Alejandro Aviles has been named a named a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Housing Fellow for the 2010-2011 year.
Alejandro was born to Mexican immigrants and raised in an emerging Latino community in Northwest Arkansas. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and attended the Clinton School of Public Service, a new masters program created by former President William Jefferson Clinton.
Alejandro was the Community Resources Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville in Arkansas where he strived to create innovative approaches to ensure decent affordable housing and provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities with the Community Development Block Grant. He handled affordable housing summits, inclusionary zoning issues, and homelessness prevention and awareness while working for this university town. He also served as the Community Outreach Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas where he directed key partnerships with essential government agencies and expanded outreach and services to marginalized populations for Arkansas's non-profit, poverty law firm whose clients had, among other issues.
Alejandro is also founding member of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas and has done extensive volunteer work as a steering committee member for the Arkansas Citizens First Congress and as a member of the Arkansas Task Force on Latino & Hispanic Affairs, appointed by then Governor Mike Huckabee.
Alejandro most recently conducted research for the Arkansas Weatherization Assistance Program of the Department of Energy on how to efficiently coordinate energy efficiency retrofitting programs with housing programs and community action agencies.
Alejandro recognizes access to adequate housing and vibrant community development is vital to one's opportunity in reaching the American Dream.
Alejandro is an individual who believes public service is a high calling. He is honored to work as a Housing Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and will strive to create an impact in public policy while incorporating the voices and efforts of the public, private, and non-profit sectors whose collaborative effort is essential to our united goal of providing safe, high-quality affordable housing opportunities for all Americans.