Sol Trujillo

PARTNER & CEO  

Sol Trujillo, Managing Member, former CEO of Telstra Corp., Orange SA, & US West, is a recognized corporate executive, telecom and technology pioneer, and operating expert. He is also the Co-founder of the L’ATTITUDE Conference and chairman of the Latino Donor Collaborative. Sol was ranked by Hispanic Business magazine as one of 100 Most InfluentialHispanics in the US. He sits on the board of WPP and is a former board member of Target, Pepsi, and Bank of America. Sol has an unrivaled network of corporate and community leaders that are committed to the Latino economy.

Gary Acosta

PARTNER & PRESIDENT

Gary Acosta, Managing Member, is the Co-Founder & CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals(NAHREP®) and a 25-year veteran of the housing industry. NAHREP is the nation’s largest minority real estate trade association with over 30,000 members and 80 local chapters. Gary founded several successful mortgage, real estate, and technology companies including Prado Mortgage, New Vista Asset Management, CounselorMax, and RealEstateEspanol.com. Gary is also Co-Founder of the L’ATTITUDE Conference.

Kennie Blanco

PARTNER & CIO/COO

Kennie Blanco, Managing Member, is a 13-year investment professional that has deployed billions of dollars across private and public markets. He has deep domain expertise in investments, economics, institutional asset management, financial technology, and operational risk. Kennie is a former Portfolio Manager at BlackRock and more recently has worked in private markets, both at the venture and buyout stages. He is a leader in the Latino community, especially as former President of Bay Area Latinos in Finance.

Laura Lucas

VENTURE PARTNER

Laura Moreno Lucas, Venture Partner, leverages her unique network and expertise to support the firm’s deal pipeline and outreach strategy. She is the Founder & CEO of Pandocap which provides strategic advisory and media services that help early- and growth-stage companies access capital markets, implement and measure ESG strategies, and accelerate towards an initial public offering (IPO). Prior to Pandocap, Laura was a Managing Director at Nasdaq where she led the IPOs of Beyond Meat, Lyft, The RealReal, Airbnb, and other high-profile listings. Laura is also successful Latina entrepreneur having found and exited Ladada, one of the first fashion subscription startups to feature emerging new designers. Laura is an advisor to 500 Startups and Fulcrum Ventures, and a board member of California Lutheran University and Pangea Legal.

Roberto Carlos Rosas

GRADUATE INTERN

  • Columbia University: BAs in Economics, Hispanic Studies
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA
  • San Diego, CA

Lisbeimy (Lis) Chavez

GRADUATE INTERN

  • Trinity College: BAs in Economics, Anthropology
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • New York, NY

Pearson Thomas Suniga

GRADUATE INTERN

  • University of Texas at Austin: B.S. in Petroleum Engineering
  • University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, MBA
  • Austin, TX

Cecilia Sanchez

GRADUATE INTERN

  • University of Georgia: BAs in International Affairs, Romance Languages
  • University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, MBA
  • Dalton, GA

Stephanie Michael Silva

GRADUATE INTERN

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: BS in Business Administration – Finance Concentration; BA in Public Policy
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, MBA and MA in International Studies – Spanish/Latin America Track at The Lauder Institute
  • Livingston, NJ