National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

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  • NHLA is proud of the President's nomination of Maria Echaveste as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. If confirmed, she'll become the first woman and first Latina to hold that prestigious post. >>> Read our press statement.
  • NHLA’s newly-released 2014 congressional scorecard reveals that 22 Senators did not vote for a single one of the five Latino nomination votes that we scored. >>> See the press statement, press conference video and report.
  • San Diego's Notivisa KEWT covered our LatinasRepresent forum in Chula Vista, CA. featuring SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and local Latina elected officials. >>> Watch the video. >>> View event photos.


  • * Fri. 9/26 - Sat. 9/27 NHLA Latino Appointment Program Office Hours in Miami, FL.
    * Fri. 10/3 - Sat. 10/4 NHLA Latino Appointment Program Office Hours in San Antonio, TX. 
    * Mon. 9/29 LatinasRepresent forum in Boston, MA.
    * Tues. 10/7 - Wednes. 10/8 LatinasRepresent convening in Denver, CO.
    * Tues. 10/14 LatinasRepresent forum in New York, NY.


  • * Gilberto de Jesús – Nominee for Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration
    Danny Marti – Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President
    Carlos Monje, Jr. – Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation 
    Sarah R. Saldaña – Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security 
    Carlos Torres – Deputy Director, Peace Corps


  • We are constantly seeking individuals to join our Talent Bank and support program for presidential and state-level appointment candidates -- and we welcome organizational partners to join us in strengthening the political pipeline for Latinos.
    * To join the Talent Bank please view the "before you apply" and "apply now" tabs above.
    * If your organizaiton would like to become a partner to the Latino Appointment Program sign up here to connect with us.



In 2013, NHLA created a first-of-its kind talent bank and program to support entry-level through candidate level Latino professionals interested in serving as presidential appointees in President Barack Obama’s Administration. Learn more in the "before you apply" tab above then prepare your materials to join our talent bank and support program.

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While Latinos are 17% of the population, a 10-state study found that Latinos are just 12% of those serving in political appointments made by Governors. Working with our NHLA groups and in-state partners we’re developing strategies to help close the appointment gap.

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Our program seeks to identify current and former Latino appointees that we can support in moving up the career ladder and that are willing to help mentor and support the next generation of public service leaders.

View our latest list of current Latino appointees in the Obama administration and let us know if you're a current/former Latino appointee.


In partnership with Political Parity, NHLA is working to embolden communities to help change the fact that Latinas are currently just 1 percent of state and federal elected officials. Through forums, panels, and workshops, we're building major momentum for broad-scale change — one vision, many communities, hundreds of voices at a time. Follow #LatinasRepresent on Twitter. Watch the LatinasRepresent Youtube channel.

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NHLA’s leaders are also committed to helping improve Latino representation in the federal government, where Latinos have been a relatively stagnant 8 percent of the 2 million federal employees across the nation. Our members are active on this issue via NHLA's Government Accountability Committee and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Hispanic Council on Federal Employment.

Learn more about applying for federal jobs.


In January of 2013, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (our coalition of 37 preeminent national Latino organizations) initiated a Latino Appointments Program aimed at increasing Latino representation in entry-level through Cabinet-level positions in presidential and state-level political appointments.

We invite Latino professionals interested in political appointments to join our NHLA Talent Bank so that we can work to be of support in the pursuit of higher public service leadership positions. Current and former appointees, as well as those who have never served in political positions, are welcome to join NHLA's Talent Bank.

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

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,

5. Stay busy, be patient, research, prepare and be ready to campaign for your position.  


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.

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Once you submit your application and resume to us you will be officially registered in NHLA's Talent Bank.

As we hear of opportunities that suit your experiences, 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.

* Even if there is not currently a vacancy in your area of interest, please know that we do work to offer programming to support candidates.

* If you are in our Talent Bank, we ask that you please keep us updated with news of any interview opportunities so that we can try to provide you support and mentorship as you move forward in your appointment process.

* 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, 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, 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 
4. Education 
5. Management Experience 
6. Private Sector Experience 
7. Government Experience 
8. Non-profit or Academic Experience 
9. International Experience 
10. Latino Advocacy Experience 
11. References 
12. Optional Information

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The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) was established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association of major Hispanic national organizations and distinguished Hispanic leaders from all over the nation. NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs.

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