Latino Achievers

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ANGELES BORREGO

VP-COMMERCIAL FP&A

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Angeles is an accomplished technology, medical device and healthcare global leader with a passion for increasing shareholder value in Fortune 30 multi-billion organizations.

 

In 2021, Angeles joined Verizon Inc., and leads Commercial Finance for the Verizon Business Group (VBG), a $31B segment that provides wireless and wireline communication, services and products for Global Enterprise, Small & Medium Business and Public Sector customers. Angeles operationalizes Verizon’s Business strategies including 5G, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), and Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) as Finance business partner to Products, Marketing, Pricing, and Customer Analytics & Digital Experience. 

Angeles is a member of Verizon Women of the World (WOW), a Verizon VBG Woman Ambassador, Verizon Finance Talent Council member, and mentor. She is a passionate supporter of corporate Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives, a culture change agent and philanthropist. She partners with organizations that make educational success possible for Hispanic students including ALPFA, NSHMBA, SEO, and the PhD Project. 

Prior to joining Verizon, Angeles dedicated fifteen years to optimizing the Healthcare continuum of care at Cardinal Health Inc. She achieved numerous Innovation, Finance, Operational Excellence / Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards, including the prestigious Robert Walter Founder’s Award. She’s been listed in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women - Next Gen.

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RAMON FERNANDEZ

VICE PRESIDENT

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Ramon is Head of GSAM’s Client Business Mexico, developing key relationships with institutions, understanding their needs and connecting with the relevant solutions teams. Ramon has spent over 10 years working with defined contribution pension plans, looking to enhance their allocation, diversification and development of their teams with the aim of increasing the pension participant’s retirement income. He has demonstrated knowledge of the market and how to bring GSAM capabilities with passionate focus on alternative investments.

He enjoys coaching and mentoring fellow junior colleagues and new joiners on career development. Also focusing on sport as a way of mindfulness to enhance professional performance.

Born and raised in northern Mexico, the first of five siblings, he attributes his strong drive and motivation to his parents, bringing his attitude to serve with passion. Married and father of two, Ramon graduated from Tec de Monterrey with a bachelor degree in Engineering in Information Systems.

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RICH GARCIA

VICE PRESIDENT, GROUP BRAND DIRECTOR

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Rich Garcia has been with the community since 2018, where he’s touched nearly every brand in the agency’s portfolio. Initially starting on Verizon, he spent a year where he focused on driving growth with some of Mondelez’s biggest brands (Ritz, Oreo, Sour Patch Kids, Trident and Belvita). In addition to Mondelez, he was the client lead with Walmart, Proctor and Gamble, Cleveland Clinic, The Miami Marlins, as well as multiple New Business efforts. Since December of 2019, Rich has shifted his efforts back to Verizon, where he manages the entire Hispanic portfolio for both Mobility and Home lines of business.

Rich is a trusted client advisor with over 16 years of experience with global brands. Relationships are Rich’s specialty, and he makes it his number one priority to forge trusted partnerships with internal teams, clients and strategic partners. Brand success stories span Telecom (Verizon/AT&T), Retail (Walmart), CPG/Beverages (P&G, Coors, Mondelēz International), Healthcare (Cleveland Clinic), Government (The State of Georgia) and Non-profit (Zoo Atlanta), among others. His experience spans above and below the line advertising, direct marketing, research and analytics, website and content development, SEM and SEO, and experiential marketing.

When Rich isn’t conducting speed tests on his 5G device, you can find him trying to perfect his short game at the local golf course with his dad, or spending quality time with his wife and young son, Roman.

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ELVIMAR RIVAS

SENIOR ANALYST

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Elvimar, known as Elvi, gives her time and energy to help advance numerous Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. In 2021, she started the effort and made possible Con Edison’s Employee Resource Group, CapeABLE (Advocating, Belonging. Leading, Engaging. CapeABLE is a resource to support the greater involvement, organization, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and those who support them within the workplace. The group welcomes individuals with disabilities as well as friends or advocates of individuals with disabilities. In addition, Elvi has been extremely generous with her expertise and outstanding work ethic helping support other Employee Resource Groups in both planning and executing different initiatives. Elvi was instrumental in helping CLARO (Cultivating Leadership and Actively Realizing Opportunities), the Hispanic Employee Resource Group and the LGBTQ+ Pride Employee Resource Group launch their first newsletters. 

In addition, Elvi has consistently given of her time to volunteer to help the communities we serve for many years. Elvi’s passion for advocating for marginalized groups to experience true inclusion in the workplace is extremely commendable and inspirational.

