Senior Advisor, Altura Capital, ALPFA, Inc.; Former President & CEO, Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA)
Esther is a transformational leader known for driving impact and results as chief executive, with 30 years of success executing strategic business plans and leading high performing teams. A corporate governance leader recognized by Diligent as a 2022 Modern Governance 100 Honoree in the category of ESG, Diversity & Climate Trailblazer, Esther contributes thought leadership on the intersection of “S&G” of ESG serving on the Advisory Council of NACD’s Center for Inclusive Governance, a contributor to Competent Boards, Ceres governance oversight, among others. Esther has appeared as speaker at leading business forums, including the Bloomberg Equity Summit, The Financial Times ODX conference, NACD Global Summit, CNBC‘s Equity & Opportunity, the SIM Executive Leadership Retreat, among others.
She is immediate past President & CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), where she built the first and largest network of Latinos in the boardroom and C-suite and oversaw LCDA’s rapid expansion to become the premier resource for Latino talent primed for the boardroom. Esther accelerated the conversation of Latino inclusion in corporate governance and forged many new strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 organizations. She launched the BoardReady Institute and was executive producer of the annual Board Leaders Convening, which brings together directors, CEOs, and foremost experts on trending governance topics.
Esther brings deep experience and understanding of the intersection between the charitable, business, and government sectors. Has worked in leadership positions with the nation’s most powerful leaders, including Members of Congress, Cabinet Members, Corporate CEOs and Directors, as well as with non-profits and associations. Past roles included President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Senior Executive at the Department of Energy leading supplier diversity, and Congressional Legislative Executive Director.
Pia Heidenmark Cook
Senior Advisor, Teneo and Eurazeo Planetary Impact Fund; Advisory Board Member, Decathlon and The Do Group; Board Member, Bupa, Max Burgers and Origin Materials
Member of the Board of Trustees, EIRIS Foundation; Member of the Advisory Council at AMFORI