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Horacio “Fred” Mendez, an experienced executive with expertise in policy, regulation, finance, research and strategyhas been named President of Woodstock Institute by its Board of Directors. The national and locally renowned research and policy nonprofit welcomes its first Latino leader, who will begin on August 1, 2020.

Mendez will bring his insider knowledge of the industry, his track record as an expert researcher, and his sharp policy analysis skills to join the Woodstock staff in contributing evidence based research and policy recommendations that help address the racial income and wealth gap.

Mendez is moving to Chicago from Alameda, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Santa Clara University and a Master of Arts in Economics from San Jose State University.  Most recently Mendez was Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Americas at MUFG Union Bank.  Prior to that, he held executive positions at Rabobank and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  He also spent seven years as a Senior Fellow, Economic Opportunities Program, with the Aspen Institute.