Candidate for Secretary
Statement of Intent
I have served as Secretary since mid-2019 and have come to consider HLA peers as part of my extended DC familia. HLA is truly a unique network of committed individuals in the government relations profession who bring cultura, camaraderie, and energy to the organization. Being part of HLA has been a lifeline in navigating the DC scene since moving from California a couple of years ago. It’s been my privilege to serve as Secretary and I’d like to continue to contribute my time and energy to ensure HLA’s ongoing success.
I’ve been responsible for maintaining and organizing the organization’s records (board meeting minutes, bylaws, membership), providing board communications and membership notices, and would like to continue to serve in this role to strengthen institutional processes for the association. I’d like to work on improving systems to facilitate membership experience (e.g. make it easier for members to renew), and strategize with the board on membership retention, recruitment and growth, and tap into our membership for ideas and feedback.
I’d also like to work with the board to ideate ways for HLA to increase cross-collaboration with our fellow diverse GR associations and support our efforts on diversity and inclusion. I think there’s opportunity and an appetite to maximize our resources and capacity to elevate our shared goal of diversifying the GR sector.
I’m also very committed to mentorship and helping to build the pipeline of next gen leaders for HLA.
Amalia Chamorro leads education policy for UnidosUS, encompassing early childhood education, K-12, and higher education. In this role, Amalia provides strategic direction and manages activities for the education policy team. Her work focuses on closing opportunity gaps and advancing equity for Latino students and English learners at both the federal and state levels (priority states include Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas). At UnidosUS, Ms. Chamorro is responsible for identifying promising education policy innovations, conducting and publishing policy research, and carrying out legislative advocacy. Amalia brings over 15 years of public policy and advocacy experience at the local, state and federal levels.
Prior to joining UnidosUS in November 2018, Amalia was Vice President of Public Policy at United Way Bay Area, where she launched the organization’s policy and advocacy initiative to cut poverty. Ms. Chamorro holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in political science/international relations from UCLA. She serves on the board of Hispanic Lobbyists Association. A former English learner and daughter of two public school teachers, Amalia hails from Lima, Peru.