About Us

Who We Are

Chicanos Por La Causa is an all-encompassing organization for the underserved.  

CPLC was founded in 1969 by a group of community and student activists to confront oppression facing the Latino community in South Central Phoenix. Since then, we have expanded our mission to promote stronger and healthier communities throughout the southwestern United States, including Nevada and New Mexico, serving more than 200,000 individuals annually. Republic Media's 2016 Who's Who in Business recognized us as the largest charity in Arizona. 

Our vibrant community presence spans a comprehensive range of bilingual and bi-cultural services in Economic Development, Education, Health & Human Services, and Housing. While our services are offered to all people, regardless of ethnic background, we have a special competence in meeting the needs of the Latino community and have become the most trusted provider of services to Latinos in Arizona. 

What Sets CPLC Apart

Our innovative economic model reduces the burden of public dollars to provide needed services to our community.

To support our mission of helping individuals become economically and politically empowered and self-sufficient, we have chosen to lead by example. Unlike most non-profits, CPLC also owns and manages for-profit businesses, which help sustain our charitable initiatives. Currently, more than 55% of our revenue is self-generated, with a goal of 77% by 2022. 

As the largest Community Development Corporation in Arizona, CPLC provides integrated group programs and services which respond to the growing needs of the community from infants to seniors. We are focused on individuals and families with low or moderate income levels and compliment our services with cultural and linguistic competencies. More than eighty-eight percent of all funds received by CPLC are applied to direct services.

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.

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

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

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