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.
Kristen currently chairs the Board of Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Kristen is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, where she focuses her practice on the successful resolution of complex shareholder-related disputes, defense of SEC enforcement matters, and advising clients in sensitive litigation arising from business challenges. An honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Kristen is deeply involved in both firm and civic life. At Sidley, she is deputy head of the 150+ lawyer Litigation group in the Chicago office and Chicago Co-Chair of the firm’s Committee for the Assignment and Compensation of Associates. In addition to her service on the Mujeres Board, she is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2017) and actively supports Spark Ventures.