Xiomara A. Sosa is the President & CEO of the National Society for Hispanic Professionals, Inc. (NSHP). Ms. Sosa began her career in Manhattan, NY as a Policy Review Assistant in the Policy Implementation Section at the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board. She later moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to start her position as Financial Administrative Assistant in the data processing department for Goldman, Klasfeld, Horkey and Ferraro, P.A. While in Florida she served in the United States Air Force Reserves as an Air Cargo Specialist at Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, FL. She soon enlisted in the United States Army with the Rank of Specialist-Four where she was selected to serve in a prestigious position as Administrative Specialist for Brigadier General Robert Harleston. This position required that she be granted a Department of Defense secret clearance and be stationed at The Pentagon, Washington, DC. She was assigned to the United States Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Personnel Programs Analysis Office, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. After her tour of duty she landed the position of Technical Aide in the Information Procurement and Dissemination Department at SWL, Inc. in Vienna, VA. While living in the Washington DC metropolitan area she took the position of Assistant to the Director of the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research at the Academy for Educational Development. She soon moved on to the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations where she served as Administrative Assistant, then Programs Coordinator and finally Outreach Liaison in the Policy and Research Division. During a short transitional period she served as the Membership and Chapter Development Coordinator in the National Office for MANA, A National Latina Organization and was soon offered and accepted the position of Executive Director in the National Office of NLGJA, Inc., a national nonprofit professional journalism association. Prior to moving back to Florida she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in the National Office of National Student Partnerships.
During her career Ms. Sosa was a member of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Youth Media Campaign’s Partnership Development Expert Panel. She also served on the Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs Advisory Committee, participated in the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Treatment Month Planning Group, and the Social Security Administration’s Outreach Planning Group. Ms. Sosa was also appointed to serve on the Arlington, VA Multicultural Advisory Commission. She was a member of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Latino Survey Planning Group, and served on the Arthritis Foundation’s Speaking of Pain Advisory Council and Diversity 2000 Committee.
Her professional affiliations include prior membership in the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the Alliance Standards Committee for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. She is a current member of the Florida Society of Association Executives.
Ms. Sosa also served on the HandsNet Editorial Board, the Newspaper Association of America’s Diversity Committee, and was a member of the Center for Media Education’s Children Media Policy Network. She was named “Latina de la Semana” by El Tiempo Latino and was featured in the Latinas Today section of Latina Style Magazine as well as in the College Journal from the Wall Street Journal, wsj.com.
While serving in the Army she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service by the Department of the Army, the Campaign Army Service Ribbon, the Department of the Army Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Service, and received an Honorable Discharge. She also received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force and is a prior member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Her community service activities include prior membership in MANA, A National Latina Organization, and past service on MANA’s Northern Virginia Chapter Board of Directors. She was involved in the Eurocentres Foundation Homestay Program and was a member of The Women’s Center. She was also a Northern Virginia Family Services Special Foster Care Mother, and was awarded the Northern Virginia Family Services Special Foster Care Certificate of Approval, and a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of valuable contributions as a Therapeutic Foster Parent.
Ms. Sosa has also served the LGBT community as a member of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League’s (SMYAL) Board of Directors; a SMYAL Youth Group Facilitator; and as an appointed member of the Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services Board of Directors on behalf of SMYAL. She also served on the Bridge Builders Fund Board of Directors and the Gente Latina de Ambiente Board of Directors. Ms. Sosa was a Cultural Competency Trainer for the Mautner Project for Women with Cancer, a member of the Potomac Executive Network, and the Women’s Health and Wellness Network.
Ms. Sosa was born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area and lived for many years in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She currently resides in the greater Miami metropolitan area.