Thursday, June 23, 2011

Miranda selected for two national Latino groups’ boards

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 16), has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and on the executive committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

“I am proud to have been selected for the Board of Directors for NALEO and to have the opportunity to serve with such distinguished leaders of our community,” Miranda said. “I am also honored to have been chosen to serve on the executive committee for NHCSL. NHCSL has been the recognized voice for Latino legislators for more than 20 years. I look forward to the opportunity of bringing Arizona's concerns and issues to a national level.”

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators represents the interests of Hispanic state legislators nationwide, serving as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community.

“On behalf of the NHCSL membership, we are proud to welcome Representative Catherine Miranda to our executive committee board,” said Iris Y. Martinez, caucus president and Illinois state senator. We are sure that she will add great value to the work that we do in furthering the NHCSL mission.”

NALEO, formed in 1976 by the late former California Congressman Edward R. Roybal, created a national forum for Latino issues and opened doors for a new generation of Latino leaders. NALEO works to increase the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilize the Latino community to engage in civic life and promote policies that advance Latino civic engagement.

“The NALEO Board of Directors will be greatly enriched with the addition of Arizona state Rep. Catherine Miranda,” said Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez, Chair of the NALEO Nominations Committee. “Her particular insight into the challenges facing our community in her state will be invaluable as we seek to ensure that all Latinos are able to participate fully in American civic life. In addition, her service as an elected school board member will also bring added benefit to informing our work in education.”

For more information on these organizations, visit http://www.naleo.org/ and http://www.nhcsl.org/.

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