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    WASCLA, or the Washington State Coalition for Language Access, is an organization consisting of legal professionals, advocates, law enforcement personnel, interpreters/translators, and court personnel who are dedicated to assisting state and local agencies within the State of Washington to understand and comply with their obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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    The Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) resolves complaints, disputes, and problems between families and Washington State elementary and secondary public schools in all areas that affect student learning.
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  • The Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP)
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    We invest in the Latino community to cultivate new leaders, support effective non-profit organizations, and improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians.
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    More than 60-years of experience is the foundation for versatile and cost-effective communication services & access to the growing Latino/Hispanic market of the Northwest.
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    A national Chicago-based that promotes education, civic participation, and leadership development for Latinos and other similarly disenfranchised groups.
  • National Association of Latino Elected/Appointed Officials
    The nation's leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.
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    The mission of the Hispanic Roundtable is to strengthen the Latino community by supporting and promoting our member agencies and by serving as an educational, cultural, economic, and service agency resource.
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    The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates and examines a variety of state chartered financial services.
  • WSU Conectándote 

    The radio show WSU Conectándote was initially launched at Washington State University (WSU), because the university wanted to help the Latin Community accomplish its educational goals and ultimately, improve the quality of life for this community.
  • John Fraire

    A published playwright, former executive director of the New Latino Visions Theatre Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Washington State Arts Commissioner.

Cha Radio



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

CHA Commissioner Locations
Ricardo Espinoza


Anita Ahumada

Lillian Ortiz-Self, Chair

Gloria Ochoa

J. Manuel Reta



Gloria Ochoa
1st Term Expires 08/01/15
Spokane County

Residence: Colbert, WA
Spokane, WA 99202
P: (509) 328-3771
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Gloria Ochoa is a graduate of Pasco High School and Columbia Basin College. Gloria earned her B.A. degree in Business Administration from Washington State University Tri-Cities and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Gloria commenced her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice in 2002. Gloria is currently in private practice and admitted to both State and Federal Courts. Gloria is an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and teaches Law Practice Management. She holds a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and serves as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court.

Gloria is a graduate of both Leadership Tri-Cities Class XII and Leadership Spokane 2012. She is a member of the Hispanic Business Professionals Association and a member of the Inland Northwest Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Latina/o Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Spokane County Bar Association's Diversity Committee and Indian Law Section, and the Washington State Bar Association Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection Board. Gloria is on the Board of Directors for the Little Spokane River Estates Homeowner's Association. Gloria has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Spokane by Couer d' Alene Living Magazine for 2011 and 2012. Gloria was selected as onhe of Catalyst Magazine's Twenty Under 40 in recognition of her leadership role and commitment in the community. Gloria is a Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow in the inaugural class of 2005 and a 2012 Judicial Institute Fellow.

Gloria was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States as an infant with her parents. Gloria's parents moved to Washington State from California when she was in elementary school to seek work as farm workers. Gloria's parents became Permanent Residents under the Farm Workers Reform Act of 1986. Her parents petitioned for her adjustment of status while she was still in high school. Gloria became a naturalized U.S. Citizen while she attended law school


General Duties and Responsibilities

A Commissioner’s duties are extensive, and the time commitment is substantial.  It is a volunteer position, but not one to be entered into lightly. It brings both great challenges and great rewards. The Commission on Hispanic Affairs needs individuals who are dedicated to their community, who are passionate about voicing issues, finding solutions, and being real agents of change for Washington Hispanics. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who treats it as much more than a volunteer position. The ideal candidate is someone who treats it as a unique opportunity to effect change.

Commissioners will serve the public with respect, courtesy, and responsiveness, recognizing that service to the public is beyond service to oneself.

Commissioners will study programs and services and analyze the problems and needs of the Hispanic community.  They must interpret community opinions, attitudes, and needs to the Commission for transmittal to federal, state and local agencies, the Legislature, and the Governor. Commissioners have the responsibility to maintain communication with the community they represent. They are to keep the community informed and up to date on issues, legislative activity, and statutes affecting the Hispanic community. Commissioners are expected to meet with federal, state, city and local officials regularly to advise on issues affecting the Hispanic community.

Commissioners are encouraged to seek out gifts, grants, and endowments from public or private sources for the use and/or benefit of the commission.


Annual Time Commitment

• CHA Community Meetings: 144 to 160 hours a year (Depending on the number of meetings)

• CHA Conference Calls: 12 to 24 hours a year

• Hosting Community Meetings: 2 to 10 hours a year

• CHA Committee meetings: 12 to 20 hours a year

• CHA database: 6 to 12 hours a year

• CHA Assessment preparation: 12 to 30 hours a year

• Writing letters to the state agencies and Office of the Governor: 12 to 30 hours a year

• Meetings with state agencies and Office of the Governor: 18 to 40 hours a year

• Writing letters and bill testimonies to federal, state and local elected officials: 20 to 50 hours a year

• Meetings with federal, state and local elected officials: 25 to 60 hours a year

• Pursuing gifts, grant and endowments for the use or benefit of CHA: 5 to 16 hours a year

Total Approximately: 268 to 452 hours a year (Minimum of 22 hrs monthly/ 5.5 hrs weekly)


These are recommended annual time commitments. The Executive Director will review the Commission database activity regularly to monitor the Commissioners’ levels of engagement


Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs | PO Box 40924, 98504-0924 | Phone: Toll-Free 800-443-0294 or 360-725-5661 | Fax: 360-586-9501  | Email:

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