BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Faith Bautista – President & CEO
Cora Oriel – Chairman
James Santa Maria – Co-Chairman
Alex Anderson – Secretary
Alicia Atienza – Secretary
Pablo Wong – Treasurer
Jason Hobson – Board Member
Theresa Martinez – Board Member
Kirk Miller – Board Member
James Bryant – Board Member
Lidell Page – Legal Counsel
Cora Oriel is the President and Co-Publisher of Asian Journal Publications Inc. With over 29 years of publications, Asian Journal is a provider of news and information, with bureaus in California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey and the Philippines. Asian Journal also publishes a quarterly magazine that is distributed in 60 countries and 101 cities throughout the World. This national publication mirrors the phenomenal growth of the Filipino-American community in the United States. From a small staff and humble beginnings, it has grown into a leading Asian-owned publishing firm in the United States. Chairman Oriel ensures that the mission, vision and values of NAAC are communicated throughout the business units and across offices, representing the organization in its relations with the local businesses, clients, governmental agencies, professional associations and similar groups.
JAMES SANTA MARIA
James Santa Maria founded the Santa Maria Group (“SMG”), a leading government relations and business solutions consulting firm in 2003. SMG possesses a full array of consulting services to help companies successfully navigate the halls of government and public agencies. With over two decades of government and public sector experience and a proven track record of advocacy and project results, SMG offers trusted, expert advice and advocacy for government issues, public private partnerships, local and international business affairs, real estate development, energy and technology.
The Santa Maria Group specializes in local government, focusing on the City and County of Los Angeles as well as other municipalities and public agencies throughout California. SMG also has an expertise in working with international companies and helping them with their business endeavors both in the US and abroad.
ALEX BERNARD ANDERSON
Alex Bernard Anderson is founder and Managing Director of Anderson & Associates, a business development firm. Anderson has over 20 plus years of experience in corporate finance, analytical research, investment banking, venture development, insurance and private equity. He served as financial advisor, and consultant to the City of Oakland, startups and small- to middle-market companies.
Anderson co-founded African American Economic Justice, a non-profit providing innovative solutions to social ills which would benefit from business development solutions. He is a member of NuCapital Access Group, a firm providing venture financing, capital and acquisition financing to companies owned and operated by minorities utilizing CRA funds. He also co-founded the Black Economic Council, a national NPO dedicated to promoting the self-sufficiency and empowerment of African-American communities. He earned his MBA from San Francisco State University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Alicia Gabriana-Atienza Broker and CEO of Statewide Realty & Financial Services Inc Alicia Gabriana-Atienza has been licensed in real estate since 1989 specializing in seller and buyer homeownership. Atienza provides data and market intelligence so that her clients can make informed decisions in various transaction types from traditional sales, commercial, REO properties, multi-unit properties, short sale, off-market, loan modifications and foreclosure opportunities. Alicia earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at the University of the East, Philippines and became a Certified Public Accountant. She is a California Notary Public in the County of San Mateo and a Certified California Insurance Agent (#0718548). Professional Affiliations: CEO/Broker Statewide Realty & Financial Services, Inc., National Association of Realtors, San Francisco Association of Realtors MLS Member, President of Dragon Properties, Inc., CFO of Statewide Development and Community Services, Inc. (Non-Profit Organization)
Pablo Wong is an Operating Principal in the Keller Williams Realty organization. Before joining Keller Williams, he was the Senior Vice President for Market Development at Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 300 company. Wong has more than 25 years in the sales and multicultural marketing fields, primarily as a real estate consultant, government official, and corporate manager. While working as a real estate professional, he served in the board of directors of the San Francisco Association of Realtors.
Wong worked in the State of California’s Department of Real Estate and has worked with many NPO’s and government organizations, including appointments by a U.S. President to the Community Development Advisory Board, and by California Governor to the Economic Strategy Panel. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and founding Board of Directors of the Asian Real Estate Association of America-AREAA.
