WASHINGTON, January 5, 2021 – The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) board of directors is pleased to announce the election of Ramiro Cavazos as board chair. Cavazos, the president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will serve for a two-year term effective January 1, 2021. Cavazos previously served as secretary on the board’s executive committee. Cavazos succeeds Mary Ann Gomez Orta, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), who has served as board chair since January 1, 2019, will continue to serve on the executive committee through December 31, 2021, and will remain on the board of directors.
“I’m deeply honored to have served as board chair for the last two years and look forward to continuing my work with the board of directors to support the organization’s mission,” said Gomez Orta. “I join the board in congratulating my friend and colleague Ramiro Cavazos in his new role. I’m confident that under his leadership, HACR will continue to experience the growth and mission-driven impact it has for the last 35 years.”
“I want to thank the HACR board of directors for placing its confidence in me to serve as the next chair, and I thank Mary Ann Gomez Orta for her leadership these last two years,” said Cavazos. “I’m enthusiastic about working with our coalition board and organizational leadership as we work to advance Hispanic inclusion in corporate America. Together, with our board, staff, and stakeholders, HACR will continue to make a positive difference in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance, our four pillars of corporate accountability.”
The board also elected Raquel Tamez, president and CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as the new vice chair, succeeding Amy Hinojosa, president and CEO of MANA – A National Latina Organization. Thomas Savino, president and CEO of Prospanica, was elected board secretary, succeeding Cavazos. Ron Blackburn-Moreno, president and CEO of ASPIRA, was re-elected as board treasurer.
“Being elected to serve as the vice chair of HACR’s board of directors is truly an honor,” said Tamez, who is also a 2008 alumnus of the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program. “With that honor comes a profound sense of responsibility to ensure the organization continues to be a national leader in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We have a real opportunity to raise the profile of Hispanic leaders and professionals and make a lasting impact, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Added Savino, “I look forward to serving as secretary on the HACR executive committee, as its mission has never been more important than it is today. The Latino community has made great progress, but we are still underrepresented in most areas of corporate America. HACR is at the forefront of the Hispanic inclusion movement, and I’m proud to do my part on this executive committee to create positive change.”
Long-time board member and returning treasurer Blackburn-Moreno stated, “I look forward to continuing my work with the board, the newly elected executive committee, and our president and CEO Cid Wilson to ensure the organization’s long-term financial health, and will use over 25 years of HACR board experience to strengthen our position as the premier organization for the inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America.”
“Our coalition board of Hispanic organizations is the foundation of HACR’s mission-driven impact,” said Cid Wilson, president and CEO of HACR. “My thanks to Mary Ann Gomez Orta and Amy Hinojosa for their board leadership over the last two years. Congratulations to Ramiro Cavazos as our new board chair and to all members of the 2021-2022 executive committee. I’m honored to work with a board of esteemed leaders who represent many of our nation’s most influential Hispanic organizations. We will continue to be an agent of change in the advancement of Hispanic equity in corporate America.”
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance. Through our corporate leadership advancement programs, Symposium best practice conferences, research initiatives, and public communications, HACR is illuminating The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™ throughout Corporate America.