Delaware Hispanic Commission to be under new leadership

Javier Torrijos to step down as the Commission Chair


DOVER, DE, December 10, 2021 – Effective December 31, 2021, Javier Torrijos will be stepping down as Chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission after 10 years of service. Carlos de los Ramos has been appointed by the Governor to continue the work of the Commission.

Javier Torrijos has served as Chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission (DHC) since 2011. Under his leadership, the DHC has been a leading force in educating and advocating for the Latino community in Delaware. His legacy includes the Drivers’ Privilege Card, which gives undocumented residents permission to drive with a government-issued picture ID; organization of statewide grassroots partnerships to increase voter registration, participation, and civic engagement; creation of $tand By Me Hispano to help Latinos establish and achieve their personal financial goals; a comprehensive fundraising campaign that resulted in millions of dollars for programs to support English learners in Delaware schools; and conducting community drives to support those in need, like Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

Carlos de los Ramos has been elected by the Commission and appointed by Governor Carney as the new Chair of the Commission. Mr. de los Ramos joined the Commission in 2015 and is a long-time leader within the Latino community in Delaware. As a DHC commissioner, he has led DHC’s marketing efforts and participated in various advocacy campaigns. Professionally, he served as Vice President of Development for the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington for over 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate State Director for Community Outreach with AARP. He holds a BA degree in Journalism from University of Cuenca, Ecuador and resides in Hockessin.

According to Mr. Torrijos, Carlos “represents the future of the Commission and will inspire civic engagement and Latino leadership to continue representing the welfare of Latinos throughout the State.”

About Delaware Hispanic Commission

Delaware Hispanic Commission (DHC), whose members are appointed by the governor, was formed to identify and advocate the necessary resources for Delaware Hispanics, the fastest-growing population in the First State. DHC is committed to enriching the lives of the Hispanic community by: improving delivery of services; raising awareness of issues at state agencies; suggesting solutions to state leaders and agencies; and keeping the Hispanic community informed of state assistance available for all Delaware residents.