WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce new changes to its existing bylaws and governance structure. In a meeting today, the USHCC Board of Directors approved the process through which new members of the Board will be recruited specifically from the local Hispanic chamber community. This step forward reconfirms USHCC’s promise to ensure voices from the local chamber community are heard throughout the national chamber’s decision-making processes.

In recent weeks, a Local Chamber Ad Hoc Committee has worked tirelessly with the Board of Directors to recruit six (6) members from the local Hispanic chamber community to join as new USHCC board members. The addendums to the bylaws proposed by this committee were based in part on the input and guidance from local chamber members.

The changes include the creation of six (6) new regions in the United States, to ensure chamber voices from all regions of the country are heard at the national level. In addition, each of the six (6) new board members must have active board membership or executive employment of a local, state, or regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in their region.

The regions are comprised as follows:

       Region 1:      Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Region 2:      Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

        Region 3:      Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Region 4:      Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Region 5:      Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Region 6:      Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee

“Thanks to the work of the USHCC Local Chamber Ad Hoc Committee, we are proud to announce the addition of the six members from our local chambers to the USHCC board of directors. The addition of these new board members will help advance the mission of the USHCC, and we welcome the diverse and new perspectives they bring to the Board of Directors from our chambers across the country,” said Fern Fernandez, USHCC Interim President & CEO. “This is an exciting new chapter for the USHCC that allows for more meaningful and direct communication between local Hispanic-owned businesses and the USHCC board of directors.”

Details on the nomination process, as well as how to get involved, are forthcoming.

As the USHCC continues its work to ensure the voice of the local chamber community is heard, the USHCC reiterates its gratitude for the work that the members of the Local Chamber Ad Hoc Committee have put forth. Their legacy will stand for years to come.

Questions may be submitted to press@ushcc.com.

About USHCC 

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.37 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.