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 an 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 (LCFC)

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.

PROJECT TEAM

Alfredo Reyes 

Director of Programs & Operations 

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.

Victoria Paige Gonzalez 

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Victoria Paige Gonzalez is co-developing LCAC’s identity and building brand awareness during the development of the integrated cultural campus. She manages public relations, marketing content, and event logistics. As a five-year experienced art administrator, artist, curator, and cultural producer, Victoria has collected the talent and leadership skills in cultivating creative spaces, collaborating with artists, and achieving organizational goals.

 

She has a B.F.A in Digital Media and Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Houston. Her work has appeared in the Smithsonian’s Latino Art Now Conference to Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts. She sits on the board for Colorado Jobs with Justice and the committee for the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Leaders of Color.

Joyce Sanchez

Programs Coordinator

Joyce Sanchez began her career more than 20 years ago predominantly in the Denver Metro area. As a native of Southwest Colorado, her passion for serving the community runs deep. She worked diligently for several years directing a mentoring programming for underserved youth, families and communities of color in various neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods included the Sun Valley, where she developed various community partnerships to promote healthy educational, emotional, and personal development. She has worked extensively with local organizations such as Save Our Youth, CASA and most recently, the Colorado Judicial Court system. Joyce holds a bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Tania Salgado, Ron Rizzo & Tom Wuertz of Handprint Architecture

White Construction

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Magdalena & Jose Aguayo

Ron Brambila

Capucine Chapman

Dalia Dorta & Armando Gonzalez-Mijares

Flo Hernandez Ramos

Bobby LeFebre

Lucille Ruibal Rivera

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Supporters 

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