Board

Irvin Ashford, Jr.

Chair, SVP Texas Market at Comerica Bank
Irvin Ashford Jr. is Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs and Director of Community Development and External Affairs for Comerica Bank. A graduate of Oberlin College, Irvin also earned dual master’s degrees – public affairs from the University of Texas and business administration from the University of Dallas.

Barrett R. Howell

Vice Chair, Partner at Bracewell LLP
Mr. Howell is a partner at Bracewell LLP. Mr. Howell specializes in white collar criminal and civil defense and internal investigations. He has represented numerous corporations and individuals in high-stakes government investigations and enforcement actions involving alleged securities and accounting fraud, bribery and corruption, and violations of the Civil False Claims Act. Mr. Howell has represented corporations and individuals before multiple federal and state agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, in addition to various state securities and regulatory agencies. Mr. Howell is also a co-founder of the University of Texas Government Enforcement Institute and is a frequent speaker and author on corporate governance and ethical compliance issues.

Luisa M. Gaviño-Martinez

Treasurer, Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo Bank
Luisa Gaviño-Martinez is a Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. She leads a team of Business Relationship Managers in the Southeast Houston area who support complex business banking relationships. She is responsible for promoting the growth of the team’s portfolio by implementing marketing and business plans, reviewing the quality of the team's activities and ensuring that the team loan portfolio remains sound. She hires, coaches, motivates and develops team members. She has been employed with Wells Fargo for over 12 years. She graduated from Stanford University with an M.A. and a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in U.S. Latino Studies.

Donna C. Normandin

Secretary, SVP, and CRA Officer at Frost Bank
Donna C. Normandin is currently Senior Vice President and CRA Officer for Frost Bank, a corporate position she has held for the past 18 years, working at Frost for over 30 years. In this position, she is a responsible for the banks Community Reinvestment Act and community development portfolios for regulatory examination purposes for the corporation and keeps a pulse on national issues as they affect CRA such as the recent Dodd-Frank. She is also the conduit between the bank and local centers of influence such as the City of San Antonio, County Commissioners, state & national officials and many other agencies

She is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word where she earned her MBA and BBA. Donna is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio XXVI, co-sponsored by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was co-chair for LSA XXVIII.

Anna Sanchez

Past Chair, Vice President Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo
Anna Sanchez is a 29-year financial services industry veteran. She joined Wells Fargo in 2000 where she served as the Wells Fargo Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in Business Banking, where she supported mid-size businesses with their financial needs. Currently, Anna serves as Business Banking Manager leading and supporting 7 business bankers, who support mid-size businesses with their financial needs. Sanchez gives back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors for PeopleFund where she serves as Chair of the board. In addition, Sanchez serves on the Board of Directors for Aids Services of Austin, where she is Past Chair as well as a Board Member for Foundation Communities. Sanchez is also Past President of the Wells Fargo Diversity Council in Austin, Texas.

Sanchez graduated magna cum laude from St. Edwards University with a BBA in accounting.

John Gomez

Market Executive, Small Business Banking at Bank of America
John has been with Bank of America for 5 years and was instrumental in helping build out our Small Business presence in 2011 as one of the first Small Business Bankers to join the company. John was a nationally ranked Sr. SBRM Market Manager and then a top performing Market Sales Manager within the Consumer platform for South Orange County, CA. Prior to joining Bank of America, John ran his own Small Business as a managing partner in the restaurant industry and held multiple sales and leadership roles at Wells Fargo and Chase. Additionally, John was part of the National Executive Council and a member of the San Diego Hispanic Leadership Council. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cal State San Marcos.

