Why I am dedicated to the Latinx MBA Association
Early on in my educational journey, I realized that a major part of upward mobility was simply knowledge and access to opportunities. Our Latinx Community doesn’t lack grit or talent, we lack access. As an undocumented student (DACA Dreamer), I always found myself looking for the right program or opportunity that gave me the access to even apply. Although I have learned through the hardships of life, I understand that I can help others put that same energy further up in the process. My commitment is to not let any more Latinx students and professionals think the top of the business world is not for them. I want nuestra gente to flourish with access to graduate business education. This only happens when we gather our people to act together, build each other up, and bring others along.
A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, Ivan moved to Phoenix, Arizona as a child. He played football at Phoenix Community College where he was selected as Male Student-Athlete of the year his second year. He later transferred to Arizona State University to continue his studies. Following his undergraduate studies he excelled in the mortgage, insurance, and food supply chain industries. A proud DACA recipient, he was admitted to the University of Michigan’s MBA program in 2017. While at Michigan Ross, he was elected to be his Section’s (cohort) President, as Michigan Ross MBA council (Student Government) VP of Finance, VP of Corporate Finance for the MBA Finance Club, President of the Latter-Day Saint Business Student Association, and President of MI Mob (a social dance club).
Ivan is currently a Residential Mortgage Broker based out of Phoenix, AZ. He has an Associate’s in Business from Phoenix Community College, a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan’s Latino Alumni Association and as President of the Ross School of Business Alumni’s Phoenix Chapter. He is an alumnus of Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s (MLT) MBA prep and MBA Professional Development programs. In his free time, you can find him cooking a meal for his extended family, playing indoor volleyball, or on the Salsa and Bachata dance floors in Phoenix.