Chester Antonio Ruiz: Co-Founder
Son of immigrants from Nicaragua who sacrificed all to give him and his siblings the American Dream of education, citizenship and prosperity. As the beneficiary of his parents’ hard work which insured he had a part of the American Dream, Chester’s legacy is to empower immigrants to attain it. As the Midwest Boycott Coordinator, headquartered in Chicago, he walked shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez in the 1960’s. He has dedicated his life’s work of advocacy to creating opportunity and solutions so that his children and their children’s children and all can participate in the American Dream as he did. He is a proven leader adept at bringing “communities” together and building organizations from the ground up. Chester was instrumental in helping build the largest trade organization of its kind, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) which has over 20,000 members nationwide and 35 chapters. As a passionate and visionary leader Chester is widely respected and known as a “Trusted Advisor” to multicultural communities. Chester is currently the Co-Founder, CEO. of DreamerLogix, inc of Latino Empowering Enterprise dedicated to expanding access to the American Dream.
Margarita H. Colmenares: Co-Founder
Ms. Colmenares is a sustainability and strategy thought leader who has had multiple start-up experiences and held senior leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is skilled at developing partnerships and collaborations that create synergy and leverage resources. She is an inspirational and motivational public speaker. She has consulted or led business development efforts for emerging clean techs in renewables, storage, software, energy efficiency, water and policy.
As an advocate of experiential environmental education she is a former sustainability director at a large urban school district and has piloted green teams and hands-on systems thinking projects aimed at teaching children to think critically, solve problems and become eco-leaders. She has served twice as a political appointee under different Presidential administrations. As Director Corporate Liaison, she was the Secretary of Education’s representative to business and education leaders. Significant key initiatives were launched in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.
She is also a former White House Fellow. During her tenure as National President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a STEM non-profit, SHPE experienced significant growth in membership, sponsorships and leadership development. At Chevron, she was at the leading edge in creating EMS systems to minimize environmental impact through facilities design, construction, operations, regulatory compliance, training and engagement of multiple stakeholders. Her corporate experience spans sustainability/corporate responsibility, manufacturing, marketing, operations, chemicals and executive management development. She graduated from Stanford University, School of Engineering. Her circuitous path to becoming an engineer has been profiled in numerous publications targeting women and minority youth.
Arturo Aleman: Co-Founder
Mr. Aleman is known for building organizational capacity of small, medium and large governmental organizations as well as working with private and nonprofit corporations. He is the co-founder of several nonprofit organizations in the Native American and Latino communities. He is a community activist involved in civic and economic engagement. He has worked at the local and state level of government in many capacities, including serving as an appointee of California Governors.
An expert in Equal Employment Opportunity, Mr. Aleman has conducted more than 100 complaint investigations on the basis of protections under federal, state and local statutes, including health and safety employees and organizations. His policy development in this area is substantial. Mr. Aleman has conducted diversity studies for energy organizations and has been involved in organizing many conferences and symposiums on issues such as Recreation, STEM, Environmental Justice issues, EEO, Human Resources, and education.