Paul R. Slade, Chairman/Treasurer view bio Paul Slade joined HHDCs Board of Directors in 1994. He is currently interim chairman and treasurer.
Since 2005, Mr. Slade has been chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Old Plank Trail Community Bank, N.A. As organizing member, he was responsible for managing all aspects of this three-location community bank start-up, including site selection, regulatory approval, staffing, marketing, operations, and lending.
Prior to founding Old Plank Trail Community Bank, Mr. Slade was head of Basis Development, LLC, a real estate development company that concentrated on affordable condominium conversions in Chicago's emerging South Side neighborhoods.
From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Slade was first vice president and division head of Firstar Bank Illinois, where he was responsible for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group in the Illinois market. His responsibilities included managing a staff of seven, new business development, construction loan monitoring, and monitoring portfolio quality. Before joining Firstar, Mr. Slade worked at NBD Chicago Bank.
In addition to serving on the board of Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Mr. Slade is also on the board of the Neighborhood Capital Institute. Previously, he served as a director and treasurer of Casa Central Social Services, and as a member of the Loan Committee of the Community Investment Corporation (CIC).
Mr. Slade has a bachelor of science in business administration from Illinois State University. He also has attended the St. Xavier Graham School of Management M.B.A. Program.
Assir R. DaSilva, Vice Chairman view bio Assir R. DaSilva joined HHDC's board in 1990. He began his career working in government, participating in the planning and implementation of programs such as Model Cities, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Head Start, and other federal initiatives. He then left the public sector to work in not-for-profit hospital administration before joining Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), where he held a number of positions in the field divisions and the General Administrative Office. After Commonwealth Edison merged with Pennsylvania Electric Co. (PECO), to form Exelon Corporation, Mr. DaSilva was named vice president and diversity officer, a position he held until his retirement in 2005.
He has served on the board of directors of the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, the Brazilian Citizens Council of the Brazilian Consulate, Thorek Hospital and Medical Center, and the Illinois-São Paulo Partners of the Americas. He also served on the organizing committee for FIFA's World Cup USA 94 and FIFA's Women's World Cup USA 99.
He is currently chairman of the board of The People's Music School. Among his awards are the Corporate Responsibility Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy and Development, and the Outstanding Citizen Award from The Brazilian Center of the Midwest.
Mr. DaSilva attended the University of Illinois where he received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master of Science degree in management.
Eduardo Camacho, Secretary view bio Eduardo Camacho joined HHDC's board of directors in 2007. He combines experience in the finance and mortgage industries with experience in city government. As Emerging Markets director/Midwest Region for First American Title Insurance Company, Mr. Camacho developed strategies to increase the company's performance in minority markets.
From 2001 to 2005, he was a deputy commissioner in the City of Chicago's Department of Housing. While there, his responsibilities included implementing the City Mortgage Program, which provided approximately $40 million in mortgage financing to homebuyers, and administering a $200 million lending budget. Before becoming deputy commissioner, Mr. Camacho was a branch manager for Irwin Mortgage Corporation, where he developed a marketing plan to help Irwin enter Chicago's Hispanic market.
Mr. Camacho has a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University, a master's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Wilfred Cruz, view bio Wilfred Cruz joined HHDC's board of directors in 1995. Since 1992, he has been a professor of sociology at Columbia College, Chicago. Previously, he was an investigative reporter, assistant press secretary for the late Mayor Harold Washington, and director of the Office of Public Information for the Chicago Public Library.
Mr. Cruz has served on the board of a number of community and civic organizations, including the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs (1994-1997) and the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (1995-2000). He also has written and lectured extensively on issues affecting the Latino community. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Richard Figueroa, view bio Richard Figueroa joined HHDC's board of directors in 2005. He is director of Capital Markets for The Opus Group, where he is responsible for developing and leading a national capital markets capability that sources capital for current and future development/investment opportunities. Before joining The Opus Group, Mr. Figueroa was director of acquisitions for Mansur & Company, a post he held for four years. There he was responsible for implementation and operation of the commercial real estate investment platform. Previously he worked at Orix Real Estate Capital, Inc., Cohen Financial, Jones Lang LaSalle, Prudential Securities and William Blair & Company.
Mr. Figueroa has a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master of arts in public policy from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Osvaldo Rodriguez, view bio Osvaldo Rodriguez served on the HHDC board from 2000 to 2004 and rejoined the board in 2007. Since 1991, Mr. Rodriguez has been president of Rodriguez and Associates, Inc., a construction/program management firm serving the real estate development and construction industry. Previously, he was development construction manager and vice president of the SEBUS Group of U.S. Equities Realty, Inc., where he was responsible for the design, engineering, and construction of the largest public library in the country (Harold Washington Library Center). Working for other organizations, he has overseen the construction of hotels, a hospital, large office buildings, regional shopping centers, and a $300 million corporate headquarters.
In addition to serving on the board of HHDC, Mr. Rodriguez is a director of the Museum of Hispanic Cultures, Columbia College, and Old St. Patrick Church. He also is a member of the board and treasurer of the Latino Institute. In 1995, he was named the Man of the Year by Illinois Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Rodriguez has an associate's degree in Construction Technology from New York City Community College. He also has studied Construction Management and Contract Administration at the Pratt Institute.
Henry C. Mendoza, view bioHenry C. Mendoza joined HHDC's board in 2000. He is president of Henry C. Mendoza & Associates, a State of Illinois Registered Lobbyist and consulting firm, and president of Mendoza Publishing Group, LLC, which focuses on the emerging Hispanic market. Mr. Mendoza's past senior executive management positions with various companies include: member of the board of advisors and vice president for Business Development at Rightfield Solutions (now Emmi Solutions), vice chairman and CEO of Nina International, LLC., director and VP of Teldata, Inc., founder and president, Gaean Capital, Inc., chairman, president and CEO, MAECORP, Inc., president, Mid-America Environment Service, Inc., and other executive and management positions.
In addition to serving on the board of Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Mr. Mendoza is a board member of the Civic Consulting Alliance of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and is also a state commissioner of the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Mr. Mendoza has also been a former director and member of the board of various civic organizations including Weiboldt Foundation, Chicago Capital Fund, Chicagoland Enterprise Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Chicago United, Mayor's Fellows Program City of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, and DePaul University.