Raul Lomeli-Azoubel is Founder and Chairman of SABEResPODER, an organization dedicated to empowering Spanish speaking consumers to become more informed, confident, and active participants in U.S. society. He previously served as Director of Diverse Growth Segments and Latino Market
Manager at Wells Fargo, as well as President of the Latino Education Achievement Project (LEAP). Raul is Chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Past-Chairman of Avenida Guadalupe Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for MALDEF. He serves on the National Latino Advisory Council for the Nielsen Company and the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has been actively involved in PROFMEX, a non-profit research organization since 1992, and an Executive Board member since 1998.
In 2007, he was named “Corporate Advocate of the Year” by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; in 2009, he was named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List; and in 2012, he received the Corporate Responsibility Award from MALDEF. He has co-authored a book on consumer financial stability and commissioned research reports for Mexico’s Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Finance. Raul is the proud son of migrant agricultural farm workers, and labored in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley every summer from 15 years old through his first year of college. A graduate of UCLA, he now lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
Jan McElwee is Principal of the McElwee Group, a Los Angeles-based consulting practice that has provided guidance to foundations, corporate giving programs, funder collaboratives, philanthropic research centers, and nonprofits for more than 20 years. She has successfully designed and led annual and capital campaigns for a variety of nonprofit groups. She has also focused on individual donors and recently co-authored the report, “What California Donors Want: In their Own Words,” published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Prior to establishing the firm, Jan oversaw external affairs for Carter Hawley Hale, managing corporate giving programs for its subsidiaries, including Neiman-Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Waldenbooks, and The Broadway.
She has served as Chair of Southern California Grantmakers, Founding Chair for the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism in Los Angeles, a Founding Board member of Community Partners, as well as serving as a board member or senior advisor to the Asia Society, YouthGive, USC Neighborhood Initiative, Los Angeles Urban Funders, and the Accelerated School—the first charter school in South Los Angeles. Jan’s education includes an undergraduate degree in music from Eastern Nazarene College, and a Masters from Kent State University as well as doctoral work at UCLA in ethnomusicology. She has taught at Oberlin College, Edinboro State University, and SNDT Women’s University in Bombay, India.
Trooper Sanders is founder of Wise Whisper, a strategy practice helping leaders, companies and non-profit organizations develop new and expand existing initiatives tackling critical social challenges. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Policy to U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Domestic Policy Advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and a White House Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. Trooper has served as the primary architect of former President Clinton’s economic initiatives at the Clinton Foundation and helped form the foundation’s childhood obesity campaign, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In addition, he was a primary architect of Mrs. Obama’s military families campaign, Joining Forces. During the 2004 election season, he founded Time to Vote, a campaign encouraging employers to provide workers with flexible leave on Election Day.
Trooper served as communications advisor to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and, during a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship in Germany, worked for the anti-corruption non-profit Transparency International as well as Ashoka, a nonprofit supporting social entrepreneurs. His international career began in the United Kingdom as a policy analyst with The Prince of Wales’ Business Leaders Forum. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Trooper has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Tseng is Principal and Co-Founder of New American Dimensions, a market research and consulting agency based in Los Angeles. He colaunched the firm in 2003 to assist corporations, non-profit institutions, and public agencies in understanding the market opportunities of diverse consumer groups and developing strategies for reaching emerging multicultural populations. Prior to launching New American Dimensions, Thomas served as Director of Marketing for Cultural Access Group where he spearheaded influential research projects illuminating the growth opportunities of U.S. ethnic consumers—including the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council’s “Grow With America: Best Practices in Ethnic Marketing and Merchandising” and the Food Marketing Institute’s “Hispanic Grocery Shopper” series. Prior to that, he served concurrently as a Research Fellow with the Davenport Institute for Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he acted as lead investigator on multiple initiatives and authored several widely commended public policy studies, including: “Rewarding Ambition: Latinos, Housing, and the Future of California” (2002) and “Growing Urban Villages: Cultivating A New Paradigm For Growth and Development in California” (2006).
Thomas is on the Board for Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit promoting civic enterprise and engagement in Los Angeles. He also serves on the National Advisory Board for the First American Corporation and The Applied Research Center, and he was named a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs in 2006. A native Angeleno, Tom studied Economics and Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine and received his Master of Arts at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs.
Elwood Hopkins, Managing Director
Elwood Hopkins is an urban planner. He holds degrees in city and regional planning from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Elwood heads two organizations: He is Managing Director of Emerging Markets, Inc. a private consulting firm that helps financial institutions and supermarkets to develop business strategies in disinvested urban areas; and he is President of the Emerging Markets Development Corporation. In the past decade, Emerging Markets, Inc. and the Center for Place-Based Initiatives have worked with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Capital One, Union Bank, Prudential Financial, Washington Mutual, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase.
Previously, Elwood has served as a Research Scientist at the New York University Urban Research Center and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Tokyo, Istanbul, Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. He has served as an Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Habitat (UNCHS), Organization of American States, and the World Bank. He was a contributor to the World Summit on Cities, UN Social Summit, and the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). He has also served as Executive Director of Los Angeles Urban Funders. He has been a member or contributor to the Harvard Executive Session on Philanthropy, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, and Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Change. He is the author of Collaborative Philanthropies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). In 2007, he received the Robert McNeely Trailblazer Award; and in 2009, the Champions for Families Award.