Our Leadership
David C. Lizarraga  

Dr. David C. Lizárraga

Founder & Chairman, TELACU Education Foundation

David is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of community and economic development. He created the innovative TELACU Model, the community investment engine that sustains TELACU as the nation’s largest Community Development Corporation. He also shares his expertise, leadership, insight and time with many other civic, business, educational, governmental and community-based organizations. David is a past Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, advocating for more than 2.5 million Latino businesses throughout the nation. He was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI Community Development Advisory Board.

Michael Lizarraga  

Dr. Michael Lizárraga

President & CEO, TELACU and TELACU Industries
President, TELACU Education Foundation

Michael is responsible for the management and oversight of TELACU, TELACU Industries and subsidiaries. He has led the successful growth of the organization for more than 20 years, engaging in new commercial real estate developments and housing projects, increasing the company’s community lending portfolio, developing new community assets, and acquiring or starting new businesses. Michael is a Trustee of Azusa Pacific University, where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. He is Treasurer for the Board of Governors of the California State University Foundation, and serves on the Boards of the CalChamber, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1985.

  • Historical Image in front of BF Goodrich tower

  • Historical Image

  • Cesar Chavez and David Lizarraga

  • President Ford and David Lizarraga

  • President Carter and David Lizarraga

  • President Reagan with David Lizarraga

  • President George H. W. Bush and David Lizarraga

  • President George Bush and Michael Lizarraga

  • President Clinton and Michael Lizarraga

  • President Clinton, Al Gore, with David C. Lizarraga

  • President Clinton, Vice President Gore and Michael Lizarraga

  • President George W. Bush and Michael Lizarraga

  • President George W. Bush and David Lizarraga

  • Michael and David Lizarraga

  • President Obama with David C. Lizarraga

  • President Obama with Michael Lizarraga



Paul Samuel

Senior Vice President & CFO, TELACU Industries

Paul is responsible for the financial management of TELACU and its subsidiaries. This includes the procurement of financing and capital, investment analysis, budgeting, financial reporting and income tax planning. He also plays a key role in the planning and development of business operations and procedures. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant.


Jerry Barham

Senior Vice President, TELACU Real Estate Services

Jerry manages and oversees TELACU’s commercial, industrial and retail real estate portfolio. His team is responsible for the development, leasing, management, financing, acquisition and maintenance of all TELACU non-residential properties. Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant and former auditor of TELACU.


Jay Bell

Senior Vice President, TELACU Construction Management
President, Pyramid Services

Jay is responsible for business development, client relations and strategic planning for TELACU Construction Management. As President of Pyramid Services, he oversees the growth and operations of this subsidiary, which provides general contracting and professional services to federal agencies. He is also involved in business development and strategic planning efforts for TELACU Industries.


Jasmine Borrego

President, TELACU Residential Management

Jasmine manages and oversees TELACU’s affordable rental housing portfolio for senior citizens and the disabled, and identifies and secures funding for the delivery of effective social services for residents. She is responsible for ensuring that each community complex provides a wholesome and safe environment and is managed in compliance with all governmental funding and regulatory agencies. She serves on the boards of Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) and Aging Services of California.


John Clem

President, TELACU Construction Management

John manages and oversees the business and client service activities of TCM. This includes the development and construction of new community assets such as libraries, schools, military facilities, and government buildings. He directs a team that provides program and construction management services to cities, school districts, community colleges, and other public entities that have major building programs.

Lauren Lizarraga  

Lauren Lizárraga

Senior Vice President, TELACU Education Foundation

Lauren is responsible for the operational management and administration of the Foundation. She oversees a team that directly implements the Foundation’s College Success Program, Health Careers Program, and three federally-funded TRiO Programs – Upward Bound, Talent Search and Veterans Upward Bound. These five Programs collectively serve 2,000 high school, college and nursing students, and veterans.  Lauren serves on the Board of Directors of the La Casa de San Gabriel Preschool and Community Center, a community service organization founded by her grandparents nearly 70 years ago. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Azusa Pacific University in 2011 and her Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2015.


Priscilla Lizárraga

Senior Vice President, TELACU Communications Group
Executive Producer, Annual “Building the Dream” Gala

Priscilla is responsible for the direction and advancement of TELACU’s corporate image. Her team manages the company’s public relations, creative services, information technology systems, and corporate communications. She also serves as Executive Producer of the TELACU Education Foundation’s Annual “Building the Dream” Gala, with responsibility for solicitation and fundraising as well as overall event planning, coordination and execution.


Tom Provencio

Senior Vice President, TELACU Development Corporation

Tom is responsible for the development of TELACU’s Senior Housing portfolio, including TELACU’s HUD 202 Program Senior Housing projects. His team manages all phases of project development from pre-development to construction completion. This includes site selection; preparation and submittal of applications and project documents; interfacing with project team members and governmental officials; overseeing project design, budget, financing, entitlements, escrow and closing processes; monitoring construction schedule and quality control.


José Villalobos

Senior Vice President, TELACU Industries

José manages TELACU’s public sector initiatives. He is responsible for identifying and accessing government programs, and affecting legislation at the federal, state and local levels that can be utilized in the expansion of the company’s subsidiaries and business activities. He also oversees TELACU’s non-regulated capital investment programs, including New Markets Community Capital and TELACU Community Capital.