Laura Quintana

VP & General Manager

Cisco Networking Academy

Laura Quintana joined Cisco in 1999 and is currently Vice President and General Manager of Networking Academy, Cisco’s largest and longest-running purpose-driven IT skills-to-jobs program. She leads a global organization and has grown the Networking Academy to reach more than 3 million students annually (17.5 million since inception) in 190 countries with an annual in-kind contribution valued at $377 million USD. Laura and her team drive partnerships with governments, academic institutions, and nonprofits to prepare students to participate in today’s digital workforce and to connect them to career opportunities. She and her team are further expanding Networking Academy’s reach with SkillsforAll.com, a mobile first, self-paced, and gamified experience available direct to learner and via academies. Through Laura’s leadership, Networking Academy has become a critical part of country digital readiness, working with ministries of education around the world to further national digital agendas and develop the human capital necessary to support country transformation. Prior to her current role, Laura successfully completed Cisco’s multi-year commitment to the Jordan Healthcare Initiative. She strategically collaborated with the Government of Jordan and was instrumental in driving telemedicine, clinical collaboration, and teleradiology projects that enabled quality healthcare services and benefited over 175,000 patients. Previously, Laura held a variety of director-level roles within Cisco’s services organization. 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 a co-executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Latinx employee resource organization, and Cisco’s partnership with the Cristo Rey Work Study Program. She serves as a member of the SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Board of Directors, San Jose State University Technology Program Industry Advisory Board, and Love Never Fails Advisory Board. She was recognized by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2021-2022). She was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Latinas in 2021. She is fluent in Spanish and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three children.


Women use technology to solve the issues facing humanity—and the world needs more

This International Women's Day, we're reflecting on the impact that Cisco Networking Academy has made in the lives of women around the globe.

January 24, 2023


New Entry-Level Cisco Certifications to Start Your IT Career

Cisco Networking Academy and Cisco Learning & Certifications introduce two new, entry-level Certified Support Technician certifications focused on entry-level tech job seekers, career changers, and even college and high school students.

Cisco Networking Academy offers inclusive and equitable education to power global development

This International Day of Education, Laura Quintana, VP of Cisco Networking Academy, shares how we are creating an equitable future.

Cisco Networking Academy: Innovating to make education accessible and equitable for all

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reflect on Cisco Networking Academy’s commitment to create an inclusive future.

My visit to the White House: Advancing cybersecurity training

Laura Quintana represented Cisco at the White House to mark the culmination of the 120-day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint.

Cisco Networking Academy celebrates 25 years of impact

Laura Quintana, VP of Cisco Networking Academy, shares more about Networking Academy's impact over the last 25 years.

Cisco Networking Academy Strives for Gender Inclusivity in IT

For International Girls in ICT Day on April 28, Cisco Networking Academy's Women Rock-IT program focused on esports.

Cisco Networking Academy Expands ‘Skills for All’ with Entry-Level Certification for Cybersecurity Learning Pathway

Through our "Skills for All" program, Cisco Networking Academy takes another step forward to empower all people with career possibilities.