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

President 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

HELO 2017 Board of Directors

Joel Navarro, Councilmember, Tempe, Ariz. (President)
Lydia Martinez, City Clerk, Bridgeport, Conn. (First Vice President)
Gabe Santos, Councilmember, Longmont, Colo. (Second Vice President)
T. Oscar Trevino, Mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas (Immediate Past President)

At-Large Board Members:
Fabian Bedne, Councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
Milta Feliciano, Councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa, Ariz.
Adam Medrano, Councilmember, Dallas, Texas
Eric Montoya, Mayor Pro Tem, Thornton, Colo.
Jose Perez, Alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Alice Rodriguez, Councilmember, Waco, Texas
Tito Rodriguez, Councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
Sandra Ruiz, Councilmember, Doral, Fla.
Robert Uranga, Councilmember, Long Beach, Calif.
Tony Vazquez, Councilmember, Santa Monica, Calif.
Val Vigil, Councilmember, Thornton, Colo.

Advisory Council:
Luis Quintana, Councilmember, Newark, N.J.


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