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Houston Hispanic Leadership Initiative

Houston Hispanic Leadership Initiative

Mission Statement

The Mission of the University of Houston-Downtown Houston Hispanic Leadership Initiative is to Educate and Engage. Our activities focus on the issues and conditions that affect the Hispanic community of the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, the state, and the region, especially relating to Citizenship, Economic Opportunities, Education, and Quality of Life.


1.  Host an annual State of the Community conference.

         a.  Issue biannual white papers relating to one of the focus topics.

2.  Host a Hispanic Leadership Institute

        a.  Hold quarterly events featuring a presentation focusing on issues affecting the Hispanic community.

        b.  Focus on developing student leaders, emerging leaders, and established leaders.

Board Members

Edgar Colon, Harris County Sports Authority/ UHD

Carlos Duarte, Mi Familia Vota

Rebecca Reyna, Greater Northside Management District

Bill Flores, University of Houston-Downtown

Mark Cueva, City of Houston

David Flores, Flores Capital

Jorge Arredondo, HISD

Melissa Gonzalez, Lone Star College District

Rey Gonzalez, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Bolivar Fraga, Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Linda Flores-Olson, Houston Hispanic Forum

Lydia Tamez, Foster LLP, LULAC

Juan Maldonado, Jamail & Smith

Ben Mendez, PMG Project Management Group, LLC

UHD Team Ex-Officio:

Liza Alonzo, University of Houston-Downtown  

Gene Preuss, University of Houston-Downtown  

Videos of the Houston Hispanic Leadership Initiative

HHLI Conference Video Part 1 

HHLI Conference Video Part 2