Board of Directors

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) is the leading civil rights voice of the Latino community.

Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel

Chair

Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel is Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of SABEResPODER®, a venture funded mobile tech platform helping immigrant communities connect to information, products and services. SABEResPODER is a “digital Ellis Island” with a mission to empower Spanish-speaking consumers to become better informed, confident, and active participants in U.S. society.

Prior to launching SABEResPODER, Raul was Vice President of Diverse Growth Segments at Wells Fargo Bank; he has also served as President of the Latino Education Achievement Project (LEAP), where he led two nationwide initiatives to promote financial literacy awareness and bancarization for immigrants. He previously served as Press & Public Affairs Attaché for the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, and as Director of Research at the Program of Mexico at UCLA.

Raul is an avid writer and has co-authored a book on financial aid for higher education, and is the lead author of 18 booklets on financial services, the health care system, and higher education—with over nine million copies distributed nationwide.

An active member on select national Boards; he serves on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), in the Emerging Markets Development Corporation (EMDC), and is current Chairman of the Board of Directors for MALDEF—the Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America.

Raul previously served in the National Latino Advisory Council for the Nielsen Company, the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and PROFMEX (The Worldwide Consortium for Mexico Policy Research). He is past-Chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and of Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA) in San Antonio.

In 2007, Raul was recognized by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with its National Corporate Advocate of the Year Award; in 2009 he received the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40under40 Award; and in 2011 was bestowed the Corporate Responsibility Award by MALDEF.

Raul was selected by his peers at UCLA as the 1997 Student Keynote Speaker at “La Raza Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.” He is a regular panelist and speaker at national and international academic and industry conferences.

He is the proud son of migrant farm workers, and labored the fields in the San Joaquin Valley the summers of his youth through his first year of college. He now lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.

1st Vice Chair

Gloria Molina
Former Supervisor
County of Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, CA)

2nd Vice Chair

Regina Montoya
Attorney
(Dallas, TX)

3rd Vice Chair

Aracely Muñoz
Special Counsel
Center for Reproductive Rights
(Washington, DC)

Secretary / Treasurer
Fiscal & Investment Committee Chair

Marcus Allen
Partner
Englander Knabe & Allen
(Los Angeles, CA)

Governance & Nominations Committee Chair

Enrique Chavez, Jr.
Principal and Founder
Chavez Law Firm
(El Paso, TX)

Audit Committee Chair

Anna Maria Chavez
Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer
National Council on Aging
(Washington, DC)

Development Committee Chair

Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco
Program Director
TheDream.US
(Miami, FL)

Program & Planning Committee Chair

Laura Flores Cantrell
Executive Director
Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment
(Seattle, WA)

President & General Counsel

Thomas A. Saenz
(Los Angeles, CA)

Members

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Community Activist
(San Antonio, TX)

Martin J. Chavez
Consultant
Ibarra Strategy Group, Inc.
(Washington, DC)

Gabriel Fuentes
Partner
Jenner & Block, LLP
(Chicago, IL)

Margarita Flores
Former Vice President of Community Affairs
Anheuser-Busch
(San Antonio, TX)

Jeffrey Garcia
Vice President
Capital Group
(Los Angeles, CA)

Jorge A. Herrera
Attorney
The Herrera Law Firm
(San Antonio, TX)

Bill Lann Lee
Senior Counsel
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)
(Berkeley, CA)

Loretta P. Martinez
General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
The City University of New York
(New York, NY)

Fabian Nuñez
Partner
Mercury LLC
(Sacramento, CA)

Michael A. Olivas
Director
Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance
University of Houston Law Center
(Houston, TX)

Lillian Rodriguez Lopez
Director
Public Affairs & Communities
CC1 Companies
(Smyrna, GA)

Irma Rodriguez Moisa
Partner
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, & Romo
(Cerritos, CA)

Jose Sanchez
Americas Lead Counsel – Senior Managing Director
Deloitte Global
(Los Angeles, CA)

Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez
Executive Director
Enlace Comunitario
(Albuquerque, NM)

Carlos R. Soltero
Attorney
Cleveland Terrazas PLLC
(Austin, TX)

Dr. Cynthia Telles
Director
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic
UCLA School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
(Los Angeles, CA)

Leticia Van de Putte
President
Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates
(San Antonio, TX)

Michael Wampold
Partner
Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna
(Seattle, WA)

Ronald W. Wong
President/CEO
Imprenta Communications Group
(Los Angeles, CA)

As Donald Trump passed 500 days in the White House earlier in June, the parameters of the administration’s approach to critical issues of concern to the Latino community have become even clearer. After 500 days, Trump has failed to nominate a single Latino to a federal court of appeals vacancy. After 500 days, Trump has continued regularly to demonize, with false facts and vile rhetoric, all immigrants, particularly Latino immigrants. After 500 days, Trump has embarked on a federal policy of violently separating minor children from their refuge-seeking parents in the name of “zero tolerance.” After 500 days, Trump seeks to expand family detention, an inhumane abomination, and continues to demand that United States taxpayers pay for an ineffective and unnecessary wall at the southern border. After 500 days, Trump still champions a discriminatory Muslim ban, securing a bare-majority Supreme Court ruling allowing the continued influence of bigotry in immigration policy, which has historically harmed Latinos more than anyone else. After 500 days, the Trump administration has proven to be the most anti-Latino presidential administration in our history.

After 500 days under this administration of our own work to forge a different path for our nation, MALDEF continues to strive, in court and out, to promote civil rights and constitutional values. To resist and to lead. Below, we highlight just a few of our activities to promote the right to vote and to defend our national principles of fairness and equity in treatment of all immigrants. Work like that described below will continue and expand as MALDEF fulfills its unique role – to be the legal voice that helps to enable the Latino community, despite efforts of the Trump administration to prevent many of us from even being counted in the decennial Census, to lead our nation to a more promising future of inclusion and equity.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund