The 2019 CHCI 2019 Young Alumnus Award will be awarded to Alma N. Acosta at the Leadership Awards Luncheon.
In 2018, CHCI introduced the CHCI Young Alumnus Award, created to spotlight the diversity of the growing CHCI Alumni body. Commemorating an alumnus who completed their CHCI leadership program within the past ten years, recipients exemplify dedicated civic engagement and leadership in the Latino Community.
Alma Acosta is a first generation Mexican-American, born in Mexico, and raised in Southern California. She is the Executive Director for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that is currently 38-members strong. In her role, she is responsible for creating a unified CHC policy platform on issues of relevance to the Hispanic community. She served as the CHC Executive Director in the 115th Congress for Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and now under Chairman Joaquin Castro’s (TX-20) leadership in the 116th Congress. Prior to becoming the CHC Executive Director, she worked as a senior policy member for Lujan Grisham’s team for numerous years. Acosta originally joined Lujan Grisham’s office in 2013 as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Graduate Fellow, beginning her work on policy issues that impact the Hispanic community, including immigration, housing, education, agriculture and the environment. She has a B.A. in sociology from the California State University Long Beach and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from California Polytechnical University Pomona.