Tackle issues facing the Latino and Hispanic community

One of NLC’s five constituency groups, HELO brings together Hispanic elected municipal leaders to network and share best practices.  

The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group is a network and caucus within NLC that represents the interests of Hispanic and Latino local elected officials. Established in 1976, this caucus is a space for members to make meaningful connections with fellow Latino local officials, share best practices and advocate for policies that benefit their community. 

HELO tackles current issues facing the Latino and Hispanic communities. It provides guidance to the NLC Board of Directors and Federal Advocacy Committees and influencing NLC’s advocacy platforms. In recent years, HELO’s Board of Directors has promoted the education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.

2020 Board of Directors: 

David Luna, Councilmember, Mesa, Ariz. (President) 

Aidee Nieves, Council President, Bridgeport, Conn. (First Vice President) 

Yolanda Trout-Manuel, Councilmember, Auburn, Wash. (Second Vice President) 

Lydia Martinez, City Clerk, Bridgeport, Conn. (Immediate Past President) 


HELO welcomes new members at any time throughout the year; the group meets in person at the Congressional City Conference and City Summit. HELO’s Annual Leadership Retreat is held in the summer and the location rotates each year. An opportunity for members to explore new cities and bring home new ideas, the retreat serves as a networking summit made for big ideas and in-depth leadership training.  

There is a nominal activity fee to participate in events (dinners, receptions) that is paid with registration to each conference.  

There is no extra cost for NLC members to join HELO; non-members pay a $75 supporting member fee per year.