County Chicano Federation Announces Appointment of New CEO


The Chicano Federation of San Diego County announced the appointment Wednesday of community advocate Nancy Maldonado as its CEO.

Maldonado, whose appointment was effective Jan. 11, had served as senior program director, chief operating officer and interim CEO since joining the organization in 2017. She succeeds longtime CEO Raymond Uzeta, who oversaw the organization for more than 20 years.

“This year marks a defining moment for the Chicano Federation as we celebrate 50 years of service to the San Diego community,” said Chicano Federation Board Chairman Mario Sierra. “As we look forward to our future, the board knew we needed an exceptional leader with the vision and heart to propel the Chicano Federation forward, and that person is Nancy Maldonado.”

In addition to her duties with the Chicano Federation, Maldonado serves on the California Alternative Payment Program Association Public Policy Committee and the San Diego County Child Care and Development Planning Council.

She was the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s director of community health before joining the Chicano Federation.

In her new role, Maldonado will oversee the organization’s programs focusing on childcare for infants and toddlers, healthy eating habits and helping working families find affordable housing.

“I’m honored and humbled to continue my work with the Chicano Federation board, staff, volunteers and supporters as we work together to provide access to vital and often life-changing services and programs to thousands of children and individuals in our community,” Maldonado said.

Rosy Cano