LATEST CALLS TO ACTION & UPCOMING EVENTS
- Support Latino Nominees Pending in the Senate: On January 15, 2014 President Barack Obama announced that founder of ProAmerica Bank and former California Cabinet Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet will be his nominee to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Maria Contreras-Sweet is among many of the talented Latinos currently awaiting to be confirmed by the Senate to serve in President Obama's Administration.
We invite you to take action to co-sign letters of support and contact your Senators via:
* http://nationalhispanicleadership.org/confirmmaria to help Mrs. Contreras-Sweet and
* http://nationalhispanicleadership.org/confirmmyrnaperez to help Ms. Perez.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the nation's 36 preeminent national Latino organizations, is leading a nation-wide effort to identify strong candidates to serve as political appointees to the President of the United States.
NHLA's Latino Appointments Program serves as the talent bank, counselor and advocate providing support to Latino professionals seeking appointed positions in President Barack Obama's administration. If you’ve ever considered working for the federal government, now is the time to apply for an appointment to the Obama Administration and help to bring about positive change for our country.
While the President lays out the agenda to move the country forward, his staff plays a key role in actually undertaking the hard work of implementation. Appointed officials have the power to craft and influence the policies of the many federal departments and administrative agencies that make up the executive branch of government.
NHLA's Project will ensure that qualified, committed and talented members of the Latino community have the support they need to pursue important appointed positions.
In addition to helping candidates pursue presidential appointments, NHLA is also embarking on a four state pilot program to help candidates interested in state-level appointments. Stay connected with NHLA to learn more about this exciting next phase of our appointments program.
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Our coalition is active in calling for the inclusion of Latinos in entry-level to Cabinet-level political appointments. Read more about what the leaders of our member organizations have to say about our program and some of the President's latest Latino nominees.
Read press statements »
Find inspiration from our list of Latino presidential appointees serving in the Obama-Biden Administration and let us know if you have updates for our list.
See the list »
Latino Underrepresentation in the Federal Government
In its December 4, 2013 issue, the Washington Post takes an interesting look at Latino underrepresentation in federal government. While Latinos are 17% of the U.S. population and 15% of private sector employees, we are just 8.2% of the nearly 2 million federal employees across the U.S.
Read more in: Hispanics following African Americans’ example in finding government jobs
Learn more about federal civilian (non-political) career jobs at:
- https://www.usajobs.gov - the online portal to apply for federal jobs and internships
- http://www.opm.gov - the site for the U.S. Office of Personnel Managment, the agency that develops and administers hiring practices for all federal agencies
- http://www.nahfe.org - the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives, a National Hispanic Leadership Agenda coalition member organization that seeks to develop and advance Hispanics to career senior level, policy-making positions in the federal government
NHLA Releases Table Documenting Senators' Votes on Top Latino Nominees
On October 31, 2013, the nation's top Latino leaders issued a statement congratulating Katherine Archuleta, the newly-confirmed Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and noting that Senators' votes will be scored in NHLA's Score Card for the Latino Community on the 113th Congress.
Click here to view a table of Senators' votes on Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, alongside data about Hispanic populations in their states.
Click here to read more about NHLA's effort to support Ms. Archuleta.
Click here to read about NHLA's effort to help confirm Thomas Perez, U.S. Labor Secretary.
NHLA State-Appointment Program Now Underway
NHLA's Inaugural Reception & Resume Drop
NHLA's reception and resume drop officially launching the new Latino Appointments Program engaged 325 people in Washington, D.C. including leaders from our coalition of 36 national Latino organizations as well as current and former Latino appointees. Since then, we've held outreach events in California, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, and Louisiana. We look forward to building on this momentum as we continue our national outreach cultivating a strong network of current, former and prospective Latino appointees for state-level and presidential appointments.
View event photos on Facebook »
Call for Volunteers
NHLA is building a network of "candidate coaches" -- current and former Latino appointees who volunteer to help mentor/advise prospective candidates. We also welcome interns and volunteer outreach associates to support the program's important behind-the-scenes work.
Are you ready to be part of our appointments program familia?
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STEPS TO APPLY FOR NHLA'S APPOINTMENTS PROGRAM
1. Identify your preferred agencies, offices and positions by consulting the 2012 Plum Book.
2. Complete NHLA's Endorsement Application by submitting the requested information through the "Apply Now" tab or this link.
3. Submit your resume to Resume@NationalHispanicLeadership.org.
Please use the subject line "NHLA Nominations Resume" and limit the length of your resume to one page per decade of work experience.
4. Apply to the White House. In order to be considered for a presidential appointment all applicants MUST apply through the official White House application site, whitehouse.gov/apply.
5. Stay busy, be patient, research, prepare and be ready to campaign for your position.
DECIDING TO APPLY
Serving as a political appointee can be a very rewarding and meaningful experience -- both for you and for the community. We encourage you to take a look at a few key considerations as you think through whether you want to apply to be an appointee.
AFTER YOU APPLY
Once you submit your application and resume to us, we will schedule a one-on-one meeting with you to learn more about your personal story, experiences and interests.
Information gathered from your interview and application will then be shared with our Executive Committee and full board for consideration.
Candidates who are admitted by the board into our program will then be referred to the White House and receive wrap-around support services to prepare for their process pursuing an appointment.
A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES:
* Ultimately, the White House Presidential Personnel Office, White House liaisons within the federal agencies, and supervisors within hiring offices will determine who to interview and hire.
* While there is no guarantee any individual will be hired, we hope the support of NHLA and our network will be helpful to identifying and preparing candidates for consideration in the Administration's process and provide them with a unique professional development experience.
- * The 2013 Presidential Appointment Primer and 2008 Presidential Appointment Primer created by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (a NHLA member organization) provides helpful information about the Presidential appointment process, the positions that are available and how to secure an administration post.
- * Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the "Plum Book," is published, alternately, by the Senate and the House. The Plum Book list many (but not necessarily all) presidentially appointed positions within the Federal Government by department. Be sure to review the 2012 Plum Book, the 2012 Plum Book Mobile App at m.gpo.gov/plumbook, and even the the 2008 Plum Book (though positions and functions vary under Administrations, it may be helpful to research previous appointees and positions).
- The 2013 Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees, produced by the National Academy of Public Administration, includes tips for navigating the nomination, clearance, and Senate confirmation process - as well as tips on compliance with ethics laws and financial disclosure rules.
- The Presidential Appointee's Handbook, also prepared by the National Academy of Public Administration, is another helpful resource.
- The Brookings Institution's Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees, though produced in 2000, is also helpful for walking candidates through the various phases of pursuing political appointments.
- * The Federal Register and Federal Advisory Committee Act database provide information on agency-appointed boards and commissions. These sites are helpful to monitor for volunteer boards and commissions that are generally appointed by the President or Secretary of an agency.
- * The General Services Administration Presidential Transition site includes links to various materials that provide some helpful background material like The Official Transition Guide. While some materials may be a few years old, some of the information can still be helpful to understanding the political appointment process.
This National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) endorsement application below may take you about 30 minutes to complete. We encourage you to set aside some time in order to provide quality, detailed responses that will help us in considering your application.
This form is also very similar to the form you must complete at WhiteHouse.gov/apply, so we encourage you to copy and paste your responses in order to aid in your completion of that application.
Following are our question categories:
1. Contact Information
2. Preferred Agencies & Positions in the Administration
3. Work Experience
5. Management Experience
6. Private Sector Experience
7. Government Experience
8. Non-profit or Academic Experience
9. International Experience
10. Latino Advocacy Experience
12. Optional Information