Board of Directors

Rural Neighborhoods’ board of directors ensures sound governance and clear policies in leading our charitable group in its mission to improve the lives of working families and the rural communities in which they reside. Directors serve without compensation and contribute a wealth of time, talent and commitment. Individual members bring a balance of skills and best practices learned in business, law, nonprofit organizations, government and the military to each issue and decision. One-third of Rural Neighborhoods board of directors represents the low-income communities we serve.


Arturo Lopez
Executive Director
Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations

Vice Chairperson

Diana Gonzalez
Former Director of Development and Facilities Management
Miami-Dade County, Florida


Susan Rubio-Rivera
Executive Director

Pinita Alegre
Rimland Nursery

Martina Borek
Steven Borek Farms

Tom David

Fatima Echevarria

Idania Kestel
Vice President
CenterState Bank

Peter McDougal
Florida Manager
LaRaza Loan Fund

Matthew Polak, AIA LEED AP
R.E. Chishom Architects

Alphonso Townsel
Real Estate Developer

Director Emeritus

Fernando ‘Chappy” Pro, Jr.