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Minnesota Council On Latino Affairs - Executive Director Resume Example

Sofia Cox
Professional Summary
Strategic, motivated, thoughtful and experienced team-builder and servant-leader. Strong background and experience in related fields of interest to Latino-Minnesota relations. Excellent bicultural and bilingual communication and project-management skills. Vision of future trends and opportunities. Convening and networking competence and resources in all key sectors.

  • Demonstrated leadership--convenes, facilitates dialogue, creates and inspires teams effectively, including recruitment of staff to accomplish agency's goal and objectives
  • Creative innovation and bridge-building between government and Latino community
  • Credible and professional spokesperson for Latino community
  • Long term critical, strategic thinking and planning
  • Active listening, adaptive to change and team effectiveness
  • Strategic partnering and networking in all key sectors
  • Chronic and systemic-problem solving skills
  • Exceptional writing and public speaking (English/Spanish) skills and bicultural competence 
Executive Director 01/2009 to Present
Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs St. Paul, MN
  • In reaction to OLA Report and foreseeing direction now being established for agency, hired Latina attorney with considerable experience in affirmative action, civil and human rights work.
  • In absence of a specified goal in Statute (see OLA Report) and in agency 2010 plan, fostered systemic reduction of Latino disparities, primarily in education and economic development through long-term, planned-obsolescence strategy, which included renewing practice of recommending new legislation and reducing false information about Latino community.
  • Wrote monthly columns and op eds (individually and with lawmaker, former MDE Commissioner and former MSU president) in English for mainstream and in Spanish for Latino media. Was interviewed by mainstream leadership groups, Spanish radio and TV on Latino issues. Hired professionals to improve and redesign website as well as developing strategy for social media and other communications.
  • Launched a community engagement forum campaign to include out-state MN, which covered 10 cities in its first year.  
  • Designed and coordinated strategic partnerships, including one with Rochester (which foresaw future-mindset represented by MDC), Latino/mainstream group in Mankato and other cities. Developed geographic and globalization-based strategy to Latino education, employment and business development and proposed to leadership in Rochester and St. Paul.
  • Led formation of Latino executive group, which became Latino LEAD, now coordinated by The Minneapolis Foundation and launched other strategic alliances, including one with Minnesota's Jewish community to help Latinos learn from best community practices.
  • Designed and led collaborative between CLAC's, MN Humanities Center, TPT and SPNN which allowed us to launch collaborative programs to re-image Latino community and multiply resources. Started later similar synergistic projects with HACER, MN Historical Society, MPR, ECHO MN, MinnCAN, MinneMinds, ThinkSmall and others.
  • Promoted collaboration and meetings among ethnic Councils and CLAC (now MCLA). Proposed and started ethnic Councils meetings with several Cabinet Agency commissioners and deputy commissioners. Developed model in strategic partnering and out-state community engagement for other Councils.
  • Represented MCLA (and CLAC) as member of executive committee of the Violent Crime Coordinating Council (VCCC), used the Twin Cities Immigrant Roundtable model to propose and launch a Roundtable to Build Trust & Cooperation between Law Enforcement & Community to prevent conflict occurring across nation. Facilitated Roundtable in N. St. Paul. Started training law-enforcement facilitators in different MN cities.
  • Resolved miscommunication between CLAC and Latino publication intending to publish a negative article and transformed situation so that same newspaper published a front-page and on-line article complimenting the work of E.D. and Council members in October 2010. 
  • Addressed Council's concern over 5% potential deficit faced by CLAC when hired and brought about a surplus of 7%, which was carried over into FY 2011.
  • Led the launching of a proactive fundraising strategy beyond state funding, for which CLAC received congratulations from State Budget Officer.
President/Consultant 01/1985 to 01/2009
MEX-US Global/Cultural Complementarity Consultants Twin Cities, MN
  • Project management, investment & intercultural communications consulting 1985 to 2009 (intermittently)
  • Conceived and implemented paradigm-shifting process in intercultural and international relations "Cultural Complementarity," which has been used since 1992 to address diversity in government, corporate and nonprofit organizations; model of this process was officially adopted by United Way.
  • Trained Immigration & Naturalization Services (now CIS & ICE) staff on the use of "Cultural Complementarity" to address difficulties in relationship with Hispanic immigrant community. Designed with INS District Director a collaborative of federal, state, city government, education, legal, foundations, health organizations and NGOs named Immigrant Community Roundtable, which has attracted national attention for its results--among them, the New Immigrant Orientation Packet in print, video and website (, which became model for Citizenship & Immigration Services' national Guide for New Immigrants, published in multiple languages, which is distributed in immigration offices and libraries throughout the U.S. and given to all new immigrants. Acknowledgement in TC Guide Packet reads: "This Guide is dedicated to Hector Garcia, President of Cultural Complementarity Consultants, whose vision, diplomacy, perseverance, and wisdom nurtured it from idea to reality."
  • Co-founded and directed The AHANNA (African, Hispanic, Asian, Native and New American) Forum, a public policy partnership of media, higher education and minority/immigrant communities.
  • Advised Cummins Power Generation's U.S. employees on Mexican culture, facilitated Mexican trainees adaptation to U.S. culture and supported their training; designed Human Resources seminar "Unleashing the Power of Cummins."
  • Advised Minnesota Governors Carlson, Ventura and Pawlenty, Senator Durenberger, Rep. Rhodes, DEED Commissioners Carlson and Gillette, MN Trade Office Directors Crolick and Olson, St. Paul Mayor Latimer on Mexico. Advised DTED Com. Kramer on Latino immigrants and St. Paul Mayors Coleman and Kelly on MN immigrant and minority communities.
