Service: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


CHCI Serving U.S. Hispanics

CHCI was originally formed to serve as a legislative organization through which legislative action, as well as executive and judicial actions, could be monitored to ensure the needs of Hispanics were being met.


Before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was envisioned, five Hispanic Members of Congress—Herman Badillo (NY), Baltasar Corrada (PR), E. “Kika” de la Garza (TX), Henry B. Gonzalez (TX), and Edward Roybal (CA)—organized the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in 1976. The Caucus was originally formed to serve as a legislative organization through which legislative action, as well as executive and judicial actions, could be monitored to ensure the needs of Hispanics were being met.

In 1978, three original members of CHC, Reps. Edward Roybal, E. “Kika” de la Garza and Baltasar Corrada established a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to serve as an educational institute whose programs would serve the national Hispanic community. In October 1981, new federal regulations stipulated that all fundraising activities were to be moved from all government premises. So the decision was made to maintain a legislative support organization on Capitol Hill, the CHC, and move the non-profit, fundraising organization, CHCI, to a new home.

CHCI’s Board of Directors was expanded to include influential Hispanic business leaders in 1985. These leaders served in the private sector and communities across the country. Together, with the Hispanic Members of Congress, brought policy-related knowledge and experience at the local, state, and national levels to CHCI. This vast set of resources, coupled with the expertise of the Institute’s staff resulted in programs designed to offer leadership development training and access for talented young Latinos, as well as the opportunity to enter and positively impact a wider range of professional areas.


For nearly 40 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has forged a critical pathway to Educate, Empower, and Connect our nation’s future Latino leaders, creating a transformative and lasting Impact on Latino youth and our nation.

Each year, CHCI Educates, Empowers, and Connects more than 1,600 students and young professionals by:

Creating Opportunities for a Brighter Future

The CHCI experience places Latino youth on a new trajectory by inspiring high school and college completion, and then providing programs to explore public policy and leadership in our nation’s capital. These vital opportunities empower Latinos for great personal and professional achievement.

Transforming the Lives of Program Participants

Latinos who participate in CHCI’s programs have boldly chosen to explore new opportunities and expand their horizons. CHCI programs open doors to an exciting world beyond participants’ immediate community, exposing them to new ideas and people that alter the course of their lives.

Offering Unique Access to Influential Latinos Leaders

CHCI’s extensive convening power connects young Latinos to an influential and expansive network of leaders who are shaping our country’s future by keeping critical Latino issues on the national agenda. This unparalleled access to Latinos in leadership inspires the next generation of leaders by connecting them with highly successful role models.

Connecting Businesses with Pipeline of Latino Talent

By developing future Latino leaders, CHCI helps maintain a pipeline of emerging Latino talent for corporations, government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations. Strengthening our national workforce is paramount to our country’s economic future.

Creating a Better America for Us All

To maintain our global competitiveness, it is imperative that our nation develops a more educated and diverse workforce. CHCI participants graduate from our programs armed with the leadership skills, personal connections, and motivation to create positive change on the local, regional and national level.

Career Opportunities

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the nation’s premier Hispanic nonprofit leadership development organization. CHCI’s mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders through its award-winning leadership development programs. CHCI employs an exceptional and dynamic staff and offers a wide of array of competitive benefits including medical, dental, 401K with a company match, 15 days vacation and sick leave upon hire, tuition assistance, and a transportation subsidy. These are just a sample of the benefits provided to all full-time employees.

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CHCI’s “Building Our Future Together”

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