About LCF Georgia

LCF Georgia is a 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on growing people’s democracy, protecting and building community and investing in economic opportunity. We fund power-building strategies, program development, and scholarships

Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) supports Latinx-serving nonprofits and individuals in Georgia with advocacy, program development, technical assistance and collective investments.

Our Mission: We are a catalyst for investment, collaborative work, and positive narrative for the Latinx/Hispanic Community in Georgia

Our Vision: LCF Georgia will be the most trusted connector between funders, nonprofits, individuals, and businesses working with and within the Latinx community in Georgia.

Model: LCF Georgia is a 501 c 3 nonprofit with a membership of Latinx-led, Latinx-governed and Latinx-serving community organizations. We are both a philanthropic intermediary and a direct service organization working with our community directly to advance people’s democracy and knowledge of who we are through advocacy, civic participation, technical assistance, community education and micro-entrepreneurship.

Pillars of our work, driving everything we do
-Amplify and increase our diverse community visibility and advocacy to strengthen our identity
-We build a stronger community by being intentional about collaborations and building networks.
-We promote, support and invest in civic participation to champion community issues and create policies that create opportunities for our families, workers, entrepreneurs, students and women.

LCF Georgia members focus in the following key focus areas
-Leadership development, advocacy and civic participation
-Health and safety
-Education and Educational attainment
-Entrepreneurship, economic development and mobility
-Human & legal services
-Arts & Culture

2020 Annual Impact Report

2019 Annual Impact Report

2018 Annual Impact Report

2017 Annual Impact Report


Meet our board and leadership team

Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez
Chair of the Board

Vice President of CCI Companies. Lillian has served as VP of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at The Coca-Cola Company and previously was the President of the Hispanic Federation of New York.  Lilian also serves as board member for the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, MALDEF, LaAmistad, and the Hispanic Advisory Council of the Nielsen Corporation.

Daniela Demaria
Vice Chair of the Board

Daniela is the Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Solutions for Fifth Third Bank. She has 20 years of C-Suite experience in the US and abroad. She is past Board member of Dress for Success – Atlanta, the United Way Women Leadership Council – Cincinnati, the GA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Cool Girls

Omar Esposito
Board Treasurer
Chief Revenue Officer for Stackfolio with 13 years of banking experience. Member of the Georgia Bankers Association Board of Directors and  the Community Bankers Association of Georgia’s Associate Member Advisory Council.  LEAD Atlanta graduate, Chairman of the Board of Directors of HouseProud Atlanta and board member of a number of nonprofit organizations.
Luis A. Avila
Board Secretary

Vice President of Governance and Compliance for Cox Enterprises, Luis has broad-based transactional, corporate governance, securities, and M&A expertise. An active community leader, Mr. Avila has been recognized by numerous organizations, including being named Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, Business Leader of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network, Out & Proud Corporate Counsel by the National LGBT Bar, and Top Lawyer Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Henry A. Kelly
Board Director

Henry is a successful logistics entrepreneur and a former director of corporate relations at Georgia Power. He is former chairman and president of 100 Black Men of Atlanta and was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as well as the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Aida Perez-Flamm
Past Chair

Founder and partner of Aida & Co, Aida is also director of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), a key Latino leader and instrumental in the development of many local anchor organizations including the Latin American Association, The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and others. Aida is a patron of the arts and a courageous advocate for the Latino/Hispanic community

Antonio Molina

Antonio Molina is a Lawyer and Navy Veteran. He is the Chief Operating Officer for Consultorio Medico Hispano, a medical practice geared towards helping the uninsured or underinsured community. He is an alum of the New Leaders Council, an Urban Fellow through GSU College of Law and has been named a Georgia Trends 40 under 40, and one of the 40 under 40 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Rudy Beserra
Board Director

Former Vice President of Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. A nationally recognized community and business leader, Beserra was instrumental in the founding and development of several national Hispanic organizations including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. Beserra is the Board Chairman for the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

Eddy Elguezabal, MBA
Board Director

Regional President and general manager and director of sales for Univision Communications, Mr. Elguezabal oversees Atlanta, Philadelphia and Raleigh operations and has a wealth of experience in operations, strategic marketing and sales, pricing and package development and community development.  He sits on the board of Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

Yolanda Robles

CEO and Founder of CulturaLink. A successful entrepreneur in the technology and health care space, born in the Dominican Republic and served as an interpreter and cultural navigator for her family. She is a member of the Joint Commission’s Long Term Care Advisory Council, American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management, member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and National Association of Healthcare Service Executives (NAHSE), among others.

