CHSA- Congressional Hispanic Staff Association


President, Francisco Bencosme

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Hometown: Queens, New York

Bio: Francisco Bencosme is a Legislative Research Assistant on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he assists the Ranking Member on issues related to East Asia/Pacific, South Asia and State Department/USAID oversight. Francisco Bencosme assisted the Ranking Member during the passage of the “North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016” as well on several other Asia-related legislative issues. Francisco also staffs the Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee on key hearings that have focused on U.S.-China Relations, South and East China Sea, South Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation, Southeast Asia democratic and human rights, Afghanistan, Food Security and State Department budget and authorization issues. In addition, Bencosme also serves as the President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) and as a board member of the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA).


Vice-President, Sergio Espinosa

Office of Congressman Gene Green

Hometown: Covina, CA

Bio: Sergio Espinosa serves as Legislative Director for Rep. Gene Green (TX-29), focusing on environment, telecommunications, labor, trade, and immigration issues. Previously, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Green, and as a Legislative Correspondent/Legislative Aid for former Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34). Before coming to Capitol Hill, Sergio was a Social Studies teacher in Los Angeles, CA and Quito, Ecuador. He is originally from Covina, CA and earned his BA in History and Political Science from Williams College (MA), a MA in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University (CA), and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.


Treasurer, Andres Hoyos

Office of Senator Maggie Hassan




Secretary, Victoria Rivas

Office of Congressman Ruben Kihuen

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Bio: Victoria Rivas is a Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Ruben Kihuen (NV-04), handling the foreign affairs and defense portfolio for her office. Prior to this position, she was a Staff Assistant and Legislative Aide with Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34). Originally from Southern California, Victoria graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied political science, international relations, and human rights.


Communications Director, Jessica Martinez

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Hometown: Tremonton, Utah



Director of Programming and Events, Manuel Contreras

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee




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The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) is an official, non-partisan, bicameral Congressional Staff Organization, recognized by the Committee on House Administration, whose mission is to recruit, retain, and advance Hispanic staffers in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.