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President, Northwest Region (Bay Area)

I move forward with a strategic, positive collaborative plan and a determination to keep dreams alive even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.



Ed Vargas is an international speaker-author-consultant active throughout his career with  diversity, equity, inclusion, employee resource groups, strategic planning, marketing,  leadership and collaborations with community groups that make a difference. After 10+ years  of Digital Program Management at AT&T, Ed’s passionate about the Ethical and Humane Use  of Tech for Social Good impacts. First in his family to attend college, with B.S.C., J.D. from  Santa Clara University, executive mgmt. publishing programs at Cornell and Northwestern. 

Current Roles: 

President, Vargas & Associates, a strategic planning, marketing & communications consulting group. Head of the Latinx and Employee Resource Group Practice, CTR Factor, DE&I minority owned consulting firm.  Mentor with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University. 

Community Leadership Advisory Board, Latinx Research Center, Santa Clara University. HLX+ President of the Northwest Region.

bbbbModerator, “Impacts of Tech and the Future of Work,” Creo En Ti Summit, Santa Clara University, 2019 Panelist, Diversity Roundtable, Debate on Race in the Workplace, Harvard University Speaker at US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, Personnel Management Association of  Aztlan National Conference, National Hispanic Employees Association 1996 Breaking Barriers Conference. 

Hispanic, Diversity Leadership Experience: 

Contributing author, The Hispanic Journey, Stories of Leadership, Tenacity and Grit 

Contributing author, Hispanic Stars Rising, The New Face of Power, Vol. I. 

Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T 

Started as Diversity Marketing Manager, Hispanic Market. Helped start the HACEMOS ERG High Tech Day,  STEM workshops for local high school students, now the annual HACEMOS flagship national event. As  HACEMOS ERG National EVP Community Outreach launched HACEMOS Latino Diversity Stories on YouTube to  generate awareness of members’ success stories focusing on what we have in common vs negative  stereotypes.  

AT&T’s IT Service Excellence Award and the POTUS Volunteer Service Award each year, 2013-2017.  Voted “ERG Star for March 2015” as a role model for all AT&T ERGs.  

Publisher, Editor & Conference Director for a start-up International B2B publishing firm about nonwovens  technology. Expanded a North American conference presence to Japan partnering with C-Suite leaders.  

President, Vargas & Associates, a strategic planning, marketing & communications consulting group. Organizational Development Adjunct Professor at the National Hispanic University, San Jose.  Director Communications, Media Relations, World Affairs Council/Northern California Chairperson, Community Advisory Panel to Board of Directors at KQED 

President of Latinos in Communication, Bay Area Hispanic journalists, TV, radio employees. Acting President of the Hispanic Community Foundation, now the Latino Community Foundation.  

Ed is also a life-long musician, plays guitar and lives with his wife, Christine in Contra Costa County. 


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Economic Progress Pillar

Affordable Housing for Farmworkers, Ayudando Latinos A Soñar, Half Moon Bay, CA $34M project to complete in four years.

Ed and a team from ALAS partnered with Mercy Housing of CA to submit a response to the RFP from the City of Half Moon Bay for a city owned property at 555 Kelly Ave.

On July 17, the HMB City Council accepted the proposal to demolish the dormant house and garage and develop a 4 story, 40 unit affordable housing building with first floor to be the ALAS Farmworker Resource Center with a kitchen/pantry and conference rooms for training, education bilingual courses. Rent for farmworker families will be at very low income levels. The Resource Center will serve the residents and the coastside farmworker community.

"HLX+ people can work through challenges to be anything they want to be with the right motivation, planning, familia priorities and a commitment to life-long learning."

-Ed Vargas

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