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The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting
education, civic engagement, leadership development & research.

About the Institute

USHLI is a Chicago-based national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization, and a member of the Board of Directors of HACR, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and NHLA, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

Since May 1982, USHLI has worked to empower the Latino community and similarly disenfranchised groups by promoting education, leadership development, unity, and non-partisan civic participation. To that end, USHLI can claim:

  • 2.3 million newly registered voters
  • 425 reports published on Latino demographics in the Almanac of Latino Politics
  • 34 national conferences sponsored annually and attended by leaders representing 40 states
  • Over 800,000 present and future leaders have participated in our local and national leadership programs.

  • USHLI is led by Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., one of only two Latinos in history to receive a Presidential Medal "for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation" and "promoting leadership and civic participation," and the 11th Latino in history to be decorated by a U.S. President (Bill Clinton).

    In May 2011, Dr. Andrade became the 4th Latino in history to be decorated by both the government of Mexico and the government of the United States, when he received the Ohtli Award, Mexico’s highest honor presented to a civilian not living in Mexico “in recognition of his contributions to the empowerment of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.” His predecessors include the late Cesar E. Chavez, the late Dr. Hector Garcia, and the late Mario Obledo.

    Dr. Andrade & Bill Clinton
    Dr. Andrade & Felipe Calderon

    Mission & History

    The mission of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education, research, and leadership development, and empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups by maximizing their civic awareness, engagement, and participation.

    Institutional History

  • Incorporated Midwest Voter Registration Education Project - April 1982
  • Chartered Midwest Voter Registration Education Project - May 1982
  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exemption status granted - September 1982
  • 4945(f) letter of determination (advance ruling) received - September 1982
  • Became Midwest-Northeast Voter Registration Education Project - December 1987
  • Became United States Hispanic Leadership Institute - December 1996
  • USHLI is awarded the Corazon Award by Univizion for outstanding commitment to community service and the empowerment of Hispanic community - February 2012

  • Executive Board

    Luis C. Caban | Chairman

    USHLI Board of Directors
    Hartford, CT

    Jose R. Ruano | Vice Chair

    USHLI Board of Directors
    New Berlin, WI

    Ivelisse R. Estrada | Board Secretary

    VP Corporate/Community Relations
    Univision Communications

    Eduardo J. Landron | Board Treasurer

    Miami, FL

    Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.

    Dyer, IN

    Henry G. Cisneros
    Chairman & CEO

    San Antonio, TX

    Rey B. Gonzalez
    President & CEO

    El Valor
    Chicago, IL

    Rudy P. Lopez
    Executive Director

    Interfaith Worker Justice
    Chicago, IL

    Robert Campos

    Boarder Infrastructure Solutions

    Jacquelyn Puente
    Executive Director, External Affairs

    Comcast Corporation
    Washington, DC

    George Muñoz

    Muñoz Group
    Arlington, VA

    Meet our team

    Take a look at our programs

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    Thank You To Our Major Sponsors

    Upcoming Events

    Dates and locations are subject to change. If you're interested an hosting an event in your city, please contact Alfred Ramirez at

    November 16-19, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Las Vegas, NV
    November 20, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Chicago, IL
    November 23-24, 2015
    Student Leadership Rallies
    SLS Tucson,AZ
    November 25, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    GM Tempe, AZ
    December 3-4, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Miami, FL
    December 8-9, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Portland, OR
    December 10, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Forest Grove, OR
    December 10-11, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Omaha, NE
    December 12, 2015
    Student Leadership Series
    SLS Arlington, TX
    February 18-21, 2016
    34th USHLI National Conference
    Conference Chicago, IL

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