Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - NOVAHCC is a membership multicultural independent organization, not affiliated with the government fostering business and career opportunities for members and partners alike. We welcome people of all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and gender.
We represent the Americas in Virginia for this reason, we also:
* Hablamos Español
* Parle Francais
* Falar Portuguese
Training and growing 21st century business leaders and their global workforce
To be the best multicultural business association in the Washington Metro region. Our goal is to be the “go-to” organization for businesses, Veterans and people seeking new careers.
We achieve our mission applying our core principles: Connect, Unite, Achieve.
Susana is a founding member of the chamber and provides strategic direction for the programs, and activities 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 of Educational programs. She leads the committee for International Investment & Trade.
Dara is the President of Bactrian Global Strategies, a private firm dedicated to coaching individuals in how to advance professionally with the right career move, as well as assisting business owners in expanding current organizational capacity to increase revenue. She has 13 years of combined experience working in international markets, and various NGOs such as Agribusiness Systems International, and U.S government agencies such as OPIC - Overseas Private Investment Corporation and U.S Department of Commerce. She is a graduate of John Hopkins University and University of Michigan. Dara helps NOVAHCC with strategic planning and international market research.
Angel is the CEO of ADS Federal. His government contracting firm supports clients within the federal government, providing project management and engineering support developing, implementing and maintaining cloud-based and data-center host solutions. Angel propels forward NOVAHCC with Project Management, leading the Government Contracting Committee and advising NOVAHCC the content base for events and curriculums relevant to the GovCon Business Community. He is an U.S. Navy Veteran, he completed his Bachelors with University of Maryland in Computers Science, holds a MBA and a Ed.D in Cybersecurity from George Washington University.
Venkat Kodumudi leads the Blockchain Technology Committee steering NOVAHCC to be the multicultural leader in events for the industry. Venkat has 25+ years of IT experience as both a government leader and in the private sector. He worked in Homeland Security and currently, he is the Director of Innovation Programs for CGI Federal. blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), DevSecOps, and IT service management to support the government in achieving mission objectives. He also co-chairs CGI Federal’s Blockchain Roundtable.
Mr. Kodumudi holds bachelors and masters degrees in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration MBA
Obed leads the Multicultural Marketing Committee. He is a fundamental team member with over 15 years of experience supporting organizations and individuals in creating their corporate or personal brands using traditional and digital marketing strategies. He is a consummate creative professional with an extensive experience in Film-making, photography, graphic-web design, and content management. He is an entrepreneur who understands how to create move small business, startups, and individuals to the next level.
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 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - 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.
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.
Tim Paz works at the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of Safety, Fire, and Environmental Programs (SFEP). Within SFEP, the Safety Division he is responsible for policy development, program development, implementation support, and evaluations of occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, and related environmental matters. Tim is a Certified Industrial Hygienist who holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Southern Illinois University and a Master in Science from University of Central Missouri.
Colonel Juan Fernandez USA (Ret.) leads the chamber Veterans and Entrepreneurial Initiative. He is the President and CEO of Arpeggio, LLC. He supports NOVAHCC in our efforts to reach out our U.S Veterans, Military and their Spouses in order to assist them to transition to new careers and entrepreneurship opportunities improve effectiveness assisting and advising the chamber in strategic decisions, and project management. He is a graduate from School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia and has a Masters in International Relations from Troy University.