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January 19, 2017

New member named to HACU’s Corporate and Philanthropic Council

Raul Villarreal, area manager for General Motors, was recently named to the Corporate and Philanthropic Council (C&PC) of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), taking over from Alma L. -Crossley, director for Diversity Initiatives at General Motors.

Villarreal's involvement with GM’s Hispanic Leadership network cultivated Hispanic talent, and he partnered in the startup of the first Hispanic Initiative Team (ERG) in Texas, and supported the initiation of both the Austin and Arizona Chapters. He is on the board of directors for SER National and serves as Dallas Advisory board member for The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the President’s Hispanic Advisory Board for University of Texas Arlington. He holds a bachelor's from Baker University.

HACU’s C&PC is composed of company representatives, who share an interest in diversity and Hispanic higher education, including:

  • Joe Mella, Chair, Finance Division, Goldman Sachs
  • Jim Fjelstul, Vice Chair, Senior Vice President, Sodexo           
  • Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President, Policy Evaluation and Research, Educational Testing Service  
  • Christine Ortega, Senior Advisor, International Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines
  • Alberto Senior, Director, Multicultural Community Commerce & Partnerships, MillerCoors    
  • Janet Padilla, Chief Operating Officer, Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL), Ford
  • Jorge Caballero, Senior Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP       
  • Dominic Rotondi, Executive Director, Nelnet
  • Florentino (Tito) Colon, Senior Director, Head Multicultural Market, Community Relations & Urban Marketing, Aetna 
  • Peter Villegas, Vice President - Office of Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Carlos Figueroa, VP, Talent Acquisition, Travelers Insurance    
  • Luke Visconti, Chief Executive Officer, DiversityInc Media, LLC
The Council advises and supports HACU in its engagement of private-sector corporations and foundations to advance its mission of Championing Hispanic Success in Higher Education. A key advisory group, the Council helps HACU develop business partnerships and enhances philanthropic support at local and national levels.