Frank Fernandez

Frank Fernandez is CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and former Senior Vice President with The Arthur M. Blank Foundation. He is a recognized leader on housing, transportation and economic development issues. Mr. Fernandez has received the “Vision Award” from Liveable City for his work creating HousingWorks, the Non-Profit Leadership award from Austin Under 40 and Ernst and Young’s 2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH

Dr. Hernandez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Interim Director of the Center for Maternal Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine. She  has a broad background and over 15 years of experience in community-based participatory research (CBPR), women’s health disparities, health policy, and social determinants of health. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Hernandez worked as a Program Manager for UnidosUS leading all their national maternal health projects. 

Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza
Executive Director and Founder

Gigi is a social entrepreneur and nonprofit professional with over 20 years of experience in the areas of general management, strategy, operations, marketing and fund development in both for-profit and nonprofit spaces. She is the recipient of the 2018 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, the 2018 Women of Inspiration of the Atlanta Dream, named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia and a 2017 Hispanics in Philanthropy Fellow among other distinctions. She is originally from Lima, Peru.

Genesis Castro
Programs & Network Manager

Genesis comes from a background of education and civic engagement with member organizations HoPe and GALEO. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Georgia with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. 

Michelle Zuluaga
Civic Participation Manager

Michelle Zuluaga is dedicated to educate, engage and mobilize the Latinx community in Georgia at the local and state level through advocacy, census and voter mobilization. She has a degree in Political Science and International Relations from UNG. Her family is from Colombia.

Sergio Mendez
Grantmaking Administrator

Sergio Mendez is a first-generation college graduate of immigrant parents.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Augusta University.  He is a six year veteran of the US Army.  He has previously worked with organizations dedicated to helping fellow students and service members.

Pedro Viloria
Advocacy & Field Lead

Pedro received a BA from Emory University with a double major in Political Science and French Studies and is experienced in research and data analysis, healthcare management  customer service and is fully tri-lingual (Spanish, English, French) with intermediate German proficiency, He founded and ran a NGO dedicated to providing meals to unprivileged children in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Dianne Román
Health & Wellbeing Coordinator

Dianne Roman-Gonzalez grew up in Manati, Puerto Rico raised by a mother with an arduous work ethic encouraging the development of her leadership skills and fostering volunterism and community engagement. She has an undergrad degree in Biology and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico. 

Christina Benavides
Office Administrator

Christina began her career in social justice by empowering Black and Latino girls in NYC through gender equity programming. Throughout her 15 years as a nonprofit professional she has held various leadership roles working to strengthen program, operational and fundraising systems. Most recently Christina worked with CUNY's Senior University Dean of Academic Affairs Office focusing on professional development for teams leading citywide educational programs.

Andy Santamaria
Civic Participation Coordinator

Andy is an experienced canvasser and organizer with experience in New York and Atlanta. Andy has been engaged in the social justice space since he started knocking on doors for the 2010 census. 

Lupita Quezada
South Georgia Lead Navigator

A great community advocate, Lupita is finishing her studies to become a teacher in South Georgia. She has been liaising and supporting hundreds of families in South Georgia since 2020 with Know Your Rights information, navigating the health system, civic mobilization and financial assistance.

Ulyssa Muñoz
South Georgia Lead Navigator

Ulyssa has been liaising and supporting hundreds of families in South Georgia since 2020 with Know Your Rights information, navigating the health system, civic mobilization and financial assistance. She leads our Tifton team


Our work would not be possible without the following generous funders