About LCF Georgia

LCF Georgia is a 501(c)(3) Latinx membership organization serving as a philanthropic intermediary and providing specific direct services and programs.  We fund power-building strategies, program development, and capacity building in Georgia.

Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) supports Latino-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 a philanthropic intermediary and we provide direct services in the advocacy, civic participation, technical assistance and entrepreneurship space.

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

2019 Annual Impact Report

2018 Annual Impact Report

2017 Annual Impact Report


Meet our board and leadership team

Maria Vinces Peck
Chair of the Board

Founder and President of SheLends, a consulting and loan intermediary business and CFO of Mark the Potter, the oldest pottery store in Georgia. A successful executive, she has held leadership roles with LiftFund, ACE Loans as Director of Hispanic Strategies and founding director og theWomen’s Business Center with great success. She is a NALCAB Colegio Community Economic Development Fellow and sits on the board of the National Association of Women’s Business Centers.

Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez
Vice 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
Board Secretary

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.
Samantha Ramirez-Herrera
Board Director

Founder and CEO of OffThaRecord, a creative content agency. Sam is a filmmaker, creative director, mother, feminist, civil rights activist and a sought-after speaker on college campuses addressing issues of immigration, gender equality, identity, culture, and ethnicity. A proud, Mexican-born DREAMer, she is a main characters of “PinkSlipped”, has appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball, Forbes, AFROPUNK, The Collegian, Chicago Times, The Washington Post’s The Lilly News, Remezcla and more. She is a 2018 scholar at The Aspen Institute.

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.

Luis A. Avila

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.

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.

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
Grants & Outreach 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
Operations Coordinator

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.


Our work would not be possible without the following generous funders