Peter Salas | Chairman:
Peter lives in Lafayette and has been a Boulder County resident since 1985. Peter is the father of 3 including 2 teenagers who currently attend schools in Lafayette. Peter has as a B.S. degree in Business Finance.
Peter began his public career as a community organizer and has been actively involved in community affairs his entire career. Peter has served on over a dozen non-profit boards as well as, having served on a city council and school board. Peter was a founding member of the Boulder County Latino Chamber and has served on the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the former Minority Business Leadership Council. Peter has also been actively involved in local politics and has helped organize 3 different Latino focused political organizations.
During Peter’s professional work career, he has been a community organizer, a project coordinator, diversity coordinator, diversity liaison, intercultural trainer, program manager and public affairs specialist. Peter currently offers consulting services in the area of Intercultural Development and Training.
Peter has a thoughtful and collaborative style, along with deep programmatic and policy expertise in several areas, which has made him an effective champion for advancing equity, and urban development strategies to expand economic opportunity.
Rachel Garcia | Vice Chair:
Rachel has worked from small and international business to the nonprofit and government sectors, specializing in program development, project management, and community outreach. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, from small to mid-sized companies, start and grow their businesses across several industries, including Latino and woman-owned, manufacturing, natural and outdoor products, aerospace, restaurants, bio-science, retail, clean tech, and IT. As a board member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County, she continues to foster economic development by advocating for Latino entrepreneurs.
Rachel first joined the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County in January 2013 as board Secretary. She currently serves as board Vice Chair and sits on the organization’s executive and programming committees. She is the program manager for the Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Rachel is a Colorado native and earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Women's Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is passionate about social justice and bringing communities together. Outside of the office, you will find her on a trail in the Rockies, enjoying time with friends and family, and loving life.
Ricardo Cabrera | Treasurer:
My name if Ricardo Cabrera and I love what I do! I want to take a brief moment to say hello and introduce myself. As a business professional and a Real Estate Agent, I have been assisting people in this community by rendering the highest level service possible.
I am Naturalized US Citizen, born in Mexico. I hold a BS in Computer Science from the University of Utah and an MBA/Global Management from the University of Phoenix. I have worked in the medical devices field for 20+ years. Currently I work as a Real Estate Agent and Business Coach focusing on small business and startups.
I love spending time outside (Hiking, camping, golfing, skiing, mountain biking), with friends and family, and I'll go wherever they want :)
It is my intent to build a relationship with YOU! I would like to do this by sharing my experience and helping you better yourself, your finances and your business.
If you would like to learn more about me feel free to contact me directly or by visiting www.relacx.com
Berenice Garcia Tellez | Secretary:
Berenice Garcia Tellez, a Mexican native, spent her adult life traveling the world. She received her masters in Environmental Engineering– and met her husband – in Saudi Arabia. Other countries she’s lived in include Turkey, Italy, and Norway, where she worked researching climate change. She and her husband made the move to Colorado, where their daughter was born. Berenice, who says achieving sustainability is essential for the survival of humanity, works at the City of Longmont as Economic Sustainability Specialist. She’s excited to be working with the Latino Chamber on implementing sustainable business practices and outreaching one-on-one with the Latino Business Community, which she sees it as an asset for the future of this country.
Some of Bere’s favorite figures are Elon Musk and Batman. Though the two have very different origin stories, they both rose to do make great change in their respective communities. While Batman may be fictional, both he and Elon Musk inspire Bere to one day do something that impacts the world.
Susana Salamun | Board Member
Susana Salamun is the Latino Services Officer for Alpine Bank. She acts as the strategic and administrative leader of Alpine Bank's ongoing efforts to serve the Hispanic and Latino populations throughout Colorado. She also serves as board member of the Aspen Community Foundation, the Latino Chamber of Commerce of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys, the Latino Chamber of Commerce in Boulder, and the State of Colorado Minority Business Advisory Council.
Susana pursues challenging opportunities that help her grow personally and professionally. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing piano. Susana believes in leading by example and being a positive influence.
Her passion is people, caring for others and playing an active role her community.
Francis immigrated to the United States from Mexico City when she was 16 years old. It took a lot of hard work to learn academic English and eventually she graduated with two M.A. degrees from the University of Texas and from the University of Colorado. In Texas she became a school teacher of Spanish.
Francis has been in Colorado since 2005 where she continued her profession as an educator. Recently, she is an instructor at Front Range and an adjunct professor at UNC. Now that her sons have graduated from high school, Francis has started a catering and food truck business. She loves planning events, cooking and serving Mexican food and Jewish dishes that come from her heritage. Francis also loves spending time with her partner, her sons and going to visit her family in Mexico City.
She enjoys living in Colorado because she can be active surrounded by nature.
Other Board Members