ABOUT

Riordan Programs Alumni Associaton

 

What We Care About

Our Mission

The Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) supports the Riordan Programs and its graduates as they pursue educational, professional, and charitable endeavors while making a positive impact on the community. Through alumni engagement, mentorship and community outreach, we develop the next generation of leaders.

 

Who We Are

Our Story

The Riordan Programs was founded in 1987 with the goal of providing a pathway for underrepresented minorities to excel in business and leadership. The Scholars Program, College to Career Program, and MBA Fellows Program, develop tomorrow's leaders by providing a transformational experience through the use of mentors, educational workshops and community service. The Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) was launched for graduates to continue this tradition for a lifetime.

Founded in 2000, RPAA provides Riordan Programs graduates continued professional and personal development. Our organization aims to provide lifelong support for our alumni to propel change through business, education, and  community. RPAA hosts workshops, runs events, and provides resources to connect our alumni, fostering genuine mentorship and connections. We create lasting value for our graduates through recruiting, fundraising, event partnership, and other collaborative efforts to promote the development of our alumni into tomorrow’s leaders.​

Our Impact
 

Saturday Business Academy

As RPAA's official philanthropy, “Saturday Business Academy” (SBA) is a 501(c)3 mentorship program designed to prepare underserved Los Angeles high school students with the skills & confidence to pursue higher education and become future leaders. 

 

SBA is fully-funded by proceeds from our annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC) and Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo (DICE).

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Diversity MBA Admissions Conference

For the last 18 years, the annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference in Los Angeles has been connecting talented, diverse and underrepresented minority candidates who wish to pursue an MBA, with Admission Officers from the country's top business schools.

TOP 25 MBA PROGRAMS

IN THE COUNTRY

25

OVER 120

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

120

68%

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND LATINOS MAKE UP 68% OF TOTAL ATTENDEES FROM 2015 TO 2019 

Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo

As one of RPAA's flagship initiatives since 2009, the Diversity & Inclusion Career Expo (formerly known as the Los Angeles Diversity Mixer) caters to professionals throughout the Los Angeles area interested in expanding their network and meeting recruiters from Fortune 500 companies. The event is recognized for connecting recruiters with talented professionals seeking to grow their careers in a wide range of industries & functions, including but not limited to: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Consulting, Technology.

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LEADERSHIP

2021-2022 Board Members

As volunteer leaders at the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA), the Board of Directors is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals that strive for excellence in both their professional and personal endeavors. Our board members are leaders in their respective industries and have generously volunteered their time to serve on the board and carry on the RPAA legacy.

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David Harris

Co-President

 

David Harris currently serves as Co-President of the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA). David is currently stationed at the National Reconnaissance Office of the United States Space Force, where he manages a $150M portfolio of satellite software development. 

David is from Dallas, Texas where his passion for football carried him unexpectedly to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, earning his Bachelor's degree in Management. He serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of Congresswoman Eddie-Bernice Johnson’s Service Academy Nomination Board. 

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Jaime Limon

Co-President

 

Jaime Limon has been a part of the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) since April 2018, previously serving as  VP of Alumni Affairs and Director of Data Analytics. He currently serves as RPAA's Co-President.

 

Jaime is a Senior Sales Analyst at Vytalogy Wellness, where he is responsible for sales analytics and insights for the eCommerce team. Jaime earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics (with an emphasis in Finance) and Spanish from the University of Southern California.

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Alexis Valladares

VP, Operations

 

Alexis Valladares currently serves as the VP of Operations for the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA). His board responsibilities include overseeing internal financial initiatives and executing strategies to optimize asset growth.

 

Alexis works for American Honda, where he develops new product launch strategies and initiatives to support dealership operations across the US market. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Marketing Management and Human Resources.

 

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Stephanie Perez

VP, Marketing

 

Stephanie Perez currently serves as the VP of Marketing of the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA), where she oversees marketing strategy, capability building and planning. She is a former Riordan Fellow. 

Stephanie is employed at Deloitte where she is part of the mergers and acquisitions group, focusing on M&A strategy, commercial due diligence and management office. She is also the Editor of Falta Media, a digital platform focused on women in leadership. She earned her degree in Philosophy from the University of California Los Angeles. 

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Youcef Bennour

VP, Technology

Youcef Bennour currently serves as the VP of Product and Technology for the Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA). His board responsibilities include building a technology roadmap and finding ways to automate current processes.

 

Youcef is currently employed at T-Mobile as a Software Engineer, where he helps to build tools to support the radio frequency team. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington with a degree in Computer Science.

ybennour@riordanalumni.com

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Sofia Reyes

Co-VP, Saturday Business Academy

Sophia Reyes serves as the Co-VP of the Saturday Business Academy (SBA). Her board responsibilities include playing a key role in spearheading the SBA program, creating strategic initiatives that align to the program's vision/goals, and providing program updates and insights for fundraising purposes.

 

Sophia is currently employed at MURAL, where she works in Sales & Enablement, supporting account executives and prospective buyers. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Systems Management. 

sreyes@riordanalumni.com

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Rosa Martin Muñoz

Co-VP, Saturday Business Academy 

Rosa Martin Muñoz is the Co-VP of the Saturday Business Academy (SBA) and has served on the RPAA Board since 2019. In this role, she oversees the program’s implementation and growth.

 

Rosa works in Irvine, CA and is the Senior Manager for Captive Eight, an Executive networking company for IT and finance professionals. She leads the Executive Relations division and drives the company’s expansion. Rosa is also a real estate investor and podcast host. She graduated cum laude from the University of California Riverside with degrees in Spanish and Sociology. 

rmunoz@riordanalumni.com

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