CHLI Alumni Association

About Keith

Keith Fernandez is currently the Senior Manager of Social Impact Communications at DoorDash. He is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami, FL. There he studied Political Science at Florida International University before earning a J.D. in Law at the University of Florida. He was a CHLI alumnus who participated in the Congressional internship program interning for then-Senator Mel Martinez in 2006.


To become a premiere resource in advancing the professional and leadership development of future Hispanic leaders.


The CHLI Alumni Association was founded by the CHLI Alumni to foster a culture of leadership, community, and continuing investment in advancing opportunities for the development of future Hispanic leaders.


Founded in 2016, the CHLI Alumni Association is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Hispanics in the U.S.

CHLI Alumni Association Board

Elizabeth Dos Santos

CHLI Alum 2016

Vice President

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Sara Garcia

CHLI Alum Fall 2018


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Aaron Ariaga

CHLI Alum 2021


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Leo Velasquez

CHLI Alum Fall 2012

VP of Professional Development

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Susana Barraza

CHLI Alum Spring 2018

VP of Membership

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Angel Soto

CHLI Alum Fall 2022

VP of Communication

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Wendy Martinez Award

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Board of Directors presented the first CHLI Wendy Martinez Alumni Community Engagement Award posthumously to Wendy Martinez at the annual CHLI Leadership Awards Gala in 2019. The award is named after the late Wendy Martinez, who led the effort to formalize the CHLI Alumni Association’s Bylaws and Charter. The award is presented to an alumnus to recognize their ambassadorship of CHLI’s mission, purpose, and focus. The CHLI Alumni Association selects the honoree and presents the award at the Annual CHLI Future Leaders Conference in the summer in Washington, DC.

Wendy Martinez Scholarship

In alignment with the CHLI Alumni Association’s mission to empower alumni across the country after their internship experience, the Wendy K. Martinez Scholarship was established in 2022. Scholarships assist CHLI alumni currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution to pursue their academic goals. CHLI Board of Directors, CHLI Advisory Council Members, CHLI alumni, and sponsors provide the funds for the annual scholarships.


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