Leadership


Linda Xóchitl Tortolero, President & CEO

Linda is a highly regarded development and marketing expert, having served most recently as the Director of Development at the Association House of Chicago. In her capacity at the Association House, she was responsible of managing the daily operations for all fundraising and marketing activities. She built strategic relationships with stakeholders and created and executed the annual development plan in order to support the organization’s mission. Before this role, Linda served as the Special Projects Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art and as the Development Manager at Mujeres.

In addition to over a decade of fundraising experience, Linda brings a legal and policy background to her new role. In 2012, Linda was a Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—a one-year fellowship designed to provide individuals of color with a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic sector. Currently, Linda serves as the 2017 Chair of Fundraising Committee of Healing to Action which advances a worker-led movement to end gender violence in the workplace. Earlier this year, she was recognized by Negocios Now’s Latinos 40 Under 40.

Under Linda’s leadership, Mujeres will continue to advocate for, and address the immediate needs facing Latinas and their families. Serving alongside the incredible staff at Mujeres, she hopes to contribute to the future successes and collective efforts to shine a light on critical issues that face Latina women and their families in the Chicagoland area.

Linda has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Political Science and History of Modern Latin America and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She enjoys traveling, watching soccer and documentaries, trying new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.

Maribel Velázquez Gerstner, Board Chair

Maribel is Chief Operating Officer of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA), a nonprofit association dedicated to enhancing the retirement security of American workers. Maribel is responsible for financial and operational management, staff development and execution of strategic goals. Previously, Maribel was Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance at Combined Insurance with responsibility for its customer service, financial operations, agent compensation, retention, new business and underwriting teams. Prior to that, Maribel had a long career at Allstate Insurance Company in a variety of leadership roles. She was President & Chief Operating Officer of Allstate Financial Services, a retail broker dealer offering securities products to Allstate’s customers nationwide. Maribel was also Chief Compliance Officer of Allstate’s non-proprietary broker-dealers and a tax consultant on the Advanced Planning team. Prior to joining Allstate in 1993, Maribel was a Tax Manager with the personal financial planning group at Arthur Andersen & Co. where she provided comprehensive financial planning services to high net worth individuals and families.

Maribel is an active mentor to others, having benefited from participation in the Menttium 100 and Leading Women Executives programs.  Maribel has been on the Board of Directors of Mujeres Latinas en Acción since 2012, serving as Treasurer, Vice Chair and now Chair.

Maribel received her B.A. degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.  She has several professional designations including Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.  She holds Series 6, 7, 24, 26 and 63 securities licenses and received the Chartered Regulatory and Compliance Professional designation from the FINRA Institute at Wharton.