Advisors

Our Advisors
We are proud to count among our team’s advisors a diverse group of experts in areas of social impact, social justice, public policy, and leadership development. We are immensely grateful for the ongoing advice and support these individuals offer us, greatly enriching our ability to serve our clients. Click any of the names below for a detailed biography.

Angelica Baltazar
With more than 20 years’ experience in social work, public health, and local government, Angel Baltazar is the Health and Human Services Industry Support Specialist for Esri, the leading firm providing geographic information software and services to to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales.  Angel has experience across many sectors in public, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations in sectors including education, faith-based and community organizations, media, and healthcare.

Throughout her career, Angel has worked passionately to promote measures that support healthier lifestyles and access to health, as well as special needs populations, home health and hospice.  Before joining Esri, Angel was Field Representative for San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who at the time was serving as Chair of the County Board of Supervisors.  Prior to that, she served as the Healthy Communities Program Coordinator for the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health. Angel’s role was to provide technical assistance to communities throughout the county, giving specific recommendations for policy and environmental strategies to improve residents’ health. She worked in the various sectors of the community including local government, education, community organizations, faith based organizations, media, and healthcare in order to promote healthier lifestyles. Prior to entering civil service, she worked in the social work arena as a case manager, staff trainer, community information officer, and in specialty care administration. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and a Master of Social Work in Policy, Planning, and Administration from Loma Linda University.

As a lifelong resident of Southern California, Angel is actively involved in local non-profit boards and continues to keep her hands on the pulse of her community.

Roberto Del La Cruz
Roberto De La Cruz grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, in one of the founding families of the United Farm Workers of America. His family helped to organize migrant farmworkers when Cesar Chavez first began to build the United Farm Workers union in the late fifties/early sixties. Roberto had worked in the fields since he was six years old, and was present at the founding convention in 1962 in Fresno, CA where he was born. Roberto has never forgotten his roots, committing his working life to achieving social and economic justice for working people.

After a stint in the Navy, the values he learned early in life led Roberto back to work with the UFW, where he served for over 25 years as an organizer, negotiator, and union representative, leading organizing drives and strikes in the citrus and vegetable industries in the late seventies, including the strike in 1973 at E & J Gallo wine company, with Mexicanos and Portuguese farm workers. He travelled all over the country and in Canada on various boycott and political campaigns. During the early ‘80s, he served as Political Director and Executive Board Member of the UFW.

Roberto continued working with labor, joining the Service Employees International Union in 1991. With SEIU he led successful organizing drives in industrial, health care, and public sectors, in Illinois, Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, and in Puerto Rico, where he helped to pass an historic law enabling public employees to organize and bargain collectively for the first time on the island. He has consulted on many political campaigns, coordinating Field Work and union political activity in several national and statewide elections.

Roberto has worked on immigration issues all across the country, on behalf of SEIU. He was one of the coordinators for the historic marches and rallies that culminated in May of 2006, one of the largest marches in the history of Los Angeles, and coordinated union activities in support of the Occupy L.A. movement. He was one of the main coordinators of the historical “Fast for Families” to bring attention to legalization with a path to citizenship in 2013, and helped with many “Mi Familia Vota” campaigns to encourage Citizenship, Civic Participation, Voter Registration and Engagement in the Latino community. He is an expert in building coalitions all across the country and targeting key politicians to support policies that benefit immigrant communities.

Roberto occasionally co-hosts a morning talk radio show called “Despierta Ya Campesino,” on the UFW radio station Radio Campesina, founded by Cesar Chavez, discussing issues of workers’ rights, immigration, organizing, etc.

Roberto recently retired from his position as the SEIU California Deputy Director and Special Assistant to SEIU Secretary -Treasurer Eliseo Medina. He has served on the Boards of many organizations over the years, and continues to serve as an advisor and consultant to labor, faith-based, and community organizations.

Janice Muniz
Janice Muñiz is a master Integral Coach and was the founder of Evolutiva, a leading executive coaching firm in Mexico. Her clients have included presidents and CEOs of multinational corporations, Latin American and Mexican firms. She has coached in a range of industries that include advertising, manufacturing, tele-communications, retail, technology, distribution and education. She has worked with companies experiencing tremendous growth, undergoing financial hardships, and still others going through soft mergers.

