About Us


Founded and incorporated in 1969, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., (CPLC) was created by a group of community and student activists of Mexican descent to address the problems of the barrios of South Central Phoenix, Arizona. Although their initial focus was to create employment opportunities and combat community deterioration, CPLC became increasingly aware that these problems were much deeper rooted. As a result, CPLC expanded its services and provides assistance to disadvantaged individuals regardless of ethnic origin.

CPLC is the only community development corporation in Arizona that offers extensive services in both urban and rural areas. Its service delivery system provides bilingual and bicultural social services in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada impacting more than two hundred thousand people of low-income yearly. In its perpetual drive to provide needed services, CPLC continually assesses the needs of the community and develops programs and services that address these needs, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, or creed.

Through thoughtful planning, CPLC established and currently focuses on the following services within the program lines listed below:

  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Housing
  • Economic Development

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation, committed to building stronger, healthier communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder, and direct service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those we serve.

Our Vision

CPLC is a progressive, community based organization recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a model for responsive, integrated human and economic development. CPLC is a benchmark culturally proficient organization whose unifying voice and advocacy builds alliances, bridges borders, and empowers communities and the people we serve.

What Sets CPLC Apart

As the largest Community Development Corporation in Arizona, CPLC provides integrated group programs and services in economic development, education, health and human services, and housing. Focused on individuals and families with low or moderate income levels, CPLC compliments its service offerings with cultural and linguistic competencies.

Through strategic and manageable growth, CPLC’s annual revenues have experienced double digit growth. CPLC maintains office and/or program sites in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico serving more than 200,000 individuals annually.

Innovative management and a unique business model has been the hallmark at CPLC. Unlike most non-profits, CPLC also owns and manages for-profit businesses that enable CPLC to demonstrate the trademark of their mission statement, “Self-Sufficiency”. In addition, more than eighty-eight percent of all funds received by CPLC are applied to direct services.

From infants to seniors, CPLC is positioned to successfully continue to respond to the growing needs of the community.

Presidents Message

Dear Familia:

It is an honor to be appointed as the new President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa. Having served in various roles throughout CPLC during that last decade, Chief Economic Development Officer, Chief Finance Officer, and Chief Operations Officer, I am acutely aware of the immensely talented resources we posses. This includes skilled staff, hardworking volunteers, generous donors, and community minded corporations who support and make CPLC the premier community organization in the Southwest.

My new role also carries an enormous responsibility to strategically lead CPLC through what I am sure will prove to be a rapidly changing future. Like no other time in history, the community will significantly transform as a result of swiftly evolving technology that forces individuals to interact in their job and personal lives in ways never imagined. These changes could redefine how we view education, business and workforce development, health and wellness, and housing.

As a diverse and integrated community organization, CPLC is poised to rapidly evolve with these changes and continue providing excellent programs and services that politically and economically empower the community toward self sufficiency.

I am humbled by this responsibility while encouraged by the depth of talent with which I am surrounded. I look forward to sustained rapid growth during the next decade and am committed to continuing the legacy of excellence for which CPLC has been well known going on nearly 50 years.

Thank you and God bless,

David Adame
President & CEO
Chicanos Por La Causa

Board of Directors

Leonardo Loo

Quarles & Brady, LLP

Carmen Cornejo

Vice Chair
Critical Mass Communications, LLC and Lacy & Larkin

Antonio Moya

Salt River Project

Javier Cardenas, M.D.

St. Joseph's Hospital

Members At Large

Stephanie Acosta - Ed & Verma Pastor Elementary
Terry Cain - Avnet, Inc.
Alberto Esparza - Sí Se Puede Foundation
Mike Esparza - Crescent Crown Distributing 
Erica Gonzalez-Melendez - Snow, Carpio & Weekley - Community Advocate
Jose Antonio Habre - City of Phoenix
Delma Herrera - Cox Communications
Manny Molina - M&M Media
Robert Ortiz - Bashas’
Rodolfo Parga, Jr. - Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
Rudy Perez - City of Phoenix-Retired
Napoleon Pisano - Community Advocate
Silvia Salas - Community Advocate
Ray Salazar - Arizona Department of Corrections - Retired
Raquel Terán - Community Advocate
Alex Varela - Intel
Rick Jones - CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Abe Arvizu, Jr. - City of Phoenix

