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ALPFA CEO Names Key Appointments to Leadership Team

Saturday, August 2, 2014  
Posted by: Patricia Nabor


ALPFA CEO Names Key Appointments to Leadership Team 


ALPFA CEO, Charles P. Garcia is pleased to announce four additional members to serve on its leadership team: Frank Lopez as SVP ofCorporate Development, Carlos R. de Quesada, as the interim Chief Financial Officer, Manuel Rubio as General Counsel, and John Hong as Director of Finance.

Each of these individuals has a passion for the mission of ALPFA and a dedication to its members. All will be in attendance at the annual convention beginning today in Orlando.


Frank Lopez, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development


Frank Lopez is an accomplished visionary executive with demonstrated ability and experience in leading and managing all levels and pillars of corporate and non-profit development and of diversity and inclusion relationship-building initiatives and strategic alliances.


Frank is a former president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation and, during his tenure, served as a dynamic service executive and as chief development strategist. During his tenure at the USHCC Foundation, Lopez was instrumental in establishing a variety of collaborative National partnerships among premiere national businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 

Earlier in his career, Lopez served as a program management executive within a major telecommunications company, Nortel Networks, with a focused leadership role in the operations and successful implementation of a $100M portfolio of technology driven 
telecommunications projects throughout the Caribbean and Latin America markets. Lopez also served as a senior management executive with a one of the largest agencies of the State of New York, where he was instrumental in leading the effort that developed over 
2,000 voluntary operated residential settings (Specials Needs Housing) for underserved individuals with a developmental disability in distressed communities  across the State of New York. Lopez also was part of the NYS Governor Cuomo's team that located and 
implemented the historic and trend-setting program parameters for promoting and certifying Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs).


Lopez has also served on a number of philanthropic and social service governance boards, including three terms as an At-Large National member on the Board of Directors of SourceAmerica, the Ability One congressionally created organization focused on creating employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica secures, manages and brokers over $2.5 Billion in federal contracts for a network of voluntary agencies from across the United States and Puerto Rico. 

Carlos R. de Quesada, Interim CFO

Continuing his 20 years of business, managerial and finance work, in October 2011, Carlos founded VeraCruz Advisory, LLC focused on providing financial advisory and strategic consulting services to not-for-profit institutions. Prior to this and from 2007-2011, Carlos was a Managing Director for a financial advisory and business practice consulting firm that focused on not-for-profit and faith-based entities including higher education institutions, healthcare facilities, dioceses, religious communities, foundations-endowments, and high schools. During these four years, Carlos led the origination, structuring and closing of more than $500MM in financings and interest rate derivatives 
for NFP clients across seven states (including Florida). 


Prior to working with NFPs Carlos was a Vice President and minority shareholder at the fastest growing Hispanic-owned company in the U.S., Liberty Power. While at Liberty Power Carlos helped lead the team structuring and negotiating the company's first structured financing ($150 million) and also headed the banking and wholesale power trading and hedging relationships with banks, energy trading desks and power generation companies. Prior to pursuing his 2005-2007 entrepreneurial path at Liberty Power, Mr. de Quesada had 11 years of New York City-based international banking experience with domestic and international institutions including Citigroup, Calyon (of France), and UBS (of Switzerland). In his last banking job at Citigroup, Carlos was directly revenue-responsible as well as managing a team of 10 professionals and a personal client portfolio of over $325 million of assets under management (total team AUMs of nearly $1.0 billion).


Carlos graduated from the Florida State University in 1987 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Finance. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988-1991 with duty stations and deployments to Japan (Okinawa), South Korea, the Marianna Islands, Honduras, and the Persian Gulf. Following his military service, Carlos earned an M.B.A. in 1993 from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He has served or is active in volunteering activities with the not-for-profit Advisory Board and Steering Committee for the World Fund, the Stewardship and Development Committee of the St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY) and collaborates with the American Bible Society's Hispanic outreach initiatives through the Latino Advisory Council advising the ABS President. In December 2011, Carlos accepted an invitation to serve on the Catholic Charities Board of Venice, Florida. Through VeraCruz Advisory, Carlos is a Trustee level member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Locally, Carlos also serves or has served on his neighborhood board association, a county youth mentoring program and on his church finance council. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Carlos is a first generation American of Cuban parents and is bilingual (English-Spanish). Though traveling nationally, Carlos resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Cynthia, of 22 years and two young children ages 10 and 14.

Manuel Rubio, General Counsel

Manny Rubio has served as an advisor to numerous public and private companies, start-ups ventures, venture capital funds and private equity investors. He has twenty years of experience in negotiating, structuring and consummating corporate transactions.

Mr. Rubio began his career as an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, in New York, where he specialized in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. During this time he also worked in one of Argentina's largest law firms, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal. After leaving Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, Mr. Rubio served as a co-founder and Managing Director at Columbia Equity Partners, a New York- based venture capital firm, and a director and officer of Xanthus Capital, LP, a Seattle-based private equity firm. During this time, Mr. Rubio was a principal of a publicly traded apparel retail venture and a publicly traded Internet content provider.

Mr. Rubio also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fordham Preparatory School in New York where he attended high school.

After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Rubio took the Foreign Service Exam and joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Mr. Rubio worked in the Economic Department of the U.S. Embassy in Panama, where he was a principal advisor on matters such as the Panama Canal expansion, aviation, maritime, money laundering, international trade and economic matters. He left the U.S. State Department in late2008 and moved to Miami to care for both of his elderly parents.

Mr. Rubio received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Columbia College in New York and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr.

Rubio also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also an avid outdoorsman who, in his spare time, once tried out for the US Men's Olympic Bobsled team, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and has visited all seven continents and fifty countries.

John Hong, Director of Finance

Specializing in not-for-profit and small business restructuring for the past ten years, John focuses on assessing and stabilizing finances while improving processes, information quality and reporting. As part of a Specialty Family Foundation engagement, he currently oversees the financial management and operations of 24 Catholic schools in greater Los Angeles. This client group represents a total budget of more than $24 million and over 5,000 enrolled students. Under John's consulting, these client schools have demonstrated increases in gross revenues, enrollment, and overall sustainability. Though technically oriented in financial management, basic accounting and process analysis, John attributes client successes to his creation of durable internal and external relationships, the training of personnel and establishing a team environment that is based on personal respect of the person and positive accountability.

The NFP school work has been complemented by higher education financing work (with VeraCruz Advisory) as well as providing management and accounting support services for Los Angeles-based small business and faith-based organizations.

Prior to consulting for the Specialty Family Foundation and VeraCruz, he worked with several small businesses, one Fortune 500 company (Sodexho USA), and Vision of Hope (a faith-based endowment focused on primary education and with a corpus of more than $8.8 million). For these organizations John has provided financial analysis and managerial reporting services. John's 2003 professional start with a NFP shared services organization set his current NFP-focused trajectory, insight and current approach to restructuring accounting procedures, reporting and analysis. The theme of his work throughout his professional career has always remained the same: creating mission-driven management and financial infrastructure for long-term sustainability. Tactically, this involves development of daily financial transaction processing systems, standardizing bookkeeping, drafting policies and often converting manual or legacy accounting systems to QuickBooks.

Personally and as part of his community involvement, John serves on the board for two elementary schools (in North Hollywood) as well as being a member of the Financial Council for Sts. Peter and Paul Church (Wilmington).

In 2009 John earned a B.S. in Economics from California State University of Northridge.

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