About ALPFA Orange CountyALPFA - Empowering Latino Leaders
ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) is the longest standing Latino organization with 81,000+ members assembled in 44 professional and more than 160 student chapters across America. Our vision is to be the premier business organization for expanding opportunities for Latino leadership in the global market.
Covering the counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino, ALPFA Orange County develops the next generation of Latino professionals via experiential leadership development and mentoring from senior corporate executives, whom we empower into the C-suite and onto corporate boards.
ALPFA OC Board Leaders
Today, ALPFA is well-positioned to assist America’s Latino owned and operated companies and Fortune 500 to recruit, retain and develop professional Latino/Hispanic talent in every sector of the U.S. and global economy. We offer consumer insight, diverse procurement, and welcome all who share our mission.
President, ALPFA Orange County
A technology professional with global sales experience in hardware, software, consulting, and training. My ongoing career success derives from game-changing market strategies and an engaging actionable plan that yield greater ROI, business process improvement and client satisfaction.
Milton Galeas, MBA
VP of Academics, ALPFA Orange County
KPMG Senior Associate Advisory Consultant with 14 years of experience in auditing, financial reporting and management consulting. Held senior positions and has supervised teams of up to 10 directs. Results driven professional with proven record of delivering practical, attainable and realistic solutions to clients. Industry lines includes: Aircraft leasing, Financial Services, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, CPA, Media & Communications. Milton has been involved with major projects that include: Finance Manager, worked as part of the Finance Transformation project team for a major pharma to centralize 5 business units. Governance and Risk Management for SOX review and testing for a major aircraft leasing organization. Strategic Finance, where he participated in the accelerated month end process from BD6 to BD4 with deliverables to multiple stakeholders; this project helped improve efficiency in the transfer pricing process for a life insurance organization. Milton holds an MBA with licenses and certification in MIS and Risk Management.
Director of Academics, ALPFA Orange County
Analyst US Forensic Technology (Lead, Data & Analytics) – KPMG
Focusing on assisting clients in their efforts to achieve the highest levels of compliance and efficiency in managing records and information, developing efficient, repeatable business processes for responding to legal and regulatory requests for Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and providing effective collection, processing and hosting of ESI for review and production.
Pete’s professional skillset include: data mining, statistical analysis, quantitative analysis, querying databases with SQL, various methods of testing, predictive modeling, financial modeling in Alteryx. Pete is an alumni from the University of California, Irvine
Juan Piacquadio, MBA, MSIT
VP Professional Development, Innovation, and<br /> Transformation, ALPFA Orange County
Managing Director – ON STRATEGY. Digital transformation and business growth executive with more than 20 years of experience leading organizations in the US, EMEA, APAC and LATAM regions. Currently, Juan is a Managing Director with ON STRATEGY, having previously worked for several global Fortune 500 firms such as Siemens, NEC, HP, NCR, St. Jude Medical, and Skanska.
As part of his commitment to society, Juan is in the board of directors of ALPFA OC, and he is also a member of the Executive Advisory Councils at the Center of Healthcare Research of University of Phoenix, Consortium of Data Analytics and at the School of Advanced Studies of University of Phoenix, Center for Organizational Research. Juan holds a MBA from University of La Verne and a MSIT from Azusa Pacific University. He is a published author and is currently working on his doctorate in business administration at the University of Liverpool, UK.
VP of Finance, ALPFA Orange County
Equipped with over 15 years experience as a Financial Manager / Director Finance including, Forecasting, Modeling, Budget, M&A Activities, Month/Year-End Close, Probability Risk Analysis, Pro Forma Planning/Analysis, and Capital/Operating Expenditures. Strongest attributes are building relationships, attention to detail, & growing strong teams.
Dahlia Quinonez, CTA
Director of Community Relations, ALPFA Orange County
Dahlia Quinonez has been an entrepreneur for four years as owner of Dalia’s Travel Agency and has over fourteen years of experience in administrative support positions. Dahlia joined the ALPFA Orange County professional chapter to support the Latino community and for the simple love of helping people. As a Latina business owner, she primarily is able to be a valuable example to others in the community, while positioning herself to help others who one day may have their own business. ALPFA is giving Dahlia the opportunity to do just that as Director of Community Relations.
Leo Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Director of Corporate Development, ALPFA Orange County
An Organizational Psychologist with more than 15 years experience as a facilitator, coach, consultant, and professor. Leo is a passionate, ethical, friendly and fun business coach and consultant with a twist on innovation knowledge management. He has led multiple change management, organizational and leadership development projects across various industries in the private and public sectors, in the US, Latin America, and globally including at the United Nations. Leo holds an MS degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Chile, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the College of Organizational Studies at Alliant International University in San Francisco, California.
Gregorio (Greg) Cisneros
VP Marketing-Communication, ALPFA Orange County
Digital Marketing Specialist – Creative Designer
• Specializes in design, photography, digital asset management, and content marketing
• Responsible for the strategy, creation, execution, and management of paid, shared and organic social content
• Manages and reports website and social analytics, which assist in evaluating content performance and KPI (Key Performance Indicator) results
• Ensures marketing plans are aligned with brand goals and objectives. Translates strategic goals and brand requirements to actionable concepts and recommended marketing solutions
Fidel Gómez Garcia
Director of Marketing, ALPFA Orange County
Business Manager for the University of La Verne, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Los Angeles Network, Fidel is also a Director of Marketing for ALPFA Orange County.
