SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 16, 2015) – The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, a leader in philanthropy and expert in public health and policy, has been appointed as our Chief Executive Officer. The LCF Board of Trustees is confident that Jacqueline will help take LCF to the next level and scale the accomplishments of the talented LCF team.
“Jacqueline is an experienced philanthropic leader with a deep understanding of Latino issues. She brings a real depth on issues related to equity and community health. She is a great fit to our organization, our ambitious vision and our talented staff” said Aida Alvarez, Chair of the LCF Board of Trustees.
Jacqueline’s commitment to service and the Latino community runs deep. Born in the predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights, Jacqueline’s childhood exposed her to the challenges of an under resourced urban neighborhood and inspired her to become a doctor. While working in a rural community of Yucatan, Mexico she was inspired by the power of community health workers and became committed to the critical work of informing policy to affect systemic and enduring changes to improve the wellbeing of communities.
Jacqueline has over 18 years of solid experience working with community leaders, policymakers, and foundations to bring about large scale, transformational changes that have impacted the lives of people. For the past 9 years, she helped launch and establish one of the largest statewide health foundations in New York.
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to join such an extraordinary Board and staff at a pivotal time of growth for Latinos in California. I look forward to partnering with leaders from across the State to push forward solutions that will bring about greater equity for Latinos in California. This is a historic time for Californians and a perfect opportunity to showcase how investing and elevating Latinos will benefit the economic vitality of the state and serve as a model for the rest of the nation,” said Jacqueline.
Jacqueline was the best choice from an impressive pool of highly qualified candidates. She brought the biggest vision and simultaneously the most humility,” said Arabella Martinez, Interim CEO.
About Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation inspires philanthropy, invests in Latino communities and leads transformative solutions for change. LCF believes in the generosity of Latino donors and the leadership of diverse Latino leaders. With initiatives like the Latino Giving Circle Network, LCF is igniting a new generation of Latino philanthropists and helping shape a new narrative of the Latino community. Since 2008, LCF has raised and invested more than $3.3M into 55 Latino-based originations in California. To maximize impact, LCF launched the California Latino Agenda to inspire civic engagement and to strengthen the Latino voice and participation in public policy. For more information about LCF visit: www.latinocf.org
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