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.

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2016 HELO Leadership Retreat
August 25-27
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Hear from HELO Past President Oscar Trevino



HELO welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join HELO is by paying annual dues and fees through the November Congress of Cities registration process. Information about joining, including dues and fees, is available on the NLC Congress of Cities registration form. Dues and fees can be paid online in conjunction with the NLC conference registration fee. Prospective new members may also join throughout the year by filling out the membership application located in the membership brochure and submitting it to NLC according to  its instructions.

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2016 Board of Directors

The HELO Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC Congress of Cities from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.



First Vice President


Second Vice President

Joel Navarro


Lydia Martinez


Gabe Santos

Joel Navarro
Tempe, Arizona


Lydia N. Martinez
Bridgeport, Connecticut


Gabe Santos
Longmont, Colorado

Board Roster