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About

Leadership

David Adame

President & CEO

David Adame is President & CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC). Prior to this, David served as CPLC’s Chief Economic development Officer and before that, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining CPLC, David served as Vice President of Arizona Operations for McCormack Baron & Salazar where he oversaw the firm’s role in Henson Village, a HOPE VI project located in Phoenix, Arizona that is funded in part by a $35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prior to this, David was the Senior Deputy Director of Fannie Mae’s Arizona Partnership Office. David also spent three years as Program Officer with the Phoenix Office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he managed the HOMESTART program. He also worked for Bank One Arizona for eight years, managing and underwriting residential and commercial loans.

David is chair of the Arizona Housing Commission, a position appointed by the Governor of Arizona. He holds a B.S. in Business from Arizona State University (ASU) and an MBA from the ASU School of Global Management.

Pedro Cons

Executive Vice President
Integrated Health & Human Services

Pedro Cons currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Integrated Health and Human Services. He is also an Organizational Development expert with diverse leadership and academic experience. His education includes a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Professional Counseling, and Advanced Graduate Studies in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, and Guidance Counseling from Arizona State University. He is currently an Educational Doctorate Candidate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. He has also received training in community mobilization and facilitation methods and has attended numerous leadership institutes including The Kellogg’s Foundation Multicultural Leadership Institute.

Andres Contreras

Executive Vice President
Social Services & Education

Andres L. Contreras is Executive Vice President of Social Services & Education with direct oversight of Migrant and Seasonal Headstart/ EHS, Community Schools, Housing Counseling, and Family Empowerment Services. Andres has more than 23 years of community focused non-profit and for profit program experience. He has worked with a variety of entities including schools, businesses, other nonprofit organizations as well as local, state, and federal government.

His experience includes strategic planning and program development in prevention, workforce development, elderly services, behavioral health, housing, child & family welfare, immigration services, emergency assistance, human resource, commercial development, and acquisitions. Andres earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix and Master in Business Administration Degree from the Ken Blanchard School of Business at Grand Canyon University.

Max Gonzales

Executive Vice President
Strategy & Relationship Management

Max Gonzales is Executive Vice President of Strategy & Relationship Management where he maintains a consistent corporate image that unifies complex service and product offerings. Max’s responsibilities also include corporate communications, public and corporate relations, resource development, events, human resources, information technology, and research and evaluation.

Prior to joining CPLC, Max spent more than 20 years at SRP, a water and power utility based in Tempe, Arizona where he provided marketing, direct marketing, market research, public relations, advertising, and strategic planning to the Hispanic Market.

Max is involved in a number of community organizations and has held board positions with Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Friendly House, and Valle Del Sol. Max currently serves on the advisory board for the ASU Morison Institute of Public Policy and The Arizona Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Max earned a Bachelor’s in Management and a Masters of Business administration from Arizona State University. More recently, he was accepted into the NeighborWorks America, Achieving Excellence Executive Leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jose Martinez

Executive Vice President
Economic Development

With over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, and fund development, Jose Martinez serves as both Executive Vice President of Economic Development, and President of Prestamos CDFI, LLC. Mr. Martinez is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of Prestamos – a subsidiary lending division of Chicanos Por La Causa, and also leads CPLC’s strategy to improve economic conditions in low-income communities by providing investments and services that lead to job creation and economic prosperity. Mr. Martinez also provides strategic direction for CPLC’s Opportunity Zone initiative.

Under his leadership, Prestamos has more than tripled its annual lending, deploying over $89 million (2011-2018), and has led the institution in providing access to capital and technical support to small businesses and economic development projects in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. In 2018, Mr. Martinez had recorded and managed a portfolio of over $52 million in assets.

Mr. Martinez has dedicated over 20 years to CPLC in various capacities, including his service as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Throughout his career, he has raised over $165 million for CPLC programs and joint ventures.

Mr. Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Alicia Nuñez

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Alicia is Chief Financial Officer at CPLC with more than 23 years of financial and operational management experience in both for-profit and non-profit businesses. Prior to joining CPLC in 2006, Alicia was Assistant Director of Finance for The Ritz Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California.

Alicia has served as Director of Business Enterprises for CPLC, and President of CPLC Insurance, Inc. During her time serving as President of CPLC Insurance Alicia helped develop the infrastructure, process, and business model for the successful inaugural launch of the program.

Alicia served as Vice President of Business Enterprises for CPLC and has managed several for-profit entities within the organization. Prior to this Alicia was Vice President of Accounting where she managed the accounting department at CPLC.

Alicia earned a BA in English Credential Program from California State University Northridge and received her Executive MBA from The University of Arizona in 2017.

John Ramirez

Executive Vice President
Business Enterprises

John M. Ramirez is Vice President for Business Enterprises. Before this, John served in various management positions for CPLC including oversight of the Real Estate Development, Economic Development, and Residential Housing/Housing Counseling. His current responsibilities include Small Business Loan Programs, the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, Joint Ventures, and Equity investments in third party, Social Ventures, and Housing Counseling Services for offerings in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

Prior to CPLC, John worked in various consumer and commercial lending positions, Vice President for Commercial Lending with financial institutions in Arizona, and Oversight Manager with The Resolution Trust Corporation.

John also maintained an independent consulting career focused on the development of affordable housing and served as Chief Development Consultant with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Phoenix Office.

In 2014, John completed a nine-year term as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank, Advisory Board for the 12th District (San Francisco) for affordable housing interests for Arizona, California and Nevada.

John graduated from Arizona State University, College of Business, (Business Administration) and from the National Commercial Lending School in Norman, OK.

Germán Reyes

Executive Vice President
Real Estate Operations

Germán Reyes is Vice President for Community Stabilization. In this capacity, Germán serves as the National Program Director and oversees the National NSP2 Program Administration for CPLC’s National Consortium consisting of 13 nonprofit agencies across eight states and the District of Columbia. To date, this consortium has expended nearly $220 Million far exceeding the original grant award of $137 Million. Germán also manages CPLC’s Single Family Operations in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Germán has been at CPLC for nearly 8 years and prior to that served on the Board of Directors for CPLC for seven years. Germán graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and earned an MBA and a Masters in Information Management from Arizona State University. Additionally, Germán is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Arizona and serves as the Designated Broker for La Causa Realty, LLC.

Maria Spelleri

Executive Vice President
General Counsel

Maria Morales Spelleri serves as General Counsel & Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Maria oversees CPLC’s legal, compliance, internal audit, human resources; risk management, insurance corporate services, and advises the CPLC Board of Directors on all legal matters.

Prior to CPLC, Maria was an equity owner and partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, counseling nonprofit organizations, public agencies, small manufacturers and affordable housing developers in financing the acquisition, construction, renovation, equipping or refinancing of new or expanding capital projects.

Maria received Arizona’s 2016 Associate Corporate Counsel Award for excellence in the non-profit sector and was recognized as one of Arizona’s top business lawyers in public finance in the April 2010 edition of AZ Business’ Top Lawyers.

Maria’s community service includes leadership positions on boards of several nonprofit organizations and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Industrial Development Authority of Maricopa County and has served as the Chairwoman of Valle del Sol, Inc., the Phoenix Residential Investment Development Effort (PRIDE), and the Secretary of New Arizona Family, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Spelleri has previously served as a member of the Phoenix Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods.

Maria received her law degree from Boston University School of Law and an MBA from Boston University School of Management. Maria’s additional graduate studies include selection as a fellow in the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship program at Sacramento State University.