HELO Constituency Group

One of NLC’s five constituency groups, Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) is a space for members to make meaningful connections with fellow Hispanic and Latino local officials, share best practices and advocate for policies that benefit their community. 

Established in 1976, HELO tackles current issues facing the Latino and Hispanic communities. It provides guidance to the NLC Board of Directors and Federal Advocacy Committees and influences NLC advocacy platforms. In recent years, HELO has promoted the education of Hispanic youth, immigration reform, bilingual education, voting rights and minority business enterprise programs.

The Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) Constituency Group is a caucus within NLC that represents the interests of Hispanic and Latino local elected officials.

HELO Membership Details

HELO welcomes new members at any time throughout the year. The Board of Directors is elected every two years at NLC’s City Summit by the group’s membership. The group typically meets in person at the Congressional City Conference and City Summit. The HELO Annual Leadership Retreat is held in the summer and the location rotates each year. The retreat serves as a networking summit made for big ideas and in-depth leadership training. Some events, like dinners and receptions, require a nominal activity participation fee.  

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

NLC Member Exclusive Opportunity

NLC members who are also HELO members may apply to receive a $2000 microgrant to improve access and education on the COVID vaccine in underserved Hispanic communities. Log in to MyNLC to see the details of this exclusive grant and to apply.


Join HELO

Become a member of Hispanic Elected Local Officials. Click ‘Join Now’ for information about Board nominations and an application form.

About NLC Constituency Groups

NLC Constituency Groups give local elected officials a space to express themselves and advocate for the needs of their community. They reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC members and contribute to leadership development, policy formulation, advocacy and program activities.