Director of Domestic Programs
Mario Enríquez currently serves as the Director of Domestic Programs for the LGBTQ Victory Institute, an organization committed to increasing the number of LGBTQ people in public office and to provide programming, services and other support to help ensure their success. In this role, he oversees their numerous leadership programs including Victory’s signature Candidate & Campaign Trainings, a yearlong fellowship for people of color and/or transgender people to prepare for elected office, and a congressional internship program for LGBTQ undergraduates. Mario also directs the programming for the Annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, a gathering that attracts more than 500 attendees annually and is the preeminent leadership event for LGBTQ leaders looking to exchange ideas and determine legislative and policy priorities for the coming year.
For the past decade, Mario has had a strong record of public service and youth leadership development. In 2010, Mario moved to Washington where he worked for UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization focusing on building a pipeline of Latinx youth leadership. Mario was then selected in 2013 as a National Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – the nation’s oldest leadership development program focused on exposing young professionals in the nonprofit, government, and business sectors.
After completing graduate school in 2016, Mario returned to Washington, DC where he was selected as the Higher Education Graduate Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) where he worked in both the House and the Senate on Capitol Hill. Mario received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and a Master’s in Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy in Los Angeles, CA.