LATINA Style is delighted to announce 2015 Advocate of the Year for Phoenix, AZ
Linda Mazon Gutierrez
Linda Mazon Gutierrez is President and CEO of the Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC) which hosts over 2000 Latina women and students for every year at the largest professional and leadership institute in the nation. In this role, Linda oversees the awarding of 50 scholarships to university and high school students seeking Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctorates in Jurisprudence, Medicine and Epidemiology for Latino students. Over $380,000 in scholarships are awarded annually!
A native of Phoenix, now residing in Tucson, Arizona, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Education and Master of Arts Degree in Education: Counseling and Psychology from Arizona State University in 1972 and 1973 respectively. Linda completed her fellowship in 1992 with the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Ms. Linda Mazon Gutierrez served as a longtime government and health care official serving as the former legislative and congressional liaison for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) since 1982 and subsequently for the Governor’s Office as liaison on health care policy for the National Governor’s Association prior to her retirement from state service in 2007.
In 2007 Linda was elected Chair of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Affiliate Council based in Washington D.C. representing over 4 million Latinos across the United States and Puerto Rico. She was subsequently elected to the National Board of Directors in 2008 for a three year term.
Since 2005-2011, Linda served with the National Girl Scouts USA Board of Directors based in New York having been elected in 2008 to the executive office of Secretary of the National Board of Directors.
Linda serves on the advisory board of the ASU Morrison Institute of Public Policy
Linda served the Arizona Education Foundation board of directors from 2009-2011.
In 2008 she was appointed to serve in advisory capacity as one of forty national non-profit CEOs to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus by the Chair-Honorable Nydia Velasquez (New York) on issues pertaining to Latino policy and public impact.
She has also served as the elected Chair of the Board of Directors to the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) for four years. Prior to being elected chair of the board of directors, she served as NHLI Alumnae Chair for two years representing NHLI alumnae during this period.
She was awarded the 2004 National Foundation for Women Legislators Latina Leadership Award at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. for her work in the education of Latina women in political and public advocacy at a national level
Tucson Hispanic Woman of the Year for 2009 by the Hispanic Professional Action Committee.
Profiles of Success Hall of Fame Award in 2001
Outstanding Contributions for Women leading in the Twenty-First Century by Federal Women Employee’s Association in 2001
Leadership for New Millennium Award by the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County Hispanic Networks Association in 2001
Outstanding Humanitarian Hall of Fame Award as alumna of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998.
Mother of the Year by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.
Linda Mazon Gutierrez is married to former Senator Jaime Gutierrez. They have four children Frank, Alexis, Jaime and Christopher. ***