Our Team

Activists and housing developers, financial coaches and entrepreneurs, educators, and advocates. We build homes, but also help others purchase and retain them, we empower our children and support their parents, promote sustainable lending and financial coaching, and connect aspiring entrepreneurs with the support they need to make their business a reality. All powered by the minds below. Learn more about the team here, and find opportunities with us here.


Ernesto Fonseca, Ph.D

Chief Executive Officer

Ernesto Fonseca joined Hacienda as CEO in April 2017, bringing his passion for community development and a belief in the power of connecting families to opportunity. Ernesto’s own story reflects the potential that can be unleashed by investing in all our community members. Raised in a poor but loving family in central Mexico, Ernesto watched his parents take advantage of educational opportunities and their own initiative to build careers in construction and nursing. They passed on their values of hard work and education to their children, and Ernesto embraced those values to gain a foothold in this country by initially working in kitchens and restaurants as he pursued his educational goals, culminating with a Ph.D from Arizona State University in Environmental Design and Planning. During his time in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, access to public transportation, and affordable housing, and helped to create the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family.

Ernesto believes it is Hacienda’s job to help all families access the critical ingredients they need to achieve their goals: a stable, affordable home, a healthy family life that allows youth to learn and grow, opportunities for economic success, and access to affordable health care and healthy neighborhoods. He believes in the power of social enterprise to bring increased investment into breaking the cycle of poverty. He joined Hacienda because he shares the same values and experiences with this community, and is eager to empower families to flourish like his own has. He hopes you will join us in building an Oregon where all Oregonians can reach their full potential.

Carolina Castañeda del Rio

Chief Operating Officer

(503) 961-6435

Barbara Alexander

Chief Financial Officer

(503) 961-6408

Beckie Lee

Director of Philanthropy

(503) 961-6409

Ambar Solarte

Communications and Events Manager

Vanesa Mendoza

Executive Assistant

Carol Fenning

Staff Accountant

(503) 961-6426

Karla Sanchez

Senior Accountant

(503) 961-6403

Aida Antonio

Asset Manager

(503) 961-6415

Carlos Cabello

Data Analyst

Tyler Roppe

Network Engineer, Faster Connections

Economic Opportunity

Itzel Hernandez

Economic Opportunity Director

(503) 961-6407

Chalise Fiol

Economic Opportunity Program Manager

(503) 961-6422

Karla Granados

Financial Coach

(503) 961-6431

Adilene Valencia


(503) 961-6436

Cecilia Gutierrez

Mortgage Lender Processor

(503) 961-6427

Flavio Garcia

Default Prevention Coordinator

(503) 961-6425

Brenda Garcia

Program Specialist

(503) 961-6432

Youth + Family Services

Jaclyn Sarna

Director of Youth & Family Services

(503) 459-7608

Julian Alexander

Innovation Labs Program Manager

(503) 860.9796

Pilar Palos

Manager of Youth & Family Services

(503) 459-6959

Jorge Alvarado

Academic Support Coordinator

(503) 459-3894

Maria Escalera

After School Program Coordinator

(503) 459-2257

Amelia Calderon

After School Program Coordinator

(503) 459-7477

Ana Mendoza

After School Program Coordinator

(503) 459-3650

Santa Avila

After School Program Coordinator

(971) 330-2384

Cristina Flores

After School Program Coordinator

(503) 459-7504

Belen Hernandez

Early Childhood Educator

(503) 459-3568

Margarita Villalobos

Early Childhood Educator

(503) 347-4212

Yohana Sanchez

Early Childhood Educator

(971) 373-8512

Jessica Lam

Resident Advocate

(503) 961-8501

Isabel Sanchez

Innovation Labs Coordinator

Portland Mercado Entrepreneurship

Aldo Medina

Mercado Programs Director

(971) 280-3826

Adriana Lopez

Business Advisor

Jose Gomez

Microenterprise Developer

Chris Bailey

Microenterprise Developer

Alex Valle

Special Events Coordinator

(971) 200-0581

Real Estate Development + Management

Kevin Kellogg

Director of Real Estate Development

(503) 961-6415