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Marcos Wanless

President and Founder


Achievements and Experience

2016 –    Founder and President of the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

  • Envisioned to serve its membership with special focus on Latin business owners. In its first year, the Latino Chamber accomplished to enroll blue-chip corporations such as: Amazon, Comcast, DoorDash, Coca-Cola Co, Google, US Bank, Delta–Aeromexico, Facebook and Boeing.
  • The Latino Chamber has attained partnerships with the most important economic organizations in Seattle, including a reciprocal agreement with the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and partnerships with: GSBA, SBA, Google Partners, Washington Retail Association and other key organizations.
  • With a business community network of more than 1,600 businesses and executives, the chamber activities have been recognized with two proclamations from the City of Seattle in 2017 and 2018 presented by Mayor’s Murray and Durkan.

2005 – 2016 Consultant & Yoga Master.

  • Developed the first Spanish translation plus content for Safeco and Liberty Mutual’s company websites.
  • Volunteer as Communications Director for the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Northwest Chapter. Successfully developed public relations, outreach and communications programs significantly growing membership and awareness of the organization in the region.
  • Provided social media strategy for Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti to gain Latin support, helping him attain a smashing mayoral victory in 2013.
  • Imparted more than 3,000 hours of multi-level Vinyasa Krama Yoga classes at recognized venues in Los Angeles, California and Washington State.


2002-2005 Editor-in-Chief of the President of Mexico’s News Wire Service, Office of the President of Mexico.

  • Developed and managed the first online newswire service for Mexico’s President, Vicente Fox. Obtained 98% registration of the world’s top news organizations including: CNN, AP, UPI, CBS, ABC, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and China News Agency.


Recognitions and education

  • 2021 Elected board member at Seattle Rep the largest nonprofit resident theatre in the Pacific Northwest
  • 2018 First prize winner of the International Spanish Short Story Literary Contest, Seattle Escribe, WA.
  • Coauthor of best-seller “Mitos Geniales de la Modernización” an essay on the effects of NAFTA and neo-liberal economic policy on Mexico’s economy. ISBN 968-406-595-7.
  • Loyola Marymount University, CA, USA. Master of Vinyasa Krama Yoga.
  • Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts, USA. Negotiation - Executive Training Program.
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Monterrey ITSEM, México City. Diplomat e–Government.
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ITAM, México City, BA Business.
  • Bilingual, multicultural background fluent in: English and Spanish. Speaks basic French and Italian.

Jason Ortega Kalami


“Jason Ortega Kalami is currently a Branch Manager in the Downtown Seattle area for U.S. Bank. Jason focuses on developing long-term and tailored business banking solutions for his customers, with his extensive knowledge in commercial and business lending to help business owners reach their desired financial goals. He has joined the SLMCC to help bridge the gap and strengthen minority owned businesses, providing his helpful expertise allowing him to be a strategic business partner. Jason’s background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University, as well as 7+ years in the financial industry.

Jason is involved not only helping small and large businesses, but also an advocate for the Latino Community. He is currently a Community Liaison for U.S. Banks Nosotros Latinos Business Resource Group, where he helps build and strengthen relationships within the Latino Community partnering with non-profits and cultural events”.

Mary Paz Ortiz

Outreach and partnership coordinator

With more than 14 years of experience in the public and the private sector, Mary Paz Ortiz is the Community Outreach and Research Coordinator at the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (SLMCC) and is responsible for connecting people by creating agreements and cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations, that increase the SLMCC visibility within the surrounding community.

She is experienced in the development and strengthening of inter-institutional relationships as well as the overseeing of international cooperation projects; qualified in management and coordination of high-level meetings; skilled in the design of climate change and sustainable development public policies at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico.

Education and education

    • Co-author of key climate policy instruments in Mexico, including the Nationally Determined Contribution and the Special Climate Change Programs
  • Fellow of the Ministry of the Environment from Japan and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to take the “JCM workshop-Further understandings of Corresponding Adjustment and Reporting of Article 6 of Paris Agreement and seeking more opportunities with SDGs”, Japan, February 2020.
  • Fellow of the International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to take the course “Adaptation to Climate Change”, Japan, from September to October 2016.
  • Master’s in International Studies, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico City.
  • BA in International Relations, Universidad del Valle de México, Mexico City.
  • Bilingual and familiar with working in multicultural environments.

Percival Stirling

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Percival Stirling moved to Seattle in 1995. He worked at CBIC in downtown Seattle from April 1995 to March 2002. Since then he has been a self employed business man owning a web services firm now for over 20 years. He is also into health and fitness, putting a diagnosis of Diabetes into remission in less than 4 months in 2013. He has created several foundations to educate people in various fields.


Bachelors of Computer Science - DeVry University


Co-Vice President -  Rainier Chamber Of Commerce 2011

Secretary - Fremont Chamber Of Commerce 2011

Also served on both Boards 2010-2012.

