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 and dedicated to increasing the number of Latinos on corporate boards.
Esther an accomplished executive with a 25-year record of success in a variety of disciplines and sectors, including a consultant to Fortune 100 companies, senior advisor to Cabinet and Congressional Members, federal senior executive, non-profit CEO, and Capital Hill legislative director.
Until October 2015, Esther served a President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for 11. Under her leadership, the organization doubled its revenue, expanded its scope and reach, elevated the brand, and tripled the size of its premier leadership programs. She transformed lives and opened new pathways to opportunity and success 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 Trustee 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 University Corporate Governance Executive Program. 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.