President & CEO
Esther Aguilera is President & CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association, the first association of U.S. Latinos serving on public or private company boards. In this role she brings together accomplished executives at the highest levels of corporate leadership to advance diversity in the boardroom. She is recognized as a social entrepreneur and turnaround specialist, leading scale-up, innovative change, and managing high performance teams.
Esther brings a 25-year record of success executing strategic business plans to drive organizational effectiveness, growth and impact. Esther served as President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for 11 years until 2015. Under her leadership, the organization doubled its revenue, expanded its reach, elevated the brand, and tripled the size of its premier leadership programs. She transformed lives and opened new pathways to opportunity for thousands of young people.
Esther’s previous positions included Principal with the Dewey Square Group, Senior Advisor & Director of Member Services at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Senior Advisor to Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza.
Esther is on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Education Foundation and previously served on the boards of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). She received the “Alumni Seal Award for Community Service” by her alma mater, Occidental College in 2010. Women of Wealth Magazine listed Esther as one of the “Nation’s Top 90 Female Mentoring Leaders.” She was inducted to the Royal Order of Queen Isabella by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for exceptional community service. Esther has been recognized as a top leader by Hispanic Executive, HispanicBusiness, and Hispanic magazines.
She has a BA in public policy from Occidental College and completed the Harvard Corporate Governance Executive Program in 2007. She was raised in Southern California and has resided in Washington, D.C., since 1990. She is a native of Mexico, is married with two boys.