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PRESIDENT: Enna Jimenez

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Enna is a senior IT and Business Professional with expertise in Quality Assurance Management and Team Restructuring and Transformation. Her career spans over 25 years of working in multiple industries such as financial services, education, advertising and many software and startup companies. Currently, Enna is Vice President, Quality Engineering Director at Eastern Bank and is responsible for the management and leadership of the enterprise Quality Assurance team.  Her role will be to create and implement processes for manual and automation tests for the online and mobile banking systems. Enna started a 2-year term as President, ALPFA Boston chapter. ALPFA, Association of Latino Professionals For America, was established over 40 years ago and its mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. Enna has a huge passion for Diversity and Inclusion, talent engagement and community organizations. She was the recipient of the Year Up Outstanding Manager Award in January 2014.

Enna was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and her parents are from Dominican Republic. She lives in Roslindale, MA and is the proud mother of 4 amazing kids Katrina 17, Moises 18, Justin 21 and Mario Jr 28, and a granddaughter of 3.

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ADVISOR: Caro Ruiz

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 Corporate Strategy Manager, Tufts Health Plan

Caro Ruiz works at Tufts Health Plan (THP) as a Corporate Strategy Manager where she leads strategic assessments to grow THP’s existing business. Previously, she was the Product Planning and Strategy Manager for Senior Products at THP where she established the strategic direction of the product portfolio and assisted with new product and geographic assessment.  She also worked at BCBSMA for nine years where she held different roles such as Commercial Product Manager and Senior Business Analyst for the Medicare Advantage product line. 

 

Caro leads the Women Together Business Resource Group at THP and is part of the Executive Committee of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). She has been involved with the ALPFA Boston Chapter since 2009 and held different roles; with the most recent being Advisor to the Executive Committee Team. Caro has a Masters’ degree in Science with a concentration in Health Care Informatics and a Certificate in Project Management from Northeastern University.  She also has a Systems Engineering Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.

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ADVISOR: Seth Buks

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 CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER: Armandina Cueva

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Part of the Media Industry for 19 years between Mexico and USA Markets, running operations, marketing and management for TV/Radio/Media/Music platforms. Currently a digital marketing consultant for The Jillian Group and Netflix as a producer of Global Marketing Operations. Started as a radio broadcaster and then Tv producer in TV AZTECA in 1998, later moved to NY to pursue her production career attending NYU. Founded a production house company Life Video, Moved to Los Angeles to run operations and productions of a non-profit Radio and TV station. Later represented the Owners and CEO of Multimedios TV Mexico in the US market, where she also launched a Weather Traffic Local Channel. Moved back to LA to work for LATV Networks and The Complex Studios as Director of Creative Services and Digital Operations.

 

Graduated with a BA in Science of Communications from ITESM, Monterrey Mexico, has a certificate in Business Management in Entertainment from UCLA. She is a member of the Television Academy (Emmys) and selected as one of the 25 alumni Latino Leader of Los Angeles 2013 by Latino Leader Magazine. 

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  CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER: Marcela Merino

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Marcela is a bilingual professional with a broad experience in economic development, research and strategy consulting. Marcela has worked closely with public, private and nonprofit organizations to help address social and economic challenges in the US and abroad. For the last four years, Marcela has been with Harvard Business School (HBS) working as a Research Associate for the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness led by Professor Michael Porter, and as an Associate Product Manager for HBS online learning division (HBX).


Prior to joining HBS, Marcela worked as a Research Analyst for McKinsey & Co. where she contributed to research initiatives aimed at understanding the behavior, preferences and market potential of the Hispanic community.  She has also led marketing and economic research projects in the US with a focus on underserved communities. olds a Master in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, an MBA from Nebrija University in Spain and a business degree from UNITEC in Honduras.

