Jorge Baldor, Commissioner // Business Development Committee Chair
Jorge Baldor was born in Havana, Cuba and lives in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a BA in History (’93). Mr. Baldor chairs the business development committee on DHA’s Board of Commissioners.
Jorge has traveled to over 65 countries and has been an advocate for education and social causes locally, nationally and internationally. He was recognized by the Innocence Project and named an “Amigo de Centroamerica” by Presidente Cerezo’s Fundacion Esquipulas in Guatemala.
In 2015, he was a founder of The Latino Center for Leadership Development. He most recently founded Mercado369 in the heart of Oak Cliff, a community art center and cafe reflecting the rich culture and history of Latin America from Mexico to Argentina.
Jorge has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a feature as Dallas’ New Latino Leaders by D Magazine. In 2016 he was named by D CEO Magazine as Outstanding Latino Advocate and in 2018, he was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year. He was most recently awarded the OHTLI Award by the Mexican government, which is the highest recognition given by the government to an individual living outside of Mexico for elevating Mexican culture abroad.
After8toEducate, an umbrella organization he founded, is a collaborative effort bringing together community engagement, philanthropists and foundations to address the homeless youth population in North Texas. After8toEducate is converting Fannie C. Harris, a former elementary school in South Dallas, into a 35-bed shelter for homeless high school students. In conjunction, they will be opening a 24/7 drop-in facility for all homeless youth ages 14-21 that will open November 2018.
He is the incoming Chair of World Affairs Council of Dallas Ft. Worth and is also active on the SMU Dedman Executive Board, SMU Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board and other Boards including the Social Venture Partners Dallas, the Parkland Foundation Board, Goals for Dallas 2030, and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.