Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel is the CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. Jacqueline is a visionary leader with over 18 years of experience working on issues of equity, community wellbeing, and health policy.

Jacqueline recently served as Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth). As a founding staff member, she served as a key advisor to the President and helped established the foundation as a credible resource for policymakers and community leaders across the State. She played a central role in developing the foundation's program areas, identifying emerging opportunities and strategic niches, and developing partnerships with national and local foundations. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Jacqueline served as Executive Director for the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative (Community Voices). The mission of Community Voices, funded by the Kellogg Foundation, is to improve access and quality of care for vulnerable populations. In this role, Jacqueline implemented and evaluated health programs and mobilized national, state, and local resources to promote policy change.

Jacqueline has served as an NIH fellow for the Merida Department of Public Health in Yucatan, Mexico. She was appointed as an adjunct professor at the New York University Global Institute of Public Health and the Social Science Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Jacqueline is a former Board Member of the Institute for Civic Leadership, NAMI-NYC Metro, and Grantmakers in Health. She also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable for Population Health.

Jacqueline has published extensively on issues related to health equity, vulnerable populations and community health workers. She holds an MPH from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Jacqueline is passionate about elevating the voice of communities, pursuing equity for those who have been marginalized, and using philanthropy as a catalyst for tangible, enduring social change.

To contact Jacqueline, please email at jgarcel@latinocf.org

Masha V. Chernyak, Vice President of Programs and Policy

Masha V. Chernyak is a strategic visionary, community organizer, and experienced advocate for the Latino immigrant community. An immigrant herself, Masha served in the Peace Corps in rural Guatemala, was trained as an organizer on Chicago’s South Side, and is now working to build Latino philanthropy in California. While working at UNO, Chicago's largest Latino education and advocacy organization, Masha led the creation of a Parent University for Latino immigrants, graduating more than 1,000 individuals annually.

She also organized hundreds of Latino parents and diverse cross-sector leaders during an advocacy campaign that brought the organization $98 million of funding from the State. In her current position as VP of Programs and Policy at the Latino Community Foundation, Masha manages the organization’s investment portfolio and helps lead the organization's change-making strategy. She was instrumental in launching the California Latino Agenda, a campaign to connect diverse Latino leaders to shape and amplify a unified agenda for change. Masha is a photographer, has a marketing background and a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from the University of San Francisco. Masha is trilingual (Russian, Spanish, and English) and has a healthy sense of humor.

To contact Masha, please email at mchernyak@latinocf.org.

Sara Velten, Vice President of Philanthropy

Sara Velten has extensive experience working in the private sector, serving both as Commercial Director for Nano Products and as Public Relations Coordinator for BBVA Bancomer, the second largest financial group in Mexico. She is the co-founder of AHOrA, a Texas based Fundraising initiative focused on expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic youth and parents. Sara joined the LCF team in 2011 and now serves as the Foundation’s VP of Philanthropy. She is currently leading LCF’s fundraising and communication strategies geared at expanding LCF’s base of corporate and individual donors. Sara graduated with honors from Universidad Iberoamericana and received her Administration and Management Certificate from Harvard University. She is originally from Mexico, has lived in Switzerland, and now resides in San Mateo County with her husband and three beautiful children. Sara is a natural connector of people and ideas; not only in Spanish or English, but also in French. She is passionate about traveling with her children, cooking delicious meals with her husband, and helping the Latino community reach its full potential.

To contact Sara, please email at svelten@latinocf.org

Laura Ludwig, Director of Finance and Operations

Laura brings over two decades of experience in finance, human resources and organizational management at for-profit and non-profit organizations. At LCF, Laura is focused on building more efficient systems that are taking LCF to the next level. The practice of ‘giving back’ has been a strong fiber woven throughout her life. As a secondary student, she was tapped to be a tutor to younger children and others with learning challenges. While at University of California, Santa Cruz, she worked with a number of organizations including: Events Assistant, UCSC Women’s Center; Crisis Counselor, Women’s Crisis Support & Shelter Services; and Founder, KZUT Campus Community Television. She directed an award-winning documentary on Mothers for Peace. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, as well as graduating with Exit Exam Honors and a BA in Psychology. After college, Laura continued to weave the thread of volunteerism throughout her work-life at Venice Arts Mecca; A Window Between Worlds; The Shoah Foundation; Intel Computer Clubhouse; and ATEC-Costa Rica. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since the late-1990’s building greater operational efficiency at numerous startups and non-profits. When she has time for fun, she loves a meditative walk in the wilderness and international travel.

To contact Laura, please email at lludwig@Latinocf.org

Samantha M. Sandoval, Manager of Program & Grants

Samantha the Manager of Programs & Grants supporting both fundraising and grantmaking at the Latino Community Foundation. She is a diligent and passionate practical-visionary with an academic foundation in public policy, urban planning, and environmental justice, coupled with several years’ experience in philanthropy, and public health and policy. Samantha is dedicated to social justice principles and advancing equitable strategies for enhanced social, environmental, and economic impact in Latino communities. Previously, Samantha worked at New Door Ventures supporting the fundraising of $4 million annually to help disconnected youth get ready for work and life. Also, she formerly helped manage grantmaking for two health portfolios totaling $18 million at The California Wellness Foundation. Samantha has a B.S. from Santa Clara University and is completing her M.A. from Tufts University. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, yoga, street festivals, and cheering on the Oakland Raiders.

