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Grupo 21 to recognize HHF’s Antonio Tijerino for his work in advocating and acting for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Rep. Ritchie Torres, Rapper PJ Sin Suela, and the late Miriam Cruz also will be honored

WASHINGTON, DC – Grupo 21 will host its 3rd Anniversary and DEIA Awards Ceremony and recognize Hispanic Heritage Foundation President and CEO Antonio Tijerino; the Honorable Ritchie Torres (D-NY); Physician, Author, and Rapper PJ Sin Suela; and the late Miriam Cruz, who served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Hispanic Affairs during the Carter Administration on January 10, 6 – 8 pm, at UnidosUS, 1126 16th St NW, Washington, DC, on January 10th.

“In only three years of existence, Grupo 21 has become a partner of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, submitted close to 200 candidates of Puerto Rican heritage to the Biden-Harris Administration, and have candidates serving in 14 agencies including the White House,” said Javier Cuebas, Chair and Founder of Grupo 21.  “But this work will not be possible if it wasn’t for outstanding past and present leaders who put their heart and soul into this work often risking their wellbeing and personal safety to ensure that every American no matter what his or her heritage is has a shot at the American Dream, which is why it’s our privilege to recognize this slate of Latino leaders who align with the purpose and values of Grupo 21’s mission.  Felicidades Congressman Torres, Antonio, PJ Sin Suela and, posthumously, the great Miriam Cruz.”

Nicaraguan-immigrant Tijerino is president and CEO of HHF, which is a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture through leadership where he designed a “malleable mission” to meet the needs and wants of the Latino community and present a value proposition to America. Tijerino’s innovative programs’ impact range from the border to Washington, DC, to Puerto Rico through Code as a Second Language, the LOFT Leadership Institute, Youth Awards, Charlas, tech-based, skills workforce development programs, advocacy for tech-equity, among many other award-winning programs including the first Latino-themed Minecraft game.  Tijerino is also executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, which are broadcast on PBS.

Tijerino was honored with the “Ohtli Award,” which is the highest honor by government of Mexico outside of Mexico; “Lifetime Achievement Award” by National PTA; Hispanics in Philanthropy “Giver Award;” “Vision Award” by Silicon Valley Latino Leadership; MALDEF “Human Rights Award;” Telemundo’s Community Service Award;” “Civilian Impact Award” by US Army;  and several “Bravo Awards,” among others.  He was recognized by FWD.US for his work with migrant families on the border and in communities as well as in home countries.

Tijerino is recognized as an Influencer on LinkedIn and was selected as “Top 10 Voices on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” on the platform.  His blogs and media presence have made him a national voice on various issues including DEIA, identity, immigration, creativity, and calls to action.  He is known for tagging the term “Impatient Activism” and “Actionable Leadership” sits on various Boards and Advisory Groups.   He also hosts the award-nominated podcast Fritanga featuring Latino leaders.

Grupo 21’s mission is to help provide potential qualified candidates interested in public service, with the tools and resources needed to apply for positions in the Executive Branch as political appointees, career Civil or Foreign Service members, or to serve in Commissions or Boards and meets monthly with the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. After Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico last September, Grupo 21 hosted weekly calls with more than 100 government agencies and nonprofit groups who shared their emergency relief efforts in the archipelago of Puerto Rico and identified opportunities for collaboration amongst participants.  To learn more about Grupo 21, please visit: or

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