Alberto B Mendoza is the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists which has over 2,175 members throughout the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Alberto oversees NAHJ’s fundraising, NAHJ’s National Conference and manages key partnerships with Network Executives, Foundations and Corporate Partners. He also oversees NAHJ’s Operations, annual budget and develops strategic initiatives and partnerships.
Prior to joining NAHJ, he served as the Western Regional Vice President with Jumpstart, an early childhood education nonprofit organization. With a team of 50 regional staff they served over 3300 children from low-income communities in partnership with 1100 college students from 17 universities. Alberto’s background in wealth management with his position as Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development for Floe Financial Partners, has been a large influence on his approach and success to his fundraising experience.
Additionally, Alberto has served as the President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA), a California policy and advocacy organization, where he was the first Latino leader to run a statewide environmental organization. During that time he was named a “Leader of the Future” by Spanish language newspaper La Opinion, “Champion of Clean Air” by Latino Leaders Magazine and United States Senator Barbara Boxer honored Alberto with the first ever U.S. Environmental Leadership Award.
He was also the founding Regional Executive Director for the Drug Policy Alliance- Southern California and has led programs for Girl Scouts USA, Public Counsel and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
In 2013, he founded Honor 41 an online non-profit organization that promotes positive Latin@ LGBTQ role models through social media and storytelling with an annual reach of 350,000-500,000 people.
Born in Mexico, Alberto was raised in Puerto Rico and later San Diego. He moved to the Los Angeles area where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.