leadership

Linda Xóchitl Tortolero

President & CEO

As of September 2017, Linda assumed the position of President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Accion. She is a highly regarded development and communications professional, having served most recently as the Director of Development at the Association House of Chicago. In her role, she was responsible of managing Association House’s 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. Previously, 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. In 2017, Linda served 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.

Linda has past curatorial experience as the co-curator of Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez and Mexican Chicago: Huellas fotográficas. She coordinated Crescendo Cultural, the first-ever task force of national young Latino art leaders and served as the lead writer and editor for its position report Thoughts and Recommendations for the Future of Latino Arts in the U.S. Linda also has been a member of Latinos in Development, New England Latinos in Philanthropy and the Planning Committee of Breakin’ It Down focused on increasing awareness and expanding networks for development professionals of color.

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, singing, watching soccer and documentaries, trying new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.

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Stephen R. Cornejo Garcia

Board Chair

Stephen Cornejo Garcia is the Director of Inclusive Diversity and Organizational Effectiveness. In this role he leads and executes the enterprise strategy around diversity and inclusion and oversees organizational effectiveness solutions designed to impact the people side of change and transformation. Under Stephen’s leadership the Inclusive Diversity Team  has been instrumental in advancing Allstate’s efforts to increase awareness and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, increase membership and engagement in ERGs, build cross-cultural competency of leaders, grow Allstate’s internal and external brand, and address business issues through creative and integrated solutions. The ID Team has played a critical role in helping the organization navigate and address systemic racism, social inequity, and unconscious bias through coaching, thought leadership and enhanced resources, such as the Antiracism Resource Center on Allstate’s employee intranet site.

Prior to his current role, Stephen was Senior Manager on the Organization Effectiveness (OE) center of expertise responsible for the design and delivery of OE solutions, management and development of consultants, and achievement of departmental goals. He served as lead OE consultant on several initiatives including Allstate’s Employee Value Proposition, Enterprise Talent Market (open posting process), and Sales and Service Customer Roadmap. 

Stephen has a proven track record of strong leadership throughout his career.  As a passionate and influential leader, he has demonstrated strength in creating an inclusive environment, bringing the best out in his teams, and delivering results. These leadership skills have been demonstrated in several department leadership positions within Allstate including Talent & Leadership Effectiveness, Technology & Operations, and Agency Sales. Prior to his career at Allstate, he held leadership roles at Bank of America and Arthur Andersen. 

Stephen has been actively engaged with professional and civic organizations. He has been a speaker for the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Youth Motivation Program where he shared his journey as a Latino professional who was the first member in his family to go to a university.  Stephen has also been a volunteer, member, and speaker with many organizations including Women Unlimited, ALPFA, HACE, the Organizational Development Network, the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council.  In addition to Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Stephen also serves on the board of Disability: IN Chicagoland, Illinois’ only business-led, business-focused organization that addresses specific needs relating to the inclusion of people with disabilities from a talent, customer, supplier diversity and community perspective.  He is also a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, the region’s premiere civic leadership development organization.