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.

2018 Officers

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. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.

President First Vice President Second Vice President
Lydia Martinez Tony Vazquez


David Luna


Lydia N. Martinez
City Clerk
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Tony Vazquez
Santa Monica

David Luna
Vice Mayor
Mesa, Arizona 
Board Roster

HELO 2018 Board of Directors

Lydia Martinez, City Clerk, Bridgeport, Conn. (President)
Tony Vazquez, Councilmember, Santa Monica, Calif. (First Vice President)
David Luna, Vice Mayor, Mesa, Ariz. (Second Vice President)
Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, Ariz. (Immediate Past President)

At-Large Board Members:
Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor, Tempe, Ariz. 
Fabian Bedne, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
Clorinda Erives, Councilmember, Tolleson, Ariz. 
Carlos Flores, Councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas
Jeanette Herron, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Eric Montoya, Mayor Pro Tem, Thornton, Colo.
Aidee Nieves, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
Jose Perez, Alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Alice Rodriguez, Councilmember, Waco, Texas
Tito Rodriguez, Councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
Anna Tovar, Mayor, Tolleson, Ariz. 
Yolanda Trout Manuel, Councilmember, Auburn, Wash. \

Advisory Council
Luis Quintana, Councilmember, Newark, N.J.
T. Oscar Trevino, Mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas


Join HELO!

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.

To join, please complete the membership application and email to constituencygroups@nlc.org.

HELO Annual Leadership Retreat