Advisory Boards and Committees

Southeast Arizona Advisory Board

Robert Logan, III - The Book Lady
Vice Chair
Daniel Fernandez - CitiMortgage, Inc.
Marisol Flores-Aguirre - REA Communications
Sandra Cañez - BBVA Compass
Hannibal Chinchilla - Barca Financial Group
Irene Delgado - University of Arizona
Rosanna Gabaldón - AZ State Representative Legislative District #2
Bill Holmes - Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Pat Lopez - Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.
Lawrence T. Lucero - TEP/UNS Energy Corp.
Richard Miranda - City of Tucson
Dr. Ned Norris, Jr. - Chairman, Tohono O’odham Nation
Roxanne Veliz - Snell & Wilmer
Michael Vasquez - Ironwood Advisors

Nevada State Advisory Board

ChairChelsie C. Campbell Esq. - Nevada Energy
Vice ChairNancy M. Alamo, Ed.D. - Clark County School District
Thelma Lopez - Southwest Gas
Javier Trujillo - City of Henderson
Lisa Ruiz Lee - Clark County Family Services
Alex Ortiz - Clark County Family Services
Santana Garcia - City of Henderson

Early Childhood Development Policy Council

Veronica Hernandez
Vice President
Nikkie Martinez
Yadira Garcia
Luz Garnica

CPLC Health and Human Services Advisory Board

Dan Brooks - Arizona State University - W. P. Carey School of Business
Dr. Cecilia Ballasteros Rosales - University of Arizona
Richard Jones - United Health Care – Community and State
Alex Varela - Intel
Kelley L. Cathie - Braun Siler Kruzel PC
Nick DePorter - Arizona State University
Larry Farnsworth - Maricopa County Sherriff's Dept.
Greg Garcia - Law Offices of Gregorio M. Garcia PC
Jay Iole - Self-Employed, Dr. Richard Jones United Healthcare
Dr. Ruth Tan Lim - Dobson Pediatrics
Bob Maguire - IDI Billing Solutions
Dr. Adriana Perez - Arizona State University – College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Jody Sarchett - Lovitt & Touché
Lorenzo Sierra - LoSierra Strategic Consulting
Manny Frkich - Hensley Beverage Co
Alison Essary - Arizona State University – College of Health Solutions

Prestamos Community Advisory Board

Jose Habre - City of Phoenix
Edmundo Hidalgo - CPLC
Pete Garcia - Victoria Foundation
Rodolfo Parga - Ryley, Carlock, & Applewhite
David Adame - CPLC
Ray Salazar - State of AZ - Department of Corrections

Prestamos Loan Committee

Barbara Boone - Alliance Bank
Ricardo Carlo - Associated Minority Contractors of America
Ruth Enriquez - Bank of America
Lupe Gomez - Raza Development Fund Inc.
Sherry Sentgeorge - Small Business Consultant
Ciria Trujillo - First American Title
Chad Welborn - SCF Arizona
Kerwin V. Brown - Black Chamber of Arizona

Tiempo Board of Directors

Martin Quintana
David Adame
Rudy Perez
Jimmy Vigil
Monica H. Coury - AHCCCS
Jose N. Tezanos - Moss Adams, LLP
Michael Vasquez - Ironwood Advisors
Abran C. Villegas - National Bank of Arizona
Kayman Wong - Evergreen Development
Anna Marie Prunty - Cox
Christopher Camacho

Executive Leadership Team

David Adame

President & CEO

Pedro Cons

Executive Vice President
Integrated Health

Andres L. Contreras

Executive Vice President
Social Services & Education

Max Gonzales

Executive Vice President
Strategy & Relationship Management

Alicia Nuñez

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

John Ramirez

Executive Vice President
Business Enterprises

Germán Reyes

Executive Vice President
Real Estate Operations

Maria Spelleri

Executive Vice President
General Counsel


CPLC Corporate Headquarters
1112 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Map
(602) 257-0700

Administration Office - Tucson
2550 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85716 Map
(520) 882-0018

CPLC Community Center
3216 West Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85009 Map
(602) 269-2578

CPLC Centro De La Familia Counseling – Phoenix
6850 W. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85003 Map
(623) 247-0464

CPLC Community Schools:

