Orson Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Greenlining Institute (Greenlining), one of the nation’s largest and most successful multi-ethnic public-policy non-profits in the country. Greenlining works to bring the American Dream within reach of all communities, regardless of race or income. Because people of color will be the majority of our nation’s population by 2040, Greenlining believes that America will prosper only if communities of color prosper.
Founded in 1993, Greenlining conducts research, advocates for better public policies, and trains young leaders. Greenlining has expertise on a variety of major policy issues, including the economy, environment, energy, telecommunications, health, and electoral issues. Greenlining runs one of the nation’s most successful leadership programs targeting tomorrow’s leaders.
Orson’s leadership has been featured in major media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Univision, Telemundo, La Opinion, NPR, Politico, The Huffington Post and many others news outlets. He meets regularly with major Fortune 100 CEOs and with many of our nation’s political leaders. Orson has been recognized by the New Leaders Council, Latino Leaders Magazine, La Opinion, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and Silicon Valley Latino.
Orson’s passion is fueled on his experiences growing up in the immigrant and working class neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. He attended U.C. Santa Cruz and received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Orson is a product of Greenlining’s leadership academy. He is also a former PPIA Fellow and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow. Orson lives in Oakland, CA with his wife Claudia, and their three children, Emilio, Nayeli, and Danilo.