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.
Founder & Board Chair
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 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.
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
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Executive Advisory Council
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.
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 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 is a Salt Lake City-based attorney & consultant with an extensive background in commercial litigation, labor and employment, and government relations.