About the LOFT Investors Forum

The LOFT Investors Forum is a unique initiative centered around educational trainings for Latino institutional investment professionals including: trustees, investment staff, asset managers, and other relevant industry stakeholders.

The Forum’s goals are to:

  • Build a network among trustees, investors, and asset manager
  • Provide training and educational opportunities to Latino trustees, limited partner investment staff, and asset managers from across the country
  • Promote the development and growth of Latino-owned investment management firms. Support emerging and diverse managers with access to capital initiatives

About HHF

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles with satellite work spaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami.

LOFT Investors Forum Team

Betty Salanic, Director

Maria Espaillat, Manager of Programs

Julian Bishop, Intern, Columbia University ’19

Cesar Ruiz, Intern, Columbia University ’20

Advisory Committee

Aldea Capital Partners—Mina Pacheco Nazemi, Founder

Altura Capital; Small Business Community Capital—Monika Mantilla, CEO and Managing Director respectively

California Organized Investment Network—Stacie Olivares-Castain, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer

Eastridge Capital—Ken Gurrola, CEO

Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System—Nilza Serrano, Trustee

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association—Herman Santos, Trustee

Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions—Belinda Vega, Trustee

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County—Ruby Muñoz Dang, Trustee

Michigan State University—Dr. Joseph Guzman, Professor

New York City Employees’ Retirement System —Ray Sanchez, Trustee

Service Employees International Union—Edgar Hernandez, Assistant Director

Sunstone Partners—Gustavo Alberelli, Managing Director and Co-Founder

Teacher Retirement System of Texas —David Corpus, Trustee

Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions —Emanuel Pleitez, Chairman and Former Trustee respectively

LOFT Investors Forum —Betty Salanic, Director