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Greater Santa barbara hispanic chamber of commerce

leading businesses

Meet Our People

Our Vision

The GSBHCC is the premier advocate for Santa Barbara County Hispanic Business Community.

We are a valuable and trusted resource to our corporate and strategic partners.

Committee members

Miguel Ávila


Born and raised in Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico, Miguel came to Santa Barbara at age 16. While supporting his mother and five sisters, he learned English and Hotel Restaurant Management at Santa Barbara City College. Today he is a top Realtor; a Santa Barbara homeowner; the proud father of two daughters, Aimee (UCSB graduate) and Mireya (attending Cornell University), and an active community member. Learn more about Miguel

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Gabriela Velázquez


Gabriela Velazquez is the Regional Director for McDonald’s in the Santa Barbara area. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership. Gabriela was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and migrated with her family when she was 15 years old. She’s passionate about helping the Hispanic community, especially working mothers. Being a working mother herself, she understands the importance of having the resources and support to be able to prosper in this country.

Israel Velazquez


Israel Velazquez is the Lead Funeral Arrangement Counselor and Cremation Specialist for McDermott Crockett & Associates Mortuary.

He is passionate about his work and uses his professional background in healthcare, advanced first aid and his experience as a CPR instructor for the Red Cross to give the utmost care and attention to the families he serves. Learn more about Israel

Connecting Communities

Board members

Diana Cibrian


Diana Cibrian immigrated from Mexico in 1990 and has been a Santa Barbara resident since 1995. As a single mother of three, she found the time to obtain a degree in Business Administration and in 2014 opened Casa Azteca Multi-Service Center as co-owner. Casa Azteca offers solutions to small local business owners as well as exposure through its magazine Negocios Latinos.  Negocios Latinos Magazine has been a proud sponsor of The Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival during the Old Spanish Days since 2017 as well the Santa Barbara Film Festival.  In 2015 she opened Diana Cibrian Farmers Insurance Agency in downtown Santa Barbara, located on State Street and Micheltorena. Learn more about diania and Casa Azteca Multi-Service Center.


Miguel Rodriguez

Has lived in Santa Barbara since 1980 and has been a business owner for over 25 years in the city.
Being a licensed landscape contractor has allowed him to be closely connected to the environment while enhancing Santa Barbara’s natural beauty through his work.
Miguel also participates in giving back to the community by donating his services, plants and materials to Nonprofit entities.
This experience has led to his farming business , producing a variety of exotic fruits which have been sold locally and across the US for the past 7 years also currently an agave producer in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

Alma Medina-Figueroa

Alma A. Medina Figueroa was born in Cd. Guzman Jalisco, Mexico and I emigrated to the United States 30 years ago with the determination to achieve success in this country.   I am a strong believer that our lives are shaped by various experiences we have encountered, whether they are good or bad, they play a significant role in altering the outlook we have toward our lives as well as the future.

I still remember the advice that was given to me by both of my parents, Consuelo and Juan Manuel they told me that hard work and determination are the primary elements of success and not to give up under any circumstances and due to the passion and determination that I have to defend and educate others  is what motivate me to start the career of my life and that is to become a Business Owner. With the support of my husband, Roberto Medina and my three children, I was able to open my own Immigration Consultant office in the Santa Barbara County called “Multi-Services Santa Barbara, LLC”.

Knowing that I have been able to help clients fulfill their dreams is the best satisfaction that one can ask for. Therefore, honesty, responsibility and integrity is what I represent.

Victor Fernandez

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Rene Garcia

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Olivia Carranza

Membership Director

Olivia Carranza is an Independent Insurance Agent. She received her State Insurance License on 2007. After having her first contract with New York Life Insurance Company she earned her independent status and joined a few independent agencies and a funeral home. Then, because of a “sign” she decided to join a well-established financial firm in town.

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