Rudolph I. Estrada is the chief executive officer of Estradagy Business Advisors, a business and financial services advisory company offering comprehensive consulting services to the business and banking professions.
Prior to entering the financial services sector, Estrada served as an executive in international banking and as the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the largest SBA federal district in the nation overseeing more than 12 million people and small businesses from Central to Southern California. For nearly 40 years, he also served the California State University system as a university professor of business management and entrepreneurship.
Estrada received his bachelor’s in business from California State University, Los Angeles and a master’s from USC with an emphasis on finance and management. He is a former student at the Drucker School of Management, where he completed all coursework toward a PhD in Strategic Financial Management. His son Mark Estrada is a 2013 graduate of the Drucker MBA program.
Currently, Estrada serves as lead director for the board of East West Bank, the largest independent bank headquartered in Southern California with assets exceeding $50 billion and offices throughout the United States and China. He formerly served as executive vice chair of the Didi Hirsh Mental Health organization and as a member of the boards of Pacific Crest Bank, Monarch Investment Fund, Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort, California State Parks Foundation, and as chair of the board of trustees for Sias University in Zhengzhou, China, among other institutions.
In 1993, Estrada was appointed by President Bill Clinton as White House commissioner on small business, and in 1997 was appointed to the White House Commission on White House Fellows. Estrada also served as chair of the Los Angeles County Office of Education Personnel Commission, overseeing over 90 school districts throughout California. In addition, Estrada is a past president of the Southern California Mexican-American Scholarship Foundation and executive board member of the USC Mexican-American Alumni Association. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) awarded Estrada with NACD fellow status, the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.
Estrada is the recipient of many honors, commissions, and awards. In 1969, he was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service while serving with U.S. Army Military Intelligence and Operations. He and his wife Irene make their home in San Marino and Pacific Grove, California.
Estrada joined the CGU Board of Trustees in 2020.