Our Story

How It Began

In 1983, the Hall Family Foundation approached leaders in Kansas City's Hispanic community with an innovative idea for them to control philanthropic resources for their own community. The concept had never been attempted before: to give leaders in the Kansas City Latino community resources for them to decide philanthropic priorities in their own community. Through the leadership of Tony Salazar and others in the community, the group rose to the challenge of investing the initial funds contributed by the Hall Family Foundation. 

The Hispanic Development Fund, or HDF, soon proved the concept could become a reality. In 1986, the Hall Family Foundation made a pledge to further support the fund by helping create an endowment. Over the ensuing years the HDF leadership through hard work and perseverance continued to raise more endowment funds, many from within the Latino community. In 2006, HDF, as a result of its growth and success, became a regional affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.



Our Mission

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund's mission is to improve the quality of life of Latino families in Greater Kansas City by engaging the Latino community in philanthropy to build stronger communities through grantmaking and scholarship support.

Advisory Board and Staff

David Ochoa
Executive Director

After spending a decade in higher education development at the University of Kansas Endowment Association, David joined the Hispanic Development Fund as Executive Director in 2019. As Executive Director, David aims to elevate HDF's mission by growing both the scholarship and educational programming and strengthening existing strategic partnerships.

David earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in education from the University of Kansas. 

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John Kearney
Director of Educational Programs

John joined the staff of the Hispanic Development Fund in 2018 after spending ten years as a high school social studies teacher and college advisor. It was during this time that John discovered his passion for helping Latino students reach their college goals and saw first-hand the unique barriers that many first-generation students face in navigating the college admissions and financial aid processes. In addition to his role at HDF, John founded the Pell Project. 

John earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in secondary education from the University of Kansas.

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Ramon Murguia
Board Chair

Bobby Hernandez
Founding Board Member
Community Volunteer


Raul Duran
VP, Community Development Officer, Arvest Bank

Randy Lopez
Program Officer, Wyandotte Health Foundation

Maria Mora
Founding Board Member
Community Volunteer

Raymond Rico
Attorney, Garcia Immigration Law Firm



Mayra Aguirre
Vice President, Hall Family Foundation


Andrew Marquez
Co-founder, SocialUp


Katelyn Girod
Hispanic Community Services Facilitator, Olathe Public Schools