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Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Antonio Tijerino joins the University System of Maryland Foundation Board

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

BALTIMORE, MD – The University System of Maryland Foundation has announced that Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) President and CEO Antonio Tijerino has been appointed to its Board of Directors along with Christine Chandler, Frank Islam, Sang Oh, and David Vahos.

Tijerino, who lives in Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and currently serves on the UMD Smith School of Business Advisory Board, and UMD Center for the History of the New America, along with other local and national Boards.

“The USM Foundation is thrilled to have five new members on our Board of Directors whose diversity of experience makes them excellent additions to an already robust and dedicated board,” said USM Foundation President and CEO Leonard Raley. “Antonio Tijerino is a passionate Terrapin who has first-hand experience with the transformative qualities of higher education in the state of Maryland. We are proud to have him on our Board and we believe his life experience, perspective, and community connections will greatly enhance our mission.”

Tijerino has led the national nonprofit HHF for 18 years, which focuses on education, workforce, leadership, and culture through service and innovation. Under Tijerino, HHF is recognized as a creative, agile, impact-focused organization boasting a vast network of Latinx leadership mobilized in the tech and STEM fields, entrepreneurship, finance, media, advocacy and other priorities for America. Tijerino also serves as executive producer of the star-studded Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, which are broadcast on PBS stations. HHF’s dynamic programs have been recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits, and the Government of Mexico. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami (Visit

Prior to HHF, Tijerino worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, and Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe under the Young & Rubicam umbrella.

About the USM Foundation

The USM Foundation and its Board advocates and supports the advancement of public higher education in Maryland through visionary leadership in philanthropy, asset management, and stewardship. In FY 19, the Foundation’s assets under management totaled $1.5 billion and the Foundation invested on behalf of 23 higher education partners.




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