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Leadership

Proven leaders in banking, lending, technology and business. Our people, authentic, passionate and mission-driven, are our greatest asset.

MEET THE TEAM

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Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Chairman

Antonio Villaraigosa started his career as a labor and community leader. He served as President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1994, he was elected to the California State Assembly and three years later, was elected Assembly Speaker. In 2003, Villaraigosa was elected Mayor of Los Angeles. Villaraigosa attended community college, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the People’s College of Law.

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Carlos Salas, Director

Carlos P. Salas is an experienced financial services CEO and private equity manager who most recently led national securities clearing firm COR Clearing LLC through a multi-year growth plan culminating in its sale to Axos Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AX). Previously, Mr. Salas managed a New York-based private equity fund and was an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Salas is a member of the State Bar of California and practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York. He has served on the boards of directors of several public and private companies. Mr. Salas is a graduate of The University of Chicago (J.D.) and New York University (B.A.).

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Thedora Nickel, Director

Thedora Nickel is a Six Sigma/Lean trained senior executive with more than thirty years success driving shareholder value by leading large scale domestic and international operations and administrative divisions. Her experience includes more than twenty-five years with Bank of America where she served in various executive leadership roles. Ms. Nickel also mentors MBA students at the University of California, Irvine and is a board member for The Whole Child in Whittier, California.

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Mario De Tomasi, Director

Mario De Tomasi has over a decade of mortgage banking experience. He has founded companies in mortgage lending property appraisal management, insurance brokerage and property leasing. Prior to entering the mortgage industry, Mr. De Tomasi held executive positions at Clear Channel Communications, General Electric Capital and BWC Mortgage Services.

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Jeff Seabold, Director & Co-Founder

Jeff Seabold previously served as the Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman at the Banc of California as well as founded and co-managed Camden Capital Partners, LLC and Camden Escrow, Inc. He is a California Real Estate Broker and has dedicated his career to developing an expertise in the real estate finance industry beginning in 1990 at Countrywide Bank and later founded and served as CEO of CS Financial, Inc.

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Steven Sugarman, Founder

Steven Sugarman is the Founder of The Capital Corps, LLC. Previously, he founded Banc of California, Inc. (NYSE:BANC) and its national banking subsidiary Banc of California, N.A. and served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. He served as Chairman of COR Clearing – a broker dealer and national securities clearing firm – and the Chief Executive Officer of its holding company. He was also Founder and Managing Member of the investment firm COR Capital LLC, and a founding Partner of GPS Partners, LLC, a $2 billion private investment fund. Sugarman is Of Counsel to the law firm Michelman & Robison LLP and was General Counsel of National Diversity Coalition. He is a California Real Estate Broker and member of the California State Bar. Sugarman is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Dartmouth College.

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Reverend Everett Bell, Board Chair - Community Board Advisor

Rev. Everett Bell, Jr. is the Founder and Executive Director at Impact Southern California CDC, an organization that engages entrepreneurs and businesses to expand capacity to create employment opportunities that change lives and transform communities. He has been championing the causes of underserved populations for over 15 years. As the National Organizer for PICO National Network, a faith-based organization with federations in 17 states, he is committed to organizing and creating a voice for the people of those marginalized communities. Rev. Bell, an associate minister at Christ Our Redeemer African American Methodist Episcopal Church, promotes agendas important to African American and Latino communities by lending a faith-based response to policies of mass incarceration and gun violence. He is particularly interested in changing the legislative landscape around the issue of trauma and youth violence.

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Beatrice Stotzer, Community Board Advisor

Beatrice Stotzer is CEO and Co-founder of NEWCapital, a real estate development firm in Los Angeles. She is a nationally recognized business leader and family advocate who has devoted her life to creating economic and business solutions for poor families. Her extensive business and economic development work in the Los Angeles region has been invaluable to setting the vision for several organizations as well as helping to establish long-lasting economic and business opportunities for which she has received national and local recognition. Ms. Stotzer currently serves on several Boards and is a founding Board member of several organizations such as Inner City Arts, HOPE, Women’s Law Center and New Economics for Women (NEW) through which she leveraged an initial $97,000 United Way grant into a successful $260 million in investment for NEW. She previously served as Chair of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and served on President Bill Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

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Pastor Jack Miranda, Community Board Advisor

Jesse Rubel”Jack” Miranda III, is the current Program Director of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership located in Los Angeles, CA. He is the founding pastor of Living Faith Church in La Mirada, and holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Azusa Pacific University. He is married for 40 years to Eileen, with 7 children and 7 grandchildren. Pastor Miranda serves on the boards of two faith-based organizations that capture the breadth of the exponential growth of the Hispanic Evangelical community in the nation; as an executive with the Southern Pacific District 345 member churches, and the general board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/NHCLC, representing over 40,000 churches. He is a founding member of the National Diversity Coalition, as well as on the advisory board of the Royal Business Bank. As a community engager, he has sat on many boards some of which include the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, Straight Talk Counseling and the school superintendent’s cabinet.

