The Hispanic Institute

Board Of Directors


The Hispanic Institute is managed by a Chief of Staff that implements organizational policy and initiatives approved by the Board of Directors.

Gus K. West
Board Chair and President

Career Highlights

Gus West serves as Board Chair and President of The Hispanic Institute.

Mr. West has been involved with governmental and political life for more than 20 years, beginning with serving the Nevada State Assembly as Assistant Sergeant At Arms, and then the City of Las Vegas as a Senior Management Analyst. Mr. West later went on to serve at the United States Department of Commerce in the Administrations of Economics and Statistics, Economic Development, and International Trade.

In the late 1990 he formed a Governmental Affairs consulting practice that he manages in Washington DC.

Richard Hernandez

 Career Highlights

Mr. Hernandez’s entire career in local, state, and federal government and in the private sector has been one of extraordinary achievement, with over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in city, state, federal, and private sector enterprises.

Currently, Mr. Hernandez is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Metec Group, a financial services and asset management company whose clients include: USDA, DoE, DoD, SBA, HUD, and Florida DOT.

Previously, Mr. Hernandez was Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) and oversaw the activities of the three divisions of AMS: Information Technology Services, Financial Consulting, and Medical Services.

In 1996 Mr. Hernandez was Counselor to the President and Chairman of the Board of Export-Import Bank of the United States. In addition, he served as the President’s representative in all budget, management, and personnel deliberations.

Mr. Hernandez also served in multiple high level capacities for the White House. Among them, Mr. Hernandez served as a Senior Manager with the National Performance Review task force to reinvent government, where he formulated and coordinated Presidential programs focused on key business sectors.

Also, Mr. Hernandez served as Counselor to the Administrator, Small Business Administration during 1993 to 1995, and was Associate Administrator of Operations for the Small Business Administration in 1977 to 1978.

As a member of the White House Staff, Mr. Hernandez served as Deputy Assistant to the President from 1978 to 1981.

In the private sector, Mr. Hernandez also has held several executive positions providing primarily information technology and financial advisory services. He has been a senior finance executive in investment banking and financial consulting firms in his home state of Texas, where he managed multi-billion dollar asset portfolios.

Mr. Hernandez holds an MS from Columbia University in Economics, a BS from the University of Houston in Finance, and a BA from the University of Houston in Education.

Andres Gonzalez

Career Highlights
Andres Gonzalez is the owner of Andres Gonzalez and Associates, a Public Affairs and Political Consulting firm started in 1993 and currently located in San Antonio, Texas. The firm has represented small and large businesses, public entities (cities and counties), political organizations and candidates.

Mr. Gonzalez has represented clients in the energy, telecommunications, medical, construction, retail sales and housing industries, and has provided strategic planning, lobbying, grassroots lobbying, financial and project management services.

Mr. Gonzalez’ various governmental positions include serving as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Robert Krueger (D-TX), White House Liaison for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Director of Agency Administration for Texas General Land Office.


Mr. Gonzalez holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.


Gustavo A. Paredes

Career Highlights

Gustavo A. Paredes is an experienced senior professional with more than thirty years of experience in strategic planning, organizational development, government relations, coalition building, and communications. He has worked in the areas of government, housing, public broadcasting, arts and community development.

Mr. Paredes has created and implemented marketing, outreach, and public relations campaigns for a range of government, non-profit and corporate entities. Throughout the years, he has established and enhanced relationships with national Hispanic, African-American, and Asian American organizations on behalf of a diverse group of public and private organizations.

While at the National Association of Realtors, Mr. Paredes developed and implemented a series of national and local leadership pilot projects to increase diversity participation in civic engagement activities, housing initiatives and business issues. He co-founded the Asian Association of Real Estate Professionals and was an integral member in the development of the With Ownership Wealth (WOW) initiative of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

As the National Latino Partnership Liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau, Mr. Paredes developed and instituted a campaign to develop, establish and support partnerships with national and regional Hispanic organizations for the 2000 decennial census.

Mr. Paredes has served as Director of Communications and Marketing and Spokesperson for the University of the District of Columbia. He has been an Independent Producer for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service. In addition, Mr. Paredes has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The New York State Council for the Arts.

Gustavo A. Paredes attended Columbia University and lives in Washington, DC.

In Memoriam:

 THI Founding Member
Raul L. Rubio (1960-2009)

Career Highlights
Raul L. Rubio was a seasoned consultant specializing in government affairs and economic development in Washington, DC, having been involved in civic life for over thirty years. His portfolio of clients included cities, counties, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and Indian Tribes across the country, as well as political organizations overseas.

Mr. Rubio specialized in serving American Indian Tribes in the area of welfare reform, government affairs, and infrastructure development throughout Native America. He was a consultant to the Chairman of the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and California.

Mr. Rubio also had extensive experience in municipal affairs and local economic development, having served as a city manager, city secretary, city planner, and community development director for the cities of San Juan and Alamo, Texas.


Mr. Rubio attended the University of Texas at Pan American University in Edinburg, TX, and the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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