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Tommy Espinoza

President & CEO


Tom Espinoza, President & Chief Executive Officer, is a prominent architect of Latino community and business development policy and programs, with over 45 years of experience that span the breadth of the public, private sector, and nonprofit spectrum.  In 1998, he co-founded RDF; and is responsible for the overall strategy, performance, and management of the fund, which has grown into the largest Latino CDFI with over $375 million in assets under management.  Mr. Espinoza is a member of the RDF’s Governing Board.

Previously, Mr. Espinoza worked at UnidosUS (formally the National Council of La Raza), where he led the Office of Technical Assistance and Constituency Support.  He was integral in the restructuring of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) from an advocacy organization to a nationally recognized community development corporation serving Latino communities.  As the President & Chief Executive Officer of CPLC, he provided capacity development during its early years, established funding strategies for various social, real estate community development projects, and advocated for the Latino community.

Over Mr. Espinoza’s extensive community development career, he held leadership positions of four different Southwestern firms specializing in community/business/real estate development; asset management; affordable housing growth and access; and consultation services to business, public-sector, and nonprofit groups in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Espinoza is a founding member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Board.  He is also a founding board member and past chair of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.  Additionally, Mr. Espinoza serves the New American Alliance Board, the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders Board, and the National BBVA Compass Advisory Board.