Hispanic Elected Local Officials Elects Board of Directors

Press Release
Press Release

Austin, Texas - The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group named new members to its Board of Directors during its annual business meeting at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas.

"The HELO Board of Directors looks forward to helping NLC members and colleagues better serve constituents in the coming year by continuing to raise awareness about Latino issues and by sharing best practices for fostering Latino participation, investment and entrepreneurship in communities," said North Richland Hills, Texas Mayor T. Oscar Trevino, HELO's president. "HELO encourages the growth of multicultural programs that are dedicated to improving and empowering Hispanic and other diverse constituents."


  • T. Oscar Trevino, mayor, North Richland Hills, Texas (President) 
  • Joel Navarro, councilmember, Tempe, Ariz. (First Vice President) 
  • Lydia Martinez, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn. (Second Vice President) 
  • Karen Avilla, city treasurer, Carson, Calif. (Immediate Past President)

At-Large Board Members:

  • Fabian Bedne, councilmember, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Milta Feliciano, councilmember, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Daniel Guerrero, mayor, San Marcos, Texas
  • David Luna, councilmember, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Adam Medrano, councilmember, Dallas, Texas
  • Eric Montoya, councilmember, Thornton, Colo.
  • Jose Perez, alderman, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Tito Rodriguez, councilmember, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Sandra Ruiz, vice mayor, Doral, Fla.
  • Gabe Santos, councilmember, Longmont, Colo.
  • Robert Uranga, councilmember, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Tony Vazquez, councilmember, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Val Vigil, mayor pro tem, Thornton, Colo.

Advisory Council:

  • Luis Quintana, Councilmember, Newark, N.J.

The HELO leadership team is continually looking for better ways to serve and educate local officials and keep them informed. Please contact constituencygroups@nlc.org for questions, comments or suggestions.

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, broadband education, energy conservation and sustainability, voter registration and minority business enterprise programs.

The National League of Cities (NLC) 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.

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