HFF advocates for all Hispanic and immigrant families in Nashville and the surrounding areas and is committed to programs that improve their quality of life. We work with Hispanic and immigrant families to provide:
We have a collaborative mindset at the Hispanic Family Foundation. We partner with agencies that have a successful track record in addressing the needs of the community. These partnerships allow the Hispanic Family Foundation to leverage its many assets including our accessibility and location, our media partners, creative services, and social media – all while maintaining a lean management model.
By consistently delivering results, HFF has earned the trust of the community. That trust will allow us to continue to foster strong partnerships with organizations, groups, and companies that share a passion for Hispanic and immigrant issues.
Our mission is to utilize our platforms of economic, social services, advocacy, and culture to educate and strengthen Nashville’s Hispanic and immigrant communities.– Hispanic Family Foundation
We are confident that the success of our Mission is based on the following values:
HFF advocates for all Latino families in Nashville and is committed to programs that improve their quality of life. We work with Latino families to provide:
We have a collaborative mindset at the Hispanic Family Foundation. We partner with agencies that have a successful track record in addressing the needs of the community. This partnership allows the Hispanic Family Foundation to leverage it many assets including our accessibility and location, our media partners, creative services, social media – all while maintaining a lean management model.
By consistently delivering results, HFF has earned the trust of the community. That trust will allow us to continue to foster strong partnerships with organizations, groups, and companies that share a passion for Hispanic issues.
Entrepreneurs Mark and Diane Janbakhsh are founders of the Hispanic Family Foundation. They were both raised in the Nashville area and have a strong commitment to the community. Their success in business, combined with their love of the community, lead them to found the Hispanic Family Foundation in 2013 to enhance the lives of Hispanic families and children.
Diane Janbakhsh considers herself a Nashville native despite moving to Nashville when she was just 9 years old. In 1985, her family moved to middle Tennessee after living in both Arkansas and Mexico. Being a Mexican American family in Nashville at a time had its challenges, as Diane and her siblings worked to assimilate to the Nashville culture. Her mother, Dr. Alicia Griffin, became the first female Hispanic dentist and paved the road for many other Hispanic business owners who would eventually make their way to Nashville. Her family practice provided the perfect environment for Diane to begin to serve the Latino community and gain a love for community service and cultural awareness. Her years of working in the dental practice for her mother also trained her to identify the needs of the community members and look for opportunities to develop services that would positively impact individuals. In 2010 Diane and her husband Mark began the work of the Hispanic Family Foundation, directly working with families in need and underserved Hispanic communities. Mark and Diane started with coat and toy drives during the holidays, then began to host community Easter events and food giveaways. Little by little, the aid and support kept growing. By 2013, the Hispanic Family Foundation gained its nonprofit status and began to grow into the foundation it is today. Not long after, Diane and her husband Mark founded Plaza Mariachi to further support and empower the local Hispanic communities. Her passion for young people and families, and her desire to see people whole, healthy, and empowered is what is at the heart of the Hispanic Family Foundation. Since 2016 she has served in different capacities on HFF’s Board of Directors, the last of which she served as Board Chair. Of all of the occupations she has had and of all the hats she has worn, second only to being a wife and the mother to her four daughters, she says being the Founder and Executive Director for the Hispanic Family Foundation is the most fulfilling and joy-giving occupation.
Monica Reyna, with a Degree in Science Education and 15 years of experience in the field. As the Social Services Director of HFF, her passion is to empower Hispanics who come to HFF for help, to face challenges and fulfill their dreams developing their full potential and placing the necessary tools to accomplish them. Monica is a visionary, diligent, and compassionate individual who believes in fairness and justice.
Laura Da Fonte immigrated from Venezuela to the United States in 2017. At that time she began working at HFF as an Office Manager. Laura loves serving the immigrant community.
She has a master’s degree in information system management from the University of Minnesota. She obtained different managerial positions during her career in the telecommunication industry and systems planning.
Laura has two daughters and loves to travel and read.
Rachel Long is an executive assistant here at the Hispanic Family Foundation. She has a background in Humanities and Biblical Studies. Rachel has Hispanic heritage and grew up learning about the culture, which sparked something in her to learn about different cultures and languages. Her first trip out of the United States was to Mexico when she was a child, and after High School, she was blessed to be able to live in Italy for 4 years and a few months in Hungary. She also had the privilege to travel to various other countries while in Europe. During that time, she had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language as well as music and Bible studies. She identifies as more of an introvert, but you can find her outdoors taking a walk or rock climbing with her husband, or at a coffee shop writing or reading. She loves learning about natural health and enjoys playing the piano or guitar in her spare time.
Angélica Conde was born in Durango, Dgo. Mexico and finished her studies at the “MINERVA” College of Durango in Mexico.
She moved to the United States in 1998 and began working for several bus companies practicing her career in accounting. She also worked for Camden Bank at their Apex Branch. She began working for HFF in June 2022, as Coordinator of the “Baila” program as well as support in the office. Providing help to minority communities in this country, is the best work experience, because she loves the work that the foundation does, and is honored to be a part of it. She is very proud of her beautiful daughter and very studious son and also enjoys dancing.