  • Managed COLORS magazine, at the time the only U.S. publication that brought together writers and artists from all minority and mainstream communities, regenerated its funding campaign, made available offers to fund reorganization and gain national advertising.
  • Promoted the creation of Minnesotans for NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), co-founded it with 3M, and was hired as its Executive Director.
  • Proposed and was hired to help organize and participate in Minnesota Governor Carlson's trade visit with Mexico's President Salinas, Secretary of Commerce Serra, Secretary of Agriculture Hank, Government NAFTA Chief Negotiator Blanco, Private Sector NAFTA Chief Negotiator Gallardo, U.S. Ambassador Negroponte, and various top Mexican industrialists.
  • Proposed and helped organize with Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs first U.S. trilateral conference on a North American Economic Union in 1991. Was one of 30 speakers, which included Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Mexican Ambassador to U.S. as well as U.S. Chief Negotiator in Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Recommended in presentation that eventual Agreement's benefits reach all socioeconomic sectors in the three nations.
VP International & Domestic Emerging Markets, Private Client Services 01/2004 to 01/2007
Wells Fargo & Co San Francisco, CA
  • 2004 to 2007 Market Growth & Development Consulting, Communications & Coordination
  • Designed strategy for business development in Twin Cities Emerging Markets, especially Hispanic market.
  • Coordinated international sales team, in-house and outside partners, marketing, legal/compliance/risk management departments and other stakeholders to develop business. Reconstructed information and communication systems as well as statistical records to support Private Client Services' international sales activities.
  • Contributed to increase of 216 % in number of registered PCS field International Specialists (IS) from 12/2004 to 11/2006; 86 % of these IS were brokers, whose assets under management grew by 64% during that same period. National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ, formerly known as National Conference of Christians & Jews), Minnesota/Dakotas Region
Executive Director MN/Dakotas Dist. 01/1998 to 01/2001
National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ) St. Paul, MN
  • Revitalized the organization, which had been ailing from excessive dependence on fundraising events.
  • Revived organization's American Indian anti-mascot program.
  • Created five new programs, including the community dialogues and legislative model to develop a Compact for Youth Peace & Unity in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television and the Star Tribune newspaper; as well as an Arts & Dialogues project with The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Great American History Theatre and The Children's Theatre to make the arts pertinent to the young.
Vice President Commodities Division, Assistant Vice President International Division 01/1977 to 01/1985
Bache Halsey Stuart Shields, Inc. & Prudential Bache Securities, Inc New York, N.Y
  • New York, N.Y. Vice President Commodities Division, Assistant Vice President International Division 1977 to 1985 Mexico liaison for sales teams in different corporate divisions
  • Initiated renewal of interest in Mexico through International V.P. James Barton.
  • Stimulated internationalization of Mexico's securities industry through various brokerage firms, banks, and the securities and banking commissions and advised government on introduction of risk concept to investors.
  • Proposed the drafting of the government-approved format of Mexico Fund to Sid Spielvogel (creator of Japan Fund). This Fund initiated the lowering of Mexican barriers to foreign investment, which culminated with NAFTA and, subsequently, to democratization process.
  • Promoted approval in Mexico of the Spielvogel Fund-draft through Mexican brokerage firm and Mexico's Securities Commission. Drafted economic report on Mexico for marketing of the Fund Recognition for contributions to the community include:
  • Governor's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Award "Lifting Every Voice, Dreaming as We Strive," 2014
  • Leadership award from Colegio de Graduados en Alta Dirección, Mexico City, 1995
  • Minneapolis Award, 1994
  • Twin Citian Volunteer Hall of Fame, 1994
  • United Way Unsung Hero Award, 1992 Other Accomplishments Hector has presented views on international relations and his Cultural Complementarity theory in articles published in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. and conferences in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and Switzerland. He recently finished a manuscript on this theory to address the 21st century need for cultural interdependence within and among nations so as to bring about synergies and prevent conflict. Hector coordinated establishment of chapters in Mexico for international organizations Initiatives of Change (former Moral Rearmament) and the Caux Round Table. He was co-founder of a Mexican and American Indian agricultural trading company. He has served various communities as member of the Great Decisions Program (Foreign Policy Assn.), Hispanic-American Advisory Committee to President of the University of Minnesota, as well as in boards at United Way, Twin Cities Public Television, Catholic Charities, Minnesota Museum of American Art and others.
Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration Dec 1967 Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico - Mexico City, DF B.A., Business Administration, Instituto Tecnológico de México, Mexico City, Mexico
French Studies Jan 1967 Alliance Francaise - Paris , FR French Studies: L'Alliance Française, Mexico City, Mexico/Paris, France and St. Patrick's College, Ottawa, Canada Project Management: University of St. Thomas, Center for Business Excellence, Minneapolis, MN Media Seminars: Creative Communications, Minnesota and The American Forum, California
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Previous Companies:

  • Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs
  • MEX US Global
  • Cultural Complementarity Consultants

Previous Job Positions:

  • Executive Director
  • President
  • Consultant
  • VP International & Domestic Emerging Markets
  • Private Client Services


  • Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico
  • Alliance Francaise

Level of Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts

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