ANTONIO TIJERINO is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture through innovative leadership. HHF is acknowledged as a creative, agile, impact-focused org which has been recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits, and the Government of Mexico presented Tijerino with the Ohtli Award,the highest honor outside of Mexico. Tijerino also serves as executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center broadcast on PBS Stations.
Tijerino has made tech one of HHF’s priorities through programs such as Code as a Second Language (CSL) which has introduced and taught up to 100,000 underrepresented youths to coding, built a sustainable pipeline of Latinx tech talent developed through their education and into careers and in leadership. On the policy side, through his TechEdquity effort, Tijerino been a has a strong advocate of addressing the inequity in access to tech in education and the workforce which earned him the MMTC’s Digital Hero Award. Tijerino also co-founded the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Leadership Institute which provides leadership training for 300 graduating high school seniors across 10 different sectors inlcuding Tech, Public Policy, Social Justice, Healthcare, among others.
Prior to HHF, Tijerino was an executive at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, Burson Marsteller, and Cohn & Wolfe which provide a comms lense to the orgs’ process.
Tijerino is an influencer on LinkedIn and is a spokesperson on important issues of education, immigration, equity, access to tech and broadband, Latinx, and youth leadership, among others.
serves on various national and local boards and has been honored with various awards for his impact during his 20 years heading HHF. He graduated from the University of Maryland and was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School. Tijerino is also a Salinas Fellow at the Aspen Institute.