The Diversity Leadership Institute fundamentally believes that effective organizational leadership in any setting is shared-leadership. Therefore, while DLI's Chief Executive Officer will maintain the traditional leadership roles and responsibilities, members of the DLI management team will also be given project, client and initiative leadership roles matching their expertise and experience. Similarly, all DLI team members will share tasks related to identification of OFCs, strategic project design and solution generation.

Jorge Adrian Naranjo
Jorge Adrian Naranjo
President & CEO

Jorge A. Naranjo has held various leadership positions in both private and non-profit organizations. In 2008, he became Vice President of Operations and Strategy for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options, a national education organization. In 2001 he was Manager of Operations & Marketing for the Center for Community Educational Excellence at the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Most recently, he was named Director of Operations for AVINA Americas, an organization which supports sustainable development in Latin America.

In 2008, drawing on his extensive background in business and his ongoing work with nonprofit organizations, Jorge A. Naranjo formed AVANTI Small Business Consulting, LLC. His firm is dedicated to helping small business with strategic planning solutions in the fields of marketing, operations and financial management. , He then co-founded the AVANTI Strategy Group, LLC – a company providing strategic consulting services to organizations and small businesses that serve the Hispanic community. In 2009 Naranjo co-founded the Diversity Leadership Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement in educational achievement and healthcare disparities in underserved communities.

Naranjo is a founding member of the Hillcrest School Health-based Advisory Committee, a health initiative from the Maryland Health Department and Frederick County Public Schools, and also sits on the Maryland Department of Education English Language Learner's (ELL) Advisory Board.

A native of Bogota, Colombia Naranjo holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland specializing in Business Planning & Strategy Development. He completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, specializing in Marketing. As part of his studies at the University of Maryland, he participated in an international program at the University of Antwerp in Belgium with travels to Belgium and Slovenia. He currently lives in Frederick, Maryland with his two sons, Sebastian and Felipe.

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