May 23, 2023
"I am pleased to welcome Azarel Madrigal to the FSWB Board," said Kent Curtis, FSWB CEO and President. "Her time at First Southwest Community Fund combined with her dedication to finding solutions to provide equitable access to capital resources for marginalized communities will allow her to contribute valuable insight to our board."
Ms. Madrigal is currently the Executive Director of First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF), a 501(c)(3) created in 2015 by First Southwest Bank to provide inclusive and equitable access to financial capital and risk mitigating gap funding. In this role she oversees an impressive 18 million dollar impact loan fund aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and providing access to capital for underserved rural communities. Her leadership has been instrumental in driving positive change and creating opportunities for individuals who have historically faced barriers to financial resources. FSWCF is headquartered in Alamosa, CO, though its programs extend to rural residents statewide.
Azarel holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Adams State University (ASU) in Alamosa. As a student, she actively participated in student government and served on ASU's Board of Trustees. In recognition of her achievements, in 2022 Azarel received the "Exceptional New Alumna'' award. Also in 2022, she successfully completed the prestigious Boettcher Foundations Doers & Difference Makers Fellowship. Under Azarel’s leadership, the FSWCF received the 2023 Spirit of Alamosa Award from the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce. Azarel is an engaged and active member of her community, amplifying the voices of marginalized groups through her service on various advisory boards and committees.