leadership

Linda Xóchitl Tortolero

President & CEO

Linda is delighted to serve as President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the nation’s longest standing Latina organization. She has dedicated much of her professional career in fundraising, building strategic relationships, and organizational and program management in the nonprofit sector. Linda is responsible for carrying out Mujeres’ strategic plan to address effectively the immediate needs facing Latinas and their families. Under Linda’s leadership, Mujeres is a fierce advocate on key issues such as gender-based violence, women’s health and economic security, immigration, and reproductive justice. Moreover, Mujeres’ annual budget size has grown to $4.5M with over 60 employees. In 2019, Mujeres opened its third office in Brighton Park with its partner Esperanza Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and expanded its second office in North Riverside. She is a first-generation Mexican American and is a very proud Chicagoan. Linda serves on the Action Council of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Women’s Advisory Council and Gender Based Violence Implementation Taskforce of the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago. 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. In 2019, Chicago Community Trust presented Linda with its inaugural Fellowship Award for the Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellows program. She was awarded the 2020 Public Service Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Linda serves on the Board of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice.
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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.