BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Adrianna Abarca | Founder & Chair
Adrianna is the founder of the Latino Cultural Arts Center. She has long dreamed of creating an institution where the art, history, and culture of Latinos from Colorado and beyond are accurately represented. Adrianna was born and raised in Northwest Denver, is a graduate of North High School, and holds a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from CU Boulder. After graduating, she worked in the arts in San Francisco for five years including at the Mexican Museum and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Mexico to build her knowledge of cultural representation. Adrianna co-owns Ready Foods, a business started by her parents 47 years ago, and has philanthropically dedicated herself to creating unique spaces where artists, families, community, visitors and scholars can thrive. She is also a founder and 10-year board member of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and is a patron of Denver’s Museo de las Americas, Mexican Cultural Center, Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, and Su Teatro. Her parents started the Abarca Family Collection, as a way of supporting the work of artist friends in Colorado and Mexico. Adrianna has added to the collection over the past 25 years and created the largest privately held collection in the region of art representing the lives and creative expressions of the Chicanos, Mexicanos and Latinos. She has partnered on exhibits with History Colorado, the Arvada Center, the Museo de las Americas and the Emmanuel Art Gallery at Auraria, and supports programming at the Denver Art Museum. In the Summer of 2020, she will curate and exhibit at History Colorado showcasing Latino artists from her collection entitled “Hecho en Colorado”.
Marco Antonio Abarca | President of Ready Foods, Inc., Denver
Mr. Abarca is the President & CEO of Ready Foods, Inc. Marco was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School. Marco received his undergraduate degree from Yale College in 1985. After a year of travel in Latin America, Marco enrolled in Stanford Law School. He received his law degree in 1989. Marco’s first job out of law school was with the Migrant Farmworker Unit of California Rural Legal Assistance. He worked in the Oxnard office for nearly four years. In 1992, Marco returned to Denver to work in his family’s food processing company. He is married and has two school-aged children. Marco is interested in education issues and supports a number of education reform initiatives. His hobbies include reading and travel to historic sites.
Carlos Martinez | Executive Director of Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
Mr. Martinez is the Executive Director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC). He has been in this position
for over five years and is presently leading the LCFC’s transition to an independent community foundation. Mr. Martinez has worked in social service and arts organizations in Colorado, California and Massachusetts. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he also did graduate work in gerontology.
Deborah Quintana | Owner of World Wide Money Exchange.
Ms. Quintana is the first and only Latina to solely own and operate a Foreign Currency Exchange in a major airport in the United States - World Wide Money Exchange, which was established in 1991. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado and grew up in Alamosa, Colorado. Her roots run deep in the San Luis Valley – her ancestors were some of the first Spanish settlers in the state. Ms. Quintana is an active supporter of community-based organizations in the Denver metro area. She previously served on the LCAC’s Advisory Council.
Alfredo Reyes | Director of Operations and Programming
Alfredo was born in Denver to Mexican immigrants. He attended South High School before going to Colorado College where he majored in political science and Spanish. In 2013, he enrolled in the School of Education at CU Boulder where he focused on pedagogy, policy, and practice through cultural development. He spent three-years studying towards a PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before deciding that it was not the career for him. Alfredo now uses his knowledge and skills in education and philanthropy to create a platform from Denver to the world.
Benita Duran | Project Director
Benita Duran is a Colorado native, who has over 25 years of broad expertise in community planning and economic development throughout Colorado and the southwest. She has been a manager of programs in local governments in Denver and Boulder, a vice-president for government affairs for a private corporation headquartered in Colorado, and a program director for new schools at Denver Public Schools. She holds a BA in Economics and Public Affairs from the University of Denver; and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. She is also a Board Member of the Colorado Economic Development Commission and Boulder Community Hospital. Ms. Duran has been the Project Director of the LCAC since August 2017 and is responsible for leading the partnerships and collaborations that will anchor the programmatic and fundraising components of the LCAC.
Victoria Paige Gonzalez | Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Tania Salgado, Ron Rizzo & Tom Wuertz | Handprint Architecture