Jose Antonio Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation (HHAF). Mr. Tijerino oversees the operation of the national, nonprofit organization. Prior to that, he was the director of public relations in the communications department for the Fannie Mae Foundation.
Before that, he served as a manager for corporate communications for Nike, Inc.'s marketing department and served as a spokesperson. Before joining Nike, Mr. Tijerino developed and managed public relations and public affairs campaigns as an account supervisor for Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolf public relations firms in Washington. He is extremely active in the District of Columbia community by serving on several boards and as communications counsel to numerous nonprofits. In addition, he serves on D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams' Commission on Latino Affairs. Mr. Tijerino earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland where he graduated from the school of journalism and minored in psychology.
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