Susan Sifuentes Trigueros, Chair
Susan Sifuentes-Trigueros is regional public affairs manager for Southern California Gas Company. In her 30 years with the company, she has also held positions in the External Affairs, Accounting and Human Resources departments. Ms. Trigueros received certificates of completion from the Southern California Leadership Network, HOPE Leadership Institute and UCSD Manager’s Toolkit Leadership Training programs. She received a BS in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from the USC Marshall School of Business. She serves on the USC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors and the League of Cities Partners Steering Committee, and is a board member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and the Southern California Leadership Network. Ms. Sifuentes-Trigueros has received numerous legislative certificates of recognition for her community and advocacy work. She was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her work in civic participation by Women’s Enews, and has received the HOPE PAC Leadership Award, the Corporate Award from Girls Today Women Tomorrow Leadership Mentoring Program and the USC Widney Alumni House Award.
Lupe Simpson EdD, Vice Chair
Lupe Simpson is a first-generation Latina American of Mexican descent. She was raised in South Central Los Angeles and was the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university. She is currently an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Dr. Simpson retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District after serving as a teacher, counselor, school site leader and district office administrator. She received a BA in Spanish literature from California State University, Los Angeles, an MS in school counseling from California Lutheran University and an EdD in school leadership from the USC Rossier School of Education. She is a member of the USC Phi Delta Kappa Executive Board. She has received numerous awards, including the USC-Phi Delta Kappa Research Award, the USC Phi Delta Kappa President’s Award for Commitment and Dedication, a Commendation for Outstanding Service to District-C Parents and Schools, and the Mayor Bradley Golden Apple Award.
Ismael Bautista, Jr., Secretary
Ismael Bautista is a litigation attorney at Arent Fox LLP. Mr. Bautista represents domestic and international clients in several areas, including general business litigation, commercial disputes, copyright and trademark protection and prosecution, healthcare issues, and insurance coverage. He received his BA in Economics and Philosophy from USC and his JD from the UCLA School of Law. In college, Mr. Bautista interned for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard via the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and served as the Latino Honor Society President at USC. He graduated as a USC Renaissance Scholar and was awarded the Order of Troy. While attending law school, he was a Managing Editor for the Chicano-Latino Law Review. Mr. Bautista is also the First Vice Chair for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s International Law Section, and a member of the American Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He is a former Scholar of the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) and a 2003 nominee for the LAA’s John R. Hubbard Award.
Manny Anguiano is owner of Convergent Networks. He previously was a partner with Sunset Telecom Systems, where he worked for more than 20 years. He received a BS in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business. Mr. Anguiano joined LAA’s Scholarship Committee immediately after graduating from USC, and served as its chairman from 1989–2010. He has also served multiple times as co-chair of the LAA Annual Scholarship Golf Classic and co-chair of the LAA Santa Anita Race Track Friends and Family Day. He has been honored with a USC Alumni Volunteer Award. Mr. Anguiano has been a member of the LAA Board of Directors since 1998.
Claudia S. Bodan is vice president, market manager with Bank of America Business Banking. Ms. Bodan has been in the banking industry for 18 years. Her professional career has been dedicated to helping business owners grow their business to the next level by being tenacious in providing flexible and creative solutions to meet their business needs. A native of Nicaragua, Ms. Bodan received her BS in finance from USC Marshall School of Business. In addition to her service on the USC LAA Board of Directors, she is part of the USC LAA Gala committee. She was awarded the access to capital banker of the year award in 2011 by the Department of Commerce and a recipient of the 2012 Dulcinea Award for her leadership endeavors throughout the Finance community. She has served as President to the National Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles chapter, California State President for DECA/ DEX a marketing organization designed to help college students develop their business communication skills, sat on numerous committees and boards such as, National Association Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, member of the Latino Deal Makers and many others. She is an active member and volunteer of many community and business organizations throughout Los Angeles.
Karime Sanchez Bradvica
Karime Sanchez Bradvica is CEO, group facilitation and collaboration specialist, and corporate coach at Karime Consulting Group, working with nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and Orange County. She spent 30 years with AT&T, including serving as area vice president of external affairs and overseeing government affairs and community relations. She received a BS in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business. Ms. Bradvica has been honored by numerous organizations for her tireless dedication to community causes. She received the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) Legacy Award and the Corporate Responsibility Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and was named Business Woman of the Year by California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, Woman of the Year by California Senator Martha Escutia and Woman of the Year by the Mexican American Opportunities Foundation.
Carolina Castillo EdD
Carolina Castillo is executive director of development for USC Civic Engagement. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic planning for the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, manages the USC Neighborhood Outreach grant-making program and oversees the USC Galen Center Community Program. Dr. Castillo has been employed by USC for more than 25 years, including serving as assistant director of the Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research at the USC Rossier School of Education. She received three degrees from USC: a BA in communication, a Master of Education in postsecondary administration and student affairs, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in higher education leadership. Ms. Castillo serves on the Los Angeles City Commission on Community and Family Services, is a facilitator for the Parent Institute for Quality Education and is the advisor for the student organization Hermanas Unidas.
