Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non‐partisan, 501(c) (3) non‐profit organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.


Democracy Fund will support NALEO Educational Fund’s efforts to identify, recruit, and train Latino candidates for positions in government, with a particular focus on staffing Congressional offices. This effort builds on the 2015 study commissioned by Hewlett’s Madison initiative which identified the drastically disproportionately low levels of staffers – especially senior staffers—of color on Capitol Hill. To function most effectively, Members of Congress and their staff must reflect the demographics of the constituencies they represent. NALEO Educational Fund’s work, in conjunction with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will promote greater diversity in institutional staffing.

Part of this grant will also support NALEO Educational Fund’s efforts to provide increased training on civility and bipartisanship to their membership. We believe this effort will also help the NALEO Educational Fund’s membership to learn the skills they need to increase bipartisan problem-solving and increase civility in their legislative bodies. The initiative will include outreach to prospective applicants, technical assistance, professional development, and networking opportunities. In addition, the organization will include messages on civility and bipartisan problem-solving as part of its national professional development trainings for Latino policymakers.


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