Andrea Barela
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Andrea has been with NEWSED since 2006, first as the Development Director and currently as the President and CEO since the beginning of 2018. Prior to NEWSED she worked for organizations such as the Chinook Fund, The Denver Foundation and the Denver Inner City Parish in all areas of program/event coordination, administration, programming and development. Andrea has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Denver. At NEWSED Andrea is responsible for facilitating NEWSED’s vision, mission, goals and objectives in coordination with the staff and board of directors. Andrea also serves as the Santa Fe Business Improvement District board President and provides administration and oversight through NEWSED.

Francisco Padilla
Director of Real Estate
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Frank started with NEWSED in the Summer of 2017. Coming from Albuqueque, New Mexico but originally from Denver, Frank has an extensive background in business development, mortgages, finances, public housing, and the community planning and development industries. Most recently Frank was the Director of the Office of Community Planning and Department for HUD in the State of New Mexico. He has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Metropolitan State University. At NEWSED Frank is responsible for asset management and oversight, real estate planning and development, city and state compliance, and funding development for project initiatives.

Mercedes Fuentes
Mercedes Fuentes
Director of Programs
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Mercedes Fuentes joined NEWSED CDC in April of 2009 to assist in conducting their Home ownership program and Foreclosure Prevention counseling. Ms. Fuentes started out her career teaching classes at the University Autonomy of Hidalgo State in Mexico and then spent 10 years in direct services before becoming involved in housing and foreclosure counseling. Ms. Fuentes worked as a Home ownership Counselor at a local non-profit for three years as well as a program coordinator/District Manager at Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing for five years. She then went on to Community Resources Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) and worked as a Manager for Outreach and Emerging Markets where she spearheaded employment programs and initiated outreach home ownership programs. Mercedes had served as the Treasurer for the Neighborhood Network Center Consortium Board in Denver and served 4 years as board treasurer for the Colorado Housing Counseling Coalition (CHCC). Mercedes had managed the NEWSED CDC’s housing counseling program from 2012-2017 until recently become the Director of Programs to oversee NEWSED’s programs including Down Payment Assistance, housing counseling, lending circles, business zone incubator and program grants.

Veronica Acosta
Veronica Acosta
Lead Home Ownership Counselor
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In 1996 Veronica and her family moved to Denver from Mexico; shortly after, she and her husband started their own Mortgage Company working with families to help them realize their dreams of owning a home. She extended her knowledge in several aspects of the lending industry. She received her lending education at the National Lender Services Inc. and worked as a Home Mortgage Consultant for more than 12 years with companies like Wells Fargo Mortgage. Veronica started working with NEWSED CDC in 2009 as a pre-purchase and foreclosure housing counselor. Veronica recently become the Lead Homeownership Counselor to support with all housing counseling activities.

Anaihs Espinoza
Home Ownership Counselor
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Anaihs started with NEWSED at the end of 2016. Prior to NEWSED she worked in project management for a construction company for several years. Currently she is working toward her B.A. in Business and HR at CSU Global. At NEWSED she is responsible for Home Ownership and Foreclosure Counseling. Anaihs also takes care of the First Time Home Buyer’s Class logistics.

Juanita Herrera
Juanita Herrera
Office Manager
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Juanita was born and raised in Denver and joined NEWSED at the end of May, 2018. For the last eight years she worked for non-profit organization The Denver Inner City Parish as the Office Manager specifically for their program La Academia. While there she was also responsible for event coordination, fundraising efforts, and assisted the Director of the Summer Day Camp program. She is currently working towards her A.A. in accounting at the Community College of Denver. When completed she will then move on to her B.A and M.A. at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Yarissa Ley- Ramos
Yarissa Ley- Ramos
Housing Counselor Assistant
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Yarissa started with NEWSED at the beginning of 2018. Yarissa came to us with a strong background in Customer Relations, prior to joining our team she was working for the Behavioral Resource and EAP for Anthem. She is currently working towards her B.A. in Environmental Sciences at MSU. At NEWSED she is responsible for file management, database entry, and overall coordination efforts of the Housing Counseling department.