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Rev. Lee de León is the founding President/CEO of an emerging community development corporation (CDC) in the city of Santa Ana, California.  This CDC is a faith-based non-profit organization established by Templo Calvario, a church that has 85 year long history of compassion.

Under Rev. de León’s leadership the CDC has received national recognition as a promising practice by foundations, the federal government and national organizations.

For over 25 years, Rev. de León has been actively involved in ministry to communities in need.  He has served as a pastor, church planter, non-profit director and founder and cofounder of several humanitarian organizations and partnerships.

Rev. de León received his education at California Baptist University and at Azusa Pacific University (C.P. Haggard School of Theology).

Accomplishments

  • Founder of Templo Calvario Community Development Corporation (2002)
  • Founder of Eleazar Partnerships (2000)
  • National Director of Convoy of Hope (1995-2000)
  • Founder of Mission Christian Center (1989)
  • Founder of Obras de Amor (ministry of Templo Calvario Church) (1981)

Affiliations

  • Eleazar Partnerships Inc., Board Chair
  • Templo Calvario Fellowship, Ordained Minister
  • Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board, Board Member
  • Bread for the World, Board Member
  • Coastal Communities Hospital, Board Member

Max Madrid retired in 2007 from Community Service Programs (CSP), Inc., where he served as the Director of Gang Prevention and Intervention Services, for 17 years. He coordinated and supervised programs in nine Orange County cities, working closely with law enforcement, probation, schools, local businesses, and community organizations.

He currently is a Consultant to California State Senator Lou Correa, representing the Senator on the Select Committee on Youth Empowerment, Youth Services and Gang Prevention and Veteran Affairs. Mr. Madrid retired from the United States Navy in 1992, after 26 years of military service; earning numerous awards including Combat Action Ribbons, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, a Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

Mr. Madrid has been recognized as the 2010 Ambassador of Peace, by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County and the Daily Point of Light Award in 2002 from Past President George Bush. Currently, he is an appointed Orange County Juvenile Justice Commissioner and a City of Santa Ana, Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commissioner.

 

Edward J. Thomas, is the Director for COR Community Development Corporation, a non-profit of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E Church, ofIrvine,California. Edward is instrumental in the development of small businesses, creating financial resources such as: Business Lines of Credit, SBA loans and community grant programs.  In addition he provided assistance and implementation and management of community development programs such as the Institute for Gang Prevention and Intervention, and Violent Prevention and Strategic Re-Entry Commission. Gang Prevention/ Intervention and Re-Entry Programs, Feeding Program, Felons to work, Tutoring and Mentoring Programs for youth, Grant writing and management. Ed has worked tirelessly to organize and piece together collaborations of churches, community, educators, police and government to revitalized gang infested areas in cities throughoutOrangeCounty.

Prior to his current position, he worked for 10 years managing one of the nation’s largest Real Estate Management Companies.  During his tenure there he received numerous awards and recognition for revenue achieved, lowest vacancies, and highest occupancy.

In 2003, Edward Thomas helped establish and managed Allstate Financial Group,Newport Beach,California, a DBA of Allstate Funding Incorporated.  In 2004 he was promoted to Vice President of Sales. He supervised and managed a multitude of multi-family development projects. By 2005 under his supervision his office originated an average of 15 million dollars in loans per month.

Edward Thomas is now the current chairman for the Probation Community Action Association,(OrangeCounty), co-chair for Irvine Prevention Coalition, a former member with the City ofSan Clemente Housing Committee, former executive board member of NAACP, (OC), member of Oden Commission, (OC). He is a current member of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E Church, (Irvine) and member of Lives Worth Saving, (OC).

Edward has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in the greaterLos Angelesand Orange County Communities. He has been interviewed numerous times on T.V, Radio, and newspapers.  He has received numerous awards and recognition for his community service from the U.S Congress, the State ofCalifornia, Orange County Board of Supervisors and Cities of Santa Ana,Irvineand other organizations.

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Edward now resides inLaguna Hills,California. He has 5 son’s and 3 daughters. (All are grown and gone except for the youngest son who is a sophomore in high school). Edward is the proud grandparent of 5 grandchildren.

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