ANTONIO TIJERINO is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation which focuses on education, workforce development, leadership and public awareness in addition to promoting cultural pride and accomplishment through award-winning programs. Tijerino oversees a network of 100,000 vetted Latinos ages 15-35 through the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Network. Prior to HHF, Tijerino worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe under the Young & Rubicam umbrella.
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; Cesar Chavez Award by National Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the Champion of Digital Equity Award by the Multi-Cultural Telecom & Internet Council (MMTC); among others.
Tijerino serves on various boards including Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School; Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP); University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business; PBS Sci-Girls; Nielsen’s Latino Advisory Counsel; America’s Promise Alliance; Latino Jewish Leadership Council; 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 was featured on the cover of Latino Magazine as one of 10 Who Made a Difference, on HBO’s Habla Series, and was the subject of an hour-long Discovery Channel/TLC program for his work with youth. Tijerino 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.