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 the middle son of the civil rights and farm labor leader and as president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Paul F. Chavez has spearheaded the impressive expansion of the non-profit his father founded in the 1960s under a different name. 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.

Under his tenure, the foundation has seen unprecedented growth in four core programmatic areas: building and managing more than 5,000 units of high-quality affordable housing; operating an eight-station Spanish and English-language radio network that reach over 1.5 million people; providing academic products and services to students in under-resourced communities, and operating the National Chavez Center which preserves and promotes the legacy of Cesar Chavez.

One of eight children of Cesar and Helen Chavez, Paul has spent his entire life with the movement. Prior to his work with the Chavez foundation, Paul Chavez 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 his father.

Paul earned an associate degree in negotiations and collective bargaining at the Fred W. Ross Labor Education Center’s School of Collective Bargaining in 1979. He lives and works out of the National Chavez Center at La Paz in the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, Calif. 

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
Vice President of Finance

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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 serves as General Counsel and Secretary for CCF and its affiliated organizations. He is also a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaches corporate governance and social entrepreneurship courses, and serves as a faculty advisor for social impact research projects. Paul began his legal career at the O’Melveny & Myers, LLP law firm.

 

Paul previously served as the President of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles and a past President and Board Member of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. Paul holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from UCLA and earned an A.B. from Cornell University.