Board of Directors

Executive Commitee

Charlene Aguilar

Charlene Aguilar
College Counseling, University Prep
(Seattle, WA)

Charlene L. Aguilar currently serves as the Board Chair for MALDEF. She observes, "I know firsthand how deeply rooted the values of access, equity and excellence are to the board's work in supporting education, employment, immigration, and voting rights." Confident that the communities MALDEF serves are the nation's future, Ms. Aguilar envisions a Board resolved to remain in possession of the nation's highest traditional values.

Cesar Chavez said, "We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." Inspired by the vision of Chavez, and the values of her family, Aguilar began her career by connecting students to educational opportunities in her work with first generation students at her undergraduate alma mater. With the growth in the Latino community, Aguilar has devoted her professional life to education as crucial to the success of future generations. Therefore she moved from Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford to Director of Undergraduate Admission at Santa Clara University. With a strong personal commitment of service to the Mexican American community of which she is a part, she also worked at the Stanford Center for Chicano Research and at the University of Washington, where she served as Director for Undergraduate Education Initiatives and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice-Provost.

Ms. Aguilar, a native of San Francisco, is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is married to Luis R. Fraga. They have three children: Bernard, Isabel and Tomás.

1st Vice Chair
Peter Villegas
Vice President, Senior Manager
Office of Corporate Responsibility
JPMorgan Chase
(Los Angeles, CA)

2nd Vice Chair
Lydia Camarillo
Vice President
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
(San Antonio, TX)

3rd Vice Chair
Maria Estela de Rios
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
ORION International Technologies, Inc.
(Albuquerque, NM)

Secretary / Treasurer & Fiscal & Fundraising Committee Chair
Hector J. Cuellar
RSM Gassó Capital Markets
(Newport Coast, CA)

Investment Committee Chair
Zachary Guevara
Retired Executive VP
Capital Group Companies
(San Marino, CA)

Program & Planning Committee Chair
Manuel Martinez
Bryan Cave
(Denver, CO)

Community Education & Leadership Development Committee Chair
Theresa Fay-Bustillos
Principal and Co-Founder
IdealPhilanthropy, LLC
(San Francisco, CA)

Personnel & Nominations Committee Chair
Jose Sanchez
Sidley Austin
(Los Angeles, CA)

MALDEF Property Management Corporation Chair
Frank Herrera
The Law Offices of Frank Herrera
(San Antonio, TX)

Audit Committee Chair
Regina Montoya
SVP, External Relaitons & General Counsel
Children's Medical Center of Dallas
(Dallas, TX)

President & General Counsel
Thomas A. Saenz
(Los Angeles, CA)

General Members

Marcus Allen
Englander, Knabe, & Allen
(Los Angeles, CA)

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Community Activist
(San Antonio, TX)

John Buckley
Managing Director
The Harbour Group
(Washington, DC)

William Candelaria
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
(New York, NY)

Norma Cantú
Professor of Law and Education
University of Texas at Austin School of Law
(Austin, TX)

Gloria Castillo
President & CEO
Chicago United
(Chicago, IL)

Martin J. Chavez, Esq.
Ibarra Strategy Group
Former Mayor, Albuquerque, NM
(Washington, DC)

Margarita Flores
VP of Community Affairs
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
(St. Louis, MO)

Jan Jones
Former Mayor of Las Vegas
Senior VP of Communications &
Government Relations
Harrah’s Entertainment
(Las Vegas, NV)

Raul Lomeli-Azoubel
Executive Chariman & Co-Founder
(San Antonio, TX)

Eva Longoria
UnbeliEVAble Productions
(Los Angeles, CA)

Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
Director of Latin Affairs
Coca-Cola Company
(Atlanta, GA)

Lidia Martinez
Manager of Corporate Community Affairs & Grassroots
Southwest Airlines
(San Diego, CA)

James Mejia
Mejia Associates
(Denver, CO)

Gloria Molina
County of Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)

Martín Montes
Assistant General Counsel
Manager, Client Services
Exelon Corporation
(Chicago, IL)

Carlos X. Montoya
Chairman & CEO
AztecAmerica Bank
(Chicago, IL)

Fabian Nuñez
Mercury LLC.
(Sacramento, CA)

Michael A. Olivas
William B. Bates
Distinguished Chair in Law
Director to the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance
University of Houston Law Center
(Houston, TX)

Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Vice-President of Strategic Development
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
(Washington, DC)

José R. Rodriguez
State of Texas
(Austin, TX)

Miguel Santana
City Administrative Officer
City of Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)

P. Alex Vasquez
Associate General Counsel - Class Action Division
Wal-Mart Legal Department
(Bentonville, AR)

Mary Rose Wilcox
Maricopa County
(Phoenix, AZ)

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