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Patricia Garcia Duarte elected to ACF Board of Directors

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Patricia Garcia Duarte to the board. Patricia was elected during the board’s May meeting and began her term immediately. ACF Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times.

Since 2006, Patricia has served as the President and Chief Executive of Trellis, formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, Inc. Trellis is an Arizona nonprofit organization dedicated to making stable homes and communities possible by educating, building, and leading. The $14.5 million organization has prepared over 3,500 home buyers to purchase their first home, built new or rehabilitated over 300 homes, prevented more than 4,800 foreclosures by helping struggling homeowners, and financed an excess of $149 million in mortgage loans and down payment assistance.

Prior to Trellis, Patricia served as the Arizona Manager for the Community Department Group at Chase Bank where she was responsible for investing in communities in support of the Community Reinvestment Act. She was also a housing developer in the nonprofit sector where she utilized public and private resources for the development of affordable housing. Patricia is a former member of the Inaugural Community Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve.

Currently, Patricia is a board member for the Arizona Housing Coalition, City of Phoenix’s Parks & Preserve Initiative Oversight Committee, the South-Central Transit Oriented Development Steering Committee, and Community Housing Capital, a national community development financial institution. She also serves as an advisory member for Chase Bank and Mutual of Omaha Bank-Arizona.

“Patricia’s extensive experience in the community development sector, along with her passionate advocacy for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, make her a tremendous asset for the Arizona Community Foundation board,” said Steve Evans, chair of the ACF Board of Directors. “Her unique professional experience combined with her knowledge of and passion for Arizona communities will make her a very valuable board member, especially given ACF’s innovative and award-winning affordable housing loan program.”

Born and raised in Yuma County, Patricia now lives in Chandler with her husband and three adult children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Arizona State University College of Business.

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