Operates PQHost CyberServices LLC, a web services firm. The firm has currently and also many past diverse clients such as Royal Esquire Club, Vietnamese News, Runta News, SeaBeeze Ethnic Media, Rainier Valley Development Fund and many others, some for nearly 2 decades.

Board of Directors

Adriana Perezchica

Board of Directors Chair

Real Estate Professional in Redmond, Washington United States.

Adriana Perezchica has been working in real estate since 2005, and has brings with her a proven sales and closing track record. Clients and real estate professionals alike seek out Adriana because of her commitment to excellence and knowledge of the real estate industry. Her depth of understanding around market trends and impressive negotiation skills quickly propelled her to the status as one of the top producing brokers in the greater Seattle area. Adriana sees every transaction as an opportunity to create a new future for her clients, while protecting their interests above all. Adriana's integrity, hard work and positive energy provide a seamless support to every purchase or sale.

When she’s not negotiating the next transaction, Adriana is at the gym or surrounding herself with family and friends. She loves to dive into the kitchen for a new culinary adventure and host dinner parties for her loved ones.

Raúl Pérez Calleja

Board of Directors

Editor / Owner Latino Newspaper Siete Dias and Directorio Hispano (Hispanic Yellow Pages). November 1982 - October 2019.

Spread and promote the activities of the Hispanic Community in the areas of its economic, sports, cultural, entertainment and social participation. As well as News and useful information.
Hispanic Directory, Promote and strengthen the Hispanic businesses that offer Products and Services, orienting hispanic consumption towards these businesses through the Hispanic Directory, considering the technological and digital advances in the media of diffusion and promotion. Both printed and digital publications. www.elsietedias.com – Facebook/El Siete Dias.com – Facebook/ Latinos en Seattle. App El Siete Dias


Owner Mexican Food Restaurant ‘La Parrilla” - 1988- 1991
Ballinger Way and 19th, Lake City WA
Manage, coordinate and develop the restaurant's own functions.

Mexican Government Secretary of the Treasury - Secretary of Programming and Budget and Secretary of Government in different directions with different functions.


Faculty of Economics. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico - 1968- 1972
ENP 5 - Jose Vasconcelos, Coapa Mexico City.

Originally from Mexico City.
Address-12005 NE 12 Th St # 26 Bellevue, WA 98005
Ph. 425 / 279.3483 email: raulperez@elsietedias.comlatinosenseattle@gmail.com

Facebook/ Raul Perez Calleja

Foreign Trade Committee

Social Media and Press

Executive Volunteer Committee

Ricardo Acosta Suárez

Bachelor of Business Administration, at UNAM, Mexico. Master’s Degree in public administration and Economics; Ph.D in Public Administration, University of Southern California. Did a postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University, School of Agricultural Economics. He has a Diploma in Policy Science, Technology and Innovation at Harvard University, United States. Received a grant from the Ford
Foundation to conduct his doctoral dissertation.

He has over 35 years of professional and teaching experience at the graduate level. He has been professor at ITAM, ITESM, COLPOS, Autonomous University of Chapingo and visiting professor at the University of Technology in the Netherlands and the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands and at the National University of Liberia and Cuttington University in Liberia, West Africa. He has been a columnist at the some of the most important newspapers in Mexico, including “el Financiero”, “ Uno mas Uno”, and “Milenio”.

Internationally, he was Assistant Director General at the International Centre for Public Enterprises (1982-1988) based in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. In the federal public sector, was Federal Representative at The Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development, and the of Ministry of Economy (2000-2004) and later Director of the Mexico State Council for Science and Technology, in the state of Mexico. In the last 5 years has been senior adviser to the Government of Liberia for the World Bank and United Nations, and consultant for the International Development Agency of Germany, GIZ and the International Development Agency United States, USAID. In 2013, he founded his own consulting firm, International Development Consulting (IDC).

For 15 generations he has been Director and Professor of the Diploma Program in Business Process Reengineering a postgraduate program for Business offered by the University of Americas, AC

Ricardo Acosta has a long career as a senior executive in high levels of decision making at the national and international levels. He also has a broad experience as consultant to international organizations as well as national levels in Government, corporate business and academia at the graduate level .

Sarai Sword

Sarai is originally from New Mexico, but she began in insurance 12 years ago in Nebraska!

Sarai thrives in a fast-paced, upscale environment with endless possibilities.

Sarai loves spending time with her fiancé, Derek, as well as reading, painting and adventuring outdoors.

Sarai is epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and has a passion for the needs and goals of her client.

Ambassador of Latino Excellence

Past Volunteers & Friends of the Chamber

Jorge Bustamante

Giselle Pichardo

Austin Bryan

Gladis Valadez Moreles

Debby Orellana

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