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Leadership

John-PachecoJohn Pacheco

President | CEO

Corporate Foundation executive with exceptional strategic skills and a proven ability to synchronize corporate goals with community needs, benchmark results and streamline operations with new technology. An individual with strong community ties and a long history of public service. Experienced in building and empowering diverse teams as well as possessing a strategic and innovative approach to new challenges. High energy individual with a genuine commitment to diversity, inclusion and empowerment. Proven leader of non-profit, public and for profit public affairs efforts.

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Board of Directors

Leo Lopez

Vice President Bremer Bank

Leo has been a banker for 20 years; His current work focuses primarily on the Non Profit Sector.  Leo has held a variety of banking positions including Branch Manager, Community Lender and Consumer Lending Manager.  Leo has served in a variety of roles in community organizations ranging from board member, finance, loan, and real estate committees.

Dale Dufault

Vice President of Finance and Administration at CLUES

Prior to working at CLUES, Dale held the position of CFO of Invitation Health Institute, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit public health company. Dale also worked with Institute for Environmental Assessment, a Midwest environmental firm, holding the positions of CFO, COO and CEO over his 15 year career with the firm. Dale began his professional career as a consultant and external auditor with Price Water House Coopers (PWC). Read more…

Hector Martinez

Supplier Diversity Manager U.S. Bank

Hector Martinez has over 15 years of experience in consulting small businesses from financing and start-up to operations and expansion. He recently earned a position within U.S. Bank where he provides diverse business owners with critical access to corporate purchasing through procurement and contract opportunities as the Supplier Diversity Manager for the enterprise. Read More…

Jim Garness

Supplier Diversity Specialist - Xcel Energy

Responsible for identifying diverse suppliers to participate in bid opportunities in the northern region of the Xcel Energy service territory.  Prior to coming to Supplier Diversity, Jim has worked in several capacities at Xcel Energy over a nearly thirty year period including the Xcel Energy Foundation, regulatory administration, new product development/marketing, procurement and business planning. Read More…

Milissa Silva

Legacy-Owner of El Burrito Mercado

Mexican-American, Milissa Silva-Diaz, is a passionate, diversity advocate with a vision to unite teams through culture, food and music all while infusing business savvy. She is the eldest daughter of entrepreneur parents. Milissa is most known for her innovative leadership at El Burrito Mercado, the multimillion dollar Mexican & Latino unique marketplace & restaurant employing over 80 staff members. Read More…

Fabio Tenorio

Managing Director of Int-Sa

He has over 20 years of experience in Marketing management, Marketing analytics, and Experience management. Fabio’s board level experience includes his current role as a member of the Prior Lake Soccer Club Board of Directors acting as the Tournament Director. His working experience at corporate executive level includes management roles with SuperValu and Lifetouch, Inc. Read More…

Jose Santos Jr.

Employment Services Manager for Merrick Community Services

Jose Santos Jr. has over 30 years experience working in the nonprofit sector.  Currently Mr. Santos is Employment Services Manager for Merrick Community Services in Saint Paul, MN.  As Founder and Executive Director Of La Familia Guidance Center Inc., he  provided leadership in planning and carrying out the organization’s strategic plan. As President & Founder of The Larry Lucio Scholarship for the past 19 years he has been active in promoting and advocating programming services for Latino youth in the areas of education, employment and mental health services.

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