Board of Directors
Karime Sanchez Bradvica, Chair
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.
Charles Claver, Vice Chair
Charles Claver is vice president and priority banking manager for Union Bank. He previously worked with the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, part of the $500 million school reform effort funded by philanthropist Walter Annenberg. He received a BA in political science and international relations from USC. Active in his community, Mr. Claver serves on numerous boards, including Arts Manhattan, the Los Angeles Steering Committee of California Rural Legal Assistance, Hispanic Outreach Taskforce, National Immigration Law Center, Rio Hondo Symphony, Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project and the Whittier Conservancy. He also is a member of Whittier Host Lions and a past mentor with the Los Angeles-based Fulfillment Fund, which matches professionals with high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Claver has lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the Mexican Embassy, and in Madrid, where he studied at the Universidad Cumpletense.
Patty Covarrubias, Secretary
Patty Covarrubias is vice president and program manager of Bank of the West’s new Hispanic Initiative. She also has worked with Bank of the West divisions to encourage active community involvement and to identify potential philanthropic opportunities for division executives and managers. Previously, Ms. Covarrubias served in several management positions at Citibank and Washington Mutual, where she was involved in strategic planning and management of corporate philanthropic programs. She received a BS in public policy and management and an MA in communication management from USC.
Manny Anguiano is owner of Converge Telecom and Data Solutions. 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.
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.
Leo Cortez is a university relations consultant, primarily with Silicon Valley organizations, including Yahoo! Inc. and Cisco Systems. He previously worked in education, with roles as vice principal for the Franklin-McKinley School District in San Jose, and as a middle school and high school teacher and athletics coach. He was born in Mexico, moved to the U.S. at age 10 and worked in California agriculture until he was 20. He received a BA in history and political science and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision, both from San Jose State University, and a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University. Mr. Cortez is a commissioner with the City of San Jose Small Business Commission and serves on the boards of the Association of Mexican American Educators and the Metas Program at San Jose City College. He has been a member of the LAA Board of Directors since 2007.
Veronica Cuenca is senior nursing recruiter at Kaiser Permanente, where she specializes in home care nursing and provides recruitment client management support across the home care nursing sectors for all of Southern California. For the past two years, she has served on Kaiser Permanente’s National Nursing Recruitment Team. Ms. Cuenca received a BS in public administration, with an emphasis in human resources, from the USC Price School of Public Policy and a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis in human resources, from California State University, Fullerton. She serves as co-chair of LAA’s Scholarship Committee.
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.
Maria Jones 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. Jones 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.
Mina Martinez is office administrator and corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant at The Boeing Company. She previously worked for Boeing Satellite Systems for 32 years. She is the founder of Prestige Protocol. Ms. Martinez is a mentor to Hispanic youth at several local high schools and helps advance higher education opportunities by leading numerous Boeing Hispanic Network scholarship-fundraising activities. She has received numerous awards, including a Community Service Award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation; the Raytheon HOLA-HISNET Jose F. Silva Achievement Award; and the Hughes Hispanic Network Event Organizer of the Year Award.
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.
John J. Menchaca
John J. Menchaca is founder and managing partner of Menchaca & Company LLP. He has served as a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Central District of California since 1998, and has also served as a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee for the Central District of California and as a receiver for the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Central District of California. He is a certified public accountant, a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor, and is certified in financial forensics. Prior to forming Menchaca & Company LLP, he was a tax principal with Vasquez & Company LLP and a tax-consulting senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP/Kenneth Leventhal & Company LLP. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Menchaca to the California State Lottery Commission, where he also served as chairman of the Audit Committee. He received a BS in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from the USC Marshall School of Business and an MS in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is chair and past president of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of East Los Angeles and serves on the editorial review board of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business Review. Mr. Menchaca also serves on the USC Leventhal School of Accounting Board of Advisors. He previously served as LAA Board of Directors chair.
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.
George A. Pérez
George A. Pérez is senior vice president, regional senior credit officer and most senior risk manager for the region at Popular Community Bank. He has been associated with Popular Community Bank for 26 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.
Liz Rollice is a human resources consultant at Southern California Edison and serves as a strategic advisory team member for Edison’s Latino Employees Association for Diversity. She received a BS in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business. She is a founding member and past president of the California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute and served as chair of its Speakers Series for 15 years. She serves on the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a member of the USC Associates. She previously served on the White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and currently serves as chair of its annual toy drive. She has also served as board secretary of the State of California, Department of Developmental Services, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center and was a member of the Junior Achievement Latino Advisory Board. Ms. Rollice is the recipient of the USC Widney Alumni House Award and the President’s Award from the USC Alumni Association. She has been a member of the LAA Board of Directors since 1998. She previously served as secretary and as 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 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.
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.