Charles Claver is Wealth Management Advisor for TIAA-CREF, a Fortune 100 financial firm with over $850 billion in managed funds serving the non for profit, research, and education fields. Claver previously worked for twelve years as Vice President and Priority Banking Manager for Union Bank. He received a BA in political science from USC and MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. Active in his community, Mr. Claver serves on numerous boards, including California Rural Legal Assistance Los Angeles Steering Committee, National Immigration Law Center, and is Vice Chair of the City of Whittier Planning Commission. Mr. Claver has lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked at the Embassy of Mexico, and in Madrid, Spain where he studied at the Universidad Cumpletense.
Patty Covarrubias-Williams is vice president and Hispanic segment manager for Bank of the West’s Hispanic Initiative. She is responsible for managing multiple cross-functional teams, projects and programs to develop strategies that support the Hispanic customer. She joined Bank of the West in 2007. She previously served in several management positions with Citibank and Washington Mutual, where she was involved in strategic planning and management of corporate philanthropic programs. In addition to her service on the LAA Board of Directors, she is an advisory board member for the National Latina Business Women Association and has served on numerous other boards, including Familia Unida, Southern California Business Development Corporation, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce and Inland Empire United Way. Ms. Covarrubias-Williams received a BS in public policy and management and an MA in communication management from USC.
Yasmin Davidds, Psy.D, M.C.C.
Dr. Yasmin Davidds is an Organizational Psychologist and the Founder and CEO of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation and the Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute. As one of only a few Latina negotiation experts in the U.S. and Latin America, Dr. Davidds has coached and counseled over 2,000 corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries. Dr. Davidds established the Women’s Institute of Negotiation (WIN), dedicated to the teaching, instruction and development of negotiating skills and leadership competencies primarily focused on women in professional, academic and corporate settings. Her commitment to the empowerment and development of women leaders has brought her recognition and acclaim from the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly.
A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship, Dr. Davidds went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Women Studies and her doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology. In 2013, she developed and launched the first Latina Global Executive Leadership Program in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business. Recently, Dr. Davidds received the 2016 We Are Women of the Year 2016 Award.
Rigo Diaz III
Rigo Diaz is owner of Corner Escrow. He was previously owner of real estate mortgage and development companies Four Corners, Belladom Inc. and Grove Properties. He also was a partner at Amerimax Financial. He received a BS in business administration from USC.
Geri Holman is a business development manager at Ceridian, a global business services company. She previously held business services positions at Bank of America, CSC, and Prentice Hall Legal and Financial. Ms. Holman received a BS in business administration, with an emphasis in management and organization, from USC. She has served on the USC Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 12 years. She has headed LAA’s Communications and Scholarship committees, and is currently leading the Student Leadership and Professional Development Committee. Ms. Holman was awarded the USC Alumni Association President’s Award in 2006 for excellence in volunteerism and leadership.
Lorena Martinez is a proud Trojan who earned a BA in International Relations from USC. She is a former Scholarship Recipient of the Latino Alumni Association. Ms. Martinez and her two siblings are all first generation USC college graduates. She has served as a territory sales representative for Abbott Laboratories, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Bausch & Lomb. Currently, Ms. Martinez works in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in Ophthalmology as a Senior Sales Representative. Her passion, dedication, and commitment to serve others is supported by being an active community member. She participates on various committees for LAA, including the Gala Fundraiser, Golf Tournament, Scholarship Review Committee, and The Legacy Committee. In addition, she has become a member of the Town and Gown. Fight On!
Mina Martinez is owner of Prestige Protocol. She retired in 2013 from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems after a 34-year administrative career. She is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington and was certified in 2009 as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant. She provides business, social and dining etiquette, civility and international protocol training in English and Spanish. A lifetime member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Ms. Martinez has conducted business-etiquette workshops at numerous venues, schools of engineering and conferences. She has received numerous honors, including the 2009 Community Service Award and Heart of the Matter Honor from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation and the Raytheon HOLA-HISNET Jose F. Silva Achievement Award. In addition to her service on the LAA Board of Directors and volunteerism since 1998, she is a new member of the Town and Gown. Ms. Martinez advocacy and philanthropy includes the Alzheimer’s Association, United Farm Workers, the Latino Theater Company, Las Fotos Project and Olive Crest.
