Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - NOVAHCC welcomes people of all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and gender.  We are an independent organization, not affiliated with the government fostering business and career growth opportunities for members and partners alike. We represent the Americas in Virginia for this reason:

* Hablamos Español

* Parle Francais

* Falar português


To enhance the economic growth of our region through three core principles: Connect, Learn, and Grow.  Our main activities focus on delivering bottom line results through procurement opportunities through B2B/B2G matchmaking, government contracting, international trade, networking, assisting Veteran's with career/businesses opportunities, and connecting people to jobs in the region. 


To make Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NOVAHCC) the best business association and veteran organization in the Washington metro region. 

Our goal is to be the “go-to” chamber for businesses, veterans, and people seeking new careers


  • Members First – Member satisfaction is our #1 priority.
  • Community – We are a trusted and informed resource for the businesses and residents of Northern Virginia.
  • Advocacy – We represent the interests of our members, partners and sponsors in order to support and stimulate economic growth and a high quality of life.
  • Integrity – We take our member investment seriously while operating honestly and ethically.
  • Inclusive – We offer an environment where all feel welcome.         

Our Team

Susana E. Marino President

Susana is a founding member of the chamber and provides strategic direction for the programs and personnel of Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - NOVAHCC (the “Chamber”) delivering fiscal responsibility and oversight for all organizational operations supporting the growth and prosperity of large and small businesses in northern Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of South Florida and graduated from NOVA Southeastern University with a Master of Science in Management and Administration. You can contact Susana at smarino@novahispanicchamber.com

Luis Nino Gomez -Deputy Director

Luis Nino is a founding member of the chamber. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad Central de Venezuela, he is certified in international negotiations from UNITAR and the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva. He graduated with Master degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University. Luis provides support to the the chamber, managing conferences and events. He leads the International Trade committee to promote business between Northern Virginia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. You can contact Luis at lnino@novahispanicchamber.com 

Col. Juan Fernandez Government Contracting

Colonel Juan Fernandez USA (Ret.)  is the President and CEO of Arpeggio, LLC He leads our Government Contracting Committee to improve effectiveness assisting and advising the chamber in strategic decisions, project management, budgeting and procurement readiness for government contracting.  He is a graduate from School of the Americas at Fort Benning, GA and has a Masters in International Relations from Troy University. 

You can contact Juan at jfernandez@novahispanicchamber.com 

2018 - 2019 Chamber Executive Advisory Committee

Ariel Rodriguez Mercado Workforce Development Committee

Ariel is a Partner of New York Life Insurance Company, he has over five years of experience in financial and insurance products.  Ariel is currently responsible for growing his department,  recruiting candidates with business and finance background.  Ariel is dedicated to grow the chamber Workforce Development Committee promoting employment opportunities in the region.  He holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

Deborah Bruzzo Hospitality and Restaurant Committee

Deborah  owns and operated restaurants in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 30 years. She has merged her restaurant business experience with commercial real estate and created The Bruzzo Restaurant Group.  A brokerage firms specializing in leasing, acquiring and selling restaurant properties. She will lead the hospitality committee and help the chamber to increase membership from venues, hotels and restaurants for events.

Alberto Marino Workforce Development Committee

Alberto has over 15 years of experience promoting employment opportunities with expertise in diversity and inclusion. He gained experience working for Humana, Coca Cola and General Electric and is  currently working as a Senior Diversity Officer for WMATA. Alberto also serves as Vice-chair of the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Regional Council and he is leading the Workforce Development Committee at Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Alberto holds a bachelors and MBA from Saint Leo University. 

Ken Gordon - Business Development Committee

Ken Gordon leads the Business Development Committee, assisting the chamber with strategies and action plans to grow membership and chamber revenue to 2025.  Ken is the owner of The Granada Group, a consulting firm which assist organizations investing intellectual and financial capital to help businesses to achieve their strategic goals and key operational parameters. He is an expert in company valuation, driving cost and improving competitiveness. Ken Gordon is an Aerospace Engineer from the University of Michigan and is a MBA graduate from the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.

Rebecca Singhavong Financial Planning, Accounting

Rebecca's background and experience is  in compliance, revenue recognition, accounting policies, forecasting, planning, budgeting and financial reporting. Rebecca assist the chamber with the business planing and projections needed for investors. Rebecca is passionate to our cause to help our Veterans  and assist us organizing fundraising evens to collect revenue for our Veteran's Employment and Entrepreneurial Initiative.  Rebecca holds a bachelors degree in Accounting with a MBA from James Madison University.

Alexandra Rossi Multicultural Marketing Committee

Alexandra is the creative Director for ARM Integrated Communications, a boutique advertising and marketing agency dedicated to helping businesses to reach the bilingual market (Spanish and English) in the US.  Alexandra assists the chamber developing marketing campaigns to position the chamber's brand, including newsletters and digital magazine, which will be available for members quarterly with opportunities for advertisement. She holds a bachelors degree in Advertising, Marketing and Communication.

Luis Buentello Workforce Development Committee

Luis is the President and owner of Beacon Associates, a Veteran, global HR executive firm which works developing multicultural and diverse leadership talent for large and mid-size organizations worldwide. He has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Recruitment. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Organization and Management from Capella University and Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.

Rachelle Ramery Business Development NextGen Committee

Rachelle works as Account Executive for Sprint Telecommunication. She is assisting the chamber creating events for young professionals in the NextGen Committee, as well as growing the chamber Science Technology and STEM committee. 

Rachelle graduated with double bachelors degree in Business Administration and Nutrition from Florida International University. 

She has master in Science for Naturopathic Medicine from University of Puerto Rico.

Raul Medrano Government Contracting Committee

Raul Medrano is a Commercial Real Estate professional working for Scheer Partners Realty, and has over 10 years of diverse experience in  Business & Economic Development with experience in: government contracting, public/private partnerships, land-use and commercial development, workforce development and small business entrepreneurship initiatives. Raul holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland and is a MBA graduate from John Hopkins University. 

Contact Us

Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1500 - 15th floor, Tysons Corner, Virginia 22102

Phone (703) 839-4180 eFax (703) 468-2425

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