Alex Esparza
Executive Director
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Rosadry Navar
Office Manager
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Diana Hinojosa
Grant Management and Compliance

Natalie Velazquez
Program Coordinator
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Alex Ruiz
Small Business Director
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Jaime Garza
Events Manager

Emmanuel Montez

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Cesar A. Santoy

Board - Chair

Company: Studio ARQ, LLC- Founder

Cesar A. Santoy, AIA who has over 15 years of experience in design, construction, and project management is the principal and founder of Studio ARQ, LLC an architecture and design-build firm located in Chicago.  Mr. Santoy has developed capital improvement plans in the mid seven figures and worked with private owners and tenants on a wide variety of projects in the Chicagoland area.  Mr. Santoy also serves as an Alderman on the City Council of the City of Berwyn, IL and is an active member in several business and civic organizations.


Stella Gaytan

Board - Vice Chair

Company: Monterrey Security - Vice-President of Sales and Marketing

Stella oversees the quality control aspect of Monterrey Security and works closely with all department heads, troubleshooting issues, evaluating overall performance and ensuring frequent communication among all departments. Stella oversees all financial and risk management areas for Monterrey. She is intimately involved with the accounting firm, financial management team and banking institutions for the organization. Having been with the organization since its conceptual phase, Stella has played an integral part of shaping its message and leadership.


Antonio Guillen

Board - Treasurer

Company: Wintrust Financial - Senior Vice President

Antonio R. Guillen is Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending and Diverse Markets Manager for Wintrust Financial. He has over 30 years of banking experience. He also specializes in Commercial Banking, for small and medium-sized business lending and commercial real estate finance and development. Most recently with Park National Bank (now a part of U.S Bank), he spent his last four years as Senior Vice President and Market Manager responsible for overseeing $60 million in small business/commercial and industrial loans in a variety of business sectors as well as commercial real estate and development loans. Prior, he was with Cosmopolitan Bank and Trust (FBOP Corporation) and Cosmopolitan National Bank of Chicago.



Ruben Saavedra

Board Member

Company: PepsiCo - Multicultural Market and Account Manager

Ruben M. Saavedra is an account manager at PepsiCo Beverage Company. He is an expert at brand management and account development, handling many national accounts. Mr. Saavedra built a talent for sales operation and shopper marketing in his previous position as Urban Market Manager for PepsiCo. Also a former Corporal in the Marines, he understands hard work, discipline and attention to detail.


Rey Rivera

Board Member

Company: CSI 3000 - Owner

Rey Rivera is the owner of CSI 3000 a Union Concrete & Excavation contractor who performs work in the Chicagoland region. CSI 3000 is recognized as an MBE/DBE certified company. Mr. Rivera is a decisive and results-driven professional with proven track record of driving revenue and profit improvements in challenging environments within the Construction & Development Industries.  He is also an expert in building and organizing project development goals and energizing a company’s organizational infrastructure, client consultation approach, products/services development, project implementation strategies, and sales and marketing strategies to optimize results.




Rafael Diaz

Board Member

Company: Diaz Group LLC. 

Rafael Diaz is one of three founders and a key member of Diaz Group LLC. With over 20 years of experience in the field, he has built the company from a ‘four employee operation’ to a household name in the industry. Horticulture is a way of life for him, with most of his knowledge coming from hands on experience and his multiple years of landscape management studies from one of the best Horticultural schools in the Chicagoland area. He is a detail-oriented individual who pursues one project at a time to ensure complete satisfaction from his clients. Besides his role as a leader, his biggest passion is being able to bring design to life and be the best landscape and hardscape designer.


Angeles Sandoval

Board Member

Company: ComEd


As an account manager at Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Angeles Sandoval is responsible for corporate client management over national accounts in the transportation, commercial retail, and the banking sector throughout Northern Illinois. She is an advocate for policy, logistics, and service related issues impacting ComEd’s industrial and commercial customers. Ms. Sandoval has a breadth of experience with local governments, community based organization, and philanthropic partnerships.

Prior to joining ComEd, Angie graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, concentrating in local government and policy. In the duration of her undergraduate studies, she dedicated four years coordinating a statewide scholarship program for youth, at a local non-profit organization, Pilsen Wellness Center, in Chicago’s neighborhood of Pilsen.