On April 11, the Hispanic Federation Board of Directors unanimously voted to name José Calderón President of HF according to a Federation press release.
Calderón began immediately.
"We are very pleased with the final decision by the Board of Directors in the selection of José Calderón", indicated Cristina Schwarz, Chair of the Board in the release. "HF is in a strong position with a great reputation and a broad platform from which to continue launching high impact initiatives and advocacy efforts in support of its nearly 100 Latino member agencies across the Northeast.
“We are confident in José's ability to lead HF and continue our expansion. I also want to thank our board member Mario Baeza, who chaired the Search Committee and its members, for the level of integrity and due process in the consideration and selection process," she continued.
Calderón becomes only the 4th president in the history of the Federation and was selected by a search committee appointed by the board and headed by Mario Baeza.
Calderón has been an integral part of the Federation for the past 11 years, most recently serving as the interim president for the last two months. He has also served as the Senior Vice President for Programs and Policy, second highest-ranking position. Among his accomplishments and programs he’s lead are the recently announced Lumina Foundation grant award, a four-year project focusing on Latino college retention; and the 2011 award-winning Latino anti-homophobia campaign.
"The Hispanic Federation has an amazing 22 year legacy of strengthening Latino nonprofits, developing innovative social programs and being a local and national leader on policy issues affecting our community," Calderón said in the release. "I have been privileged to be able to contribute to our success over the past decade and look forward to working with our highly committed and gifted board and staff to lead and expand our community reach and impact."
Calderón replaces Lillian Rodríguez López who joined the Coca Cola Company in January at the executive level after serving as Federation president for seven years and a sixteen-year history with the organization according to the release.
The Federation’s mission is “to empower and advance the Hispanic community” according to its website. HF works towards those goals by providing grants to a large network of Latino nonprofit agencies that serve the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community, while advocating nationally with respect to vital issues like education, health, immigration, economic development, civic engagement and the environment.