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Latin American Educational Foundation

Providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado since 1949. For 70 years LAEF has remained committed since to serving Latino/Hispanic youth of Colorado, awarding nearly $7 million in scholarships to 7,000 students, and we look forward to continuing our success for years to come!

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
4
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
60
Retention Rate:
100%

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.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3 years
Term Limit:
2 term limit
Total # of Board Members:
17
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
7
Male:
11
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
1
Asian:
0
White:
4
Hispanic or Latino:
12
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

4

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

57%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

64%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

100%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

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