CPLC Hiaki High School
4747 W. Calle Vicam
Tucson, AZ 85757 Map
(520) 883-5051

CPLC Toltecalli High School
251 West Irvington Road
Tucson, AZ 85714 Map
(520) 807-7923

CPLC Corazón Treatment Center
3639 West Lincoln Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009 Map
(602) 233-9747

CPLC De Colores Domestic Violence Shelter
(602) 269-1515

CPLC Early Childhood Development - Administration
1046 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Map
(602) 254-4827

CPLC Elderly Services - Casa de Primavera
1617 North 45th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85035 Map
(602) 269-6245

CPLC Elderly Services - Santa Rosa
1901 West Ocotillo Street
Phoenix, AZ 85015 Map
(602) 242-2258

CPLC Early Childhood Development - Administration
1242 East Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Map
(602) 307-5818

CPLC Family Immigration Services Offices
308 West Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350
(928) 627-2042

CPLC Head Start Center - Dysart Migrant
15815 North Desert Sage
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 972-7801

CPLC Head Start Center - Eloy Migrant
201 North Sunshine Boulevard
Eloy, AZ 85231 Map
(520) 466-3438

CPLC Head Start Center - Queen Creek Migrant
18149 East San Tan Boulevard
Queen Creek, AZ 85242 Map
(480) 988-1708

CPLC Head Start Center - San Luis C Migrant
1522 C Street
San Luis, AZ 85349 Map
(928) 627-2037

CPLC Head Start Center - San Luis D Migrant
1770 East D Street
San Luis, AZ 85349 Map
(928) 627-7254

CPLC Head Start Center - San Luis G Migrant
649 North 9th Avenue
San Luis, AZ 85349 Map
(928) 627-5701

CPLC Head Start Center - Somerton Migrant
435 East Jacobs Street
Somerton, AZ 85350
(928) 627-2002

CPLC Head Start Center - Willcox Migrant
611 North Bisbee Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643 Map
(520) 384-3140

CPLC Head Start Center - Yuma Migrant
1875 South 45th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364 Map
(928) 783-4657

CPLC Head Start Central Region - Administration
1242 East Washington Street, Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Map
(602) 307-5818

CPLC Head Start Western Region - Administration
312 West Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350
(928) 627-5050

CPLC Housing Counseling Office - Las Vegas
3685 Pecos-Mcleod
Las Vegas, NV 89121 Map
(702) 207-1614

CPLC Housing Counseling Office - Nogales
575 N. Grand Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621 Map
(520) 281-9570

CPLC Housing Counseling Office - Phoenix
1402 S. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003 Map
(602) 253-0838

CPLC Housing Counseling Office - Tucson
2550 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85716 Map
(520) 882-0018

La Causa Construction
2550 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85716 Map
(520) 882-0018

CPLC Parenting Arizona - Flagstaff
1515 East Cedar Avenue, Suite E1
Flagstaff, AZ 86004 Map
(928) 773-9133

CPLC Parenting Arizona - Phoenix
6741 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85041 Map
(602) 248-0428

CPLC Parenting Arizona - Tuba City
15 East Main Street
Tuba City, AZ 86045
(928) 283-4217

CPLC Parenting Arizona - Winslow
200 West Third Street
Winslow, AZ 86047 Map
(928) 587-8155

CPLC Préstamos CDFI Small Business Lending
1024 East Buckeye Road, Suite 270
Phoenix, AZ 85034 Map
(602) 258-9911

Tiempo, Inc.
1107 East Tonto Street
Phoenix, AZ 85037 Map
(602) 252-0482

CPLC Tucson Charter Schools Administration
2550 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85716 Map
(520) 882-3029

CPLC Tucson Youth Center
250 North Silverbell Street
Tucson, AZ 85745 Map
(520) 791-9855

CPLC Workforce Development Center
6850 W Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85033 Map
(623) 247-6077

CPLC Fact Sheet

Overview 2015

Chicanos Por La Causa Inc., (CPLC) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and one of the largest Hispanic Community Development Corporations in the United States. The organization began with a group of student and community activists in 1967, and was incorporated and received non-profit status in 1969.

CPLC builds stronger, healthier communities by providing the political and economic empowerment to people to learn the skills and develop the resources necessary to become self-sufficient, offering a hand-up rather than a hand-out. Our areas of focus are Economic Development, Education, Health & Human Services, and Housing.

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