"The Obama campaign clearly understands that Latinos are an important part of a victory equation, and this is a good sign," she said. "But, hopefully, voices within the campaign -- Latino and otherwise -- are also cognizant of the fact that it cannot be outreach and symbolism alone. There has to be some real policy decisions and real policy results."
Obama last week became the first presidential candidate to name a Latina as political director of a national campaign.
Katherine Archuleta, chief of staff for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, also hails from Colorado, a key state for Obama's re-election bid with a relatively high number of eligible Latino voters.
"Her understanding of the issues of the West are important, and the understanding in the Latino community is important as well," Interior Secretary and former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar told the Denver Post of Archuleta.
A campaign aide said Archuleta will be moving to Chicago, where she'll work closely with campaign manager Jim Messina and other top advisers to, among other things, continue to try and bolster Obama's appeal among Latinos.
ABC News' Matt Gutman contributed to this report.