Welcome to the
Latino Professionals Development Project

Growing Latino Professionals and Small Businesses in California

Why You Should Be Involved

FACT:  Nearly one out of every two Californian's is Latino.  With that statistic comes a great economic responsibility.  You see, California is the 6th largest world economy, yet Latino salaries and Latino owned businesses lag far behind those of Asians and non-Latino Whites.  In other words, Latinos cannot sustain the 6th largest world economy. To fix this, Latinos need to earn higher salaries and own more and larger businesses.  As a concerned Californian, it's up to you to help address this by getting involved.

The Latino Professionals Development Project

SOLUTION:  As a solution, several business owners and consultants are establishing the Latino Professionals Development Project, a strategic effort to create significant dialogue, promote learning, and establish pipelines of success for students, staff, entrepreneurs, executives and current business owners.  Through strategic alliances with schools, major companies, and business oriented nonprofits, members of this project will gain continued innovative approaches to resolve today's and tomorrow's economic challenges. 

Join Us

HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE:  If you're a student, entrepreneur, executive, or existing business owner, we invite you to join the Latino Professionals Development Project.  Through workshops, high powered networking activities, regular keynote speakers, and a monthly newsletter, we will empower you and propel you to success.

Who We Are...

Mike Torres, Board Chair

Mike Torres is cofounder and President of Imperial Homes and Investments, a business he and Silvia Alvarenga established from the ground up. Born in Mexico and raised/educated in Los Angeles, CA, Mike moved to the Sacramento area in 1994, working for such major construction builders as Elliot Homes, Morrison Homes, US Homes, KB Homes, Wincrest Homes, and Golden State Log Homes. From performing construction and painting tasks to staging and remodeling regular and remodeled homes, Mike became a go-to guy to make projects and sales happen. When the construction industry began to fade in late 2005, he decided to enter into the real estate market, using his knowledge to advise clients about homes and properties, their future value and understand the market. Together with his business partner, Mike continues to share his knowledge with first-time property buyers, those seeking to refinance, and for those who entered into a bad loan deal. His community activities began in 2008 when he volunteered as a radio-host for bilingual radio station, "Radio Luz" (Salem Communications), where he was exposed to many community and government activities, and also produced Christian music concerts. Mike is the Chairman of the Board for the Latino Professionals Development Project.  



Silvia Alvarenga - Board Member

 Silvia Alvarenga is cofounder and owner of Imperial Homes and Investments together with Mike Torres, managing the financial side of the business. With over 14 years experience in the lending and investment side of real estate, Silvia is known for her unparalleled professionalism and service, which has resulted in the growth of Imperial Homes and Investments from concept to a thriving, service oriented business. Born in El Salvador, but raised and educated in New York, Silvia launched her career in the Sonoma/Napa area where she quickly promoted up to Branch and Area Manager for Investors Trust Mortgage-Bankers. She was honored with the Top Producer Award in 2002, among the 300 employees at Investors Trust Mortgage-Bankers. Upon moving to Sacramento, she became a real estate agent and a radio-host for a local Spanish radio station (Radio Luz), which led to her getting involved in local community activities. Silvia has been a leader and board member of her church, and a schoolteacher. She has dedicated her time toward helping the Spanish speaking community understand finance and home ownership. Silvia is a member of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Hispanic Realtors. As a single parent, she helps her children succeed through spiritual upbringing and a focus on being honest, exceptional, and ethical.  

Guillermina F Perez - Board Member

  Guillermina “Mina” Perez is President/CEO of the Vida de Oro Foundation, an organization dedicated to the advancement and success of artists in all mediums. Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights, Mina started to work at a young age to pay her way through private school (Our Lady of Fatima and Loretto High Schools) and has never forgotten where she came from. Being afflicted with polio as a child, Mina has always compensated by being competitive and determined, but more importantly finding her creative and artistic side to be a success. After 28 years in State Civil Service, Mina retired to continue her creative and community activities she had launched while working full-time. She established an arts business called “Mina’s Treasures,” which she still operates, and launched the Vida de Oro Foundation. Together with her husband Adrian, they established the Vida de Oro Folk Art Festival, the Sacramento Taco Festival, which she coordinates, and the Harvest Moon Arts and Crafts Fair. She has met with many famous and influential people including Dolores Huerta, Edward James Olmos, the late Mia Angelou, Rev. Jessie Jackson, actors James and Tom Franco, and Richard Yniquez. Her activities include doing art shows with muralist Juanishi Orrozco, Esteban Villa, Felipe Davalos, and supporting local Low Rider clubs. She is an active member of the American GI Forum and recognized as Community Ambassador by Council Member Allen Warren. Mina’s kindness has influenced such leaders as the late Grantland Johnson, first Latino City Council Member Manuel Ferrales, GRAMMY Winner Jay King, and actor Levar Burton. She has been invited to speak at numerous events and activities including her former Alma mater, Loretto High School.  Mina is married, mother of 5 children and has 2 grandchildren.  

Adrian Perez - Board Advisor

  Adrian Perez is CEO of POP-9 Communications, a public relations and publishing company he founded in 2006 to serve the Sacramento and San Joaquin Vallies. He attended California State University, Stanislaus – Turlock, California, where he served as President of MEChA and majored in Political Science. He retired from State government after 30 years where he became a go-to person for public policy development, human resources, community outreach, marketing and environmental justice issues.  Adrian’s civic involvement in Sacramento stems since 1980, when he volunteered for the campaign to elect Joe Serna for City Council. His activities include: CAFÉ de California (North-State Vice President); Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Board Member); La Raza Bookstore/Galleria Posada (Board Member); the American GI Forum; the Restoration of El Soldado Monument; the National Latino Peace Officers Association; and, the California Chicano News Media Association. Adrian has also been active with the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Council of La Raza. More recently, Adrian co-founded the Sacramento Latino Community Roundtable and publishes the online publications Vida de Oro Magazine, SacLatino Magazine, and the Weekly Focus Newsletter. Together with his wife Mina, they founded the Vida de Oro Folk Art Festival; the Sacramento Taco Festival; and, the Harvest Moon Crafts/Arts Festival.  Adrian has written articles for the San Francisco Examiner, Sacramento News and Review, Latino LA, Latino Heat Magazine, and was cofounder, Editor-In-Chief, and Publisher of the Latino Journal. He is married and has five children.   

Membership Fees and Benefits


All Donations must go through the Vida de Oro Foundation

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Latino Professionals Development Project

MAIL ONLY - 2213 Del Paso Blvd., #149, Sacramento, CA 95815, US

(916) 285-5685

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed