October 8, 1999
When thousands gather in Los Angeles next year for the Democratic National Convention, a Latina will be the event's chief executive officer.
Born in El Paso, Lydia Camarillo has spent 20 years working for non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and San Antonio. She currently works as executive director of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) in San Antonio. The group helped register 1.4 million Latino voters in 1996, including more than 660,000 in California.
The Los Angeles Times reported last month that sources close to the electoral process said Vice President Al Gore wanted a Hispanic to head the convention.
Camarillo also served as the National Director of the Leadership Development Program for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) for five years and as Program Director for the Latino Issues Forum.