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  CHIEF RELATIONSHIP OFFICER: Glenda Ciampa

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Glenda Ciampa is an IT Quality Assurance Manager of the MassMutual Financial Company. She also serves in three Diversity and Inclusion committees, MassMutual Technology and Administration, MassMutual Latino’s BRG ALMMA.

Glenda has worked for Corporate America for 20 years. She started as an Intern and worked up to a Director of Technology.  Currently she works as an IT Quality Assurance Manager as she leads the team with Agile and DevOps principles to assure quality standards are met. Glenda is committed to Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.  In the committees and in the board she serves she works with leaders to integrate ideas and support changes that relates to the organization’s mission.

Glenda is also a real estate investor.  She has focused on buying property in the Boston and New Hampshire areas. Glenda is married to Marco and has two beautiful daughters, Arianna and Isabella.

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  COACHING AND MENTORING VP: Jorge Flores

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With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jorge seeks to inspire the next wave of Latino professionals. Mr. Flores began his career in banking at the retail level and quickly climbed the ranks to corporate banking where he spent the better part of 8 years gaining valuable experience working with business clients spanning across a multitude of industries.

Jorge joined Trilogy Financial in 2013 as a Wealth Advisor and has had notable success in building his practice around the concept of “same side of the table” advising with his clients; placing on emphasis on fiduciary planning (looking out for his clients’ best interest above all) and client experience. Following a structured process and personalizing his client meetings has earned him the ability to sustain a referral- only practice. Another area that Mr. Flores focuses on is working with privately- held businesses and their owners to design employee benefit programs, executive compensation, protection planning.

In his personal life, Jorge’s interests include spending time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, playing competitive tennis, and engaging in thoughtful debate about world affairs. Exploring new cultures is also something that Jorge and his wife Katie find fascinating; they have found that gastronomy is one of the best ways to learning about a country and its customs. Jorge speaks Spanish, French and is developing fluency in German. Earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Marketing. He also holds advanced certifications in Corporate Financial Analysis and Commercial Credit and  Underwriting. Current licenses include FINRA Series 6, 63, 65 and in the process of pursuing his CFP designation.

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  ALPFA WAYS VP: Yarice Hidalgo

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Promoter of strategic partnerships and alliances that unveil the power of the nonprofit sector.
Leader in the social sector for over 20+ years in Puerto Rico and United States in areas such as: Social/Nonprofit Communications, Innovative Programming, Development, and Strategic Planning for Institutional Development. She has led special social projects for international organizations and corporations like: Ford Foundation, Walmart Foundation, AMGEN Foundation, ATT Corporation, among other social investors. During her role as Deputy Advisor to the First Lady of Puerto Rico, she led the establishment of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. Yarice’s diverse experience comes from working in national recognized organizations such as City Year to working in private initiatives highlighted in research studies that have impacted public policy, such as: Tobin Family Center studied by Radcliffe University. She has served as a strategic and program development consultant for several nonprofits in Boston and Puerto Rico.

In 2000, she was awarded a New England Regional Emmy for two Public Service Campaigns for the Latino Parent Association and Latino Health Institute in Boston. In 2005, The Council of Foundation recognized her with the Emerging Philanthropic Leadership Award and received an Excel Award for the revamping of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation image. During this year, she also created the Green Philanthropic Ribbon (social awareness icon) adopted by Mexico, St. Lucia, Panamá, United States and Puerto Rico. In 2010, she was the President of the First Rotary EClub of Puerto Rico and Latin America and in 2012 she was the Secretary of the National Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Puerto Rico. 

In 2014, Yarice was part of Clinton Global Initiative delegation for Puerto Rico. Author of the article: Employee-driven Social Programs Mean Stronger Businesses published in Color Magazine. Yarice serves as an advisor to the Massachusetts Relief Efforts promoted by the Boston Latino Legacy Fund established at the Boston Foundation.  She is currently the Director of Corporate Engagement at Citizen Schools and advisor to Fundación José Jaime Pierluisi. Her bachelor degree in Communications and Economy is from Boston University and holds a master degree in Philanthropy and the Media from Suffolk University.

