Kimberley Villegas, Marketing & Communications
Start Date: 2018
Kimberley Villegas is a graduate form the University of Colorado Denver where she earned her degree in Business Administration with a double major in Business Management and Human Resources. She is first generation college graduate. In the future she would like to receive her Master's degree in Business Administration. She is currently involved in serving her community.
Jim Chavez, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2003
Jim Chavez is the Executive Director of the Latin American Educational Foundation, the State's oldest and most established scholarship foundation assisting Colorado's Hispanic college students. Jim served on LAEF's board of directors from 1998 up through his appointment as executive director in 2003.
Jim was born and raised in the Denver area and attended college at Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting.
Jim sits on various boards within the local community.
Marissa Leanne Gonzales, Development & Events
Start Date: 2019
Marissa Gonzales is a graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder where she received her undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and Ethnic Studies. She is a first generation college student. Marissa spent her last undergraduate semester interning with two Latinx non-profits in Washington, D.C.
In the future, Marissa hopes to pursue a career in immigration policy or immigration law, and one day work for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Marissa is very close to her family and to her community of Fort Lupton, Colorado.
Rigo Rangel, Student Services
Start Date: 2016
Rigo Rangel is the Student Services manager at the Latin American Educational Foundation.
Rigo attended the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his bachelors degree in History. He returned to the University of Northern Colorado where he earned his masters in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership.
Rigo is a part of the organizing committee for Keeping the Dream Alive Conference since 2014. He is also a contributing member of the National Scholarship Providers Association.