Speaker Detail

Ernesto Fonseca
Equitable Systems Creator

Born into a small, underprivileged community in Central Mexico, and later an immigrant to the United States, Ernesto Fonseca has dedicated his life to addressing the needs of underserved communities. Ernesto holds a Master’s degree in Climate Responsive Architecture and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University. While in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, transportation, access to fresh food and affordable housing. He focused on empowering low- and middle-income families through a systems approach to community development and developing policy for governments. Currently, Ernesto is the CEO of Hacienda CDC in Oregon, which provides affordable housing, youth and family services, homeownership and financial capabilities, small business development, a Latino Market for emerging food entrepreneurs and a safe place where everyone is welcome.