Jason Acosta, Treasurer, serves as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Mr. Acosta is responsible for developing, cultivating and stewarding relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, other non-profits, K-12 school administrators, universities and profession leaders. He assists in developing the organization’s professional engagement strategy, including identifying the key, strategic community partners, around the nation, whose involvement would add significant value to HSF’s ongoing efforts, and ensuring that the approaches used to engage them, deliver clear and measurable outcomes.
Before being promoted to his current job, Mr. Acosta was HSF’s Senior Outreach Programs Manager, traveling across the country to manage HSF’s college preparation workshops in cities with large Hispanic populations. Prior to joining HSF, and before HSF acquired the Hispanic College Fund (HCF), he served as HCF’s Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Director of the Hispanic Youth Institute, Los Angeles, the predecessor to HSF’s Youth Leadership Institute.
He began his higher education at Montgomery College, where he participated in the competitive Montgomery Scholars Program, eventually earning the school’s Presidential Scholar Award. He subsequently transferred to Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Mr. Acosta was born and raised in Norwalk, California, the youngest of four brothers. His father was born in nearby Compton and his mother, in Los Angeles. His eldest brother was the first in his family to pursue a higher education and the person who inspired him to be bold and take chances in life.
Mr. Acosta and his husband, Alex, met while living in Long Beach, California and he credits with city with helping him to gain confidence in his true sense of self and identity. He and Alex now reside in nearby San Pedro, CA with their golden retriever, Lola.