Phi Iota Alpha Appoints New Executive Director

Phi Iota Alpha Appoints New Executive Director

New York, NY - The Board of Trustees of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity,Inc. announced the selection of Jason Elias Gonzalez to serve as the fifth Executive Director of the organization. Mr. Gonzalez will succeed Francisco M. Lugo as the fraternity’s chief executive officer upon the conclusion of Lugo’s third three-year term as Executive Director on July 28, 2019.  

Phi Iota Alpha & National Hispanic Institute formalize Strategic Partnership

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Press Contacts:
Juan Luna
Dir. Communication and Marketing
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

New York, New York - December 10

The National Hispanic Institute and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are excited about formalizing a strategic partnership to impact the lives of future Latino community leaders. Founded in 1979 by Ernesto Nieto in Austin, Texas, NHI has been working to creating sustainable learning opportunities for high achieving, high ability Latino youth to develop their leadership skills, capacities, and knowledge. Since 1979, NHI has worked with over 100,000 including several members of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity including founders of the Tau, Alpha Eta, and Alpha Kappa chapters. 

After a keynote address at the San Diego convention where Ernesto Nieto was keynote speaker, conversation resurfaced of a strategic partnership between the two organizations that both value investing in the leadership development of future leaders. After years of conversation, the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding outlining work they would embark on together. Annually, NHI works with over 3,000 collegebound high school youth from 25 states and 7 Latin American nations on 17 college campuses throughout the U.S. and Panama. Phi Iota Alpha chapters are invited to find a way to work with NHI in their service to the community. 

As a private, nonprofit organization, NHI relies on the generosity and investments made by volunteers, including support from non-NHI members. Members of Phi Iota Alpha have various opportunities to participate in this partnership. Below are some ways to work with NHI:

  • Outreach - With a laser focus on developing future community leaders, NHI is always seeking ways to inform more students, schools, and communities of summer leadership opportunities. NHI is looking for new partner high schools or high school youth to communicate with whether they are family members of Phi Iota Alpha brothers or schools their chapter/colony work about signing up for a summer leadership experience; students must be in 9th or 10th grade with a 3.0 GPA or better.

  • Program Support Annually, NHI sponsors over 15 programs throughout the U.S. and Panama; there are various points throughout the program where volunteers are needed for airport pick up (i.e. Chicago O'Hare, San Antonio, Rochester, Dallas-Fort Worth) and greeting, excursion tour guides and chaperones (i.e. PA - Hersheypark, IL - Navy Pier, CA - Balboa Park, San Diego)

  • Fundraising/Sponsorships - NHI engages 3,000 high school youth each summer from all walks of life and various backgrounds. While NHI works with many partners to make participation accessible, there are needy communities or special cases when certain youth need some financial help for their tuition or transportation (train; flight). NHI chapters/colonies or individual brothers may be interested in sponsoring a student or two or hosting a fundraiser for NHI's Hispanic Youth Fund to provide summer scholarships. Phi Iota Alpha members may designate or target their fundraising to a particular school, community, or family. 

  • Property Beautification and Maintenance - NHI is proud of its nearly 50-acre ranch in Central Texas in Maxwell that has housed the institute since 1986. With three buildings, fields, and outer event areas, NHI can always benefit from volunteers who want to do some more physical work in doing property clean up, trail maintenance, landscaping, and planting. The NHI ranch can be a perfect place to do a weekend of destination service trip. 

NHI will be working on creative ways of marketing the partnership and helping their members be informed about undergraduate opportunities with Phi Iota Alpha.


About Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 87 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.

About National Hispanic Institute
Founded in 1979 by Ernesto Nieto in Austin, Texas, NHI has been working to creating sustainable learning opportunities for high achieving, high ability Latino youth to develop their leadership skills, capacities, and knowledge.