ACE Women’s Business Center Staff
Sandra Font, Director
Sandra places her focus on people, and oh yes … she is chatty! To her, strangers are just friends she hasn’t met! Since joining ACE in 2017, she has been persuasive and passionate as the Director of ACE Women’s Business Center. She has 20 years’ experience in nonprofits, having worked for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Clearpoint Financial Solution on every conceivable type of assignment from implementing new projects, account management, fundraising, community relations, operations manager, thought leadership, business development … she has been around a bit! A team player by heart, Sandra has served on several boards and committees in the Atlanta area.
She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute, and holds a B.S. in Management. In 2008, she was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Atlanta”. Born and raised in the region of Catalunya, Spain, her native languages are Catalan and Spanish. She retains a fierce loyalty to F.C. Barcelona … Força Barça! An avid traveler, she moved to the U.S. in 1997, and since then her heart is split between Barcelona, where her family lives, and Georgia. Sandra and her husband live in Johns Creek where they are raising their attentive teenagers, Julia and Alex, when the Wi-Fi router is off.
678-335- 5600 ext. 122
Karen Malaga, Program & Logistics Manager
Starting her journey with ACE in early 2016, Karen is responsible for developing technical assistance programs for loan clients and providing advisory services to business owners. Do you want to talk about your business needs? She’s your lady! Karen graduated from Georgia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is a huge Yellow Jackets fan. She is the champ in terms of processes and makes sure that everyone stays on track. Her passion for working with people and commitment to service excellence, comes from her experience in the legal department at The Door, a Center of Alternatives in New York city, where she assisted in cases of displaced and unaccompanied immigrant children. She moved from Lima, Peru to the U. S. at the age of 16. Lima, Piura, Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta are all cities dear to her heart. Nowadays, it is common to see her with her family chanting louder than anyone else – “We are the A, from way down south and we are here rowdy and proud!” at the Atlanta United soccer games – a true fanatic! She lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, and her two children, who are responsible for her extra gray hair, but also for all the happiest moments in her life.
678-335-5600 ext 115
Alejandra Diaz, Program Assistant
Alejandra was born in Mexico City, but raised in the peach state of Georgia. She joined ACE Women’s Business Center (WBC) in 2017, and does a super job directing clients to the right person and helping keep our many ducks in a row. Providing information about ACE and the WBC is what she does best; clients appreciate her warm and gracious demeanor. Compassionate and dedicated would be the perfect attributes to describe Alejandra! She is the first person who clients meet or talk to at the WBC, and she ensures that everyone receives the best services they need. Previously, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the City of Norcross overseeing the Cultural Arts and Community Center. We are fortunate that she decided to make the move to join our fun team, and now calls ACE WBC her home during the work week! Alejandra and her husband moved to the Golden State a few years ago, but soon realized that Georgia, with all their peaches and peanuts, was their real home. They are now back in Duluth, raising their adorable and drama fanatic daughter, Audrina.
678-335-5600 ext 120