Introducing the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) Class of 2021


AUSTIN, TEXAS  –  The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) welcomed the latest cohort of Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) at an opening retreat this past weekend. The incoming class is 29 strong and the program, presented by Ascension Seton, begins in September and culminates at graduation in May where teams will present their community impact projects in the areas of arts & culture, civic engagement, education, environmental sustainability, financial stability and healthcare. 

HAL Class of 2021 Presented by Ascension Seton

Crystal Aguilar-Marshall, University of Texas at Austin
Jorge Aguilar, J.A. Construction LLC
Jose Avelar-Solis, Wells Fargo Bank
Catalina Berry, Independent Contractor
Bino Cadenas, Austin Police Department
Naya Diaz, YWCA Greater Austin
Nancy Flores, Journalist
Francisco Garcia, Wayside Schools
Julie Garcia, Austin Soundwaves
Luis Eduardo Gomez, Ciena
Omar Gomez, SHPE Austin
Diane Caballero Kerlin, Austin Energy
Hector Leiva Jr., KIPP Texas Public Schools
Erica Lopez, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Michael Luna, H-E-B Grocery Company
Nessa Martinez-Ashlin, University Federal Credit Union
Elisa Munoz, Maudie's Tex-Mex
Ana Navarro Ovitt, The University of Texas at Austin
Priscilla Olvera, A+ Federal Credit Union
Jo Anne Ortiz, Capital Metro
Jose Reyes, The 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Texas Army National Guard
Emiliano Romero, Ascension Seton
Marco Salazar, Dell Technologies
Cassandra Sanchez-Barrera, Texas Association of School Boards
Maria del Mar Sanz, Texan Translation
Erika Soliz, Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Kimberly Torres-Mendez, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Angie Towne, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Sharon Vigil, Communities In Schools of Central Texas

“This group is impressive and I am certain their impact will be notable. Rather than take a pause, the HAL class of 2021 are showing up not only to push themselves, but also to bolster their community at a time when we need it most,” said Stephanie Bazan, GAHCC Director of Communications, Signature Events & Programs.

Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) aims to provide professionals the opportunity to advance their leadership skills and engage in community projects while building a network of colleagues for life. HAL has been named as one of the top seven Hispanic leadership programs in the United States and has further developed leaders since 1999. 


About the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC):

Established in 1973, the GAHCC is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization with the primary goal of  continuing the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic Businesses. Our board and members represent diverse industries from corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits, to governmental agencies that touch all corners of the Greater Austin area. The mission of the GAHCC is to be the leading resource and advocate for the Hispanic business community.


Stephanie Bazan
Director of Communications, Signature Events & Programs
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