Board of Directors

Lydia A. Aranda

Lydia Aranda is an award-winning voice of influence with over 25-years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Co-founder of Blackstar BBC Group and, formerly BASC America, she develops institutional growth strategies to serve diverse/underserved sectors via such clients as: United Consumer Coalition, Hispanic College Fund, National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), Federation of IPN,, Juegos CentroAmericanos y del Caribe, …
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Dr. Chris Bustamante

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D., serves as President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges located in metropolitan Phoenix, and one of the premier online education institutions in the nation. Rio Salado serves 51,000 credit and an additional 13,000 non-credit students annually, of which 40,000 are online students. Dr. Bustamante was appointed to this position …
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Tim DeSoto

Tim DeSoto is a Senior Director of the Strategy & Business Development Group at Barnes & Noble. A veteran of business development and digital media with experience on both the publisher and platform sides of the business, Mr. DeSoto truly enjoys being at the intersection of content, technology and innovation. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble in 2010, Mr. DeSoto …
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Michael Trejo

Michael Trejo is a Vice President in Global Power & Renewables Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in New York. Michael rejoined BofAML in 2013 where he started as an Associate.   Previous positions include working as an Analyst in BofAML’s Global Commercial Real Estate Investment Banking Group in New York and serving as a graduate intern …
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Gary L. Trujillo

Gary L. Trujillo founded Southwest Harvard Group (SHG) in 1990 and has served as the firm’s President & CEO since inception.   Southwest Harvard Group has a proven track record, due to its ability to manage the critical resources of its organization to profitability; in particular, these include the focus on its human and financial capital. In 1983, Mr. Trujillo …
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Melissa B. Trujillo

Melissa Trujillo is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Be A Leader Foundation which she and her husband created in 2002.  The Foundation is a platform for young aspiring students and serves as an incubator to develop academic and leadership skills required of elementary and high school students to become college bound, focused and prepared.   Mrs. Trujillo has been …
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