She lives in Arlington, MA with her husband and three children. She considers her daughter Gabriella – 22 years old, her son Diego – 16 years old, and youngest girl Sarah – 9 years old to be her special life projects and most important contribution to society.

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  PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE VP: SOFIA VARGAS

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Sofia Vargas immigrated from Nicaragua in 2005, became an American citizen in 2008. Sofia Holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Thomas More University in Nicaragua. Sofia found her professional niches in higher education/government. She started in an entry-level position as staff assistant to the Dean of Students, promoted to Director of Career and Technical Education and later to Executive Director for Federal and State Projects in the Metro-West area.  Throughout her career at the college Sofia provided but not limited to marketing and recruitment; strategic planning for career services and job placement; liaison to public communication; Branding; contract negotiations and implementation; professional development for faculty and staff; data analysis and comprehensive reports on outcomes; bilingual public speaking; budget management and grant writing.

In the time Sofia worked at the college she established a well know professional reputation; she sat on various board and committees, “future ready Board” in the Natick public schools, ESL Board, Metro South/West Employment and industry partners and International Students Committee. She left her career at MassBay in 2014 to complete her master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication, with a focus on Leadership at Northeaster University.  While at Northeastern Sofia volunteered as a master mentor with CPS, CHICA project, The Good Ones Boston, and alumni foundations to expand her network in Boston. In an effort to pursue her passion for Human Capital. Sofia joined Robert Half International to learn about the recruitment industry. 
Currently Sofia continues to work on independent consulting while focusing on her EQ development.

Sofia’s passion is human capital, team building and face-to- face communication driven by strategy. To complement her passions, giving back runs in her blood, Sofia has now carved proper space in her life for volunteering and wants to impact Boston’s workforce diversity pipeline through her work with ALPFA Boston.

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  WOMEN OF ALPFA VP: Guadalupe Ramirez

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Guadalupe Ramirez works in Vinfen. Before, Ramirez was Executive Communications Manager at Microsoft Latin America, based in Florida. In that role, she developed, implemented and measured the communications strategy for the President of the region, covering 45 countries. Ramirez strengthened the regional communications initiatives by engaging with 40 professionals from the leadership teams to impact 4,500 employees in the region as well as external audiences including governments, customers, partners, analysts and media. In the company, she was an active member in the group Women at Microsoft. Also,
served as volunteer for Miami Children’s Hospital.
 
Previously, Ramirez was senior consultant at the global public relations firm Burson- Marsteller, which headquarters is in New York. She started as a junior consultant at the office in Mexico. Due to her commitment and performance, she was promoted the same year and relocated for an international position based in the regional headquarters in Miami, Florida a year after. She managed key client relationships and continually improved operational functions. She oversaw a $880,000 budget and a team of 4 direct reports with over 50 indirect reports in 15 countries in Latin America. Her clients included: Visa, HP, Motorola, Symantec, SAP, Techo, Terra, Sony and Goodyear. Originally from Mexico City, Ramirez lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences, specialized in corporate communication from Tec de Monterrey University. After moving to Boston, she started the certification in marketing management at Harvard Extension School. Ramirez serves as the President on the board of Tec de Monterrey Alumni, Boston Chapter (2016-2018).

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  CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS VP: MARIO RIVERA

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Mario is originally from New Jersey and comes from a family of six. He is the oldest of the four children and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Mario was first introduced to ALPFA in college, where he went on to found the first Ivy League undergraduate chapter of ALPFA and serve as its first president.

He rose membership to a level that made it one of the most popular Latino undergraduate organizations. Mario began his career with as a summer intern with UBS and was extended an offer to return post-graduation for their two year Graduate Talent Program. Following the GTP, Mario because a Banking Sales Specialist out of the UBS home office in Weehawken, New Jersey. Then in 2015, Mario was offered the role of Assistant Market Head for the Private Wealth Management office of UBS in Boston where he continues to work now. In 2016, El Mundo Boston recognized Mario as one of their Latino 30 Under 30.

