meet the team
president and CEO
Cid Wilson has been President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility since 2014. Along with corporate board members, Hispanic organizations, and corporate partners around the country, he helps guide advocacy efforts to increase the representation of Hispanics in Corporate America. In service of these efforts, Wilson directs programs and initiatives that advance Hispanic inclusion in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance at Fortune 500 companies.
Wilson has been featured and quoted by news media and numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, Black Enterprise magazine, and Money magazine. He shared the cover of Latino magazine with the Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company, Mary Barra. After working his way from the mailroom to the executive suite, he earned national recognition as the #1 Specialty Retail Analyst by Forbes in 2006.
Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission. He was named board chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino in 2012 and continues to lead advocacy efforts aimed at sustaining Congressional support for the museum’s completion. His passion for service is exemplified through board memberships with leading minority advocacy groups, including LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the National Council of La Raza, and Dominicans on Wall Street. He is the former national president of the Dominican American National Roundtable and a Gold Life Member of the NAACP.
Wilson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in economics. He previously spent 20 years in corporate finance and Wall Street equity research and is a proud Dominican American with Bergen County, New Jersey, roots.
Dr. Lisette M. GARCIA
Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Lisette Garcia is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. She oversees HACR’s ongoing operations as well as the functionality of its research, programs, and initiatives to drive sustainable growth.
Dr. Garcia joined the team in 2012 as director of the Research Institute to revitalize and develop a strategic plan for HACR’s research wing. She shepherds the HACR Corporate Inclusion Index (CII), facilitates investigative projects, and develops new programs and research studies aimed at solidifying HACR’s reputation as the key source of information on Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America.
Dr. Garcia has dedicated her career to exploring educational and employment issues within the realm of corporate social responsibility, discrimination, and diversity and inclusion. Her employment and research experience is deeply rooted in higher education. She is the former Study Director for the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University and was a faculty member at George Mason University, New York University, Montclair State University, and Ohio State. She is a proud recipient of the NCID Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation for her contributions in diversity-related research, practice, and teaching and has published several articles on employment discrimination and Latino educational attainment in scholarly journals.
An active member of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Dr. Garcia held a seat on the national leadership team and represented the organization in the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) and has served as a mentor for young women through the sorority’s LADYS program.
Dr. Garcia is a trained researcher with a Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University. She also holds a master’s degree in sociology from Virginia Tech and dual undergraduate degrees in sociology and labor and industrial relations from Penn State.
Director of corporate ACCOUNTABILITY
As the Director of Corporate Accountability, Eric Lopez directs and executes the research that identifies diversity and inclusion best practices and is responsible for sharing those findings with Corporate America. He creates opportunities for corporations to achieve goals in talent management, supplier diversity, community investment, and leadership diversification.
He was previously HACR’s Senior Manager of Research and joined the organization in 2015 as Manager of Research. Prior to his work at HACR, Lopez was the founder and CEO of GlobeServe Consulting, an analytics, fundraising, and event coordinating service for nonprofit and for-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. His research and advocacy skills have helped propel the missions of nationally recognized organizations such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the National Council of La Raza, and the Equal Rights Center.
Lopez received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, history, and psychology and a master’s degree in applied social science and policy analysis from Hofstra University in New York. He is a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient, which funded his study of the discrimination of the Roma in Hungary. In 2020, he was one of 12 charitable sector leaders chosen to complete the American Express NGen Fellowship, a nine-month program focused on adaptive leadership, systems change, and racial equity.
Director, Administration and Human Resources
Vanessa Bowling Ajavon is the Director of Administration and Human Resources at HACR. She joined the team as the Executive and Operations Assistant to the President and CEO in 2014 and has also worked as HACR’s Manager of Operations, Manager of Administration, and Senior Manager of Human Resources and Administration. In her current position, she leads all HR initiatives and procedures for the organization, maintains employee relations strategies, and manages all aspects of hiring, onboarding, team building, payroll, and employee benefits.
Bowling Ajavon was previously the Office Manager and Executive Assistant for Equality Maryland. While there, she honed her skills in event planning, graphic design, and marketing and advertising development. Bowling Ajavon holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. In her spare time, she owns and operates a woman-focused travel agency.
Senior Graphic Designer
Briana Wright has been HACR’s graphic designer for HACR since 2016. In this role, she creates visual concepts that motivate, inform, and attract the organization’s internal and external stakeholders. This includes designing web pages, print and web banners, digital advertisements, brochures, logos, booklets, newsletters, annual reports, and other marketing collateral. She maintains HACR’s visual brand.
