Yesenia Miranda is a SEAS alum with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in medical physics from Stony Brook University. Her career has been driven by a passion for reducing barriers to health from academic research on diagnostic technology to policy and now health tech. Yesenia has been active on the board for multiple terms in various roles. Outside of her professional life, she is a podcast junkie that loves also enjoys art and all things social impact.
Nicolás Quaid Galván
Acting Vice President
Nicolás Quaid Galván received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. He is an Associate at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch in New York City. Nico is excited to leverage his networks and professional experience to give back to the Columbia University Latinx community which immensely supported him during his time at the Law School. Beyond practicing law, you can find Nico playing his saxophone, or exploring the modern Mexican cuisine in the city.
Jon Gonzalez graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Economics and a Concentration in Latino Studies. He is currently working for a real estate AI startup helping make renting more efficient and affordable.
Carolina Cambronero Varela
Carolina Cambronero Varela, M.A. is engaged in community endeavors that promote a better environment and future through the arts and peace education. She believes these are human rights that will guide all, primarily children, to a deeper understanding of the power of transformation that each person has within. Carolina envisions the creation of these opportunities as integral components for a dignified life (please refer to The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 1966).
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 currently the President of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health Alumni, and has been selected as a 2019 Crain's 40 Under 40 leader. He currently serves as the Executive 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.
Ivan Leniski holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia College and is pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business school. Prior to HBS, he worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets.