Board Engagement The Board of Directors is highly engaged in ELACC activities, meeting every other month to review program progress for all ELACC departments. We participate in annual strategic planning every three to five years. Our role is to handle fiduciary responsibilities and work with the President of the organization. Our board members fundraise by utilizing their contacts with the banking industry, small and mid-sized businesses, and private foundations. We represent a wide array of expertise in land use, community banking, and land use law, with three members who are also long-time community Boyle Heights residents.
Since 2015, Isela Gracian has been President of East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), a social and economic justice community development organization on LA’s Eastside. Growing up, she experienced first-hand the leadership skills for which she would later have renown by modeling her mother’s commitment to collective decision making and determined resolve to work together to manage family struggles. As immigrants, her parents instilled strong roots and links to their cultural traditions, which are now a hallmark of her leadership, infusing ELACC’s organizational principles with her cultural practices to forge staff unity and celebrate what binds them to their community. The skills she honed as a young mujer served as a foundation that was further developed through her time at UC Davis where she received her BA and embarked on her path to working alongside residents for equity in immigrant communities. Isela now has over a decade working to advance development accountable to marginalized residents that do not displace the lowest-income families. Recognized through her work at ELACC as a foremost authority among Southern California community development leadership, Isela serves on various boards, including Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE) and the California Reinvestment Coalition. She is also a National Advisory Board member to the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC).
Alfred Fraijo Jr.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP
Alfred Fraijo is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is a leader of the firm’s Latin America Practice Group, a global initiative to provide specialized legal representation to Hispanic/Latino-owned companies and companies focused on the U.S. Latino market. Mr. Fraijo represents public, private and nonprofit developers and multi-national corporations in the United States and abroad in cutting-edge real estate development transactions. Mr. Fraijo has significant experience in obtaining and negotiating land use entitlements for complex housing and mixed-use development projects throughout California, including advising clients with innovative, urban renewal projects in the inner-city and other sectors with emerging markets. His real estate and land use expertise extends to transmission towers permitting, green energy facilities development and permitting educational campuses for charter schools. Mr. Fraijo advises public and private sector clients on state and federal land use and environmental laws, including the Subdivision Map Act, California Community Redevelopment Law, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, RCRA, California Superfund Law and the Polanco Redevelopment Act. Mr. Fraijo also has significant experience in working closely with clients and consultants on due diligence review of land use issues, which includes local zoning ordinances, general plans, redevelopment agency plans, and related land use restrictions. He recently was featured in “Newsmakers” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Cesar Chavez Foundation
An acknowledged leader, advocate and authority on developing large-scale affordable housing, Alfredo Izmajtovich earned a B.A. degree in economics from UCLA, an M.A. degree in urban planning from UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and, in 1991, his M.B.A. degree from the prestigious Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Mr. Izmajtovich has more than two decades of professional experience, including manager of the Housing Division for the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission from 1991 to 2001 with an annual budget of more than $40 million. He was also vice president of acquisitions for the National Community Renaissance from 2001 to 2011, leading a transformation of this local nonprofit affordable housing group to a nationally recognized leader. Alfredo was directly responsible for the development of more than 2,000 units and assisted with another 4,000 units. He has served on numerous commissions, task forces and boards advancing the cause of creating high-quality, affordable housing in our communities. He has been a guest lecturer at USC, UCLA, SCANPH, CRA and other forums and sits on several industry-wide boards.
CDFI Assessment &Rating System (CARS)
Lynn Hansen has 25 years’ experience in community development finance and affordable housing, including leadership positions in the CDFI, commercial banking sector, and government sectors, as well as extensive financial consulting experience. She is currently Vice President and Financial Institutions Analyst for CARS™.
She has served as Senior Vice President and Southern California Regional Manager for Affordable Housing for Bank of America where she was responsible for all aspects of origination, management and credit quality of lending portfolios supporting affordable housing development throughout Southern California. She was the Southern California Director of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), where she was responsible both for portfolio quality and for originating a variety of acquisition, predevelopment, construction, and term loans for community development projects. She was the California Director of Real Estate Development for the National Farmworkers Service Center where she oversaw the preservation, rehabilitation and, construction of housing for very low-income families in California. Ms. Hansen has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
Early Edge California
Araceli Sandoval serves as the deputy field director for Preschool California (PC), where she supports efforts to develop and implement preschool advocacy strategies across the state. Araceli is passionate about increasing access to quality education and resources for the Latino community. She presently serves on The Time Warner Latino Advisory Board where she advises on marketing strategies targeted to Latino consumers and was appointed to the UCLA Bruin Caucus Council where she supports the university advocacy and lobbying efforts. In 2007 she was recognized with the “Mujeres Destacadas Award” (Exceptional Women Award) by La Opinion Newspaper in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Development and Chicano Studies and political science minor from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Araceli is also one of the founding members of Latinas Guiding Latinas of Tomorrow. She was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and proudly raised in the Boyle Heights Community.
For more than nineteen years, Francine Flores has worked in the banking industry, and during that time, she has worked in virtually all areas of day to day banking operations. Ms. Flores brings to her position of District Manager a wealth of experience in an ever-changing and dynamic industry. Ms. Flores began her career in 1988 and has developed and refined her skills in management, operations, staff training and development, sales, marketing, account management, quality assurance, and customer relations. While working for some of the region’s largest financial institutions, Ms. Flores has developed a strong track record of achievement and has won many awards during her career. Prior to her current position, Ms. Flores served as Branch Manager and was responsible for all aspects of day to day branch operations. Her tenure saw her branch meet and exceed all sales and productivity goals, and she also piloted the successful introduction of new and innovative banking services. Her track record in ensuring the highest levels of operational profitability and efficiency has been virtually uninterrupted, and she has also mentored many staff members who have risen into management and have also been consistent achievers.
Guillermina has been actively involved with ELACC’s organizing department since the A-G campaign which began in 2004. Guillermina is also trained extensively in communications and outreach strategies; she is also ELACC’s Community Resident Spokesperson. As a mother of three, she is also a parent leader at each of her children’s schools. She actively participated and graduated from ELACC’s Leadership Academy. She has also worked in the development and implantation of ELACC’s Boyle Heights Community Plan Campaign and Accountable Development Campaign which began in 2005.
VP, Portfolio Management Officer, Bank of America
Leticia is a graduate of ELACC’s Leadership Academy and has been a leader in the community for the past four years. She has been trained extensively in media and communication techniques and has represented ELACC as a community spokesperson. Leticia was once shy and quiet, but after extensive training, she has grown to become one of ELACC’s most informed and leading advocates with fellow organizations, city officials, and public meetings. She has a particular interest in green jobs and sustainable development. She has also been an active member of ELACC’s Boyle Heights Community Plan Campaign and Accountable Development Campaign.