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Press Release – Dr. Cid Pinedo Named CEO of MAOF

March 21, 2022

Press Release – Dr. Cid Pinedo Named CEO of MAOF

Los Angeles, CA - Ciriaco "Cid" Pinedo, Ed.D., has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), one of the largest nonprofits in California, providing social services to over 125,000 people per year across seven counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Kern, and Monterey.

MAOF's previous President and CEO, Martin Castro, recently retired after 21 years in the role. His leadership helped transform MAOF, making it one of the most responsive and best-performing organizations serving California's diverse communities. Castro is committed to working with MAOF leadership to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

Pinedo begins his new role at MAOF on April 18, 2022. A respected executive and educator with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit, government, academic, business, and religious organizations, advocating and serving under-resourced communities, Pinedo was most recently the CEO of the Children's Fund, which served children experiencing poverty, abuse, and neglect. He previously served the President of the Hope Through Housing Foundation, the COO of the National Community Renaissance, and Associate Superintendent of Business Services and Economic Development for Chaffey Community College.

"MAOF's programs uplift the whole family, serving everyone from infants to seniors. We are thrilled to have Cid Pinedo at the helm, not only for the breadth of experience and perspective he brings, but also because he embodies the values, heritage, and history of MAOF," said Board Chair, Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian. "On behalf of the Board and the 875 dedicated employees of MAOF, we are grateful for the incredible legacy that Martin Castro has left and look forward to welcoming Cid as our new CEO."

The organization's leadership also acknowledges the strength, dedication and commitment of the senior team throughout this leadership transition and extends a special thanks to newly promoted Chief Operating Officer, Vicky Santos and Orlando Sayson, Chief Financial Officer.

Pinedo is an active and well-known volunteer and advocate for the community. He currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Fair Association Corporation, the Riverside Art Museum • Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and History, and the Luminarias Mental Health Services Institute. He is also a Commissioner for the San Bernardino County Housing Authority and a member of the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino.

"As the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, I feel it is my personal obligation to provide access and support to anyone who lacks the resources tO actualize their future story," Pinedo said. "As CEO of MAOF, I am very honored to work with the board, staff and all levels of the community to effectuate transformational change for families in California."

Pinedo holds a BA in Philosophy from St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo, a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Union Institute & University.

The appointment of Pinedo follows a thorough recruitment process overseen by MAOF in partnership with Envision Consulting a nonprofit consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York, specializing in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration and executive leadership transitions.

About the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation:

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is a non-profit, state-wide community-based organization that was established in 1963 by Founder Dionicio Morales to serve disadvantaged individuals and families in the Los Angeles area. Services provided include early education, Head Start/Early Head Start, child care subsidy programs, Alternative Payment Programs for low-income working parents, Resource and Referral Programs, Community Development Programs, Senior Programs, including a weekly Food Bank, and Job Training Programs. MAOF is one of the largest family services organizations in the United States and has achieved this status by providing high quality social services and programs to diverse communities where the need is the greatest. It currently operates in seven California counties with over 60 service locations and 875 employees. The annual budget exceeds $120,000,000. MAOF Website:

Teacher Assistant - MAOF Dionicio Morales (San Diego, County)

February 10, 2022

Teacher Assistant - MAOF Dionicio Morales (San Diego, County)

Title: Teacher Assistant
Program: MAOF Dionicio Morales (San Diego, County)
Salary Range: $16.15
Openings: 2 Positions
Status: Full Time
Closing Date:
Open until filled

Job Summary

To assist in the instruction and care of the children and to provide for adequate adult supervision of children. Under the supervision of the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant Assist in developing the social learning and physical skills of the children. Is required to assist the Teacher with the implementation of safety rules and supervise the children’s activities in order to ensure their safety.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Six (6) units in child development or early childhood education.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of classroom experience working in a pre-school/child care setting.  
  • Ability to communicate, both oral and written
  • Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others.
  • Ability to relate to diverse groups of people including low-income families.
  • Sensitive to others needs.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Sincere commitment to providing services to children and the community.
  • Ability to assess and respond quickly to varied situations.  

Special Qualifications

  • Must meet State health requirements: Must submit to a pre-employment physical examination and Tuberculosis (TB) clearance at the time of employment.
  • Must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of justice (DOJ).
  • Must submit to a flu vaccine once a year.
  • Must provide vaccination records for influenza, pertussis and measles, at the time of employment.
  • Must possess own vehicle at all times, a valid California Driver’s License and appropriate automobile insurance.
  • Mandatory First Aid and CPR Pediatric training certificate, which employee is responsible to maintain, as a condition of employment for the duration of their employment in this position.
  • Educational transcripts are required.
  • Bilingual (Spanish / English) preferred.

MAOF offers the following benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Accidental Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off, other supplemental benefits such as AFLAC, Credit Union Membership ad Discount tickets to Southern CA theme parks and attractions

For more information about MAOF, please visit our website at if interested please send resume to

Application Procedure Download an Employment Application.

How to apply: Click Here!

  • Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

National Canned Food Month

February 5, 2022

National Canned Food Month

In case you missed it, February is National Canned Food Month! It was created to reduce the stigmas and misconceptions associated with canned goods. Canned Foods are a popular choice among many of us and deserve to be celebrated. For years, can goods have been a proven method to help those in need, save money at home, and cut down on cooking time by using pre-packaged favorites. Canned products may be used to compliment a range of meals because of such variety and lengthy shelf life. MAOF will accept non-perishables and canned food donations at our headquarters, 401 N. Garfield Ave. Montebello, CA 90640, until February 28th.

Support National Canned Food Month by getting involved and giving back to our local community. We thank you for your incredible generosity!

2020 - 2021 Impact Report

February 1, 2022

2020 - 2021 Impact Report

A summary of MAOF's mission, programs, financials, and accomplishments during the Fiscal year.

Click here to view the 2020 - 2021 Impact Report.