The NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship Program

NALCAB’s mission is fulfilled in part through the NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship Program.  NALCAB is the only national organization that has developed culturally-relevant curricula and training methods specifically aimed at building the capacity of Latino-serving community development and asset building practitioners. Established in 2010, the program was developed to ensure that next generation Latino leaders build the practical, personal and professional skills needed to fill the increasing leadership gap in the community economic development field. The curriculum is specifically designed to help practitioners become more effective leaders through leadership development, technical training and the facilitation of peer networks.

The program has graduated 99 Latino Leaders from across the country, representing 61 unique nonprofit organizations in 22 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to joining a diverse national network of Latino leaders, NALCAB Pete Garcia graduates have meaningfully contributed to their organizations and their field, including taking on executive leadership positions.

Class of 2018

We are pleased to introduce you to the 2018 fellowship class. The 18 fellows represent each corner of the country as their organizations hail from 16 cities and 10 different states.

Nini Diana Gutierrez


Cruz Correa

BCL of Texas

Monica Zambrano

Building Skills Partnership

Shea Flaherty Betin

Hacienda CDC

Dayiana Garcia


Aiyana Longoria

San Antonio Housing Authority

Ezequiel Gorrocino

Center for Responsible Lending

Yvette Seerden

Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation

Daniel Martinez

Self-Help Federal Credit Union

Zurilma Anuel

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Crystal Requejo

Mexican American Unity Council

Maria Godoy

Latino Economic Development Center

Ernesto Martinez

Mission Economic Development Agency

Christian Morales


Diana Benitez

Advancement Project

Alexandra Perez Urbina

Huerto de la Familia

Tiffany Galvan

San Antonio For Growth on the Eastside

Mercedes Fuentes