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Yvonne Garcia - State Street

Yvonne Garcia


Yvonne Garcia serves as Chief of Staff to State Street’s Chairman and CEO, Ron O’Hanley and as Global Head of Communications and is Chairwoman of the Greater Boston Chamber’s Women’s Network. Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as Director in Marketing and Distribution Strategy for Liberty Mutual and as Vice President for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance Program. In that role, Yvonne and her team created and implemented over five new Wealth Management Centers throughout China which resulted in over 80 centers currently throughout the country. Yvonne is a fully certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and applies that discipline, rigor, and process to every project on which she deploys.

Johanna Mateo, Director Chelsea Business Foundation

Johanna Mateo


Johanna grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts where she developed an interest in politics and education through her experience with the education system. She recently received her master’s degree in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Johanna loves traveling and photography and during her free time she enjoys spending time with her puppy, Pablo.

Irene Torres, Board Clerk Chelsea Business Foundation

Irene Torres

Board Clerk

Irene works at the Senior Center of Chelsea, and also is the owner of La Cancun Restaurant, as a local business owner for more than 10 years, she is well integrated in the community and has a deep understanding of challenges East Boston restaurants face. Irene has also been a member of EBMS board since 2018. Fluent in English and Spanish. In addition to her commitment to her family and the East Boston community, Irene also instructs group fitness courses at LA Fitness.

Phyllis Barajas, Director Chelsea Business Foundation

Phyllis Barajas


Phyllis is a Social Entrepreneur who works addressing the impact of changing demographics; especially the Hispanic-Latino demographic, the second largest demographic in the US. Active in Latino leadership and community building - In 2005 launched an executive mentoring program for mid career Latino professionals called “Conexión-Advancing Latino Leadership” and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. These individuals are matched with executive mentors from another company. The approach taken is based on the concept of "social capital and reciprocal social networks" - The reciprocal nature of the executive mentoring continues to build our understanding of executive leadership in a dynamic environment.

Adriana Rojas Garzón

Adriana Rojas


Ms. Rojas joined Bain Capital Credit in 2010. She is a Vice President and the Assistant General Counsel based in Bain Capital Credit’s Boston office. Ms. Rojas was previously an Associate at Sullivan & Worcester LLP where her practice focused on credit transactions, corporate, securities and mid-sized private equity transactions.

Yago Martínez, Director Chelsea Business Foundation

Yago Martinez


Yago was born in Spain and got his degree in Architecture at one of the country's top schools. He completed a Master’s Degree in Building Pathology, and another in Healthcare Architecture. He has worked as a project architect on high-end residential, commercial, and healthcare projects in Spain and London, UK. Since 2012 he works for a major building products manufacturer from Germany and has been involved in some of the most iconic projects built in North America over the last ten years. He has completed courses in Finance and Accounting at Harvard Extension School and holds a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business.