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CARLA ARELLANO

PARTNER

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Carla Arellano is an exemplary Partner in McKinsey’s New York Office and is a leader in the firm’s People & Organizational Performance (POP) practice, which brings data and analytics offerings to improve organizational culture, design, talent, and leadership. Born and raised in La Paz Bolivia, Carla attended Georgetown University, and then spent her early career in finance at JP Morgan and Solomon Smith Barney. After achieving her MBA at Columbia University, Carla joined McKinsey & Company. 

 

At McKinsey Carla has continued to blaze trails as a passionate entrepreneur, building our at-scale capabilities in organizational health and people analytics to help organizations across industries link talent and organization strategy to value. In parallel, she draws on her experience in finance to work with leaders to shape bold aspirations, design and implement the structure, operating model, talent and culture needed to deliver performance. She is a coach and speaker in McKinsey’s Connected Leaders Academy and started the Career Exchange, to help individuals impacted by COVID find jobs through a skills-based talent platform.

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RAUL RIVERA

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND SENIOR COUNSEL

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Raul Rivera is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel for BNP Paribas. In this role he manages the transactional work for Global Markets and legal territory management framework for Latin America as well as M&A Advisory for the Americas. In addition to his professional responsibilities in the Legal Department, he co-heads the Hispanic Employee Resource Group for the U.S. and is a frequent speaker and moderator of panels related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. His support for DEI extends to his participation in bank initiatives focused on the recruitment and retention of diverse employees and most notably the pro bono work he performs aimed at helping the LatinX community in the U.S..

Raul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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LUIS ALEJANDRO VINCK LUNA

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER

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Alex was born and raised in Mexico City and became a US Citizen in 1971. A role model for how to succeed through hard work, continual learning, and job dedication, he attended college at night to learn English and started working on the waterfront in San Diego. From humble beginnings as a general laborer, throughout his 40-year career in the ship repair industry, he was promoted out of the tool room, into production management, ultimately becoming VP of Production and VP of Commercial Sales, responsible for repair contracts for cruise ships, mega-yachts, container ships and eventually, Mexican-flagged ferry boats and tankers. 

Alex’s second career started in 2013 with Great Pacific Securities. He began in internal marketing, and since 2019 became the firm’s first Diversity and Inclusion Officer overseeing the Internship program which recruits from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), colleges/universities with at least 25% Hispanic enrollment, as well as spearheading the Diversity Supplier Program accounting for over 75% of the firm’s discretionary corporate spending. Alex also enjoys organizing the firm's Habitat for Humanity Build Days.

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MERCEDES PACHECO

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL

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Mercedes Pacheco is a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel and advises the Santander Corporate & Investment Banking division in domestic and international transactional and regulatory matters. She was born in Argentina and is both a United States and Argentine lawyer. She advises the Santander Corporate & Investment Banking division in domestic and international transactional and regulatory matters. She has been one of the coordinators for Monday Night Law at the New York City Bar Association for more than 10 years. Monday Night Law is a community service program providing free consultation with volunteer attorneys on topics such as employment law, divorce and family law, bankruptcy, consumer law, landlord tenant and small business matters. As a pro bono attorney with Kind (Kids in Need of Defense), Mercedes is currently representing two young sisters from El Salvador in their immigration proceedings.

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STEPHANIE MONROE ROHLFS

ASSOCIATE

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Stephanie Monroe Rohlfs’ practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate and financial transactions, with an emphasis on Latin American corporates. Her experience spans a variety of transaction types in the U.S. and abroad, and includes capital markets, liability management and bank finance transactions. She also provides clients with ongoing covenant compliance, regulatory reporting and disclosure advice. 

 

Stephanie holds a Doctor of Law degree from New York University School of Law, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science and Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from University of Virginia. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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RUTH AGOSTO

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL

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Ruth Agosto is a Manager in KPMG’s Technology Risk Management Risk Assurance Advisory group. Throughout her four-year tenure, Ruth has established herself as a high performer and a key player in committing to excellence while helping others to achieve via support and mentorship. She has demonstrated leadership capabilities and was recently promoted in the past year at KPMG. Currently, she helps clients identify technology risks and helps drive solutions, while identifying and remediating control deficiencies within their organizations. 

Ruth was born in New Jersey but her parents emigrated to the United States from El Salvador. She was raised in North Bergen, NJ and credits her parents for their amazing work ethic and personalities as it has helped truly bring a genuine and compassionate side of herself to work daily. She hopes to instill the same work ethic she has growing up to her three children. 

Ruth is passionate about D&I initiatives and is an active participant in firm initiatives. She is part of the Committee Leads for the Hispanic Latino Network at KPMG and an alumnus of the HITEC Emerging Executive Program. She has mentored college recipients for the HITEC Foundation Mentorship Program and mentors KPMG incoming staff and college interns. 

Ruth holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems and National Security Studies from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Pace University. She is fluent in Spanish and intermediate in French.