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: http://www.maof.org/