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GHCC Leadership Team 2020-07-22T18:40:23+00:00

The GHCC Leadership Team

Gabriel Vaca
Gabriel VacaInterim President and CEO
Aisah (Ish) Gayle
Aisah (Ish) GayleSenior Director of Operations
Norma Zúñiga-Cardoza, MPA, CNP
Norma Zúñiga-Cardoza, MPA, CNPSenior Director of Program Development
Juanita Rivera
Juanita RiveraBookkeeping
Fabiola Rios
Fabiola RiosBusiness Development

GHCC Contractors

Alejandra Peláez
Alejandra PeláezMarketing Director, UP Advertising
Jimmy McDonald
Jimmy McDonaldGeneral Counsel and Director of Government Affairs
Gina Espinosa-Meltzer
Gina Espinosa-MeltzerPrincipal. G Public Relations

Gabriel Vaca comes to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce after a 24 year successful career at UPS and will lead the GHCC Hispanic Entrepreneur Center (HISEC) a newly formed organization that will support and accelerate the growth of Hispanic businesses with new programming and opportunities in finances, access to capital, sales / marketing and procurement & certification.

Gabriel Vaca was responsible for consulting and supporting UPS’ largest enterprise customers in their logistics and global supply chain. He was instrumental in developing international trade between the U.S. and countries around the world, especially with Asia and Latin America.

Joining UPS in 1994 in Miami, Mr.Vaca helped customers develop exports and imports between the U.S, Mexico and Latin America. He later relocated to Atlanta and held various International Business Development positions at the UPS Corporate Headquarters.

Mr. Vaca is past Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) the 6th largest Hispanic Chamber in the US. He has demonstrated his commitment to the GHCC by serving as a Board Director since April 2004. However, his support does not end there; he also served as Board member of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Development and is a business advisor of the GHCC- Hispanic Young Professional and Entrepreneurs (HYPE) group and it is through Mr. Vaca’s efforts the GHCC continues to receive support from The UPS Foundation, contributing to the strengthening and economic wellbeing of the GHCC and the Hispanic community. He currently serves as a member of the Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce based in Washington, D.C.

He is a founder and graduate of the GHCC Cultivating Hispanic Leadership Institute and founding member of Crecer, the UPS Latino Business Resource Group, which he helped lead in 2017 to win first place as the most impactful Latino BRG in Corporate America at the USHCC Corporate Challenge. He has been a guest speaker on Leadership Development, Latino Employee Resource Groups, Hispanic business and International trade in the US and international countries. He also was a speaker in support of NAFTA during its ratification and most recently he has been a featured speaker at the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, Georgia Power, Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia, Chamber of Commerce of Bogota, Colombia and has discussed international trade in various forums in Mexico.

He has been honored by the Georgia Secretary of State as an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” for his work on helping Hispanic businesses in Georgia and also received the CEO Award in Corporate Ambassadorship from the GHCC. In June 2016 he was honored and was named Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman Emeritus.

His commitment to helping Hispanic small businesses and UPS employee development and business growth is based on his personal experience as a small business owner where he received support as well as business opportunities through the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Mr. Vaca has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, was born in Mexico City and raised in Washington, D.C. has two children and lives in Roswell, GA.

Ish is an experienced professional for over 18 years in the areas of technology administration, operations and contract management, strategic project development and regional community engagement. Aisah studied Computer Science with a specialty in Database Administration at DeVry University and her last role in local government was at the Atlanta Regional Commission as a Technology Manager for the GA Commute Options, a program of the Georgia Department of Transportation. During that time, Aisah spearheaded large technology implementation projects, she chaired a regional technology committee and supported community engagement projects throughout the entire agency.⁣⁣

Throughout the years, she has been engaged with many local organizations such as the Conference of Transportation Minority Officials (COMTO), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA), the Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC), the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials Leadership Council (GALEO), the Georgia Latino Film Festival (GALFF), the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and the Latin American Association (LAA). Aisah currently serves on the board of the Center of Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), a Federal Funded Health Care Center (COSMO), the Maestros Advisory Board (MCAC) and the GHCC’s Women Advisory Board (EME).⁣⁣

When she is not participating from civic engagement efforts, advocating for diverse communities or promoting multicultural activities, she enjoys biking, dancing and watching her two children grow: Christian and Nadia. Aisah currently lives in the City of Atlanta in Georgia, although she attributes her altruism to her mother Edith, who still lives in her country of origin, Panamá.

Norma is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. However, she was brought to the U.S. at a young age and raised in the state of Georgia. She discovered her passion for serving her community after being an instrumental member in the creation and management of CETPA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing behavioral health services to the Latino community in Georgia. Her last role at CETPA was as Chief Operating Officer (COO), in which she was responsible in managing and directing operational and administrative functions, including information technology, finance, office management, facility and human resources.

After working there for sixteen years, Norma went back to Kennesaw State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation. Upon graduation, she began her pursuit of a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration on Nonprofit Administration and obtained it in the spring of 2020.

Norma is a Nonprofit Certified Professional (CNP) with over 19 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Her areas of expertise are in nonprofit management and administration; program development; compliance monitoring; policy development; and performance improvement.

Norma also serves as Worship Leader for a Spanish-speaking congregation in Lilburn that her husband David pastors. She is a stepmom to Nico and Bianca; and a fur-mom to a pit bull named Matty Jones.

Promoted to operations director in March 2017, Juanita handles the GHCC’s financial accounts and manages chamber events. She also oversees accounts for the GHCC affiliate Hispanic-American Center for Economic Development (HACED).

Juanita joined the GHCC in August 2002 as an administrative assistant and receptionist. Six years later, she was promoted to handle bookkeeping duties for the GHCC and HACED.

Juanita holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Caguas City College, in Puerto Rico. Originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, Juanita grew up up in Caguas and her family have lived in Atlanta since 1988. Married 36 years to Isidro Rivera, she has 3 children and five grandchildren with another. She enjoys summer and watching her grandchildren play softball and baseball.

Jimmy McDonald, will be featured as the lobbyist for the GHCC leadership team. He also serves as the GHCC General Counselor and COO. McDonald is the Managing Principal for the McDonald Firm LLC, and Donnelly McDonald Group, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science from Columbus State University, Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, and the Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Georgia State University.