Washington, D.C., April 7, 2011 – NHCSL President, Senator Iris Y. Martinez (IL.) will receive the LULAC Community Leadership Award at the LULAC Women’s Conference April 9th, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Selected by the conference host committee and LULAC women’s commission, the award recognizes exemplars of community leadership and dedication to the empowerment of Latinas and the broader community. The Senator is being honored for her leadership in the area of government.


“Senator Martinez’ is an outstanding Latina legislator who fights for the Latino community – and her wealth of accomplishments in her state and at the National level, leading the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and so many other activities, makes her well-deserving of this award,” said LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes.

“We honor the Senator’s commitment to women, her passionate commitment to her community, and her inspiration to Latinas everywhere,” said Rose Mary Bombella,” LULAC Illinois State Director.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by LULAC’s Latina leaders – especially a group of leaders that works so hard to realize equality for our sisters and brothers everywhere,” said Senator Iris Y. Martinez, NHCSL President.

The award will be conferred during the conference, at the Breakfast and Recognition of Community Leaders. This year, LULAC is celebrating their 82nd year of serving the Latino community in the areas of education, civil rights, and employment. The LULAC Women’s Council has been in existence since February 22, 1934, and began in El Paso, Texas.

The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators.

LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 880 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.

 Media Contacts:

For NHCSL: Nelly Robles 202.434.8070

For LULAC: Amanda Keammerer 202.423.8013

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