Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO)

The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group was established by NLC in 1976 to serve as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues.

In addition to providing training and information services to its members, HELO provides guidance to the NLC Board and to its policy committees on major public policy issues affecting the Hispanic and Latino communities. In recent years, the issues brought forth by HELO's Board of Directors have included the education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.


Presentations from the 2016 summer conference now available on the conference webpage.
2016 HELO Leadership Retreat

August 25-27
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



HELO welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join HELO is by paying annual dues at the City Summit annual conference. Information about joining is available in our membership brochure. Please complete the membership application on the last page of the brochure and email to constituencygroups@nlc.org.


2017 Board of Directors

The HELO Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC City Summit from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board.



First Vice President


Second Vice President

Joel Navarro


Lydia Martinez


Gabe Santos

Joel Navarro
Tempe, Arizona


Lydia N. Martinez
City Clerk
Bridgeport, Connecticut


Gabe Santos
Longmont, Colorado

Board Roster