HELO Constituency Group

One of NLC’s six 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.  


Become a member of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials. There is no extra cost for NLC members to join HELO; non-members pay a $75 supporting member fee per year. Click ‘Join Now’ to complete an application through the MyNLC portal.

Attend the 2024 HELO Convening

Each year, HELO hosts a summer event, offering an in-person chance for networking and education. This year’s conference will take place in Rancho Cordova, CA, June 10-11, 2024.

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.