Janice headed multinational advertising firms in Latin America for more than a decade. Here, she enjoyed assignments that challenged her with turning around companies that were in financial and operational hardships. Janice served as President and General Manager of Wunderman Mexico, a Young and Rubicam-WPP company and in 2001 was selected as one of the firm’s top 20 rising stars world-wide. This experience, coupled with leadership positions at Saatchi & Saatchi and J Walter Thompson, provide her with a unique understanding of the corporate and individual pressures executives face on a daily basis.

Janice is a former member of New Ventures West faculty and the co-founder of the Enneagram Institute Ciudad de México. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, lived in Mexico for years, and current resides in Boulder, Colorado.

She has a BA in Communications from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. She is an integral coaching graduate of New Ventures West and holds the PCC ICF Certification. Janice has participated in leadership development seminars with Tom Peters Company, the Center for Advanced Emotional Intelligence and the Strozzi Institute. She is an avid reader, practices yoga and enjoys travel, photography, and trekking.

Beth Roy, Ph.D.
Beth Roy, Ph.D., is a long-time mediator in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the founders of the Radical Psychiatry movement.

She writes books on social conflict, including Some Trouble with Cows: Making Sense of Social Conflict (an oral history of Hindu-Muslim clashes in South Asia), Bitters in the Honey: Tales of Hope and Disappointment Across Divides of Race and Time (an exploration of race relations today based on stories by ordinary people involved in the desegregation of schools in Little Rock in the 1950s), and 41 Shots…and Counting: What Amadou Diallo Teaches Us About Policing, Race, and Justice (an exploration of the circumstances surrounding the 1999 killing of Diallo, a 22 year-old immigrant from Guinea by New York Police officers, and what it reveals about contemporary dynamics of policing, criminal justice policy, and political injustice). In addition, Parents’ Lives, Children’s Needs: Working Together for the Well-Being of Everyone is a practical guide to parenting in contexts of race and culture, with an eye toward social change.

Dr. Roy’s most recent publication, The Bernal Story: Mediating Class and Race in a Multicultural Community (published 2014) is the story of a conflict over public art in Bernal Heights, a diverse working-class neighborhood of San Francisco known for political activism and attention to community concern. The book explores the roots of the conflict in changing demographics, economic realities, and cultural identities, and offers a detailed account of how a group of community leaders and Dr. Roy (and our own Cynthia Luna) came to a consensus that resulted in the reinterpretation of the artwork to reflect changing times and to honor the full population of the neighborhood.

She is a founder of the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute (PRASI), a group of academic and grassroots peacemakers exploring issues of conflict and power. With PRASI Dr. Roy is co-editor of an anthology about race and peacemaking, Re-Centering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice, published in 2008. She also teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jimmie R. Alford, CFRE (In Memoriam)
LF Leadership dearly laments the passing in December, 2012 of our friend and mentor Jimmie R. Alford, CFRE.  Max in particular owes much of his philosophy and approach to consulting to Jimmie’s example and teachings from the time they worked together at the consulting firm that Jimmie founded, The Alford Group, a national consulting firm to the nonprofit sector that has assisted more than 1,000 clients nationwide over its 35-year history. Throughout his 40-year career in the nonprofit sector, Jimmie provided leadership in improving the quality of life, assisting hundreds of clients in all aspects of not-for-profit management. Prior to founding The Alford Group, Jimmie was a senior executive with the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Chicago.

Recognized twice by The NonProfit Times as “one of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector,” Jimmie played an active leadership and stewardship role in the not-for-profit sector. He was Chair of the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (now the Giving USA Foundation) and  served on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation and the Fund Raising School of Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of North Park University and the Advisory Board of North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management where he served as Executive in Residence and teaches graduate courses in nonprofit management. He also Chaired the board of Families International, and served on a number of boards including: Alice Lloyd College, the Barat Education Foundation, El Valor, and the Business Advisory Council of Trinity International University.

Jimmie wrote and lectured on issues affecting the nonprofit sector. He served as editor and chapter author for the book, Building and Managing an Asset Base, published under the auspices of Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising program.  Jimmie was been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from North Park University and a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Aurora University. He also held a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Organizational Behavior and was a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

Beyond his professional contributions to the fields of nonprofit consulting, governance, and philanthropy, Jimmie was a kind and thoughtful human being who left an indelible mark on Max and the many people whose lives he touched directly or indirectly.  He will always be missed.