Edgar A. Sandoval serves as the Chief Operating Officer for World Vision U.S..
Throughout his career he has played a leading role in inspiring the organization to consider what it is like to walk in the shoes of consumers with diverse backgrounds. He has been an ongoing force in advancing diversity and inclusion and has had a profound impact on business culture and beyond. In 2009, he received the Hispanic TV Lifetime Achievement Award (Past recipients include, Sabado Gigante Host, Don Francisco; Al Rojo Vivo, Maria Celeste Arraras; El Show de Cristina, Cristina Saralegui and Sportscaster, Andres Cantor) and was inducted into the prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame (Past recipients include, Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO – AT&T Mobility). In 2009, he also received the AdColor/Association of National Advertisers Diversity Change Agent Award.
Prior to joining World Vision U.S., Mr. Sandoval worked at The General Electric Company, an American multinational corporation where he had varying manufacturing and supply chain assignments, including production planning and quality control.
Mr. Sandoval was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Venezuela. After completing high-school, he returned to the East Coast to complete his higher education. A graduate of Rutgers University, he earned dual degrees with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1989, and in 1994 earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association of National Advertisers, and on their Alliance for Family Entertainment Committee.
Mr. Sandoval resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Leiza Marie and four children, Edgar Andres, Andrea, Natalia, and Cristina.
In my 20 year career building some of the world’s most iconic Brands I have met a vastly diverse set of people, the world’s consumers, from the modest neighborhoods in Mumbai and South Africa to the luxury skyscrapers of Shanghai and Sao Paulo, to the barrios and bodegas in Mexico and New York City. But despite the visible differences, I fundamentally believe there are more powerful commonalities: young people everywhere desperately want the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential and quietly yearn for someone to believe in their dreams. Unfortunately too many dreams are never pursued due to a lack of educational opportunity. That is why I am so proud to be serving on the HSF Board of Directors. As an HSF scholar I know first-hand the impact this visionary organization had in helping me fulfill my dreams and one of my deepest desires is to enable more young Hispanic Americans to pursue a higher education so they too can fulfill their dreams. As a result, our communities, our economy and our country will be stronger for generations to come.