Board of Directors


Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel

Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel
(Los Angeles, CA)

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
(Dallas, TX)

3rd Vice Chair
Aracely Muñoz
Special Counsel
Center for Reproductive Justice
(Washington, D.C.)

Secretary / Treasurer, Fiscal & Investment Committee Chair
Marcus Allen
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, D.C.)

Development Committee Chair
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco
Program Director
The Dream.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)


Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Community Activist
(San Antonio, TX)

Martin J. Chavez, Esq.
Ibarra Strategy Group, Inc
(Washington, D.C)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabian Nuñez
Mercury LLC
(Sacramento, CA)

Michael A. Olivas
Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance
(Houston, TX)

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

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

Jose Sanchez
Sidley Austin LLP
(Los Angeles, CA)

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

Carlos Soltero
Cleveland Terrazas PLLC
(Austin, TX)

Dr. Cynthia Telles
Clinical Professor and Director
Department of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine
(Los Angeles, CA)

Leticia Van de Putte
Andrade-Vandeputte & Associates
(Los Angeles, CA)

Michael Wampold
Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna
(Seattle, Washington)

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

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