Who we are

Hispanic immigrants are dramatically changing the demographic and economic landscape of Tennessee. Today, Nashville/Davidson County’s Hispanic population exceeds 62,000 with strong population growth in the Middle Tennessee suburban areas. Each county surrounding Davidson County saw the Hispanic population double between 2000 and 2010.

The Hispanic Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hispanic families in Middle Tennessee. We work through our platforms of— Economic, Education, Social Services, Advocacy and Culture—to provide programs that strengthen the Nashville Hispanic community.

The mission of the Hispanic Family Foundation is to work through our platforms of— Economic, Education, Social Services, Advocacy and Culture—to provide programs that strengthen the Nashville Hispanic community.

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The values we trust

We are confident that the success of our Mission is based on the following values:

  • We Value Family
  • We Value Education
  • We Value a Pathway to Citizenship/Immigration Reform
  • We Value Culture and Heritage
  • We Value Entrepreneurship
  • We Value Businesses Opportunities
  • We Value Collaboration, Partners, and Non-Profits that support the Hispanic community

Our commitment

HFF advocates for all Latino families in Nashville and is committed to programs that improve their quality of life. We work with Latino families to provide:

  • Resources and programs that create pathways for economic mobility and stability;
  • Educational programs for continued learning that empower families to achieve success;
  • Social service support to enhance quality of life;
  • Heritage programs that celebrate, honor and energize the Latino culture and
  • Advocacy for the Hispanic community.


HFF Partnerships

We have a collaborative mindset at the Hispanic Family Foundation. We partner with agencies that have a successful track record in addressing the needs of the community. This partnership allows the Hispanic Family Foundation to leverage it many assets including our accessibility and location, our media partners, creative services, social media – all while maintaining a lean management model.

By consistently delivering results, HFF has earned the trust of the community. That trust will allow us to continue to foster strong partnerships with organizations, groups and companies that share a passion for Hispanic issues.

Our team

Mark and Diane Janbakhsh - HFF's Founders

Entrepreneurs Mark and Diane Janbakhsh are founders of the Hispanic Family Foundation. They were both raised in the Nashville area and have a strong commitment to the community. Their success in business, combined with their love of the community, lead them to found the Hispanic Family Foundation in 2013 to enhance the lives of Hispanic families and children.

Cristina Allen
Executive Director

Cristina O. Allen is a 20+ year veteran in the marketing industry with expertise in brand development, media and public relations, event marketing, international business development and global marketing.

Fabian Bedne
Associate Director

Fabian Bedne brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit management. He has deep roots in the Middle Tennessee Latino community and has been instrumental in creating a welcoming Nashville.

Monica Reyna
Program Manager

As the Social Services Director of HFF, Monica Reyna is passionate about empowering Hispanics who come to HFF. She helps them face challenges and fulfill their dreams so they might reach their full potential. She provides them with the necessary tools to accomplish their goals.

Diana Perez
Director of Marketing

Diana Perez has a bachelor degree in mass communication. While living in her home Country, Colombia, she worked as Media Director of the Office of the Governor. She has experience working with the community and helping others. She is passionate about leading projects that strengthen the lives of others.

Leon Berrios
Director of Immigration & Legal Affairs

Leon Berrios is a multi-lingual leader skilled in jurisprudence procedures including analysis, investigation, mediation and conciliation. Berrios received his Jurisprudence Doctor degree from Central American University and a Legum Legis Magister from Vanderbilt University.

Jacky Gomez

Jacky Gomez has a heart for serving the Latino community in Middle Tennessee and has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion, community engagement and education. As the receptionist for HFF, she bridges the gap between our clients and our resources.

Erica Well
Ceiba Gallery Manager

Erica Well is an artist and teacher. She understands how art helps us communicate. Erica hopes visitors to Ceiba Gallery will be inspired by the atmosphere, classes, and by the artwork on exhibit.

Jorge Yances
Ceiba Gallery Director

Jorge Yances’ spectacular oil paintings have secured him a place as a premier artist in the Magical Realism movement. Ceiba Gallery is honored to have the award-winning painter as our Director and Curator.

Melissa Cruz
HFF Gift Shop Manager

Melissa Cruz has a strong background in customer service and managing multiple team members. She currently manages three Plaza Mariachi retail stores including the HFF Gift Shop. She strives to provide an exceptional experience for every guest.

Dedication is what defines us

"Coats and a Little Bit of Love"
HFF 2nd Annual Coat Drive.
"Fiestas Patrias"
Benefiting Hispanic Family Foundation.
"HFF Folkloric Group"
Spreading the beauty of the Hispanic heritage.