Anais Amaya, Chair

Board Member since 2022

Anais has worked to develop partnerships among leaders in a thriving, 500-person network. Today, in her position as the Latino Giving Circle Network Director, Anais supports the strategic growth of LCF’s Latino Giving Circles.

Anais brings a special focus on health to her work at LCF. Born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and earning a Bachelor’s in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley, she has developed a lifelong interest in addressing the social determinants of health and tackling health disparities. 

She launched her career at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). As program manager of the ZSFG Health Advocates, Anais led a multi-lingual initiative to connect patients to community resources. In that role, Anais also built a health career pipeline program to advance diversity in healthcare by providing mentorship, leadership development, and career exposure to local students of color, an effort that continues to this day. Continue reading »


Guadalupe Perez, Secretary

Board Member since 2022

I am originally from Mexico, born in Mexico City and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico and identify most as Oaxacan because of this. I immigrated to the United States 21 years ago. I am indigenous. I am the mother of Ariadna, Karla and Joseph, my greatest treasures. I am a wife, daughter, mother, sister, friend, comadre, leader of the people, and I am a Business Woman.

As an immigrant I live the challenges that my people have in my community. I believe that together we can create sustainable economies, governed by ourselves with values ​​of solidarity, cooperativism, and unity among women because in my Oaxaca these values ​​are lived and it is a lifestyle. Continue reading »

Idaima Robles, Treasurer

Board Member since 2022

I was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and grew up in Chicago. Once I moved to the Bay Area, my new supervisor suggested I connect with Prospera due to my background. I met Claudia Arroyo and fell in love with Prospera and its mission. 

I connected to Prospera through my personal experience with entrepreneurship and I became very interested in cooperatives after learning more about Prospera. My father has a business that I helped him establish and manage. I started my career in financial advisory because I wanted to help my dad in managing his business, and discovered I really enjoyed it, and especially in a small business setting. From there, I became interested in empowering others with the skills they need to run their own small business.  Continue reading »


Maricarmen Arjona, Board Member

Board Member since 2021

Maricarmen Arjona, MPH has worked professionally in the fields of training and development of human resources, public health, linguistic and cultural competence in health and community organizing. Sheis passionate about grassroots efforts that foster community development and well-being, as well as social, economic and environmental justice towards immigrants and ethnic minorities. Within the culture and the arts, Maricarmen is a practitioner of son Jarocho and a volunteer, cultural promoter of that Mexican musical tradition in the Bay Area. Currently, Maricarmen collaborated as a volunteer, strategic adviser and currently as a Secretary with Prospera. Continue reading »

Anne Lufkin-Riaño, Board Member 

Board Member since 2022

Anne Lufkin-Riaño is the Chief Growth & Impact officer at WeavingImpact, a non-profit dedicated to bridging the racial wealth divide in the U.S. The strategy combines the Miller Center for Entrepreneurship’s methodology for building global social enterprises and Innovation Work’s mission to support dis-invested neighborhoods in Baltimore. Currently, Anne’s primary focus is to initiate and support two pilots for the Place-Based-Social-Enterprise Models.

Anne is also the former strategic partnerships lead for Kiva U.S. where she scaled Kiva’s partnership model into a cost-effective program, supporting 60% of Kiva US’s loan portfolio, reaching primarily women and BIPOC small business owners. Anne is a champion of improving access to capital for early stage entrepreneurs and developing pilot programs that provide onramps to the first step on the capital ladder, especially for unbanked Latino entrepreneurs. Continue reading »


Itzel Diaz-Romo, Board Member 

Board Member since 2022

Itzel Diaz-Romo has dedicated her professional career to serving diverse communities through small and large nonprofits in Oakland; she is passionate about creating public and private partnerships to support an equity agenda, executing communications strategies, and storytelling.

Itzel is currently the Senior Communications Officer at East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), where she executes the Foundation’s external communications and content strategy to support its mission of partnering with donors, social movements, and the community to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home. Continue reading »


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