Bill Barquin
Chief Operating Officer, Communications Fund

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Bill Barquin began his tenure with Radio Campesina as an account executive and then transitioned to a sales manager for the network’s highly-successful KNAI Phoenix station. In 2009, he became the radio network’s COO. He previously served as a senior events coordinator at Arvizu Advertising.

Barquin’s commitment to the social and economic well-being of the Latino community is evident not only through his work at Radio Campesina, but through his work both with the City of Phoenix’s Estrella Village Planning Committee as well as chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He served on the board of managers of the Maryville YMCA and was a board member for the Arizona Children’s Association. He has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a 40 under 40 Leader in Arizona, as well as a recipient of the Univision Communications “40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders in Arizona” and Cox Communication’s Hispanic Leader of Arizona.

Barquin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Paul Chavez
President

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As president and chairman of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Paul F. Chavez has spearheaded the impressive expansion of the organization his father founded in the 1960s. The Foundation has grown and adapted into a successful group of social enterprises that support hundreds of thousands of Latinos and working families, inspiring and transforming communities from rural to urban areas throughout the Southwest and across generations.

 

One of eight children of Cesar and Helen Chavez, Paul has spent his entire life with the farm worker movement. Prior to his work with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, he served with the United Farm Workers of America as a union organizer, contract negotiator, political director, lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. and director of marketing operations. He was also a personal assistant to Cesar Chavez.

Paul earned an A.A. degree in negotiations and collective bargaining at the Fred W. Ross Labor Education Center’s School of Collective Bargaining.

Manuel Bernal
 Chief Operating Officer

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Manuel Bernal’s nearly 30-year career in community development began as a Management Analyst for the City of Los Angeles Housing Department underwriting loans with HOME and CDBG funds. He later served as an Underwriter of equity investments at the National Equity Fund and was a co-founder and first Executive Director of the East L.A. Community Corporation. Manuel first joined CCF in 1999 and served until 2011 as Executive Vice President for Housing and Economic Development, and served on CCF’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017. Prior to his current position, Manuel was the Director of Multi-family Housing for the City of Los Angeles.

Manuel holds an Advanced Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College.

Cliff Timmermans
Chief Financial Officer

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Prior to joining CCF in 1999, Cliff Timmermans served as president/director of Guaranty Construction Finance Corp. He started his career as a general contractor with Timberline Construction Co., handling management and general accounting for the construction of single-family residences, later becoming vice president of Timmermans Lumber Co. Inc. He is also a realtor associate with Associated Realtors Inc.

Cliff graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Paul Park
General Counsel

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Paul Park’s 20 year legal career began at the firm O’Melveny & Myers. In addition to serving as CCF’s general counsel for more than 12 years, he is a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Paul is a past president and board member of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California where he established the KABA Foundation to carry on charitable activities to benefit low-income and minority communities. In 2011, he was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.

Paul holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from UCLA. He earned an A.B. from Cornell University.

Alfredo Izmajtovich
Executive Vice President, Housing and Economic Development Fund

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With more than two decades of professional experience, Alfredo is a leader, advocate and authority on developing large-scale affordable housing. He served as manager of the Housing Division for the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission and was vice president of acquisitions for the National Community Renaissance. Alfredo is a board member of California Housing Consortium and former board member of SCANPH.

Alfredo earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. He also holds an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Celia Garcia Alvarado, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President of Education

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Celia Garcia Alvarado has been working in the field of education for over 18 years. She began her career as an educator in the Los Angeles Unified School District and in 2003 was named Teacher of the Year for her district. She served as Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development and as Vice President of Corps Member and Alumni Impact for Teach For America. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Western Region for Education Pioneers. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Marymount University’s Graduate School of Education and serves on the board of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.

Celia received her B.A. from Stanford University, her Ed.M. from Harvard University and Ed.D. from UCLA.