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Ignacio Salazar Elected as Succeeding Chair of HACR's Board of Directors

SER – Jobs for Progress’ National President, Ignacio Salazar, Elected as HACR’s Board Chair

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2015 -- The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is pleased to announce that SER-Jobs for Progress’ National President, Ignacio Salazar, was unanimously elected as HACR's new Board Chair. His election took place on December 10, 2014 and will take effect in April 2015.

Salazar follows the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National President, Margaret Moran, who served for two years as board chair.

"On behalf of HACR's Board of Directors, congratulations to Ignacio Salazar on his election," Moran said. "Ignacio possess exceptional qualifications which will continue to strengthen HACR’s reach. His leadership experience, strong track record of advocacy, and his passion for our community will further aid in achieving HACR's mission" she added.

Salazar serves as president and CEO of SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., a national network of employment and training providers. The network is currently comprised of local SER affiliates in 17 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, providing services to more than one million persons annually. Prior to this position, Salazar served as president of the SER Metro Detroit Corporation and its subsidiaries in Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, and parts of Texas, until he left to assume leadership of the national office in 2001.

“I am honored and privileged to be elected Chairman of HACR’s Board of Directors during this important time in the history of our great nation,” said Salazar, “the need for effective dialogue and a deeper understanding of the value and richness that culturally diverse communities provide has reached its peak for corporations and society alike. The future strength of U.S. corporations and the private sector will be inextricably linked to strategic thinking, innovative product design, and diversity inclusion, which ultimately leads to greater economic prosperity for the entire nation."

Salazar added "we cannot have a strong America without a strong corporate sector, and we cannot have a strong corporate sector without including our society’s fastest growing segment. Our workers are an integral part of the solution and the key to our future. In this HACR will continue to go about the task of keeping our nation strong and vibrant.”

Also elected was MANA, A National Latina Organization President Amy Hinojosa as board secretary. MANA, A National Latina Organization is a national grassroots membership organization with chapters, individual members and affiliates across the United States.

Re-elected were Guarione Diaz, Cuban American National Council (CNC) president emeritus, as vice chairman and Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, president and CEO of Aspira Association, Inc., as treasurer.

Diaz served as president and CEO of CNC for three decades, retiring in 2013. Blackburn-Moreno oversees the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and Latino youths.

For additional information about HACR’s Board of Directors, click here.

About HACR

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation representing 16 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. To that end, HACR focuses on four areas of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.