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The CHLI Spring 2017 Global Leaders Interns & Fellows

Monday, February 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Ann Gomez
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Dominique Espinoza

Hometown: Miami, Florida

University: Florida International University

Major: B.A in Psychology, Class of 2016

Congressional Internship: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Corporate Internship: Baxter Healthcare


Dominique Espinoza is a recent graduate of Florida International University’s (FIU) Honors College. majoring in Psychology, Dominique has a passion for working with people, especially within the Hispanic/Latino community. Born in Machala, Ecuador, Dominique moved to the United States, by herself at age of 14, in search for the American Dream. Leaving her mother behind, Dominique started working part-time while attending high school in order to maintain herself. She aspired to be the first college student in her family and through her hard work and dedication she received the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship to attend Florida International University. She hopes that her passion for public service will propel her into a career practicing immigration or educational law.



Fernando J. Espinoza

Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

University: James Madison University

Major: B.S in Economics- Finance, Class of 2018

Congressional Internship: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

Corporate Internship: Accenture


A son to migrant workers from El Salvador, Fernando comes from humble beginnings and is proud of his background. He is currently a Junior at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is studying Economics with a concentration in Finance. Fernando has been highly involved in his community and currently serves as the only student representative of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, an organization driven to help young Virginia Latinos better themselves through education and professionalism. Through his previous internship with the Finance Department of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Fernando knows that the Latino population is lacking in corporate leaders, which is why he is passionate about joining corporate America and looks to rise through the ranks to become an influential leader in the business and Latino community. He is hardworking and entrepreneurial driven, and his biggest achievement is a landscaping company he started his senior year of high school that made roughly $8,000 in profits in one summer.



Alejandra Forero

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia

University: North Carolina State University 

Major: B.A in International Studies and B.S Business Administration with a minor in Spanish, Class of 2018

Congressional Internship: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

Corporate Internship: Herbalife


Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Alejandra moved to the United States at the age of 13. She is currently an Alexander Hamilton Scholar at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and is double majoring in International Studies and Business Administration. With her time at NCSU, Alejandra has worked as a Resident Advisor and as a Summer Conference Ambassador. She is also highly involved in the Latino and global community by being a part of the Latino Professionals for America, Global Training Initiative, and International Business Club. She has proven herself to be a leader and philanthropist on her campus. Alejandra hopes that she can use this experience to gain exposure to how policy is created and influenced.



Sol Ortega

Hometown: , Florida

University: University of Florida

Major: B.A Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies, Class of 2017

Congressional Internship: Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9)

Corporate Internship: American Beverage Association


Sol Ortega is a first-generation student at the University of Florida (UF) studying Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career she has been civically active on her campus and has served as a student senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as Chair for the Advocacy Committee under the department of Hispanic Latino Affairs (HLA), Marketing Director for CHISPAS at UF (an immigrant advocate group) and as Vice Chair for the Reitz Board of Managers. Through her roles, she has been an advocate for tuition equity for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students by helping lobby for equitable tuition rates in the Florida legislature and worked on HLA’s recruitment and retention efforts for Hispanic/Latinx students. She has also worked on a local campaign in the State of Florida and served as a Legislative Fellow in the State Capitol. Sol wishes to continue advocating for the Hispanic/Latinx community and being an ally for other underrepresented communities.



Michelle Archilla

CHLI Communications & Marketing Fellow

Hometown: Miami, Florida

University: Florida International University

Major: B.S in Communications- Advertising with a minor in Art, Class of 2016 


Michelle Archilla is the current Communications Fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). Born and raised in the City of Miami Beach, Michelle has been fortunate to grow up in a diverse city exposed to individuals from all over the world. A recent graduate from Florida International University (FIU), Michelle received her B.S in Communications with a focus in Advertising and a Minor in Art. She is passionate about expressing herself through film, writing, and illustrations and would like to use her skills to help advance the Latino community. Michelle first learned about the CHLI Fellowship through her professor after presenting a “distinct” Campaign to her client, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). After a compelling year of Presidential Campaigning, Michelle developed a goal to become more involved in helping the advancement of her Latino Community and knew the CHLI Communications Fellowship was an essential step towards progress. She hopes in the near future to travel and dedicate her time and effort to assist in humanitarian crises.



 For Information on internships, please contact Ethan Starkey at


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Wednesday, April 26
Mandarin Oriental Hotel

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