President and CEO (Interim)
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gabriel Vaca is the President and CEO (Interim) of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC). The GHCC provides education and access to resources to Hispanic businesses and is the largest and most impactful in the Latino community in the state of Georgia and has been for over 35 years. It provides programs such as finance, sales, branding, marketing, legal, selling to the US government and minority certification. The GHCC also manages the Hispanic Business Center that provides grants to businesses and special educational and mentoring programs. He also oversees the AVANZAR program which is a business accelerator sponsored by Wells Fargo and the United Stated Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and “Juntas Adelante” where Latina entrepreneurs received cash and financial education during the pandemic. Prior to that role he was the Executive Vice President and the COO for the GHCC establishing processes and procedures for sales and sponsorships as well as membership development and fundraising.
Gabriel Vaca retired in 2018 from UPS International after 24 years and was responsible for consulting and supporting UPS’ largest enterprise customers in their international logistics and global supply chain. Mr. Vaca has been an integral part of the growth transformation of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) for over 15 years and has held a variety of positions, including Chairman of the Board.
He is a founder and graduate of the GHCC Cultivating Hispanic Leadership Institute partnering with UGA and founding member of Crecer, the UPS Latino Business Resource Group, which he helped lead in 2017 to win first place at the USHCC Corporate Challenge. He is also a founder of the innovative GHCC Hispanic Business Accelerator program that provides education and grant money for businesses in a competitive environment.
He has been honored by the Georgia Secretary of State as an “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” And in 2019 he was inducted into the GHCC Hall of Fame Inaugural class which recognizes the most influential Latinos in Georgia as well as in 2019 recognized by the US House of Representatives as a community leader in Georgia.
Mr. Vaca was an entrepreneur and business owner for 15 years in the areas of international importing, exporting and manufacturing before entering corporate America. He was born in Mexico City and raised in Washington, D.C. 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.