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The Hispanic Lobbyists Association (HLA), a 501 (c)(6) organization, was founded in 2006. Its mission is to advance and empower Hispanic/Latino government relations and public affairs professionals by fostering mentorship and professional development opportunities. HLA strongly believes in the importance of diversifying the profession so that it reflects the changing face of America.

 

Membership is calendar year and open to all individuals who self-identify with or are committed to supporting the Hispanic/Latino community and who have professional responsibilities in the field of government relations and/or public affairs.

 

HLA’s members are talented advocates whose expertise and knowledge make for a more informed policy making process. They work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors; serve as community relations, external affairs, government relations, policy, and public affairs advocates; and are experts in a broad range of issues, including cybersecurity, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, media, tax, technology, and telecommunications.

Empowering Hispanics in the field of government relations

Our Mission

Board of Directors

The HLA Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chief of Communications). The Board of Directors also includes nine at-large members. All seats are elected by the general membership and board members serve two-year terms. The current term is for 2023-24.

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Lucia Alonzo

Micheal Best Strategies

President

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Ivelisse Porroa-García

Crossroads Strategies

Vice President

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Erica Romero

Latinos for Education

Secretary

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Maria Luisa Boyce

UPS

Treasurer

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Jose R. Mercado

DoorDash

Communications Chief

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Carlos A. Becerra

Florida International University

At-large board member

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Manuel Bonilla

American Society of Anesthesiologists

At-large board member

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Javier Gamboa

Business Roundtable

At-large board member

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Omar Franco

Becker & Poliakoff

At-large board member

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Art Motta

AstraZeneca

At-large board member

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Osiris Morel

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

At-large board member

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Norberto Salinas

Salinas & Scism

At-large board member

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Empowering Hispanics in the field of government relations

  • Do I have to be a registered lobbyist to join HLA?
    No. HLA’s membership is open to all individuals who self-identify with or are committed to supporting the Hispanic/Latino community and who have professional responsibilities in the field of government relations and/or public affairs.
  • When does my membership start/end?
    HLA’s membership runs one full year from the date it was purchased.
  • I have joined HLA. How do I get involved?
    Attend our events and sign-up for one of our committees — communications, mentorship, professional development, social, diversity and inclusion, and Avanza.
  • Is my HLA membership transferable?
    Individual membership is non-transferable. If a member leaves their organization, the membership goes with them.
  • How can I renew my HLA membership?
    Click here to renew your membership!
  • Are my HLA membership dues tax deductible?
    HLA is a 501(c)(6) organization. Your dues are not deductible as charitable donations but may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether your membership dues are tax deductible.

Get Involved

HLA membership is calendar year (January 1st - December 31st), membership fee is $100, and members must be committed to supporting HLA’s mission and have professional responsibilities in the field of government relations or public affairs.  

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