Cheryl Aguilar, Aguilar Communications

Cheryl Aguilar

Cheryl Aguilar, Principal at Aguilar Communications, is a Communications Professional committed to advancing the rights and opportunities of immigrant families, youth and Latinas. In the last decade, through her work in journalism and communications, Cheryl has consistently elevated the visibility and the voice of community members, leaders and non-­profit organizations working to advance communities of color. Prior to launching Aguilar Communications, Cheryl served as the first Communications and Online Marketing Manager at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the nations premiere organization developing Latina leaders. In this role,  she built the communications capacity and managed all of its efforts. She also contributed to the organization’s programmatic expansion, overseeing NHLI’s online training series.  Under her communications leadership, NHLI was named as “Top Latino organization using social media wisely” by Hispanic PR Blog.

Previously, served as Communications Specialist at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), the largest youth development agency in the Washington, DC metro area, where she managed multi-­organizational communications campaigns and contributed to the launch of a summer youth leadership program focused on advocacy and media training.

Cheryl also served as Communications Specialist at the Center for Community Change, a social justice non-­ profit, Cheryl led national ethnic media outreach on issues affecting low-­income communities.

She is a Vice Chair od MetroLatinoUSA.com’s Advisory Committee, an online bilingual newspaper, and board member of STITCH, an organization that trains and supports Central American women to organize for social change. Driven by a personal commitment to develop the next generation of leaders, she mentors young people from the DC region and facilitates the leadership trainings: Si Se Puede: Your Voice Matters and Networking & Beyond: Where does it begin, Where does it end? The trainings are designed to inspire youth to use their voices to promote change and effectively build deep, lasting and impactful relationships.

In 2009, Cheryl was recognized by MillerCoors Lideres campaign as 1 of 12 Hispanic leaders making a difference in her community. In 2011, Cheryl was selected to participate in the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Executive Fellowship Program.

A Rutgers University graduate, Cheryl began her career as a researcher for People en Espanol magazine and served as reporter for Nuestra Comunidad, a Gannett-­owned Spanish language newspaper in South Jersey. Cheryl migrated from Honduras at 14 and was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her immigration experience and values-­centered upbringing has shaped her mission to uplift communities, give back and empower others to reach their full potential. She envisions a world where more people are informed and empowered to elevate issues important to their communities.

Cheryl is a contributor for LatinaLista.net, MetroLatinoUsa.com and serves a ethnic media outreach coordinator at NewAmericaMedia.org