mesa - new ceo and president
February 20, 2016

AZ Business Magazine

Friendly House names Martin Quintana president and CEO

Friendly House Inc., a non-profit community development organization, announced the appointment of Martin Quintana as the new president and CEO.

The organization, which began serving the community in 1920, was originally established to serve the immigrant population from various cultures with English language classes, citizenship classes and immigration services.

The multi-service organization has wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of the diverse community, including workforce development, adult education & training, college and career readiness programs, elderly homecare services, family immigration services, early childhood development & childcare services, elementary K-8th education, and other family and human services.

Its mission is to empower Arizona communities through education and human services. Quintana’s appointment comes at a critical time in the organization’s history when the needs within our communities continue to grow.

“Martin has the vision and experience to serve the expanding needs in the community and continue the good work of Friendly House,” said Dennis Estep, Friendly House board chair. “We’re excited about his ability to grow the capacity of our organization during this critical time.”

Prior to his appointment, Quintana spent more than 17 years at Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), one of the state’s largest community development organizations, serving as chief financial officer, chief economic development officer and chief operating officer at various times during his tenure. Prior to CPLC, he worked ten years in the corporate sector with the foodservice division of Kraft Foods.

“I’m deeply honored to be moving into this new role as President and CEO of Friendly House,” Quintana said. “This organization is critical to the well-being of the people within the Valley and state, and I’m looking forward to working with the board and staff to tell the story of the good work that Friendly House has done for many years and increase our capacity to serve the growing needs of our community.”