top of page
Image by Josh Garcia
Mexicantown CDC Logo 4_22_edited.png

Our Mission




Celebrate Latino



Our Story

Since our inception in 1989, MexicantownCDC has been most successful in preserving and bringing Latino culture, history and art to Southwest Detroit's Mexicantown area.  We strive to be the Latino cultural touchstone for the Metro Detroit region.


In 1989, a group of Latino community leaders, with expertise in business development and training, unified in the mission to create a Latino-owned and operated agency—MexicantownCDC. Informed by its guiding principle “A strong ethnic identity equals a strong economy”, MexicantownCDC would train community residents in entrepreneurship to resume economic ownership of community businesses and empowerment of community residents that had been severed with the construction of the I-75 freeway in the early 1960s.

In 2007, MexicantownCDC became a leader in the revitalization of Southwest Detroit with the $17.5 M development of its Welcome Center and Mercado buildings and outdoor plaza, honoring Latino contributions to Detroit and Michigan.

Its high-quality, affordable retail space and popular Mexicantown LatinoCultural Center/Art Gallery/community meeting space, housed in the Plaza DelNorte building, ensure Southwest Detroit’s access to economic and cultural growth. Four thousand individuals currently flow monthly through the MexicantownCDC campus, conducting business with the State of Michigan’s Welcome Center, the Secretary of State offices, the Detroit Works Career Center and the Southwest Economic Solutions’ offices. We also interact with the Gleaner’s of Southeastern Michigan Food Distribution hub and with a number of non-profit organizations providing services housed in the Mexicantown Mercado building.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Dr. Fern Espino 


Mr. Raul Soto


Mr. Andy Gutierrez 


Mr. Michael Kaszubski Board Member

Meet the Team

Raymond Lozano

Executive Director

Georgina García

Communication-Operations Manager

Vanessa Mccartney

Office-Plaza del Norte Manager

Chavon Herndon

Finance Manager

bottom of page