Three community members join Community Foundation board

The Quad Cities Community Foundation recently announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors.

The new members are:

  • Esmeralda Jinez, general engineer at the Rock Island Arsenal.
  • Elizabeth Cervantes, assistant county attorney and supervisor of the Juvenile Division at the Scott County Attorney’s Office.
  • Lance Leslie, managing director at Deloitte Tax.
Lance Leslie
Esmeralda Jinez
Elizabeth Cervantes


“As we undertake our national search for our next president and CEO, we’re continuing to foster strong leadership all across the Community Foundation,” Randy Moore, board chair and interim president and CEO, said in a news release. “When members of our community step up to serve on the Community Foundation board, they allow us to step up when it comes to what we’re able to accomplish together.”

Ms. Jinez participated for two years in Teens for Tomorrow, the Community Foundation’s youth philanthropy group, and has evaluated grant applications as a volunteer on the Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants Committee. She also brings connections with local small business and social services sectors and is the youngest board member to serve in the organization’s history.

Ms. Cervantes has built a wide range of relationships to serve at-risk youth and families in the area, including connections with schools, medical professionals, elected officials and social services agencies. With 14 years of experience as an attorney, her expertise in law, social services, governmental agencies and juvenile needs will help enhance the way the Community Foundation addresses the most pressing needs and opportunities in the community.

Mr. Leslie brings more than three decades of public accounting and tax experience. He has served on the boards and committees of numerous organizations, including the Quad Cities Chamber, the Iowa Taxpayers Association and the Niabi Zoological Society, whose assets he helped transition to the Community Foundation. Along with his expertise in finance, accounting, and tax, he brings to the board a passion for economic development and the future growth of the Quad Cities.

The Quad Cities Community Foundation, founded in 1964, assists donors in making gifts of all sizes to support the long-term needs and opportunities of the community and specific organizations. Each year, the foundation awards grants and scholarships to organizations and people of the region. For more information, go to

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