Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLC
Rafael Yaquian-Illescas specializes in the legal areas of community-economic development, affordable housing and real estate finance. His practice emphasizes land use, real estate, economic development and municipal government advice to public agencies, private organizations and individuals. Rafael also has extensive experience helping clients interpret and implement the redevelopment dissolution statutes.
M. Teresa García
Family Resource Center Program Associate, First 5 San Francisco
M. Teresa García has worked as a business consultant, nationally and abroad, providing economic-development strategy for the past 17 years. She is dedicated to grassroots small businesses and community-economic development in underrepresented communities. Teresa showcases an excellent understanding of small-business challenges and economic-development issues as they relate to startup microenterprises, especially family child care facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Director of Housing Development, Chinatown CDC
Whitney Jones first started in 1992 at Chinatown CDC, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works in the areas of community planning and engagement; youth and leadership development; and housing development, management and service provision. He was hired as Housing Development Assistant before becoming a Project Manager, then Senior Project Manager, and eventually assuming his current position. Whitney has been involved in the acquisition, rehabilitation and development of over 2,000 units of affordable housing in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. He is a graduate of LISC’s Housing Development Training Institute and the University of Southern California’s Bay Area Ross Program for Real Estate, as well as the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English, and the University of California, Berkeley with an M.A. in Geography. He has lived in the Mission District since 1991.
Regional Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region 9
Ed Cabrera has remained committed to improving the lives of low-income communities throughout California and the Western U.S. for nearly two decades. He has served in various leadership positions in the public and private sectors, forging strong professional partnerships with multiple government and nonprofit agencies and numerous federal, state and local elected and appointed officials.
Senior Vice President – Financial Access Partnership Manager at Citi
Marco Chavarín is a community and economic development professional with over 12 years of experience leading financial inclusion and economic justice initiatives for low-income communities. Marco has worked with the philanthropic sector, federal regulators, financial institutions and municipal leaders to design products and services to help hardworking families and individuals gain access to the financial mainstream and build assets.
Founder/President, Latino Cancer Institute
Ysabel Duron is a retired, award-winning TV news broadcaster, inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame in 2009 following a four-decade career. In her current nonprofit work, Duron collaborates with researchers and the community to bring science to community and the community to science by developing educational tools and addressing gaps that exacerbate the cancer burden.
Ysabel was the 2013 winner of the national Purpose Prize as a “Champion for Latinos Fighting Cancer” by Encore.org, which turns the spotlight on people over 60 who are combining their experience and their passion for social good by creating new ways to solve tough social problems. Duron currently sits on the Independent Review Board (IRB) at the National Institutes of Health. The IRB is responsible for approving all applications for the All of Us Research Program, the government’s largest research program to recruit 1 million participants in a search for answers to major health programs including cancer, the number one cause of Latino deaths.
Managing Member, The Herbert Enterprises Group
Jabari Herbert is a 25-year veteran of the real estate development industry. He currently identifies capital investment opportunities and manages the development of asset portfolios for various real estate companies in the United States and internationally. He is a managing member with Grid Development Partners LLC, which creates community-based utility co-ops to facilitate the distribution of energy that operate independent of a power grid. Affordable-housing development isn’t Herbert’s only forte: He has worked in association with Pacific Charter School Development to create a long-term facility partnership with OUSD for Bay Area Charter Schools. This has led to $175m in Prop 51 state bond funding for OUSD’s properties. Although Jabari’s professional plate is very full, he finds time to give back as a civic member of a number of organizations, including: Kappa Alpha Psi; Bay Area 100 Black Men; Friendship Christian Center International; Mission Economic Development Agency.
Dr. Carina Marquez
Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Carina Marquez is an infectious diseases physician and researcher. She has dedicated her medical career to serving Latinx and underserved communities. This commitment stems in part from her personal history — her father emigrated to the US from Mexico. She provides HIV primary care at “Ward 86,” the HIV clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), and inpatient and outpatient consultation in infectious diseases at ZSFG. Carina is the lead of the SALUD clinic, a clinic housed within “Ward 86,” that provides multidisciplinary care to monolingual Spanish-speaking patients living with HIV. She is also an NIH-funded researcher with a focus on community-based research on HIV and Tuberculosis in East Africa. During the COVID-19 pandemic Carina partnered closely with the Latino Task Force on community-based research and advocacy on low-barrier testing and wraparound services for people who test positive. In addition to patient-care and research she is a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in education and research. Carina is the DEI lead of UCSF’s Infectious Diseases Fellowship, serves on the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Task Force, and she is the Associate Director for Equity of the UCSF/Gladstone Center for AIDS Research.
Managing Director, First Republic Bank
Rebeca Patino is an experienced private-banking relationship manager with 30 years in banking and showcasing a strong underwriting/lending background. She offers expertise in negotiating transactions and developing customized solutions for private banking clients, inclusive of wealth management, deposits and trust services offerings. Rebeca is an effective communicator of proposals, management and retention of premier client relationships.
Associate Director, California Reinvestment Coalition
Kevin Stein works primarily on housing issues, including efforts to fight predatory mortgage lending. Kevin was the primary author of CRC’s reports, “Stolen Wealth: Inequities in California’s Subprime Mortgage Market,” which investigated subprime and predatory lending practices in the state, and “Who Really Gets Home Loans? Years Ten and Eleven” and “Who Really Gets Higher Cost Home Loans,” a duo of analyses of home lending that explores the relationship between race and the cost of credit. Before coming to CRC, Kevin was Supervising Attorney at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, working on community economic development issues. Prior to that, he worked at HomeBase, a law and social policy center on homelessness. Kevin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University.