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Esther Aguilera

Esther Aguilera is a 2X CEO and 2X executive director. She is known for charting new  paths as an enterprise builder, executing strategic business plans and leading high  performing teams. For over 30 years, Esther has forged hundreds of strategic  partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, search firms and  private equity to positively impact DEI, ESG, and the leadership landscape.  

Esther has had the honor of working in leadership roles with the nation’s most powerful  leaders, including Members of Congress, Cabinet Members, Corporate Directors and CEOs, and non-profit and association leaders. She brings deep experience and  understanding of the intersection of the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.  

As former President & CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), Esther led LCDA’s growth and rapid expansion, changing the game and conversation of  inclusion on corporate boards. She launched the BoardReady Institute and was  executive producer of the annual LCDA Board Leaders Convening. Under her leadership  membership increased 10X, funding increased 10X, and she grew the high performing  team from two to 16 staff members. 

Today, Esther is advancing equitable wealth creation and promotes leadership development. She is senior advisor for Altura Capital, a private equity and private debt  social impact firm, and on the Advisory Board of Angeles Investors. She is also a senior  advisor for ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professional for America, developing  programming for ALPFA’s senior-most members. Founded in 1972, ALPFA is the largest  Latino professional organization in the United States, with 115,000+ members, 167  student chapters, and 38 professional chapters nationwide. Esther serves as Vice Chair 

of the Thirty Percent Coalition Board of Directors, a Board Member of the Women  Business Collaborative (WBC), and faculty for Competent Boards — based in Canada. 

Other past roles include President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute  (CHCI), a leadership development organization where she changed the life trajectory of  thousands of young people; Executive Director (SES level) of the Department of Energy office of supplier diversity; and Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) LinkedIn profile.  

Esther contributes thought leadership on ESG and corporate governance. She was  recognized by Diligent as a 2022 Modern Governance 100 Honoree and served on the  inaugural advisory council of NACD’s Center for Inclusive Governance. Esther has  appeared as speaker at leading business forums, including the Bloomberg Equity  Summit, The Financial Times ODX conference, NACD Global Summit, CNBC‘s Equity &  Opportunity Forum, and the SIM Executive Leadership Retreat, among others. Plus, her  work has been featured in Bloomberg, LA Times, WSJ, the Sacramento Bee, USA Today,  and Reuters, among others.