Fidel Gomez assists the Center Director at University of La Verne SBDC in delivering consulting services and workshops to entrepreneurs in the San Gabriel Valley Region. He is also responsible for working with community, state, federal stakeholders and managing a team of professionals to assist local businesses to start and/or grow their businesses.
Prior to joining the University of La Verne SBDC, Mr. Gomez acquired an extensive background in high-end corporate retail providing strategic direction to assist in new store openings, sales, operations and retail management for companies such as: Brooks Brothers, Original Penguin, BCBG, Bloomindale’s and C-Wonder.
Mr. Gomez is an active an active community volunteer in both Orange and Los Angeles Counties. He was a founding board member and past Vice-President for the Orange County Youth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Gomez serves as the advisor for the Latino Student Forum and a mentor to students from the First Generation Student Success Program at La Verne. He is member of the 49th Class of the Riordan Leadership Institute from the Southern California Network and a David C. Lizárraga Fellow.
Mr. Gomez grew up in México City and at an early age developed the desire to study and emerge himself in International Business. He holds a B.A. in International Business with a concentration in Spanish from Cal State University, Fullerton and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing & International Business from the University of La Verne, College of Business & Public Management.
Jessica Lomeli Ruiz
Communications Director, ALPFA Orange County
A Service Alignment Manager at Humana, Jessica is also Communications Director for ALPFA Orange County.
Jessica holds a Bachelor degree from California State University Fullerton, is a California CPA candidate and is pursuing a Masters degree in Accountancy. Humana is relatively new to the California market; she started her journey with Humana in early 2015 as a Project Manager with Market Operations & Finance taking on projects that crossed all functional areas and levels of the California market. A busy Unidos NRG member and YP group ambassador.
Kristina Ghazaryan, MBA
Marketing Committee, ALPFA Orange County
Proven performer with an exceptional academic record, excellent reasoning, and solid research skills. Exceptional cross-functional communications and interpersonal skills allow development of strong rapport with individuals from diverse backgrounds and on all levels. Works with the President and Marketing VP to define the short-term and long-term marketing strategic goals. Provide annual marketing budget recommendations. Set priorities for marketing efforts; evaluate plans and strategies; and present outcomes to Board of Directors, as appropriate. Work with Marketing VP to coordinate ALPFA’s efforts around the brand, public relations, website, social media communications, event planning, preparing brochures, fliers, and other marketing projects.
Diana Vazquez, CPA
Director of Membership, ALPFA Orange County
Senior Accountant at Pacific Life
Chapter Ambassador, ALPFA Orange County
Operations Specialist, Snap Inc.
A recent graduate from the University of California, Riverside, concentrating in Business Administration Finance. Jonathan has had several years of experience in the business field, working with companies as a brand ambassador or as an intern. Active in leadership positions, such as the Student Body CHASS Senator for UCR’s student government, Director of Finance for UCR’s School of Business Administration, and currently the Ambassador for the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), Orange County Professional Chapter. He is currently on a contract with Snap, Inc. as an Operations Specialist.
“I love what I do because I am passionate about growing my skills and making an impact in the community” – Jonathan Javier
Open Positions Available
ALPFA Orange County
Join us, share your expertise or be a part of this dynamic group to increase your circle of influence and leadership.
Open Board Roles
• Director Content: conduct interviews, collect articles
• Director Corporate Development II: obtain corporate sponsorships
• Director Grants: research & apply for grants
• Director Leadership Summit: manage event, budget, VIPs , & volunteers
• Director Marketing II: design material for online publication, surveys
• Director Membership: recruit members
• Director Mentors & Volunteers: recruit, manage volunteer for events
• Director Professional Development: design & manage workshops & training
• Director Research: analyze & synthesize demographic,
• Director Western Student Symposium: manage budget, sponsors, VIPs, & volunteers
• University Ambassador II: conduct student workshops
Why ALPFA OC?
WE REPRESENT THE FUTURE.
The fastest growing segment of the American economy:
U.S. Latino population
is expected to grow by
167% from 2010 to 2050
The essential economic engine for America’s future:
$1.5 trillion of buying power in 2015. Latinos are expected to make up half of new entrants into the workforce by 2025.
The fastest growing American minority business community:
Increasing from 557,000 in 1990
to more than 3.1 million in 2013,
and growing almost 10 times faster than the general population.
The increasingly important Latino American generation:
Latinos are 21 percent of the millennial population.
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ALPFA OC Healthcare & Technology Summit Review The ALPFA OC Healthcare & Technology Summit: The Intersection of Data, Technology & Healthcare, on October 21, 2017, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda was a successful half day event. ALPFA...
ALPFA – FEI MENTOR PROGRAM - CSUDH The ALPFA OC and FEI OC chapters have a joint program to help graduating seniors at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Finance Executives International OC professionals will mentor CSUDH Association of Latino...
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