FAHF Team Members
As an international student at California State University, Fresno, she was given the opportunity to work for a year in the United States. She worked at Bank of America for 6 months. After that, she was hired by the Mexican Consulate in Fresno as the executive assistant to the Consul of Mexico, where she worked for four years. In 2002, she accepted the position of president and CEO for the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 led the creation of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.
CEO & President
Yery Olivares was born in Colima, Mexico and raised in Kerman, California. Yery studied at California State University, Fresno and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She has assisted with the award of over $2 million in microloans and has directly assisted over 500 small business entrepreneurs. Yery is grateful for the diversity of this community and the great opportunities individuals have to succeed and become self-sufficient.
Chief Operating Officer
Sandra received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the option of Marketing from CSU, Fresno. While completing her degree she was President of the Hispanic Business Student Association. Sandra currently leads the Membership and Educational Workshops Program at the organization. She is responsible for developing new partnerships with small businesses, members and community partners to promote the programs and services offered at FAHF.
Business Development Officer
David Preciado is from Baja California, Mexico and has a degree in law from the Autonomous University of Baja California; a Masters in Citizen Participation from the Francisco de Vitória University, Madrid, Spain and a PhD candidate from the Complutense University of Madrid in the Public Administration Program. He has served as General Director, Coordinator of Advisors, and Chief of Staff among other positions in the Mexican federal government. He also has extensive experience in Mexican foreign diplomatic service, including serving in the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C., and in the Mexican consulates of Houston, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Fresno, California. He is currently the Director of Export and Import with U.S., Mexico, and Canada and assists small businesses in the Central Valley with the legal and technical assistance to commercialize their products and services.
Director of Export & Import USMCA
Yurubi Ramirez is currently the Office Manager at FAHF and we could not have asked more of her. As Office Manager, she wears many hats and is always up to the task. She keeps everyone in line yet always seems to keep a smile on her face. Yurubi has a background in Office Administration and worked for St. Therese Parish and The Rescue Mission.
Miriam Bautista received her Bachelor’s degree in Business administration with an emphasis in Accounting from CSU, Fresno. Miriam currently serves as the executive assistant here at FAHF. Coming from a Hispanic family, she understands the obstacles that minorities face, but fully believes in the capabilities of the foundation to provide them with resources for their business. Miriam is excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to guiding the community in all the opportunities that the foundation offers.
Blong Lee has over 20 years of experience in business management, economic development and finance. He was Regional Director of Digital Transformation Services for mFino, Inc., a fintech company based in Cupertino, CA. Prior to joining mFino, Blong served as the California Program Officer for Feed The Hunger Foundation based in San Francisco. He was the Manager of Access Plus Capital—formerly the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) from 1998-2015, and Director of Economic Development for Valley Small Business Development Corporation (VSBDC), also a Fresno based CDFI, from 2015-2016. During his stints with the Fresno based CDFIs, Blong worked on raising capital and led special initiatives to support community and economic development projects. His other roles and responsibilities included leading training and/or development services for staff of the organizations and their business clients; and managing deal flows, underwriting, credit analysis, and loan portfolio management. Blong currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer for the Fresno Food Commons Trust and was the CFO of its subsidiary, the Food Commons Fresno Community Corporation. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in Economics.