The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) has announced Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, JD, CFRE, as its new chief executive officer. He joined AG Bell at its national headquarters in Washington, DC, on April 1.
“AG Bell is delighted to welcome Emilio Alonso-Mendoza to its community,” said AG Bell President Donald M. Goldberg, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA in a press statement. “His comprehensive experience, proven leadership track record and deep passion for positive change will help AG Bell move forward in its mission to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.”
“I am honored to join AG Bell and look forward to supporting the organization’s mission which has never been more relevant,” said Alonso-Mendoza. “We will build upon AG Bell’s long and distinguished historic work to inform families, build communities, prepare professionals, and raise awareness that people with hearing loss can listen and talk.”
According to AG Bell, Alonso-Mendoza is an innovative and results-oriented leader. Most recently, Alonso-Mendoza served as the president and CEO of Take Stock in Children, a statewide initiative in Florida to enable motivated low-income students to earn a college degree by providing them with scholarships and a volunteer adults mentor.
Prior to that, he spent 6 years as the president of the Catholic Community Foundation where he oversaw the operations of the $120 million foundation. He also raised the organization’s profile and led all the development efforts of the 3-county Archdiocese of Miami, including 115 parishes and 88 schools.
For 4 years, Alonso-Mendoza led the Children’s Home Society of Florida, a statewide human service organization, where he served as president of its foundation and chief development officer responsible for all phases of development, public relations, planned giving, major gifts and political advocacy.
From 1991 until 2000, he served as CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation opened and funded 52 centers for research throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia; 36 chapters; and over 900 patient support groups throughout the United States. He also worked with advocates and state legislators to fund the creation of five Parkinson’s diagnostic and treatment clinics.
Alonso-Mendoza is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. He currently serves on the board of directors at Children’s Home Society Foundation, Leadership Learning Center, St Vincent de Paul Seminary and the League Against Cancer, among others. Alonso-Mendoza received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the same institution. He also holds a professional credential as a Certified Fundraising Executive from CFRE International.
Source: AG Bell