Marieli Colon-Padilla is Chair of the National Hispana Leadership Institute's (NHLI) Board of Directors and a 2006 Executive Leadership Program graduate.
With more than a decade of experience in reaching Latino consumers through marketing efforts in the nonprofit sector, bilingual and mono-lingual education for Latinos on social issues, and bilingual media relations, Marieli serves as Vice President of Fleishman-Hillard’s Hispanic issues and marketing communications practice, FH Hispania®, based in Washington, D.C.
She is committed to using her skills and exceptional marketing and public relations expertise to serve her community and to the advancement of Latinos and Latinas throughout the United States.
Marieli serves on various Latino and women organizations boards including: the National Alliance for Hispanic Families, Girls Scouts of the Nation’s Capital; and served on the Board of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the Commission to End Health Care Disparities established by the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, and the National Hispanic Medical Association.
Her leadership has received nationwide praise being selected by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the “Ones to Watch” in their Inspired Leaders inaugural issue. The December/January issue features 20 Latinos under 40 as rising stars. Other recognitions throughout the years have included: Latin Leader RISE: Mujeres del Nuevo Millenio, Girls Scouts Gold Medal and Community Service and Leadership Award and being named one of the Top Latinas in the Nation by Hispanic Online Magazine in 2004.
In 2009, she was appointed to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and was invited to America's Leaders of Change (ALOC), a National Urban Fellows program for leaders on the rise in the government, nonprofit and private sectors.
Awards and recognitions aside, Marieli is a great role model for Latinos/as nationwide because she represents the leader of today who combines her passion with her responsibility for the common good of our communities.
As a board member and alumnae, Marieli exemplifies the values NHLI promotes of developing ethical Latina leaders and she pays it forward by mentoring and developing other Latinas.