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CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS VP: ISIS ORTIZ

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Isis Ortiz is a credit risk, investment and underwriting professional with 8 years in the financial services and investment and commercial banking space. She is currently a Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Citizens Bank where she actively manages a portfolio of middle market clients with annual revenues in excess of $25 million. Prior to that, Isis held positions at Santander Bank N.A. and John Hancock Financial Services where she spent five years in the Bond and Corporate Finance Group.

Most recently, Isis has accepted a position as the Vice President, Corporate Relations for the Boston chapter of the Association of Latinos Professionals for America (“ALPFA”). Isis has a rich educational background, having graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Business Management from Emmanuel College in 2009. While there, she received several honors including the Who’s Who Among Students and Campus Life Awards. In 2006 she was inducted into the college’s Alpha Delta Honor Society. Thereafter, Isis received her Master of Science in Finance from New England College of Business in 2012. In the fall of 2014 she received the McCallum Leadership Scholar Award through ALPFA. She went on to earn her MBA from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School
of Business in August 2016.

On her free time Isis enjoys spending quality time with her nieces and nephew and practicing hot power yoga. She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and her parents are from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Isis currently resides with her partner in Lawrence, MA

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FINANCE VP:BUSOLA LAGUDA

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Busola is the Vice President, Financial Institutions Analyst within the Investment Portfolio Management team in Global Treasury. In this capacity, she monitors investments in financial institutions for State Street Bank’s investment portfolio and performs deep dive financial analyses and peer reviews of financial institutions for use by State Street management team.

Prior to joining State Street in 2011, Busola worked in the Nigerian banking as well as oil and gas sectors. She worked both in the Asset and Liabilities Management and Currency Trading units of NAL Bank Plc. (now Sterling Bank Plc.) and Access Bank Plc., respectively. She then proceeded to work with Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited as the CFO in 2005 and in that capacity was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of African Petroleum Plc. (now Forte Oil Plc.), formerly owned by the Nigerian government.

Graduated with a B.Sc. Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos in 1997. She thereafter obtained an MBA degree in Finance from the same university in 2002 and became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, having completed the institute’s professional examinations in 2001. Busola also obtained a Master’s degree in International Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University in May 2011 with concentration in International Finance and Banking. An active participant in State Street’s employee network groups and is currently one of the five members of the Steering Committee of State Street Latin American Professionals Group and in that capacity pioneered annual internetwork sports championship in 2015.

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Secretary : Gil Alzate

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Gildardo Alzate was born in Queens, New York and raised by his beautiful mother of Colombian decent. At an early age Gildardo and his mother moved to Lowell, where he would spend most of his formative years. On June 25 th, 2006 Gildardo departed for the United States Marine Corp basic training. After successfully completing basic training and infantry school Gildardo was assigned to 3 rd Battalion 2 nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During his time of service, Gildardo held various leadership positions such as team leader, squad leader, and training development officer. In June of 2009 Gildardo was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal, non-commissioned officer.


On May 26 th , 2010, Gildardo was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and successfully enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Driven by his desire to serve others, Gildardo joined Jumpstart; a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the United States. In his second year with Jumpstart, Gildardo served as a team leader and led a group of 10 volunteers in facilitating a rich learning environment in a pre-school setting. At the end of his second year, Gildardo was chosen to be a keynote speaker at Jumpstarts annual fundraiser, Scribbles to Novels, which raised over $75,000.

Upon graduating from UMass Boston, Gildardo began his career in Recruiting with Monster.com. Gildardo worked with early stage companies on designing and executing recruiting campaigns. After two years with Monster.com, Gildardo transitioned to Randstad as an Executive Recruiter specializing in Accounting and Finance. Currently, Gildardo is pursuing his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance at Babson’s Olin School of Business.

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