Get to know the team of experts who reviewed the applications and selected this year's grant recipients.

Donna Vieira

Senior Vice President, Chase Business Banking, Head of Product & Marketing

Leads marketing strategy and product development to grow business customer relationships.

Jon Kaplan

Vice President, US Sales & Operations

Oversees business relationships with customers, agency partners, and small and medium businesses.

Ali Brown

Founder & CEO

Founder and CEO of Ali International, has created a dynamic enterprise devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs.

David C. Chavern

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Chair of Chamber of Commerce’s Management Committee, responsible for daily operations and long-term planning.

Marco De Leon

Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy

Heads the policy department for the USHCC, the largest Hispanic business association.

Mark Garzone

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of marketing and communication.

Chance Mitchell

CEO & Co-Founder

Chance Mitchell is the Co-Founder and CEO of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

Marc H. Morial

President & CEO

As President and CEO of the NUL, Marc Morial is the catalyst for the organization’s transformation.

J.P. Torres

PR & Communications Director

J.P. Torres is the Communications Director of U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).

Len Vermillion

Media Manager

Media Manager for NaVOBA and its official publication, Vetrepreneur magazine.

Candace Waterman

Chief of Staff, Certification & Program Operations

A leading authority on all matters related to WBENC certification, compliance, legal business structures and program operations.

Joset Wright-Lacy


A leader in advancing Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the global corporate supply chain.