Tanya Makany- Rivera

External Affairs Manager, City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity
Tanya Makany-Rivera is a native Houstonian, daughter of immigrants, and experienced public service professional who has spent her career in public service. Tanya currently serves as the External Affairs Manager of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity where she works to educate business owners on the benefits of doing business with the City of Houston and promotes the department’s various programs that support small business. Tanya graduated from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions in HISD, and went on to earn both her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Tanya began her career in public service as an afterschool instructor with the City of Bellaire at Pin Oak Elementary. While studying at the University of Houston, she became the Program Coordinator of United Minds, a Harris County TRIAD Community Youth Development Program housed under the City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. It was during this time that Tanya – working alongside Houston Police Officers, Social Workers, Apartment Complex Managers and Case Managers – was able to develop innovative ways to engage at-risk youth from Houston’s Gulfton community. Tanya went on to work at City Hall for Council Members Adrian Garcia and Ed Gonzalez, where she worked her way up from intern to Chief of Staff. Tanya also served as Assistant Director of Public Policy for CHILDREN AT RISK, a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy. She was the lead author and researcher on Juvenile Mental Health Courts, where she interviewed Judges, staff clinicians, probation officers, court managers, service providers, and youth interacting with the juvenile justice system throughout the State of Texas.

Jeffrey L. Boney

CEO at Texas Business Alliance
Jeffrey L. Boney is the founder and chief executive officer of the Texas Business Alliance, a nonprofit organization with a mission to equip minority- and women-owned businesses to be qualified suppliers, ready to compete for public, private and international opportunities through progressive development and specialized training. In this position, he focuses on the unique needs of small businesses, helping them to operate and grow more efficiently through education, financing and business development strategies, and creates an environment for contracting opportunities with public/private

Eric M. Bustos

Government Relations & Compliance, Capital Metro Transportation Authority
Eric Bustos is a Diversity Specialist for Capital Metro serving as Capital Metro’s DBE Officer, overseeing the DBE and Small Business program, ensuring equal opportunity in transportation contracting by addressing the effects of discrimination. As the Capital Metro’s lead liaison to the Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) board Eric helps Capital Metro and the Fund to remove barriers to self-sufficiency by increasing access to transportation for education, employment, healthcare and social services. Eric graduated from St. Edwards University with a B.A. in Political Science. Since it was founded in 2012, Eric has be a part of Capital Metro’s signature community service initiative ‘Stuff the Bus’ food drive.

Robert Franco Jr.

SVP at Texas Capital Bank
A resident of Austin for over 35 years Robert Franco is a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Group at Texas Capital Bank, Austin. From 2000 to 2008 he taught at Concordia University as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management with a primary focus on Strategic Planning and Principles of Management.

James Nortey, II

Associate Attorney at Duggins Wrenn Mann & Romero, LLP
James Nortey II is currently an Associate Attorney at Duggins, Wren & Romero, LLP. His practice includes commercial litigation, commercial transactions, and administrative law. James graduated from Baylor with BA in Philosophy in 2008. He then attended Harvard Law School, and after his graduation in 2011, received his MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas in 2015. Since 2013, he has served as Treasurer for the Austin African-American Cultural Heritage District.

Veronica Briseño Lara

Director of Small & Minority Business Resources at City of Austin
Veronica Briseño Lara is currently the Assistant Director for the City of Austin’s Department of Small and Minority Owned Business Resources (DSMBR) in Austin, Texas. Veronica is responsible for overseeing the certification of minority and women-owned businesses, outreach efforts for minority and women-owned businesses, as well as the administration and finance of the department.

Mike Perrine

Central Texas Market President at Capital One Bank
Mike Perrine is the Central Texas Market President for Capital One Bank and has over 25 years of banking and corporate finance experience in numerous leadership capacities.

As Market President, Mike is responsible for leading the bank’s community focus and philanthropic commitment to meet the unique needs of the communities that Capital One Bank serves in the Central Texas area. His commercial lending responsibilities include structuring middle market and corporate debt transactions for public, private and municipal/not for profit clients in a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Capital One Bank, Mike spent over 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded multi-state retail organization.

