HF President Lillian Rodriguez Lopez to Leave After Successful Seven Year Tenure
On Monday, January 30, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Federation announced the departure of its President Lillian Rodriguez Lopez on February 17, 2012 to assume a new position with The Coca Cola Company. In making the announcement, Chair of the Board Cristina Schwarz stated, "Lillian has made immense contributions to the Hispanic Federation during her seven year tenure as President and her sixteen year career with us. Her advocacy and untiring work on behalf of the Latino community has built a lasting legacy in New York and across the country. She leaves the Federation in a strong position. Thanks to her leadership and the commitment of our Board of Directors and staff, the Federation is well positioned for continued growth in New York, the Northeast region and in Washington D.C. We will miss her but wish her continued success."
Lillian Rodriguez Lopez stated, "It has been my greatest honor to lead a premier organization like the Hispanic Federation. The Board of Directors, staff and entire membership network is of the highest caliber and deeply committed to enhancing the lives of the Latino community. I will always cherish my time at the Federation and the many supporters and funders who so deeply believe in our mission and champion our work. I will continue to support the Latino community in my new role in the private sector.
Jose Calderon will be named interim President during the formal search process to be conducted by the Board. Mr. Calderon has been with the organization for eleven years and currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Programs and Policy, the second highest ranking position at the Federation. Mr. Calderon has spearheaded critical programs and initiatives during his tenure at the Federation including the recently announced Lumina Foundation grant award, a four year project focused on Latino college retention and the 2011 award-winning Latino anti-homophobia campaign.