Oakland Raiders Honor Jacqueline Martinez Garcel with 2017 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 15th
Oakland, CA October 14, 2017 – The Oakland Raiders have selected Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), as the recipient of the 2017 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Jacqueline will be recognized for her relentless work to lift up Latino communities and unwavering commitment to create opportunities for youth to reach their highest potential. The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 15th at the Oakland Raiders versus Los Angeles Chargers game.
A visionary leader, Jacqueline has worked hard to pursue equity and use philanthropy as a catalyst for tangible and enduring social change. Today, she leads the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino communities. The mission of LCF is to unleash the power of Latinos in the state.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Latino families who courageously sacrifice their lives to give their children in opportunity to reach their dreams. Latinos embody the values and principles this country was founded on,” says Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. “Their work ethic, generosity, commitment to family and community, and their hunger for justice, has drawn us closer to the ideals that formed this great country.”
Under Jacqueline’s leadership, the Latino Community Foundation has built the largest movement of civically engaged Latino philanthropist in the nation. The Foundation has recently collaborated with tech giant Google.org to launch the first-ever Latino Nonprofit Accelerator to help scale Latino-led organizations across California. The Foundation also led the largest voter engagement campaign in 2016—reaching eight million Latinos. Most recently, the Latino Community Foundation launched funds to support immigrant families affected by the Northern California wildfires, as well as families displaced by the Mexico Earthquake and Puerto Rico Hurricane. To date, the Foundation has supported over 200 organizations and awarded over $5 million in grants to Latino-led groups in California.
“Each recipient is a role model and local hero. We appreciate the time and dedication each leader has devoted to making a difference,” said Jaime Weston, NFL Senior Vice President of Marketing.
As a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Award, Jacqueline has selected Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), as the recipient of a $2,000 grant. CURYJ, based in Oakland, is breaking the cycle of violence and poverty for youth impacted by the criminal justice system.
About Latino Community Foundation
The Latino Community Foundation exists to unleash the power of Latinos in California. The Foundation fulfills this mission by building a movement of civically engaged philanthropic leaders, investing in Latino-led organizations, and increasing political participation of Latinos in California. LCF is currently raising funds for Latino families affected by the Northern California wildfires, Mexico Earthquake and Puerto Rico Hurricane. For more information visit www.latinocf.org.