Linda Mazon Gutierrez, President and CEO of the Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC), was named as the 2015 honoree of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) Heroes of Education award. This award, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is given yearly to a champion of public Education in Arizona and recognizes the personal and professional commitment to support Maricopa Community College students and educational opportunities.
Since 2006, Mrs. Gutierrez and the HWC have successfully partnered with the Maricopa Community Colleges ACE (Achieving a College Education) program and have come together to provide scholarships for ACE graduates. Mrs. Gutierrez has served as the congressional and state legislative liaison on health care issues for the State of Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for 25 years and prior to her retirement in 2007 from state government served as the liaison to the National Governor’s Association in Washington D.C. Mrs. Gutierrez is married to former Senator Jaime Gutierrez and together they have four children.
The Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner honoring Mrs. Gutierrez will be held April 16, 2015 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Since 2006, this event has raised over $1 million in scholarship funds to support the Maricopa ACE Program, the Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) matching scholarship fund and the general scholarship fund. More than 650 community and business leaders are expected to attend and more than $250,000 in sponsorships is expected to be raised.