November 20, 1998
Washington, DC The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI/Institute) announced the selection of Ms. Ingrid M. Durán as its new executive director. Durán, a native of California, began her career on Capitol Hill in 1990 and has worked on numerous community advocacy projects, as well as a variety of issues including immigration, banking, housing, civil rights, defense/intelligence, transportation, science, space, and technology.
"I appreciate the CHCI Board of Directors' support and thank them for this opportunity," Durán said. "The Institute has a long history of leadership development and community outreach, and I will work to build upon the strong foundation it has developed. I also will explore expanding our youth leadership development programs because our youth are the future of our community."
Durán comes to CHCI from the position of Washington Director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). There she advocated Latino community positions on legislative issues in Congress, and worked to increase the number of Latinos in the administration. She also directed the activities of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of more than 30 national Hispanic organizations. Durán served on Capitol Hill for six years, where she worked for the Clerk of the House of Representatives former House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX) and for U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) as a legislative assistant. Prior to her service on Capitol Hill, Durán served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute was established in 1978 to provide educational and leadership development programs for Latino youth. This non-profit organization offers summer internships, nine-month fellowships, and a national educational clearinghouse of scholarships and financial aid resources for college-bound high school students, college undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, CHCI published the Educational Quarterly for high school student counselors throughout the country, which provides pertinent information and hands-on strategies for Latinos seeking to continue their education. The National Directory of Hispanic Organizations, published biennially by CHCI, lists national Hispanic non-profit organizations. Information about these and other programs can be accessed by visiting the CHCI web site at: www.chci.org.