Mary Ann Gomez Orta is the President & CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). The CHLI vision of advancing the Hispanic community’s diversity of thought aligns with Mary Ann’s motto that diverse points of view create exponentially better results for all.
She is a former corporate marketing executive with Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation, a national alliance development consultant with the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, and a Hispanic accounts business development executive with public relations firms.
Mary Ann has served on local, regional, and national non-profit boards focused on education, small business and health since graduating from college. Currently, she serves on boards of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, American Latino Veterans Association and is a national advisor for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.
Personal leadership development is one of her passions. She completed an ontological coaching program by Accomplishment Coaching, is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Trainer, a Business Etiquette Trainer and has completed courses by the Center for Creative Leadership and The Aspen Institute.
Mrs. Orta is a teacher at heart. She has taught at American University, University of Phoenix, and Heald College. In addition, she earned a B.A. in Communications at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and an M.B.A. at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
Gomez Orta is extremely proud of her parents. Her father is from Michoacán, Mexico, and her mother is from Brownsville, Texas. They raised five children while working in the fields of California’s Central Valley and encouraged and watched as all five earned undergraduate degrees and two went on to obtain master’s degrees.