Lillian Rodríguez-López stepping down as NHLA’s Chair
After a successful 16 year career with Hispanic Federation, NHLA Chair, Lillian Rodríguez-López will be leaving her position as President of Hispanic Federation and stepping down as NHLA’s Chair. Lillian has committed herself to advancing NHLA’s mission as its Chair for the past three years.
Through Lillian’s leadership, the NHLA administered the Presidential Appointments and Transition process – an effort to ensure public policy priorities and qualified Latinos were included in the incoming Obama Administration. NHLA also executed a successful campaign to ensure Justice Sonia Sotomayor – the nation’s first Latina Supreme Court nominee was confirmed as Associate Justice. Lillian also led NHLA’s efforts to garner key priorities for the Hispanic community within the healthcare reform legislation known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; spearheading the ground breaking Latinos United for Healthcare Campaign, which gave voice to thousands of Hispanic community members concerned about health reform.
Lillian stated during NHLA’s recent Board of Directors meeting: “It has been my greatest privilege to have served with such an incredible cadre of leaders within our community. Because of the work that you [the NHLA membership] have contributed to, we have made tremendous gains on policy priorities, on keeping government and elected officials accountable, and in strengthening our advocacy collectively.”
Brent Wilkes, Vice Chair of the NHLA, stated the following: “Lillian has been an amazing force and source of leadership, not only for the NHLA and the work that we do as a coalition, but also for the non-profit, and advocacy community at-large. While she will be sorely missed, the foundation that she helped set for the NHLA will be a legacy to her and her commitment to addressing the issues that we all care about.”