To contact Samantha, please email at ssandoval@latinocf.org

Anna Gagliuffi, Philanthropy and Communications Manager

Anna is a passionate advocate for empowering the Latino community. Growing up in Peru gave her a firsthand perspective on how we can all influence our society for the better. Prior to joining LCF, Anna served as Graphic Designer and collaborated with the Marketing team for PaTS Peru, a nonprofit organization that involves indigenous Amazonian communities in the production of environmentally sustainable wood items. There she held a vital role in transforming the design and communications strategy, reaching and expanding new target markets. After receiving a BA in Advertising, Public Relations and Graphic Design from Chapman University in Orange County, she moved to San Francisco to further her career. She connected to the Latino community in the Bay area as Community Outreach Coordinator in the Chicana Latina Foundation. In her new role at LCF, Anna will help establish positive and authentic relationships with LCF's diverse community of donors, grantees, and leaders through effective communication channels. Apart from her professional life, she is a perpetual learner, strategic designer and a world travel enthusiast.

To contact Anna, please email at agagliuffi@latinocf.org

Amber Gonzales Vargas, Executive Assistant

Amber is an activator and connector who is on a mission to leverage the assets of Latino millennials to create a more equitable society. She spent four years working at the LEAD Center at the University of California, Berkeley helping others discover how to leverage their leadership strengths, improve team dynamics and work effectively with diverse teams. Amber also has been a contributor to the Huffington Post Latino Voices Blog and served as an Editorial Intern with Her Agenda, a digital media platform working to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a double major in Political Economy and French and a minor in Global Poverty & Practice. Amber was raised in a hybrid environment that encouraged the fusion of Peruvian and American culture, helping to shape her global mindset and interest in bridging communities. Organizational and leadership development, public speaking, singing and playing the Peruvian cajon are a few of her passions.

To contact Amber, please email at agonzales@latinocf.org.

Rodrigo E. Durán, Philanthropy and Business Development Fellow

Rodrigo Ehecatl Durán is a community organizer, a networking aficionado, and a fervent advocate for Indigenous and African arts and cultures. As the Philanthropy & Development fellow, he has assisted the Philanthropy Team in connecting leaders from all sectors to engage in the Latino Giving Circle Networks around the Bay Area.

A San Francisco native, Rodrigo has dedicated his time working in the nonprofit sector for several years. He has been a part of the production team for Carnaval San Francisco since 2013, where he has served as the Director of the annual, multicultural Grand Parade. He currently sits on the Council for Calle 24, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Latino cultural vitality in San Francisco’s touchstone Latino Cultural District and the greater Mission neighborhood.

His passion for Latin American culture and arts led him to a number of travels across the region, including a one-year exchange program at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is currently trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and hopes to one day learn a fourth language. Rodrigo holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, from San Francisco State University.

Philip Herrera, Program and Policy Fellow

Philip is the Program and Policy Fellow for the Latino Community Foundation. He will be supporting the team with fundraising, grantmaking and research. In addition to his fellowship at the Foundation, Philip currently serves as a Clinical Research Assistant, Health Advocate, and Lead Data Analyst at the University of California, San Francisco for the Health Advocates program, which screens families for social needs and addresses food security, housing stability, financial security, and healthcare access by facilitating entry to existing benefits programs and utilizing community partnerships to connect families to local community-based organizations.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Philip wants to dedicate his career to giving back to the local Bay Area communities in need of advocacy. Philip has a background in health administration and international law. He graduated with a B.A. in English and Music from Santa Clara University, and enjoys playing the bass. Philip is bilingual and has spent extensive time studying and exploring culture and the arts in Cuba.

Christian Arana, Latino Voter Engagement Fellow

Christian is currently a second-year masters of public policy student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. Originally from the San Fernando Valley, Christian joins the Latino Community Foundation as someone with considerable experience at the intersection of social justice and the Latino community.

Christian’s passion for social justice began as a college counselor at Cristo Rey New York High School, a school that serves primarily low-income, Latino students. From here, Christian conducted higher education research at the Aspen Institute and thereafter worked with the nation’s political, nonprofit, and corporate Latino leaders at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C to develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

Christian is a graduate of Georgetown University. On his free time, he enjoys going to concerts, reading, and cooking.

Evaluation Consultant: Shiree Teng

Shiree Teng has worked in the social sector for 30 years as a social and racial justice champion – as a front line organizer, network facilitator, capacity builder, grantmaker, and evaluator and learning partner. Shiree brings to her work a lifelong commitment to social change and a belief in the potential of groups of people coming together to create powerful solutions to entrenched social issues.

Shiree has an intimate understanding of the issues and challenges related to working in communities of color and dynamics of class, culture and power. Having spent her life in the social sector, Shiree comes to the work from the perspective of building capacity. For the past twelve years, Shiree has worked as a Program Officer and Consultant to Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program. Shiree leads the statewide technical assistance team of La Piana Associates to support The California Endowment’s Healthy Returns Initiative. She has worked on the evaluation and capacity building teams for the Hewlett Foundation’s Neighborhood Improvement Initiative. She is also the lead evaluator for NCDI’s five-year capacity building effort funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Benton Harbor, Michigan, as well as the Mid-South Delta region. Shiree leads by serving: she uses a culturally-based approach and relies on core competencies of strategic thinking, listening and synthesizing, connecting, and mobilizing action.

Shiree chairs the board of Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and previously LeaderSpring and other social sector groups. In 2008, Shiree received the Alliance of Nonprofit Management Capacity Builder of the Year Award, and was a member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) National Conference Planning Committee.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Shiree is fluent in three Chinese dialects. Having lived and worked in Watsonville and Salinas with cannery and farmworkers, Shiree has a functional understanding of Spanish. She holds degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a doctoral student in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. She lives in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.

For more information, visit http://roadmapconsulting.org/meet-our-consultants/item/110-shiree-teng-consultant.