Governing Board

Latinos LEAD board members bring more than 120 years of combined professional executive and strategic experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors.  Latinos LEAD board members also draw on their wide range of service as directors on other nonprofit boards.  From the inception of Latinos LEAD in mid-2017, the board has devoted countless hours to developing the strategic and programmatic direction of the organization.


Patrick Salazar

Founder & Board Chair
Patrick Salazar has more than 25 years experience in nonprofit senior management and consulting, specializing in fundraising, program development, evaluation, and communications. His consulting has helped many nonprofit organizations build organizational capacity, and successfully navigate start-up and turnaround operations.

Juan Ramos

Vice Chair/Secretary
Juan Ramos was elected to the Latinos LEAD Board of Directors in July 2019. He previous served on the Executive Advisory Council. He is a prominent legal figure in transactional law, including corporate, real estate, contracts and business law.

Richard Vazquez

Board Treasurer

Richard Vazquez was elected to the Latinos LEAD governing board in July 2021. A veteran of the finance world of commercial and investment banking, Richard spent the first four years of his career with Sanwa Bank providing commercial loans to middle market companies

Belén Bernal

Board Member

Belén Bernal was elected to the Latinos LEAD governing board in July 2021. Belén is the Executive Director of Nature for All, an environmental and social justice nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating that everyone in the Los Angeles region, especially underserved communities, have equitable access to nature and the many benefits it brings.

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Luis Cruz

Board Member
Luis Cruz was elected to the Latinos LEAD Board of Directors in March 2020. He brings a wealth of experience in finance, having spent most of his career in equity research at Goldman Sachs and direct investing for a single-family office. Luis was originally introduced to Latinos LEAD by participating in its Ready to LEAD program.

Geoff Green

Board Member

Geoff Green, was elected to the Latinos LEAD governing board in July 2021. Geoff is CEO of the SBCC Foundation, where he has led the effort to establish the SBCC Promise.

Paola Alvarez

Board Member

Paola Alvarez joined the board of Latinos LEAD in April 2022. Paola is the Vice President of Human Resources for Reyes Beer Division West Reyes, having served with the Beer Division since 2012. Paola has been a leader in the Human Resources field for more than 20 years, including senior roles at Marriott International, Inc., The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC and Montage Hotels and Resorts. Paola also worked in the aviation and aerospace industry with Esterline Technologies as a Director of Human Resources.

Sabrina De Santiago

Board Member
Sabrina De Santiago was elected to the Latinos LEAD governing board in April 2022. Sabrina is the Policy and Research Director for Golden State Opportunity, where she leads the policy team and promotes anti-poverty policies that help low-income communities build and retain financial stability.

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Executive Advisory Council

The Latinos LEAD Executive Advisory Council (the Council) supports and advances the mission of Latinos LEAD to increase the representation of talented Latinos on nonprofit governing boards. Members of the Council are professionals with substantial senior management or board level experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
The Council plays important roles in helping Latinos LEAD make an impact:
The Council also provides insight leading to effective planning, monitoring and strengthening of programs and services, ensuring adequate financial resources, and enhancing the organizations public standing.
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Pamela Chen

Pamela Chen is a creator of storytelling experiences. She specializes in amplifying the voices of creative artists through multi-platform creation, curation, and technology.

Arturo Espinoza

Arturo Espinoza is a recognized leader in the arts and arts management, and recently completed three years as a mayoral appointee leading Washington DC’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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Norma Fuentes

Norma Fuentes has more than 25 years of senior professional fundraising experience across several nonprofit sectors, including higher education, biomedical, nonprofit, conservation, veterinary medicine, and the arts fundraising.


Jimmy Gurulé

Jimmy Gurulé is a nationally recognized expert in the field of international criminal law, specifically, terrorism, terrorist financing, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering.

Stephanie Medina

Stephanie Medina is a seasoned nonprofit leader with strong media and communications expertise. Stephanie served a two-year term on the board of Latinos LEAD and co-chaired the Advisory Committee of the organization’s Diversity in Environmental Leadership Initiative.


Mitch Menchaca

Mitch Menchaca served on the Latinos LEAD Board of Directors prior to his service on the Executive Advisory Council. He is the Executive Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture.


Ross Romero

Ross Romero is a Salt Lake City-based attorney & consultant with an extensive background in commercial litigation, labor and employment, and government relations.


Cindy Montañez

Board Member
Cindy Montañaez is CEO of TreePeople and a lifelong Angelena working for change in her community since the age of 12. Over the course of her career, Cindy has become a champion for the environment, sustainable urban planning and social justice.