In his role as CFO, Mike had primary responsibility for the IPO, along with all banking, accounting, SEC reporting and financial operations. Mike is a 1986 graduate of the University of Texas, Austin with a BBA degree in Finance and has completed formal credit training and assignments in operational efficiency/process management.

Lori Jacobson

Vice President, Regional Manager at Woodforest National Bank
Lori Jacobson is currently the Vice President and Regional Manager of Woodforest National Bank for Central, South & West Texas. She oversees a regional network of 16 branches with 103 employees and develops annual strategic objectives for the retail division. Lori graduated from the University of Concordia at Austin with a B.A in Business Management. She is active in her community, volunteering for the Austin Food Bank. She currently serves as the Board Vice President for Hope Alliance as well as the Marketing Committee Chair.

Dom Espinosa

Associate at HPI Real Estate Services & Investments
Espinosa has been a Central Texas resident since his move from Rio Del Mar, California to Cedar Park, Texas in 2005. He attended the University of Texas at Austin on a football scholarship, where he was a five-year offensive lineman who played in 40 career games, all starts at center. Off the field, Dom was an active member of the Texas Cowboys Alumni Association. He graduated in the summer of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, and a certificate from the Texas Undergraduate Real Estate program. In his role as Associate with HPI Corporate Services, Dom specializes in tenant advising with a focus on Flex and Office product.

John Gomez

Market Executive at Bank of America
John has been with Bank of America for 5 years and was instrumental in helping build out our Small Business presence in 2011 as one of the first Small Business Bankers to join the company. John was a nationally ranked Sr. SBRM Market Manager and then a top performing Market Sales Manager within the Consumer platform for South Orange County, CA. Prior to joining Bank of America, John ran his own Small Business as a managing partner in the restaurant industry and held multiple sales and leadership roles at Wells Fargo and Chase. Additionally, John was part of the National Executive Council and a member of the San Diego Hispanic Leadership Council. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cal State San Marcos.

Eugene Sepulveda

Board Chair Emeritus, CEO at Entrepreneurs Foundation
Eugene Sepulveda is CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director for Capital Factory and a senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He served as the President & CEO of Marfa Public Radio and it's affiliate, KXWT in Midland-Odessa. Eugene brings 30 years experience from banking, high tech startups and higher education to his role at the Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Eugene is the current vice chair for federal relations at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, on the boards of the KDK-Harman Foundation, Bazaarvoice Foundation, the Entrepreneurs Foundation, Marfa Public Radio, the McDonald Observatory's (board of visitors) and chairman emeritus for PeopleFund. Eugene previously taught social entrepreneurship & global business at UT's McCombs School of Business, served as CFO for an Austin-based semiconductor startup, and was senior vice president lending and international business for two major Austin banks.

Mr. Sepulveda held earlier volunteer leadership roles included serving as President Obama's LGBT Leadership Council co-chair, as co-chair of the DNC's LGBT Council, as treasurer and finance co-chair for Mayor Steve Adler's Election Campaign as well as on the boards of the Austin Community Foundation, Leadership Austin (chair), the Austin-Travis County HIV Commission (chair), Austin Museum of Art (acting Exec. Dir. & treasurer), and LiveableCity (founding board member). He has been recognized as the Best Austin Booster (Austin Chronicle), Best Professor (Alpha Kappa Psi), as a nominee for Outstanding Elective Professor (UT MBA), the Human Rights Campaign’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the HRC Bettie Naylor Visibility Award, honoree by the Mex Net Alliance, an Austin Under Forty award winner, the Austin Business Journal Heavy Hitter in Finance and honored by the Austin City Council by the declaration of a Eugene Sepulveda Day in 1994 and Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson Day in February 2015. He and his husband, Dr. Steven Robert Tomlinson, are members of St. James Episcopal Church, support several community initiatives and the arts through their fund, ABPorter, and most enjoy spending time with their 6 nieces & nephews, parents & 11 godchildren.