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Reverend Charles Dorsey, Community Board Advisor

Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey is the associate minister of Christ Our Redeemer (COR). He is a passionate committed force of creative inspiration facilitating leadership development and helping create thriving organizations by highlighting organizational character, instituting safe learning environments, leveraging internal competencies, and discovering external opportunities. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne, teaching students through the School of Religious and Ecumenical Studies. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation, planning and coordinating a training platform to shift the thinking, planning, and programing of Faith-based leaders throughout the US, and promoting organizational growth, internal culture change expansion, external reputation-building, and improving collective performance.

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Richard Ramos, Community Board Advisor

Richard R. Ramos is the President and Founder of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, a national nonprofit intermediary that helps strengthen and expand the capacity of nonprofits serving high-risk Latino youth and families. He’s a recognized national leader in the field of Latino youth violence-prevention. Ramos understands the challenges of his community including barrio youth gangs, drugs and violence. Early in his career he served as a correctional officer in state and federal prisons; a Juvenile Hall instructor and at-risk junior high and high school counselor; a co-founding direct or of a gang intervention/prevention community coalition; a director of a Latino youth and family teen center; and a founding director of the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County, which led the effort and changed the political opposition to affordable housing projects. Since 2004, author and speaker Ramos has led the Latino Coalition to work in over 20 cities in eight states awarding over $28 million in grants to over 100 community and faith-based organizations. He has received numerous accolades and awards including recognition by the White House Administration, The United States Congress, and The California State Assembly.

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Theresa Martinez, Community Board Advisor

Theresa Martinez is the CEO and President of Community Connections, LLC, overseeing grassroots community outreach projects, government & public relations, event planning and fundraising, marketing and social media for community outreach projects. Prior to that, she served as the CEO of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce where she managed the membership-driven organization by raising sponsorship dollars to implement programs and workshops to help business owners grow their businesses, advocating on behalf of the 200,000 business owners in the greater Los Angeles area, and raising funds for the programs she managed.

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Regina Grant Peterson, Community Board Advisor

Regina Grant Peterson has been the Executive Director at Advantage CDC for the past 35 years. Located in southern California, Advantage CDC is a not-for-profit corporation licensed and certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide low-cost, long-term SBA loans to assist eligible small businesses in California. Regina has been recognized many times in the community including by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County for her help and support of small businesses in the community.

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Alex Anderson, Community Board Advisor

Mr. Anderson has combined advanced studies in business, wall street experience and his community values to deploy several economic empowerment platforms over the past two decades.

Mr. Anderson recently co-founded AAEE, a non-profit vehicle providing innovative solution to long standing social ills which would benefit from business development solutions. Earlier, he joined NuCapital Access Group, an innovative firm that provided venture funding, growth capital and acquisition financing to promising companies owned and operated by minorities and women utilizing CRA funds. He also co-founded the Black Economic Council (BEC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the self-sufficiency and economic empowerment of African-American communities.

He has served as financial advisor, and consultant to the City of Oakland, startups and small- to middle-market companies. His experience includes client transactions and tenure with highly reputable firms such as Deloitte & Touche, Hambrecht & Quist, Prudential, Kaiser Hospital and IBM.

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Deatria Gates, Community Board Advisor

Founder and Senior Pastor at the House of Reconciliation Church International, a faith-based organization located in South Los Angeles, CA which is founded upon inclusion and equality for ALL. Bishop Gates serves underserved and under-represented individuals primarily the African-American LGBTQIA community including low-and-moderate income individuals as well as African-Americans and Latino/Hispanics.

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Rhonda Brent, Community Board Advisor

Chief Executive Officer of “I AM”, a community based non-profit organization that supports low to moderate income individuals with various programs such as life skills, financial education, and transitional home placement.

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Gary Dunn, Community Board Advisor

Retired Community Development banking executive with 28 years of Regulatory Community Reinvestment Act Outstanding ratings. Currently Chairman of the board for Clearinghouse CDFI, Small Business Finance Development Corporation of Orange County and Mary Erickson Community Housing. Advisory Board member for The Capital Corps Mortgage Company. All four organizations serve LMI and minority communities throughout California and beyond.

Ashley Thomas III is not pictured but is also part of The Capital Corps Advisory Board.