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Jose Antonio Tijerino

President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Jose Antonio Tijerino is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture through innovation and leadership.

HHF under Tijerino’s leadership is recognized as a creative, agile, impact-focused organization recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits and the Government of Mexico. Tijerino also serves as executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, which are broadcast on PBS. Tijerino also founded the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Institute.

Prior to HHF, Tijerino was an executive at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, Burson Marsteller, and Cohn & Wolfe.

Tijerino has been honored with the Ohtli Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by National PTA, Vision Award by Silicon Valley Latino Leadership, MALDEF Award for Human Rights, Community Service Award from Telemundo, Civilian Impact Award by US Army, Brillante Award by National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Digital Hero Award by MMTC, among others.

Tijerino has served on various boards and committees including Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School, University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, University System of Maryland Foundation, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, National Girls Collaborative, Games for Change, KID Museum, and Nielsen’s Latino Advisory Counsel, among others.

As a proud immigrant from Nicaragua, Tijerino help found the Hispanic Leaders Alliance with the NFL, the American Project, #WeDreamAmerica campaign, #Masks4Farmworkers which provided nearly 2 million masks for farmworkers during the pandemic, READ (Refugee Education And Development), DREAM LEAD Institute for DACA recipients, and helped produce the Oyeme! Project with Imagination Stage.  He was recognized by FWD.US for his work with migrant families on the border, and is a Salinas Fellow at Aspen Institute.

Tijerino’s blogs and media presence have made him a national voice on various issues including diversity, immigration, creativity and youth empowerment.  He earned a BS degree from the University of Maryland’s school of journalism, and was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School.  Tijerino lives in Washington, DC.

Jose Antonio Tijerino

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