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Board of Directors

Leo Lopez

Senior Vice President Old National

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

Milissa Silva

Legacy-Owner of El Burrito Mercado

A Mexican-American diversity advocate, Milissa’s vision is 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 and Latino unique marketplace and restaurant which employs over 80 staff members.

Anita Grace

President/CEO GRACE Multicultural

Anita has over 18 years of experience as a top US Hispanic Marketing Specialist. She develops integrated, strategic marketing solutions to help clients build relationships with Hispanic communities through custom content, print, digital, social media and community events. Her knowledge and valuable reputation within Hispanic Publishing allow her to develop strategies from the inside of the media industry.

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, where he held the positions of CFO, COO, and CEO over his 15 year tenure with the firm. Dale began his professional career as a consultant and external auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Maya Santamaria

Business Owner Santamaria Broadcasting

Business owner, author, performing artist, scholar, community leader and Concert Producer, Maya Santamaria has built a burgeoning media/event empire focused on the Twin Cities Latino community. The owner of seven businesses, Santamaria is a local Latina media Mogul, as the only Latino to own their own Broadcasting signals; La Raza Radio and Telemundo Minnesota, which has brought original programming and the only Local News in Spanish to both radio and Television audiences in Minnesota.

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.

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.

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 the Employment and Training Developer for the American Indian OIC in Minneapolis, 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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John Pacheco

President

John is a 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. He keeps strong community ties and has a long history of public service. He is experienced in building and empowering diverse teams, as well as offering a strategic and innovative approach to new challenges. He is a high energy individual with a genuine commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. He has experience leading non-profit, public, and for profit public affairs efforts.

Fabio Tenorio, MBA.

Executive Director

Fabio is a Latino entrepreneur and investor at the small business level with over 20 years of experience in Marketing management, Marketing analytics, and Customer Experience management. He holds a graduate degree from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. His working experience at corporate executive level includes management roles with SuperValu and Lifetouch, Inc. In addition, Fabio has been a board member for several years at the Prior Lake Soccer Club Board of Directors, where he acts as the Tournament Director and fulfills diverse board roles. 

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