Advisory Councils

Real change is led by the community: that’s one of MAF’s core beliefs. And that’s why we convene councils of community members—clients, nonprofit partners, tech professionals, and funders—to help shape our vision and take our work to the next level.


Member Advisory Council (MAC)

Council members are participants in our programs who have established credit, paid off debt, built savings, and achieved dreams. MAC provides insight into the client experience, advises on design of new programs, and helps shape our strategic goals. 

  • Co-chair: Alan Santos - Lending Circles for DACA
  • Alma Fernandez - Lending Circles
  • Edgar Cruz (from flyers) - Lending Circles for DACA
  • Eulalio Mendez - Lending Circles for DACA
  • Matilde Vasquez Tito - Lending Circles
  • Patricia Fuentes - Lending Circles
  • Reina Aguilera Barahona - Lending Circles for Business
  • Shweta Kohli - Lending Circles
  • Co-chair: Joanna Cortez Hernandez, MAF

Partner Advisory Council (PAC)

These seasoned nonprofit staff represent our nationwide network of Lending Circles partners. They provide insight on the partner and client experience, feedback on services, and strengthens the impact of our national programs.

  • Frank Curiel, LIFT - LA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • David Soto, CLUES (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Joe Lauchlan, Southwest Economic Solutions (Detroit, MI)
  • Luis Gomez, Youth Policy Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Natalie Zayas, Center for Changing Lives (Chicago, IL)
  • Rob LaJoie, Peninsula Family Service (San Mateo, CA)
  • Wandy Peguero, Family Independence Initiative (Boston, MA)
  • Co-chair: Samhita Collur, MAF

Tech Advisory Council (TAC)

Consists of members who are talented technology professionals from companies across the country. Their expertise ranges from technology design to creating products for low-income consumers. They inform MAF’s strategic decisions to help build intuitive technology that meets client needs.

  • Argin Wong, Box
  • Chelsea Otakan, Stripe
  • Co-Chair: Kathryn Weinnman, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Gabriela Zamudio, Girl Develop It
  • Gayla Burks, Civic Technologies
  • Guru Murthy, Processware
  • Javier Mendezona, Brightback
  • Jesse Obbink, AutoFi
  • Ling Wu, Box
  • Meg Witmer, Stripe
  • Nikhil Goel, Uber
  • Sagar Shah, Salesforce
  • Stephan Waldstrom, RPX Corporation
  • Stephanie Lewis, Tipping Point Community
  • Venkatesh Malepate, Google
  • Co-Chair: Ramya Gopal, MAF

Adelante Advisory Council (AAC)

A dynamic group of Bay Area professionals who bring their talents and expertise to move MAF’s mission forward (“adelante”). These members play a key role in building awareness and cultivating financial support for MAF.

  • Co-chair: Jessica Leggett, Seven + Gold LLC
  • Cyana Chilton, Capital Group
  • Daniel Sanchez, KeyBanc
  • David Krimm, Consultant
  • Peter Meredith, Independent Consultant
  • Sally Rothman, Wanelo
  • Co-Chair: Michelle Gallarza



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