who we are

Our mission is to inspire, prepare, & connect Latinx

leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce throughout the nation.

We focus on adding value to their personal and professional development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout their careers.

Accelerate Growth

To help Latinx reach their full potential, empowering them with the knowledge and resources that open doors of opportunity for all.

Meet The Founder

Rafael Magaña

Latinx Professionals founder, Rafael Magaña, has been working to advance equality on multiple fronts. Not only has he been a vocal advocate for  access to scholarships  — issues that disproportionately affect communities of color— he also uses his voice to bring attention to the gender diversity in boardrooms movement. 

Early in high school and college he became involved with charity organizations on campus where he enjoyed giving back. The experience proved to be the start of a career in philanthropy.

He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He received his certification on Human Rights from the Pan American Health Organization, part of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. 

Rafael is the Senior Director of Development at Momentum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing lifespan services to children and adults with disabilities and medical conditions. Previously, he was the Director of Development and Communications for two organizations: the Emphysema Foundation of America and Breathe Southern California. Two organizations at the forefront of lung health and clean air. 

Most recently, Rafael was elected and appointed to the board of trustees of the Hollywood Schoolhouse for the next three years. Where he serves as the Chair of the Development Committee under the leadership of Ilise Faye, Head of School and John Sonego, Associate Dean for External Affairs at UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Magaña’s most important association is his involvement in Latinx Professionals™, Latino Professionals™ and Latina Professionals™   for which he is the Founder and serves as the Board Chair. Today, he serves as a mentor to many rising members who are advancing their professional careers towards the C-suite.

Meet The Co-Founder

Kimberly Magaña

Latinx Professionals co-founder, Kimberly Magaña, has seen first-hand that empowering women can bring transformational change.  She strongly believes that when women gather, they go further together.

She studied at Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Interior Design and minored in Business Administration from Washington State University. She found her way into management and sales of high-end luxury home goods. She currently is a Regional Sales Representative with Design Within Reach (DWR) Contract were she works with commercial and hospitality clients.

Today, she lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California and enjoys giving back through Philanthropy and is an advocate of the gender equal boardroom movement.

Meet The Vice President

Diana Kleps Perez

Latinx Professionals Vice President, Diana Kleps Perez, is the Global Head of Business Development Operations at 33Floors, a consultancy practice focused on the delivery of best-in-class services while supporting Yardi Voyager Real Estate. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, she is bilingual English and Spanish, an outdoor enthusiast, and a working mother of two.

Diana has over 18 years in the client experience sector and relationship management. Diana brings a wealth of knowledge gained through the constant delivery of exceptional services for domestic and international clients with a focus to increase business profitability and success.


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