Jose Antonio Tijerino

Jose Antonio Tijerino is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation which focuses on education, workforce development, connectivity, innovative leadership as well as promoting cultural pride and accomplishment.  Under Tijerino’s leadership, HHF has built a network of 150,000 vetted Latino talent (15-35-year-olds) and focused on the STEM fields, entrepreneurship, finance, media, and other priority areas for America.  HHF works closely with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and other nonprofits to diversify their workforce through LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Source and innovative program such as Code as a Second Language (CSL) are introducing and teaching students to coding across the country.

Prior to HHF, Tijerino worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe under the Young & Rubicam umbrella.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland’s school of journalism and later was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School.

Tijerino has been honored with the prestigious Ohtli Award, which is the highest recognition by the Government of Mexico outside of Mexico; Lifetime Achievement Award by National PTA; Vision Award by Silicon Valley Latino Leadership; Brillante Award by National Society of Hispanic MBAs; Leadership Award from Telemundo; Army Strong civilian award by US Army; Community Service Award by Governor of Maryland; The White House; Cesar Chavez Award by National Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the Champion of Digital Equity Award by Multi-Cultural Telecom & Internet Council (MMTC); among others.

Tijerino serves on various boards including Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School; The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP); University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business; PBS Sci-Girls; Nielsen’s Latino Advisory Counsel; America’s Promise Alliance; Latino Jewish Leadership Council; Ayuda; and Center for the History of the New America.  Tijerino also founded The American Project with Notre Dame University to treat immigrants with dignity. 

Tijerino’s blogs and media presence have made him a national voice on Latino issues and speaks on diversity and Latino issues from top companies, events, universities, US Congress and The White House.