Jose A. Marquez-Leon is the National President, CEO, and Founder of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA). In this role he serves as lead advocate on state and federal issues related to the role of Latinos in the technology sector. He is also charged with coordinating organization-wide strategic planning for LISTA initiatives and is executive director of 15 LISTA TechLatino Councils nationwide.
Since LISTA’s inception the organization has developed programs to take our community from the “schoolroom to the boardroom.” These programs are designed to introduce technology into classrooms, encourage information technology and science professions among young adults, facilitate technology-related professional development through certification training and job-matching programs, leverage online communications for continued collaboration, and recognize Latinos within the IT industry that are making a difference.
Given his leadership in the Latino community, Jose Marquez-Leon has received several achievement awards including Politics 360 GameChangers Award, Hispanic Trends Magazine Technology Trendsetter 2007, CCG Hispanic Engineer Magazines 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology and Business 2006-2014, USHCC East Coast Chamber of the Year Award representing Region 5, NYSCHCC Chamber of the Year Award 2005, Greater NY Chamber of Commerce of the Year 2005, National Hispanic Achievers Award 2004, New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Member of the Year 2004, Greater NY Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year 2003, among others. In 2008 Mr. Marquez was appointed to the by President Barack Obama to serve on FCC Committee on Digital and Media Inclusion.
Before founding LISTA in 2004, Jose was Chief Architect and founder of Hispanics in Information Technology and Telecommunications (HITT) where he brought to light the lack of Latino presence in the United States IT and Telecom workforce. Prior to his role in establishing LISTA and HITT, he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Channels for Mi8 Corporation and President of JAM III Communications Group– an ebusiness solution consulting firm assisting companies with their web strategies, security, and wireless communications.
A 25 year veteran of the telecommunications industry Jose Marquez has held various senior positions from implementation and sales engineering to channel development and internet policy, at companies such as Sprint, MCI, AT&T, Global Crossing and Mi8.
Jose graduated with an engineering degree from Rutgers University as 1981.
About TechLatino: Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association
Through its network of nearly 15 affiliated community-based councils, association and partnerships with non-profit organizations, LISTA advocates on behalf of the millions of Latinos in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South America and Spain. To achieve its mission, LISTA conducts workshops and seminars, national business series, research, policy analysis, and technology awareness programs in order to provide a Latino perspective in many key areas in technology — development of the 21st century workforce, Coding, health information technology, STEAM education, employment/economic status, business development and broadband . In addition, it provides workshops and training to technology professionals and students in health it, big data and other technology opportunities for individuals small businesses and families. Helping Close the digital divide and giving opportunity to all.