U-M Latinx Alumni: Board Leadership

Anita Martinez – Chair


Anita I. Martínez is the Executive Director of the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MiHC) and leads the organization’s strategic way forward. In this role, Anita focuses on economic equity to provide first-generation ambitious and underserved Hispanic students with the support to and through college. Foundational to all strategies, Anita ensures programming implemented has a culturally relevant, 2-generation approach focused on simplifying information regarding the complex higher education system. MiHC strategies also provide students with important career exposure opportunities so that they see firsthand the potential career paths. “Exposure is half the battle. You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Anita served as a Community Impact Director of Financial Stability and Wealth- Building at United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM). In this role she primarily oversaw a portfolio of agencies in the Economic Prosperity focus area. Providing co-oversight to The Greater Detroit Centers for Working Families network of eight high performing community based non-profit organizations at ten locations — a wholistic workforce development business model designed to improve the financial stability and wealth-building opportunities for families. Anita successfully launched UWSEM’s Community Financial Centers network of six sites to integrate financial coaching expertise with the partner agencies’ other line of services. Additionally, her portfolio of responsibilities included a $9.6M pool of basic needs partner funded agencies impacting 135,000+ residents.

Anita is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies and an MBA from Central Michigan University. In 2016, Anita volunteered her time and helped launch the University of Michigan’s Latino/a Alumni Association and has served as its Chairperson since.

Born and raised in Detroit, Anita is honored and humbled to support the upward mobility and self-sufficiency in the community she was raised. As a first generation college student, her commitment to this work is personal and fueled by her personal life and professional experiences. She has dedicated her career to applying her community development background to improve systems that assist constituents with growing their financial and workforce development skills. Expanding her system knowledge into the area of education, Anita’s tool trunk of community development, financial and workforce development, and business skills uniquely positions her to accelerate change. Her professional experiences have allowed Anita to pursue her passion, which is serving others and improving individual and family conditions in life.

Anita’s most significant contribution to life is her role as a wife and a mother of five beautiful children.

Veronica Sanchez-Peavey – Vice Chair


Mrs. Veronica Sanchez Peavey is the Senior Assistant Vice President – Adult Services and a Regional Director for SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. (SER), a workforce development organization that was established almost 50 years ago in Detroit, MI. SER also has operations in Illinois and Texas. Veronica has dedicated 20 years to SER whose mission is to Advance People, Grow Businesses and Strengthen Communities. She is currently responsible for the administration, management and implementation of SER Detroit-based programs, including two Detroit at Work Career Centers, a Bridges to Opportunities program focused on apprenticeships and SER’s Center for Working Families.

Veronica holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan. She has also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Program, the Detroit Workforce Leadership Development Academy, and The Center of Leadership Innovation Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Veronica is also Vice-Chair of the University of Michigan Latino Alumni.

Veronica holds professional affiliations with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and the Michigan Works! Association.

Giancarlo Guzman – Treasurer


Giancarlo Guzman is the legal investigator for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan. The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation’s guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Giancarlo is from Detroit, Michigan where he attended Detroit Public Schools. Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills for secondary education followed by The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & Dearborn, BA and MPA respectively. Work experience includes Corporate, Government and Charitable Institutions.
Currently Giancarlo lives in Metro-Detroit with his wife and two children and enjoys as much family time as he can get.

Ivan Aragon

Ivan Aragon

Ivan is a Residential Mortgage Broker serving multiple states. He loves helping people attain homeownership and invest in residential real estate. He is the host of the Home Loan MBA Podcast where he discusses the home loan process and interviews real estate professionals.

He lives in the Phoenix, AZ area. He has an Associate’s in Business from Phoenix Community College, a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University and an MBA (2019) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan Ross, he was elected to be his Section’s (cohort) President, as Michigan Ross MBA council (Student Government) VP of Finance.

In Addition to his service on UMLA’s Board of Directors, he serves as President of the Ross School of Business Alumni’s Phoenix Chapter and a founding board member of the Latinx MBA Association (a national organization). In his free time you can find him cooking a meal for his extended family, playing indoor volleyball or on the Salsa and Bachata dance floors in Phoenix.

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