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Laura Quintana

Vice President
Corporate Affairs

Laura Quintana joined Cisco in 1999 and currently leads the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) field operations worldwide. She and her team, based in 40 countries, help shape and drive public-private partnerships to design, implement, and operate strategic CSR programs around the world. These programs reach well over one million beneficiaries each year with annual in-kind contributions valued at over $200M USD.

Laura’s responsibilities include building partnerships and local management of Cisco’s largest and longest-running CSR program, the Cisco Networking Academy. The Networking Academy trains more than one million students annually in information and communication technology (ICT) and entrepreneurial skills, partnering with over 9,500 educational institutions in over 170 countries. In exit surveys of students completing the Cisco Certified Network Associate curriculum, 92% of respondents reported that participating in the Networking Academy led to job or educational opportunities.

Recently, Laura and her team successfully completed Cisco’s multi-year commitment to the Jordan Healthcare Initiative (JHI). She strategically collaborated with the Government of Jordan to provide thought leadership in technology enabled healthcare solutions that have benefited over 175,000 patients to date. She was instrumental in driving key projects that include tele-medicine, mobile health, clinical collaboration, and tele-radiology services, enabling quality healthcare services for remote and underserved communities.

Previously, Laura set the strategy and managed global offerings for the Cisco Networking Academy product portfolio and Corporate Affairs’ healthcare education programs as director of product management and program development. Prior to this, Laura held a variety of director-level leadership roles at Cisco within Human Resources, Worldwide Service Sales Operations, US Theater Services Sales, and Worldwide Technical Services Marketing.

Before joining Cisco, Laura served in leadership positions for eleven years with Hewlett-Packard within product management and operations, including a three-year assignment in Grenoble, France.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. She is fluent in Spanish and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three children.

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