IHN History & Overview
By: Rita Solar Ossolinski, State/Affiliate Relations, ICMA
Overview The International Hispanic Network is the leading support organization for Latino local government professionals. Established by ICMA in 1991, the Hispanic Network provides specialized services and support to Latino local government professionals and through them to the broader Latino community.
An Exciting Evolution
2004 marked the formal debut of the International Hispanic Network (IHN) as an independently incorporated non-profit organization, dedicated to providing specialized services and support to Latino local government professionals and through them to the broader Latino community. The Network operates as a forum for individuals who are interested in the programs and issues related to the Latino population and as a consortium of local governments that serve the Latino population. The current executive director for the IHN is Julie CT Hernandez with Management Partners, Inc., and the current president of the IHN Board of Directors is Jesus Nava, finance director for the city of Burlingame, California.
ICMA Retirement Corporation Becomes Founding Corporate Sponsor
In September 2003 at the ICMA Annual Conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, the IHN and ICMA entered into a new three-year affiliation agreement. This agreement, signed by ICMA Executive Director Bob O’Neill and past Network president Noelia Chapa, former city manager of Soledad, California, marked a new chapter in the evolution of the Hispanic Network, which has been a formal ICMA affiliate since 1991. Early in 2004, ICMA was instrumental in facilitating a three-year funding commitment from the ICMA Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) to support IHN activities. ICMA-RC serves as the founding corporate sponsor of the IHN, and contributed $150,000 over the three year period from 2004 through 2007. ICMA-RC President and CEO, Joan McCallen made the formal presentation of the award at the IHN’s 2004 conference in Oxnard, California on April 2. This commitment of support from ICMA-RC was renewed for a second three year period beginning in 2008.
National Conferences, 2001-2012
In 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010, the IHN conducted highly successful professional development conferences in San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Oxnard, California; Taos, New Mexico; Laredo, Texas; Burlingame, California; Miami Beach, Florida; and Austin, Texas. The next national conference sponsored by the International Hispanic Network will be planned for May 23-25, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas.
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