JASON A. HOBSON
NAAC BOARD MEMBER
Jason A. Hobson is a founding partner of Hobson Bernardino + Davis LLP, an “AV Preeminent” rated law firm engaged in affordable housing, social enterprise ventures and impact litigation for consumers. Hobson is an affordable housing attorney, bringing his experiences practicing “Big Law” at a national firm and as in-house counsel with a national tax credit syndication firm to a more nimble platform. Hobson has broad experience in the negotiation and documentation of complex affordable housing transactions involving tax-exempt bonds, tax credits, FHA loans, subordinate debt, limited partner buy-outs, and complex regulatory requirements throughout the U.S.
Hobson represents for-profit and nonprofit developers, investors, banks and syndicators of tax credits, as well as public agencies in affordable housing, community development, bond and tax credit transactions. He was appointed by the CPUC to its Low Income Oversight Board to ensure the success of the public-private partnership programs for low-income residents of California.
NAAC BOARD MEMBER
Theresa Martinez is the CEO & President of Community Connections, LLC, specializing in community outreach and engagement. Her team provides public and government relations, media relations, community & grassroots outreach, social media outreach and management, special event planning, strategic planning and engagement, and program management. Community Connections was awarded a six year contract with LA Metro on their Communications Bench.
Martinez served as CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and also served on the CIT-OneWest Bank’s Community Advisory Board from 2016-2018 and on the Royal Business Bank’s Community Advisory Committee. She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Latina Business Women Association. Additionally, Theresa served as a board director of Girls Today Women Tomorrow, a non-profit that mentors girls/ladies ages 12-21.
NAAC BOARD MEMBER
Kirk Miller is a master architect and planner and a senior real estate development officer with expertise in housing for all market sectors. Miller served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Housing Authority in the Feinstein administration. He helped oversee the renting and management of over 7,000 housing units with a population of 25,000 low income residents. At the State level, Kirk was on the Housing and Community Development pre-development loan committee. He was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Architectural Examiners where he served as President.
Miller is a Canadian immigrant and obtained a degree in political science before moving to California. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and holds the Queen’s Commission in the Canadian Army.
NAAC BOARD MEMBER
James A. Bryant, CEO has over 30 years of experience in community outreach, public relations, group facilitation, contractor partnering, project management and documentation. Mr. Bryant’s background involves extensive professional experience in various San Francisco agencies, unions, and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Mr. Bryant’s work has included stakeholder engagement, marketing campaigns, labor negotiations, community advocacy, and more.
While working at the SFMTA, Mr. Bryant was elected in 1981 as a Union Steward and Chief Steward. In 2009, Mr. Bryant started JBR Partners, Inc., a community affairs company specializing in public utility and construction projects. Under Bryant’s leadership, JBR Partners has worked with major organizations such as California Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco PUC, California Department of Toxic Substances & Control, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. JBR’s work includes over 6 years of assisting PG&E and its subcontractors with the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic communications program.
NAAC LEGAL COUNSEL
Lidell Page is the founder of the law firm Venture Group Law, PC. Lidell’s clients include global lending institutions, international and domestic private equity and investment funds, international and domestic private finance lenders, hedge funds, investors, and other international and domestic middle market companies. During the course of Lidell’s legal career, he has acted as lead counsel in over $10 billion of domestic and international finance and real estate transactions.
Prior to founding Venture Group.Law, PC, Lidell was a Partner at boutique and large law firms, associate at international global law firms, and worked at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Lidell is also an active member of the community as a member and former Board Member of NAACP Beverly Hills & Hollywood Chapters, former member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way, and legal counsel for NAAC.
Faith Bautista – President and CEO
Josefina Bautista – Chief Financial Officer
Lidell Page – Legal Counsel
Nora Penaflor – Director of Housing and Compliance
Normita Cachapero – REO & Marketing Director
Paola Bustos – Senior Housing Counselor, Bay Area
Bella Carreon – Senior Housing Counselor, San Diego
Lennie Cabanero – Executive Assistant to the CEO
Beth Tionloc – Accountant & Human Resource Manager
Joel Tabang – General Accountant