CHSA- Congressional Hispanic Staff Association




Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Washington, D.C—The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA), is pleased to welcome its 2012-2013 Executive Board: Bertha Guerrero as President-elect, Marvin Figueroa as Vice President-elect, Noel Perez as Treasurer-elect, Thomas Guzman as Secretary-elect, Jacqueline Eufrausino as Communications Director-elect, and Maria Urbina as Programming Director-elect. The incoming Executive Board will assume its responsibilities on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Bertha Guerrero serves as a legislative assistant for Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07). Originally from Southern California, Ms. Guerrero has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I am honored to serve as President of CHSA—an organization that has made a tremendous impact in increasing the  recruitment, retention and development of a more diverse workforce on Capitol Hill,” said Bertha. “I look forward to working with the newly elected Executive Board, our membership, and all our partners in advancing CHSA’s mission and am eager to see the exciting directions the organization will take in this coming year.”

Marvin Figueroa serves as a Legislative Aide in the Washington D.C. Office of Senator Mark Warner (VA). Marvin completed his Master’s Degree in Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his Bachelor’s  Degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. He is a proud member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute class of 2010-2011.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as CHSA Vice-President,” said Marvin. “We belong to an incredible organization. And I know that together we will build on past successes, create new opportunities for our members, and better serve our community. Please join me in building a stronger, bolder, and better CHSA.”

Noel Perez works for the Office of Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31). Noel completed his undergraduate degree at Cal State East Bay and came to Washington, D.C. as a Panetta Congressional Intern from Northern California in the Fall of 2008.

“I would like to thank the outgoing board for their great service and dedication this past year,” said Noel. “I’m grateful for the opportunity my colleagues have entrusted me to serve as Treasurer for CHSA in this upcoming year.  I’m looking forward to working with the new board and all members as we strive to meet and excel CHSA’s mission.”

Thomas Guzman works in the Office of Senator Barber Boxer of California. Thomas is from Chicago, IL. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served in the Army Reserves and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Upon receiving the news that he would be the next Secretary of CHSA, Thomas replied, “I am thankful for the support of my CHSA colleagues. I am excited for the opportunity to serve the members of CHSA, alongside the rest of the highly-capable Executive Board, and to build upon the accomplishments of those that served on the Board before me.”

Jacqueline Eufrausino works for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

“I am excited for the opportunity to participate on CHSA’s board. I am committed to facilitating the access members have to one another, broadening the utilization of our social networking, and expanding our community on and off the Hill. CHSA is an important organization for Congressional staffers and it is an honor to be able to serve on this Board.”

Maria Urbina serves as the Legislative Correspondence Manager for the Office of Senator Harry Reid (NV).  Maria is a 2008 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she majored in political science and journalism. Maria is a proud alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship Program, and was selected by American University’s Women & Politics Institute to participate in the 2011-2012 WeLEAD Leadership Training Program for young women in politics.

She responded to the news of her win, “I look forward to serving CHSA in the newly-created Programming Director position. This presents an exciting challenge to enhance community, social, and athletic programming events for the benefit of our diverse membership. Together, we will continue to build upon the successes of past CHSA leaders and members. Join us as we continue our steadfast commitment to the mission of CHSA.”

The Executive Board Members-elect all share a deep commitment to CHSA’s mission of recruiting, retaining and advancing Latino staffers on Capitol Hill.  CHSA Members, Friends of CHSA, and other interested parties may contact the 2012-2013 Executive Board at

On behalf of CHSA, we recognize and thank Elections Officer Eloy Martinez for his diligent work in administering and ensuring the integrity of yesterday’s elections.

The Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) is an official, non-partisan Congressional staff organization whose mission is to advance the interests of current and prospective Hispanic staffers and the Latino community at large. CHSA is dedicated to encouraging career development, increasing opportunities, and advocating on behalf of the Latino community by strengthening civic participation and representation at all levels.

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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.