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Jose A. Marquez - Leon

Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA)
National President, CEO, and Founder
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 as well as executive director of twelve LISTA Tech Council 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 Hispanic Trends Magazine Technology Trendsetter 2007, CCG Hispanic Engineer Magazines 100 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology and Business 2006-2008 & 2011, 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.
Before re-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 serves as Vice President of Strategic Channels for Mi8 Corporation and President of JAM III Communications Group- an e-business solution consulting firm assisting companies with their web strategies, security, and wireless communications.
A 30 plus 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. In 2011 he was appointed to the Federal communications Commission’s (FCC) Advisory committee for Diversity in the Digital Age where he continues to serve.
Jose graduated with an engineering degree from Kean College as 1981.
Previous Speaking Engagement
 USHCC Business Technology Workshop
 Microsoft Latino Affinity Group Convention
 Microsoft Vida Digital Latina
 Latinos and the Digital Divide
 CISCO Hispanic Network Annual Conference
 Technology and the Latino Market
 NYS Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
 CCG Hispanic Engineer Conference
Previous Media Appearances and has been Published
 Hispanic Business Magazine
 New York Times
 Telemundo 47
 Univision 41
 Washington Post
 Hispanic Trends Magazine
 Mundo Hispanico
 Wall Street Journal
Memberships
 National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)
 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
 Black Data Processor Association (BDPA)
 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
 NYS Federation of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 Aspira
 Latin American Association (LAA)
 Cuban National Council
 Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Advisory
Committee for Diversity in the Digital Age
Humanitarian Effort
LISTA also holds annual humanitarian initiatives to bring technology to
disadvantaged communities in rural cities and towns in the Dominican
Republic, and other South American countries. .