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Elisa Juarez Joins HHF’s Board of Directors

Isla Martinez

Marketing and PR Coordinator


Past Recipient of Nonprofit’s Youth Award Goes Full Circle with the Organization

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced Elisa Juarez has joined the 30-year-old nonprofit’s Board of Directors after being a recipient of the organization’s Youth Award in 2001.  Juarez, who is based and grew up in Miami, went on to graduate with honors from Brown University with a dual degree in Biology and Latin American Studies and earned an MBA from the IAE business school.  Throughout the last 16 years, Juarez maintained a close relationship with HHF as an advisor to the president and at one point managed their LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Source program before joining Target in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) division.

“In 2001, I was honored to join the Hispanic Heritage Foundation famila as a Youth Award winner,” said Juarez.  “Since then, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation has invested in me and helped me develop into the Latina leader I am today. I have built incredible relationships through the HHF LOFT network, and directly seen the impact it has on the lives of Latino students and young professionals across the country. I am proud to take on this role of service to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation alongside an incredible, diverse group of thought leaders and look forward to continuing to elevate HHF’s work.”

At Target, Juarez has helped shape Target’s corporate philanthropy strategy by building innovative new solutions in the CSR space adding value to the entire chain, benefitting various stakeholders and meeting the needs of Target’s businesses. She identifies, funds, and evaluates grantees based on performance analysis, social return on investment and fit with Target’s priorities. She also identifies, establishes, and refines methods for quantifying the impact of grantee organizational services with reference to current research and monitor grantee performance through analysis of outcome data, grantee reports and site visits to provide ongoing consultation to program leadership as needed. She also provides support to group field leadership in localized giving, board replacement and meeting team member volunteer goals.

Outside of the office, Juarez is actively engaged in her community as a long-time member of Rotary International as well as working on various international humanitarian efforts including access to clean drinking water, economic development for women and literacy across the globe.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s year-round, award-winning programs inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the Latino community.  For more information on the mission of HHF visit