As the CEO and President of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Cid Wilson has dedicated himself since 2014 to advancing Hispanic inclusion in corporate America. Wilson directs programs and initiatives that encourage Fortune 500 companies to increase Hispanic representation in areas such as employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance.
On Thursday, February 21, Wilson will visit the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University to deliver a presentation on advancing the importance of increasing Hispanic representation in corporate America. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
“I want our Hispanic students to see that who they are is an asset, that they are a valuable resource, that they have a space at the table and that their contributions are needed,” says event organizer, assistant vice president for Hispanic Serving Initiatives and professor of Family Science and Human Development Katia Paz Goldfarb. “I am sure that Wilson’s story will resonate with all of our students.”
A Dominican American who was raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Wilson graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 with a degree in economics. As a college student, he worked for free in a brokerage firm mailroom to get his foot in the door. He was eventually named Forbes #1Specialty Retail Analyst in 2006.
Since its founding in 1986, HACR has become one of the nation’s most influential advocacy organizations, representing 12 national Hispanic organizations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Wilson draws on more than two decades of corporate finance and Wall Street equity research experience to direct HACR research initiatives, as well as an array of programs and events designed to support a growing network of Hispanic professionals and corporate partners.
Wilson currently serves and supports the broader Hispanic community through board memberships with noted minority advocacy groups, such as Dominicans on Wall Street; LatinoJustice PRLDEF; and UnidosUS. He is the former national president of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR); former vice chairman of the board of trustees for Bergen Community College; a past trustee ambassador to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges; a former member of the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) National Board of Directors; and a Gold Life Member of the NAACP.
Appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission that proposed construction of a new Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Wilson continues to lead advocacy efforts at sustaining Congressional support for the museum’s completion as Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino board chair.
“Events like this – and our event hosting New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy at the Latina Equal Pay Day in November – support the fact that Hispanics are an integral and vital component of American Society,” says Goldfarb. “It also supports the University’s commitment as a U.S. Department of Education designated Hispanic-Serving Institution to preparing the bilingual workforce of the future.”