Meet Our Team


NEW Job OpportunityDirector of Demand & Advocacy

Esther Aguilera
President and CEO

Esther is President and CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). She's a proven leader who brings a 30-year record of successfully executing strategic business plans to drive organizational effectiveness, growth, and impact. In her current role, she influences some of the most powerful companies by bringing together accomplished executives at the pinnacle of corporate governance to advance diversity in the boardroom.  

She is recognized as a social entrepreneur and turnaround specialist, leading scale-up, innovative change, and high-performance teams. She led the growth of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for 11 years as its President & CEO, where she spearheaded programs that transformed the life trajectory of hundreds of young Latinos across the country. Previous positions also included serving as a principal at the Dewey Square Group, senior advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Energy, executive and legislative director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and a policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS).  

She has worked in leadership positions with the nations most accomplished leaders from Corporate America, the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and the not-for-profit sector. Drawing upon this unique cross section of experiences, she is a sought-after thought leader who has delivered numerous speeches and presentations for diverse audiences. She also writes on the subjects of board diversity and organizational effectiveness, and is a guest columnist in numerous publications. Additionally, she's been taped and highlighted by NBC, Yahoo Finance, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Comcast Newsmakers, Inside Americas Boardrooms, C-SPAN, CNBC, Occidental College, Harvard Kennedy School, HuffPost, Hispanic Executive, El Tiempo Latino, Washington Hispanic, AL DÍA News, Latino Leaders, Latino Magazine, Aspen Institutes College Excellence initiative, and many others. She was recognized as one of the nation's top 90 Female Mentoring Leaders by Women of Wealth Magazine, recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine among the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, received the Alumni Seal Award for Service to Community from her alma mater, Occidental College, and was inducted into a prestigious Spanish Royal Order by King Juan Carlos I for exceptional community service.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Occidental College, completed the Harvard Corporate Governance Executive Program in 2005, and completed leadership programs in Mexico and Spain.

Carmen Joge
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Carmen joined LCDA in 2017 to support the board governance work of the association and help design and launch the LCDEF BoardReady Institute (BRI) program. She brings over 25-years of experience in board governance, leadership and organizational development experience to LCDA. Carmen also has extensive program design, strategic planning and public policy experience. Prior to LCDA, she was with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for over 17 years and served as their VP of Executive Affairs. Before that, she was Senior Policy Analyst with UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) overseeing their civil rights portfolio. Carmen is an alumnae of CHCIs premiere public policy fellowship and served as a past Chair of the Center for New Communities (C4NC) board, a nonprofit organization in San Antonio that runs Early Head Start programs. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics and attended American University for her M.A. in Public Administration.


Kathy Jurado Munoz
Vice President, Advocacy and Demand

Kathy is an accomplished government affairs and public relations professional. Highlights of her career include her tenure as Vice President of Communications for Home Shopping Network, Inc., Director of Government Relations at the University of South Florida and Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She has extensive experience in Federal, state and local government relations. Her Washington experience includes serving as staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and Civil Service.  Later, she joined the Alcalde & Fay, Government and Public Affairs Firm, where she became a partner. Clients served include Jim Walter Corporation, Eckerd Drug Stores, Cruise Lines International Association and Hillsborough County, Florida. Kathy was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.

Oswaldo "Ozzie" Gromada Meza
Associate Vice President, Member and Talent Services

Ozzie brings 10 years of direct corporate experience and 5 years of entrepreneurial experience. He developed his expertise in boutique and Fortune 50 organizations. Prior to joining LCDA, Ozzie was an intelligence lead at JamesDruryPartners, a leading board advisory services firm, where he focused on aligning C-level executives backgrounds with Board of Director opportunities. Earlier in his career, he supported the executive recruiting team and spearheaded the build-out of the first talent intelligence team at Allstate Insurance. From this work, he was awarded the Special Libraries Association Business and Finance Impact Award in 2013. Known for innovation, Ozzie has been a speaker on trends in talent intelligence, regionally and nationally. He has been a member of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals and past participant of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Leadership Academy. Ozzie holds a B.S. in Information Systems and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ozzie and his husband are the proud parents of twins and enjoy traveling.

Monique Navarro
Director, Marketing and Communications

Monique brings awareness of the mission of LCDA and its members to the forefront of conversations around diversity in board governance and the C-suite. She is recognized as a leader in communications, having worked in corporate, political, and nonprofit communications across the nation. She brings a 19-year record of success executing comprehensive communications plans to amplify brand awareness and create measurable growth and impact. Previous roles included leading marketing, public relations, and media strategy for large-scale campaigns. She also has led successful campaigns for bond initiatives, voter engagement, voter protection, and has extensive experience with legislative research, tracking and analysis, and public education efforts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies: Mass Communications/Media Studies; Political Science; Social Sciences and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and attended UTEP for her M.A. in Strategic Communications: Rhetoric and Writing Studies.

Wendy Sturley
Director, Strategic Events and Research

Wendy brings more than 20 years of association executive experience to LCDA. She has a wide range of experience with organizational management, event management, membership, publications, marketing, and communications in associations that range in size from 10,000 to more than 100,000 members. Wendy most recently served as the Vice President for Marketing, Communications, and Membership at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and, prior to that, Senior Director of Marketing at the Endocrine Society. Previous positions included roles as the Director of Membership and Marketing at the Society for Neuroscience and Associate Director for International Marketing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which publishes Science magazine. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Taylor University. While working for Science magazine, Wendy lived in the United Kingdom for seven years and traveled extensively, a pursuit she continues to enjoy with her husband and son.

Ana Maria Soto
Director, LCDEF BoardReady Institute

Ana Maria is a passionate champion of the Latino community, has over 30 years of experience providing Latinos with the tools to succeed in education, business, and beyond. A gifted presenter, Ana Maria has, prior to joining LCDA, offered bilingual training in social-emotional learning and pathways to college to immigrants and Latino families across the country. Ana Maria previously provided multicultural programming and mentorship to Latino students at National-Louis University and Columbia College Chicago, as well as served as an executive leader on the boards of Erie Family Health Clinics and Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy in Chicago. In 2004, Ana Maria Soto was named a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow. Ana Maria has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the University of the South, a Master's in Political Science from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, and an MBA from National Louis University.

Lisa Hodges
Manager, LCDEF BoardReady Institute

Lisa is a seasoned executive who started her career as an Associate at Cabrera Capital Markets, an investment banking firm in Houston, TX.  Lisa then went on to serve over 13 years at the New America Alliance (NAA), a national Latino organization committed to building on American Latino success to forge a stronger America.  During her time at NAA, Lisa took on key roles in corporate relations, fundraising, event programming, business development, and operations. Most recently, Lisa served in HR management roles with Allen Independent School District in Allen, Texas. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Adeola Oyelabi
Manager, Talent Services

Adeola previously served as the Individual Giving and Events Manager for WHUT in Washington, D.C.. She is a highly skilled professional in strategic communications and marketing, with a strong background in member recruitment, partnerships, and database and project management. Adeola has experience working in both the private and nonprofit sectors, including in higher education. She received her BA in Spanish from Howard University and MA in Global Studies from Liberty University. 

Bianca Hampel
Office Accounting and Executive Assistant

Bianca joined the LCDA team in July 2017 to support its accounting needs. Today she serves as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and coordinates office and accounting functions, while also coordinating its sponsor and donor fulfillment. Prior to joining LCDA, Bianca was in client relations for a major car dealership in Washington, D.C. and previously for a medium-sized title company. She enjoys supporting the mission and vision of this growing organization and is committed to impacting diversity on corporate boards. Bianca attended Northern Virginia Community College.