John Moreno-Escobar

John Moreno-Escobar, a native Colombian from Bogotá, is a social entrepreneur, community leader and executive innovator.  His passion is educational equity and universally equal access to higher education.  John was recently appointed to lead urban initiatives at the City University of New York (CUNY),  the largest urban public university in the country.  In this role, he leads several projects that focus on empowering minority students and brings them resources and initiatives from surrounding NYC to the university, which is composed of 24 campuses with more than 270,000 students.
He also founded the Colombian Education Fund (ColEF), an initiative to help Colombian students around the world access financial resources in order to fund their education.  Prior to, John founded Latino Youth for Higher Education Program, an organization that helps recently arrived Latino youth and families in the process of preparing, applying and paying for college in the US. Also during this time, he worked at New Futuro, where he created a multi-sector partnership model based on the collective impact model to increase the college retention and graduation rates of Latinos in the US.
In 2009, he graduated from the CORO ICLP Leadership Program.  In 2013, he was named one of the top Colombians abroad making a difference in the area of education.  In 2015, John was awarded the Latino Start Award for his work as an social entrepreneur in NYC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and a master’s in public administration for Baruch College/CUNY.