Before joining HACR, Wright worked as a freelance designer in the corporate and nonprofit sectors for businesses such as M.O. Marketing and Event Solutions and Maria Luisa de Moreno International Fund. She most recently designed templates, logos, and print and digital content for 123rf.com, a stock content agency. Wright received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and graphic design from The Art Institute of Washington in 2013.
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Rachael Whitten joined HACR as Manager of Communications and Media Relations in June 2020. She develops HACR’s brand through messaging that reflects its mission of improved Hispanic representation in corporate workplaces. This includes guiding marketing strategies, creating content that aligns with our core values, and promoting the organization through print and digital channels. She is also the point of contact for media outreach and press releases.
Whitten started her career in editorial writing for Richmond magazine, followed by marketing copywriting for a data analytics firm. She continues to work on freelance writing projects in her spare time and has enjoyed advocacy work through programs such as Literacy in the Family, which improves literacy skills for English Language Learners (ELL), and N Street Village, an organization that helps homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C., achieve stability. She received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from Virginia Tech.
Stephany Guachamin Coyago
Executive Programs Manager, Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™
Stephany Guachamin Coyago joined HACR as Programs Associate in 2018 and now leads the development and execution of the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ program, which recognizes and trains high-potential young Hispanic professionals in Corporate America in an annual four-day conference.
She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the highlands of Peru, where she helped develop sustainable community projects and encouraged young people to become community leaders by emphasizing the importance of higher education. Guachamin Coyago also served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer teaching phonemic awareness to English Language Learners (ELL). She was born and raised in the Washington D.C., metropolitan area and earned her bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Data Analytics Manager
In her role as Data Analytics Manager, Alida Minkel tracks metrics related to the success of HACR’s outreach, marketing, member participation, and more. She started at HACR in 2017 as a Corporate Development Associate, where she analyzed current and prospective members’ activity to assist with prospecting, fundraising, and retention. Prior to joining HACR, Minkel was the Development Associate at Community Impact, where she secured financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
She also played an integral role in then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s grassroots efforts by helping coordinate and direct community events, training, and volunteer scheduling for the “Get Out the Vote” campaign in Southwest Bucks County, a crucial district in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Minkel earned dual degrees in political science and psychology from Columbia University and has extensive experience executing proactive business analysis, developing creative solutions, and conducting primary source analysis.
As HACR’s Membership Engagement Specialist, Ileana Ruiz is the primary contact for over 80 corporate members and maintains a portfolio of member data, donations, and engagement profiles. She increases HACR member engagement and retention by overseeing membership benefits, disseminating organizational updates, and representing HACR at external events. Insights from these roles help her support program design and event logistics.
Ruiz joined HACR in 2017 and has held the titles of Administrative Assistant and Corporate Relations Associate. Prior to these positions, Ruiz was a file clerk for Beermann, one of the largest family law firms in the State of Illinois. Her foray into diversity and inclusion began as an intern with the Bradley University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where she developed their first annual Hispanic Heritage Month calendar. She was also an intern for Nuestra Tele Noticias 24 Horas and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Ruiz earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from Bradley University.
Executive Programs Associate
Adriana Phaneuf joined the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) team as an Administrative Assistant in July 2019 and has been in her role of Executive Programs Associate since January 2020. Her primary responsibility is to serve as the primary contact for external stakeholders and provides technical and logistical support for multiple projects including meetings, travel itineraries, speaking engagements, and routine business matters
Phaneuf learned about HACR by starting a college internship and served as the organizations’ communication intern. She continues to assist in managing HACR’s social media.
Phaneuf comes from Venezuela with experience in the communications field. All through her career, she has implemented different communication techniques, where strategy and implementation have been essential to generate satisfactory results. Most recently, Phaneuf received her degree in Marketing from Northern Virginia Community College where she was honored by NOVA’s Marketing program with a student scholarship.
A 2012 graduate of Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a minor in Public Relations and Promotions, Adriana is passionate about social media, digital marketing, and event planning.
Shané Slye is the Administrative Assistant to CEO Cid Wilson and COO Lisette Garcia. She manages scheduling, travel, correspondence, and bookings for both executives. Slye previously attended Montgomery College, then transitioned to her passion of hair styling and completed cosmetology school. She worked as a stylist for five years before shifting her focus to the corporate world following the birth of her son. She worked as an administrator at the Verizon headquarters before starting in the nonprofit space. Slye returns to school for Business Administration in spring 2021.