The Board of Directors is highly engaged in ELACC activities, meeting every other month to review program progress for all ELACC departments and participating in strategic planning every three to five years. The role of the Board 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. Board members represent a wide array of expertise in land use, community banking, and land use law, with three members who are also long-time Boyle Heights residents.
Isela Gracian has been president of ELACC since 2015. Growing up, she developed her renowned leadership skills by modeling her mother’s commitment to collective decision making. As immigrants, her parents instilled strong roots and links to their cultural traditions — now a hallmark of her leadership — infusing ELACC’s organizational principles with 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 work alongside residents for equity in immigrant communities. Isela now has over a decade of experience working to advance accountable development that does not displace low-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.
Early Edge California
Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez is Principal Consultant at ASG Strategy Consulting, which specializes in public relations, policy analysis, advocacy, capacity building, and political strategy for diverse public and private sector clients, including the California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and others. Araceli has over 15 years of experience championing social issues at the local, state, and national levels. Her track record includes winning major state budgetary increases to improve high quality early education and care in California, passing legislation to create and expand transitional kindergarten, launching Birth through Grade Three initiatives in Fresno and Los Angeles counties, and driving public and private investments to support the teaching workforce. She also specializes in philanthropic consulting, managing funds and providing advisement to maximize the impact and sustainability of grant-making. Earlier in her career, Araceli worked in public affairs at Early Edge California, the California Association for Bilingual Education, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and East LA Community Corporation.
Araceli serves on the LAUSD Facilities Bond Oversight Committee, Board of the East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC) for over a decade, and most recently joined the board of directors of Latinas Lead California. She earned dual bachelor's degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's in Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge.
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.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Desolina Avila is assistant vice president, Regional Diverse Segments Manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, in Los Angeles, CA. Desolina has over 20 years in the mortgage banking industry and has been with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage since 2000.
Desolina creates, directs and implements regional and local tactical marketing plans to provide homeownership opportunities to ethnic minority and immigrant communities, low and moderate-income buyers as well as first time homebuyers. In this capacity, Desolina provides education services via first time homebuyer seminars, various outreach activities via partnerships with housing advocacy groups, non-profits and city and state governments.
Francine Flores is Vice President and Metro District Manager for US Bank in Los Angeles.
Francine’s career in banking started 28 years ago and she is a very proud to have held every position in a retail branch.
She started her career with an independent bank who merged 6 times during her tenure there with other intuitions before coming with Us Bank as a Branch Manager in 2003. During her tenure as a Branch Manager Francine was licensed with her 6, 63 and Series 7. Francine was identified as a Top leader and was invited to the Regions Branch Manager Academy and also to the Company leadership Academy. In 2007 she was promoted to District Manager. As a graduate of Decker Communication, she have extensive experience in public speaking, training, and team engagement. Francine is also the President of Southern California Nosotros Latino Business resource group and also on the National Latinos Advisory Council for Us Bank. Francine is in her senior year of Executive banking school at Fermon University in South Carolina.
Francine is a native of Los Angeles, and is excited to serve the market and communities in which she was born and raised. Francine is currently serving her 8th year as a Board member for East La Community Corporation and President of Tara’s Chance. Francine has served as a member of the Customer Experience Council for Metro West in 2014 – 2016 and has been an active leader in the Regions Customer Experience council since 2007.
Francine is a proud mother of 2 children and is passionate about learning. You can always find her reading new books or attending seminars or lectures. She has a tradition of vacationing in Hawaii with her 2 kids every year where they love her undivided attention. She loves the outdoors, snorkeling, hiking and watching both her kids play sports.
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
Originally from East Los Angeles, Daniel Rodriguez is a Portfolio Management Officer in the Community Development Banking Group with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He currently manages a portfolio of affordable housing construction and permanent loans that includes on-going analysis and monitoring of project performance, sponsor financial capacity, and covenant compliance.
Prior to Bank of America, he served as the Director of the Community Wealth Department at the East LA Community Corporation, overseeing a range of asset and wealth building programs.
Daniel earned his A.B. in Economics from Brown University and MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Arnoldo is an Associate at Atwater Infrastructure Partners. He underwrites and conducts due diligence on all new P3 transactions and real estate acquisitions. Before Atwater, Arnoldo worked for Wells Fargo where he focused on increasing lending and investment in Community Reinvestment Act qualified markets; including investments in affordable housing developments and the creation of a microloan fund for immigrant borrowers.