On April 18, 2017, the DC Latino Caucus held elections for two Ex-Officio members to the DC Democratic State Committee (DCDSC). These two members will represent the Caucus before DC Democratic Party in DC (DCDSC). Ruth Pagani will be the female Ex-Officio representative, and Hector Rodriguez will be the male Ex-Officio representative. A DC resident for over 28 years, Ms. Pagani is a resident of the Brookland/Woodridge neighborhood in Ward 5, and holds degrees from Grinnell College and the George Washington University. Mr. Rodriguez, a veteran, is a long-time resident of Adams Morgan in Ward 1. He is a graduate of Kent State University and is a strong DC Statehood supporter.