would threaten the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS provides updated data on a wide range of population characteristics that are critical for making sound policy decisions that affect the Latino community, including data on citizenship status, language proficiency, and education and income levels.  During the recent House debate on HR 1,we successfully fought amendments that would have denied Department of Justice funding for the SB 1070 lawsuit and prohibited funding for the ACS.  We will continue to advocate on these and other priorities as HR 1 proceeds through the Senate.
The NALEO Educational Fund’s PRA department continues to monitor legislative action on a variety of issues, including immigration reform and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. The NALEO Educational Fund has joined Americans for Constitutional Citizenship, a coalition of organizations and individuals who support the 14th Amendment.  Additionally, NALEO sent a statement opposing an executive order issued by New Mexico Governor Susana Martínez that requires state law enforcement officials to report the immigration status of any individuals who are detained.
The House Judiciary Committee recently held its first meetings on immigration since the new congressional session was convened, and discussed topics such as worksite enforcement and the E-Verify program.  The NALEO Educational Fund submitted a letter outlining our immigration priorities, and urged the committee to adhere to those principles as it conducts its work. 

Member Highlight


Councilman López and Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú visiting one of several community gardens in Denver's District 3 elementary schools.

Occasionally, we will feature members and their work and accomplishments, and this month we highlight Denver City Councilmember Paul López.  Councilmember López represents Denver’s 3rd District, where he has led an effort for neighborhood revitalization resulting in local residents and companies organizing to support healthy communities’ projects.

Councilmember López is committed to increasing access to healthy food options, green space and recreation outlets, and continues efforts to address his district’s lack of open space. His commitment to this issue has been instrumental in attracting a new grocery store to his district,  increasing access to healthier food options and also creating new jobs in the community. Similarly, Councilmember López helped guide local efforts to create more community gardens at local schools that have simultaneously provided community service and job opportunities for young people. In 2010, the city began the development of a park, making it the first new park in the city and county of Denver in nearly 30 years. The site of the park is located in his West Denver district, which is more than 75% Latino and with an obesity rate that is significantly greater than other districts in the city.

Councilmember López hopes to pursue additional efforts in the future, and has already engaged local organizations including Learning Landscapes, LiveWell Colorado, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver Urban Gardens, Denver Public Schools and the national organization, KaBOOM. While Councilmember López has encountered challenges, including a lack of resources, his leadership has been characterized by community inclusion and accountability.  He continues to work to ensure that all stakeholders partake in plans to maximize resources and build a healthier community.


As the nation continues to recover from trying economic times, NALEO members who have constituents needing assistance with keeping their home have another tool available. Chase has announced plans to add 25 new Chase Homeownership Centers in 19 states this year, expanding its program of home retention by 50 percent for a total of 76 nationwide.  All the centers are open six days a week.  For more information, including addresses, hours and telephone numbers, click on www.chase.com/myhome. Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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