ABOUT NHLA’S PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
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 “Deciding to Apply” tab on our website LatinoAppointments.org then prepare your materials to join our talent bank and support program. In 2016, NHLA launched a joint initiative with the Latino Victory Foundation called the Latino Talent Initiative. The project builds on NHLA's existing Latino Appointments Program by proactively working to streamline the process for Latinos interested in politically appointed positions in the next administration. Read more here.
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.
CURRENT & FORMER APPOINTEES
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.
In partnership with HOPE and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, 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 communi- ties, hundreds of voices at a time. Visit www.LatinasRepresent.org. Follow #LatinasRepresent on Twitter. Watch the LatinasRepresent Youtube channel.
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.