Leadership

Ivan Leniski
President
CC

Ivan Leniski holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia College and is pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business school. He is currently a Managing Partner at Epakon Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in Latinos and Latin America. Prior to HBS, he worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets.

 

Yesenia Miranda
Vice-President
SEAS

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.

 

Jon Gonzalez
Treasurer
CC 

Jon Gonzalez graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Economics and a Concentration in Latino Studies. He is currently working for a healthcare technology startup helping healthcare facilities run more efficiently.

 

Carolina Cambronero Varela
Events Chair
TC

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).

 

Carmen Cusido
Communications Chair
CJS

Carmen Cusido received her bachelor’s from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. She also attended the Yale Writers’ Workshop in 2018, where she earned a certificate, and she will attend a leadership course at Harvard Business School in December 2021.

During her career, she has taught college courses; written a book; worked as a translator; ghostwritten prominent op-eds; and worked on other communications and public relations tasks.

In her free time, Cusido loves to travel and to date has visited all 50 states and Puerto Rico; and 18 countries.

 

Kelly Rodriguez
Student Relations Chair
CLS

Kelly received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Columbia Law School in 2021. Kelly graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1993 with a B.A. in English and from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law (Hofstra University) in 1997 with a J.D. After law school, Kelly worked in New Jersey (admtted in 1998) and in New York (admitted in 2000) for real estate/foreclosure law firms. Kelly moved to Hawaii (admitted in 2010) to practice telecommunications law. Currently, Kelly practices law in New York, Florida and Hawaii. He is an avid cyclist and in his spare time as a member of the Columbia University Cycling Team, competes in road and cyclocross events in the Masters categories throughout the United States.

 


Advisory Board


 

Elisa Charters, CCIM
Ex-officio Advisor
SIPA

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).

 

Carlos Cuevas 
Ex-officio Advisor
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 
Ex-officio Advisor
CC

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

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