Welcome to the NALEO Educational Fund, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. A non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization first established in 1981, we carry out our mission through programs that integrate Latinos fully into American political society, provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials, and monitor and conduct advocacy on issues important to the Latino community and our political participation.
Civic Engagement and Participation
The Harry P. Pachon Civic Engagement Department works towards building a culture of civic participation through a sustained national infrastructure that informs, engages, and mobilizes the Latino community. This includes the
promotion of and assistance with naturalization, electoral participation, and census enumeration; and working
through local, regional, and national strategic partnerships.
Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
The Constituency Services Department provides a wide array of professional and leadership development programs for Latino school board members, municipal and county officials, state legislators and federal elected and appointed officials. In particular, our NALEO Policy Institutes provide key trainings and technical assistance on a wide spectrum of high-priority issues facing the Latino community. We bring together elected officials from across the United States to address topics such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, affordable housing, economic development, transportation, public safety, the environment, jobs and workforce development, and public finance.
Newly Elected Latino Officials
Our 'bootcamp' provides newly elected officials with a chance to learn, share and develop new skills as they begin their lives as public servants. In addition to learning how to launch their careers in public service, participants hear from elected officials about their experiences and important policy issues affecting their constituents, gain tips on how to manage the media and reach a better understanding of budgeting practices and public finance to further their priorities.
For more information about the NALEO Educational Fund's programs and services, or to become a NALEO member,
contact us at (213) 747-7606