Jim Medina is the fifth of 8 children born to Monico and Marie Medina. Monico, a teacher was involved in the foundation of the USC Mexican American Alumni Association. He was the only child fortunate to attend USC graduating in 1982, receiving a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from USC Marshall School of Business. For over 25 years he has been a Title Representative, taking advantage of his USC connections and achieving some measure of success, receiving numerous awards from his Company. Currently VP Major Accounts/ Commercial Division, Fidelity National Title, Jim worked for Investors Title for 10 years as VP, Major Accounts and Quaker Oats as a sales representative. A hands- on representative, Jim is a strong believer in relationships forming the foundation of success both in and outside of business. In terms of professional accomplishments he would say that his representation in the selling of Dodger Stadium was his greatest success. Personally, he would say that his marriage and his three children are his greatest endeavors. Jim is involved in the local Community as a mentor with the Mentor Mentee Golf Program at Roosevelt High School. He has been a Pop Warner football coach and a Boy Scout Leader. Over the years he has been a proud alumnus, wearing his colors with pride and in recent years considering how to give back to USC; his involvement as a major fundraiser to USC LAA Golf Tournament was his answer.
Eduardo Olivo is owner and manager of Olivo & Associates, a law firm in La Habra that specializes in civil litigation, municipal law and zoning law. He founded the firm in 1999, after previously serving with the firm of Hill, Genson, Even, Crandall & Wade. Mr. Olivo has served as city attorney and special legal counsel for several municipalities, water districts and school districts, including his current role as city attorney for the City of Commerce and legal counsel for the Commerce Community Development Commission. He has represented the Water Replenishment District of Southern California on various litigation matters and has served as pro bono general counsel for the Southeast Community Development Commission, a nonprofit corporation promoting economic development in the southeast region. Mr. Olivo received a BS in economics and a BS in political science from USC. He was awarded a scholarship by the Loyola Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Foundation and attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he earned a JD in 1990.
Anthony Otero has been with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 1996 and is currently a sergeant II and aide to the inspector general. Sergeant Otero’s assignments within LAPD have included: officer in charge of the Officer Representation Section, Internal Affairs; Criminal Investigation Section-South gang detective; Wilshire Area field supervisor; Southeast Area narcotics investigator; Central Bureau vice investigator; Hollywood Area gang officer; and Northeast Area field training officer. Mr. Otero was born and raised in Southern California, and attended Don Bosco Technical High School in Rosemead. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, he attained the rank of sergeant and was assigned as a section leader with the 4th Marine Division, Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion. He graduated from Whittier College, then entered the Los Angeles Police Academy. While working for LAPD, he earned an MPA from National University and an executive master of Leadership and a doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC. He is married to Deputy District Attorney Araceli Otero. They have three children.
George A. Pérez
George A. Pérez is Senior Vice President, Credit Administration Officer at Banc of California. He recently joined Banc of California through the acquisition of Popular Community Bank with whom he served for 28 years. Mr. Pérez received a BA in psychology from USC and a BS in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Banking. In addition to his service on the LAA Board, he served a five-year term as president of New Horizons Family Center in Glendale; has been a member of the leadership team for the Galilean Class at Lake Avenue Church, whose members helped build housing for the needy in Mexico; helped rebuild housing for those affected by Hurricane Katrina in Shreveport, La.; and was part of an International Friendship and Cultural Exchange Program with the Korean Community of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer at the CSULA College of Business and Economics, addressing developments in the nation’s banking system.
Joel is vice president of sales for Paramount Safety Supply based in Los Angeles County. The company provides quality PPE (personal protective equipment), fall protection, confined space entry/rescue systems and environmental monitors which meets or exceed OSHA compliance and provides cost savings programs to many industries.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Northridge, making him the first member of his family to graduate from college. He is a Founding Father for Gamma Zeta Alpha, Inc., Delta Chapter which was the first Latino fraternity established at California State University Northridge. He proudly served and received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Joel currently serves as Vice Chair for Neighborhood Partners board of directors which provides low income housing for San Fernando Valley residents. He is also a proud member of the USC Latino Alumni Association 2016 golf scholarship classic committee. He served as past chair and member of El Consulado de Mexico (San Bernardino County office) health committee. Joel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two wonderful children.
Maria T. Sechrest
Maria Sechrest is director of business development for MARRS Printing & Packaging, serving clients such as Murad, Oakley, Skechers, Lorac Cosmetics and Wynn Hotels. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Sechrest received a BS in business, with an emphasis in marketing and advertising, from USC. She then went on to work for Xerox Corporation. She is co-founder of L.A. City Camp, a day camp for at-risk children in Watts, and volunteers her time with Coeur d’Alene Elementary school in Venice, Calif. She formerly served on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and is a prior chair of the LAA Board of Directors.
Douglas A. Solorzano
Douglas Solorzano is first vice president, investments/DAS wealth management at Wells Fargo Advisors. He was previously vice president, investments for UBS Wealth Management. He received a BS in business administration, with emphasis in international finance and entrepreneurship, from the USC Marshall School of Business. A seasoned traveler, he has visited all 50 states, 94 countries and all seven continents. Mr. Solorzano is a member of Cardinal and Gold and has served as a distinguished speaker for USC.