AZHCC 2012 BLack & White Award Winner - Ernest Calderon
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Published on May 8, 2012
AZHCC recognizes Ernst Calderon as our Man of the Year.
Ernest Calderón is the son of the late Albert & Nellie Calderón of Morenci and a sixth generation native of what was once New Mexico Territory. He was the first Hispanic to serve as president of the State Bar of Arizona and is completing an eight plus year term on the Arizona Board of Regents.
Ernest advocated for the disadvantaged to change education policy for more than 20 years. He serves on the Council of Board Chairs of the Association of Governing
Boards of Universities and Colleges ("AGB"). Ernest has served as adjunct faculty at NAU, ASU and Phoenix College. He served on former Governor Janet Napolitano's School Readiness and P-20 councils. He is an active board member of the NAU Foundation and is a member of the WESTEd educational laboratory board of directors.
A lawyer for 29 years, Ernest is the principal in his own law firm. He is a member of the prestigious American Law Institute and an "AV Preeminent" rated lawyer as noted in the Martindale-Hubbell directory. He was named Latino Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association and also has served as a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates.
Ernest is a past Chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation and a past member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Finance Council. He is a Knight Commander with Star in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.Ernest has served as president of Valley Leadership and as a member of numerous nonprofits boards. He serves on the corporate boards of SCFArizona, EPCOR Arizona Water Company, the Tax Free Trusts of Arizona, Colorado & Utah, and on the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Western hospital. Ernest served for 10 years General Counsel to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of NAU, Ernest also attended the UofA College of Law and has completed executive graduate work at Northwestern University. He is the father of four children. Two graduate from high school in May 2012, one is a Maricopa County Community College District student, and the fourth serves with the United States Air Force in Afghanistan. His children are his greatest achievement and subject of his pride.
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