Gilbert Cisneros is the president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010.
Gilbert and his wife, Jacki, have since devoted their lives to philanthropy, initially leading them to make donations to their alma maters, The George Washington University and University of Southern California, to endow scholarships for Hispanic students. This was followed by endowing a scholarship with the Navy Supply Corps Foundation. They soon partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Their philanthropic journey eventually led the couple to form The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation in 2010, funding it with an initial $20 million.
Previously, Gilbert worked at Frito-Lay® as Shipping & Distribution manager, and Manufacturing manager. He also served as a Supply Officer in the U.S. Navy, completing both a Mediterranean and a Western Pacific Deployment. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He received a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University. He also holds an MBA from Regis University.
Gilbert currently serves on the Board of the Latino Donor Collaborative as well as a Trustee of the United States Navy Memorial. He also serves on the Southern California Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and as a member of the Advisory Council’s for the Dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Athletic Department at The George Washington University.
The lack of Hispanics with a college degree is something that needs to drastically change in the United States. By partnering with HSF we have been able to create a movement that supports access for Hispanics in our hometown, and provide college going students with a scholarship to help them reach their goal of a college education.