Staff

Roberto Barragan

Interim Executive Director

For more than thirty years, Barragán has served in leadership positions with organizations focused on community lending and economic development. He is a nationally recognized expert on economic development loan funds, organization capacity building, and strategic resource generation. Over the last three years, Roberto served as Chair and Vice Chair for the inaugural Federal Reserve Board of Governors Community Advisory Council.
 
Roberto Barragán is a skilled small business lending executive and an experienced non profit organization professional.  For the past 2 years, he has provided impactful small business and CRA solutions to cities, associations and  financial institutions, fund raising, capital development service, strategic planning to CDFIs and other nonprofits across the United States , while providing financing and credit solutions for minority owned businesses in California. Aquaria has assisted in raising $20 million in loan capital and $2,500,000 in grant support nationally for CDFI’s and national CDFI advocates.
 
Barragán led the VEDC to national prominence as a highly regarded and industry leading small business lender originating millions annually in small business loans to minority borrowers. Under his leadership and innovation, the VEDC increased its assets from $10 million to over $70 million in under 10 years, while he personally raised over $100 million in debt and grant capital.  Additionally, he redefined how African American and Latino entrepreneurs can access capital through partnerships with financial institutions and corporations and launched numerous business programs including Business Opportunity Funds in Chicago and New York, and  the National African American Small Business Loan Fund. Under his direction and leadership during a 21-year career, the VEDC helped thousands of businesses succeed.

Cynthia Amador-Diaz

Director of Training & Development

Cynthia Amador-Diaz has over 20-years’ experience developing new workforce programs in both the public and private sectors, serving as an executive director for a community development agency specializing in small business development services and most recently as an Innovation Consultant working with non-profits and small businesses to diversify their revenue streams. Cynthia is a nationally recognized champion for small business and has received national awards for program design and her expertise in creating community impact through innovative job creation and local procurement programs. Cynthia is a member of the US Bank Community Advisory Board and received both her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Bachelor’s in Public Policy degrees at USC.

Jahmeel Walker

Programs & Operations Coordinator

Jahmeel joined the CCEDA team after completing his LISC AmeriCorps service term at the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center as the Assistant Affordable Housing Developer. Formally CCEDA’s Executive Programs Assistant, Jahmeel now serves as the Programs & Operations Coordinator–supporting the CCEDA staff with facilitating its core programs, while ensuring CCEDA is operating efficiently and meeting the needs of its members. He brings an attentive eye to detail, administrative streamlining, and a fresh perspective on the community economic development field. He is a member of the Fulfillment Fund Alumni Association Board. Jahmeel is a graduate of UC Merced, with a B.A. in Political Science.

Dominique Coleman

Executive Programs Assistant

Dominique is a young non-profit professional with a passion and hunger for service. Prior to joining the CCEDA family she worked with the International Rescue Committee where she provided services to aid the professional and personal well-being of refugees, asylees and victims of sex trafficking. Having worked with people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution and/or natural disaster, Dominique brings a wide birth of compassion, knowledge, innovation, and fire to the team. She has also worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked directly in the community, combating the issues of race, police brutality and homophobia. Her hands-on experience in the community both personally and professionally has given her a tangible willingness to radically change and influence community engagement and social development. Dominique is a graduate of Spelman College, with a B.A. in International studies.