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Ernesto Nieto
Born October 6, 1940 (1940-10-06) (ageĀ 81)
Houston, Texas
Occupation Founder & President
National Hispanic Institute
Nationality American
Notable works Third Reality: Crafting a 21st Century Latino Agenda
In the Midst of a Latino Leadership Crisis
Notable awards Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Texas Wesleyan University
Meritorious Service Award & Distinguished Alumnus for Southwestern University,

Ernesto Nieto (born October 6, 1940) is the creator of the National Hispanic Institute. He has served as President since the organization's creation in 1979.


Ernesto Nieto was born in Houston, Texas. He went to Jefferson Davis High School and entered the University of Houston on an athletic scholarship. Nieto later went to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1964 with a specialization in special education. After working on his graduate degree at the University of Houston, he served in various management jobs in both the state and federal government.

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