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Corporate and Philanthropic Council

“Considering that a core principle of the founding and mission of HACU is to foster partnerships between member institutions and business and industry, a Corporate and Philanthropic Council of 30 members is established as an ongoing Advisory Group.” (HACU Bylaws, Article IV)

According to the HACU Corporate and Philanthropic Council Guidelines (August 25, 1999), the purpose of the Council is: “To provide advice and assistance to HACU’s President, development division and public affairs office so that the association’s mission, programs, events and strategic plans are supported, advanced and realized. Specifically, council members will:

  1. Provide and facilitate financial support and/or develop revenue generation capability to strengthen and diversify HACU’s financial position;
  2. Actively coordinate the creation and sustainment of enduring partnerships between HACU and corporations, businesses, foundations, Hispanic employee associations, influential business leaders and philanthropists, and
  3. Provide advice and counsel, both as a group and individually, to HACU’s President and senior staff to enhance HACU’s public image and credibility with the business and philanthropic community and other leaders at local and national levels."

Current Members (2014-15)

Rudy M. Beserra
Vice President - Latin Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

Joseph T. Mella, Vice Chair
Controllers-Chief of Staff
Goldman Sachs

Mary T. Bayazid
Diversity & Integrated Talent Management

Michael Nettles
Senior Vice President, 
Policy Evaluation and Research 
Educational Testing Service

Florentino (Tito) Colon
Senior Director,
Head Multicultural Market
Community Relations & Urban Marketing

Christine Ortega
Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots
Southwest Airlines

Carlos Figueroa
VP, Talent Acquisition
Travelers Insurance

Janet Padilla 
Chief Operating Officer
Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL)

Jim Fjelstul
Senior Vice President

Dominic Rotondi
Executive Director

Jerry Gattegno, Chair
Senior Partner
Deloitte Tax LLP

Luke Visconti
Chief Executive Officer
DiversityInc Media, LLC

Alma L. Guajardo-Crossley
Director - Diversity Initiatives
General Motors