Sindy Benavides will be the new president and CEO of The Latino Victory Project, a position previously held by Nathalie Rayes, who will become U.S. ambassador to Croatia, the organization announced.
Benavides served as the group's executive director.
Focused on increasing the representation of Latinos, The Latino Victory Project is considered an influential group that has often served as a springboard to bring its leaders to high positions in the Administration and in political campaigns.
Sindy Benavides speaks in front of the Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on July 10, 2020.Getty Images
"The fact is that while Latinos make up about 18 percent of the U.S. population, we only hold about 2 percent of the nation's elected office. Representation matters, and Latino Victory is inspired by our candidates, who face major obstacles when running for office, but understand that true inclusion and progress begin when they are at the table of local school board meetings, at town halls, and in the hallways of state legislatures and Congress." Benavides said, as quoted by The Hill.
Benavides began his career working for Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
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For more than 10 years, she was CEO of the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation's oldest Hispanic civil rights organization.
Benavides' position will be taken over by Katharine Pichardo-Erskine, who is a strategist with 25 years of experience.
"With unprecedented challenges as a community, it is vital that we have a leadership team at the helm committed to the development of Latino Victory, to elect more Latinos to public office, re-elect President Biden, and expand the Latino electorate," stated The Latino Victory Project Board Chair Luis A. Miranda Jr, as quoted by The Hill.
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"I am confident that Sindy and Katharine are the right leaders at this political juncture."