Elisa Charters, CCIM
Elisa has passionately advocated for Diversity and Inclusion, and the empowerment of the Latino/a/x community for 20+ years while being an economic development professional in the NY/NJ region. During her board tenure as Vice Chair, NJHCFFA approved over $2.6 billion in financing for healthcare initiatives, and achieved 21% MWBE participation among co-leads in NJ. In 2014, Elisa co-founded Latina Surge, a 501c3 non-profit advocating for executive inclusion and gender parity formally recognized by The Lean In Organization.
Elisa earned her M.I.A. in international finance and business from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
CC, SIPA, PH
Carlos is the Vice President of Contracting and Strategy at SOMOS, Independent Practice Association (IPA).
Prior to joining SOMOS, he served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the New York State Medicaid Director.
Carlos has been named Health Policy Leader of the Year by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE), and received an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from both Columbia’s School of Public Health and the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU).
Carlos earned a B.A. from Columbia College, a M.P.A. from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a M.P.H. from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Carlos V. Cruz
Carlos majored in Economics and held leadership positions in the Chicano Caucus among many other campus groups. After working as admissions officer at Columbia, he embarked on a career in retail with roles in product development and merchandising. He is currently a Director of Global Production at Gap. He loves to run, hike, do yoga, and still enjoys reading economic studies
Yesenia Miranda is a SEAS alum with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering, and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in medical physics from Stony Brook University. Her curiosity has led to her pursuit of a career in research through several capacities: from the lab bench to radiology to her current position facilitating research in healthcare policy. Yesenia has been active on the board for two years, initially as a committee member and now Secretary. Outside of her professional life she is a podcast junkie that loves cosmetics, fashion, and styling.
Ivan Leniski holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia College and works as an investment banking analyst on the Student Loan Finance and Housing Finance teams at RBC Capital Markets. As a member of the Multicultural Employee Alliance Leadership Team at RBC Capital Markets, he is actively involved in the recruiting of diversity talent.
Jerry Garcia is a Managing Director and Market Manager responsible for the Andes, Central America and Caribbean region of J.P.Morgan Latin America Private Bank. With over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jerry leads a team managing over $16 billion in client assets. He is also a member of the Latin America Private Bank Operating Committee, a Senior Sponsor to the Adelante Tri-State Advisory Board and a Leadership Edge Business Faculty Member.
Jerry holds a M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Student Relations Chair
A recent grad from the school of General Studies Carolina has taken her interpersonal skills to the field of recruiting. She is currently working at 2U an EdTech company in Brooklyn, NY with a focus on bringing a more diverse pool of candidates to the Tech space. While at Columbia Carolina studied Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a specialization in Industrialized Nations.