City Treasurer Karen Avilla of Carson, CA Elected President of Hispanic Elected Local Officials
Boston, MA - City Treasurer Karen Avilla of Carson, CA was elected the 2013 president of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group during the group's annual business meeting at the National League of Cities' (NLC) Congress of Cities & Exposition in Boston, MA.
Other officers elected during the HELO meeting include:
• 1st Vice President: Adrienne Foster, Mayor, Roeland Park, Kansas
• 2nd Vice President: T. Oscar Trevino, Mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas
• Treasurer: Julie Ruiz-Raber, Mayor Pro Tem, Carson, California
• Immediate Past President: Sergio Rodriguez, Alderman, New Haven, Connecticut
Additionally, during a joint constituency group reception HELO honored Boston community activist, Jovita Fontanez. Fontanez was the first Hispanic woman to serve as head of the Boston Election Commission and the first Hispanic woman to be a member of the Electoral College of Massachusetts. Additionally, she was the first woman commissioner (director) of Boston's Fair Housing Commission. Fontanez is also the founder and director of the first substance abuse residential treatment program for Hispanic women with children in Massachusetts.
Established in 1976 as a forum for communication and information exchange among Hispanic local government elected officials and NLC colleagues, HELO provides training and information services to its members. HELO addresses issues affecting the Hispanic community such as education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, the North American Free Trade Agreement, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.