Staff

Ron Gonzales
President and CEO
(408) 216-7643

Ron is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Gonzales has over 35 years of technology and public policy experience. Prior to leading the Hispanic Foundation, Gonzales was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Presencia, LLC. Presencia, LLC provides marketing and sales consulting services in the government, education, enterprise and SMB markets. He also served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city from 1999-2006. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives that strengthened neighborhoods, improved public education, and ensured the economic vitality of the city with high quality public services and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional transportation projects. Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy. Gonzales served for eight years (1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87), Gonzales helped initiate governmental efficiency measures that were recognized in the best-selling book Reinventing Government. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame de Namur University, KIPP Bay Area Schools, and Save The Bay. He is married to Guisselle Nuñez and they live in downtown San Jose.




Dave Dardis
Program Manager
(408) 216-7644

Dave joined the HFSV in 2011 through the Encore Fellowship Program after completing a sales and marketing career (39 years) at IBM. Dave has been the Program Manager of our education programs and initiatives to eliminate the Latino education gap. He coordinated our efforts to launch a Parent Education Academy. Currently, Dave focuses on HFSV’s fund raising and pursuing corporate / foundation grants that match with our mission and programs.



Fernando Cárdenas
Education Programs Manager
(408) 320-4612

Fernando Cárdenas joined the HFSV as the Education Programs Manager.  He assumed this role after serving as the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Council for Opportunity in Education, in Washington, DC. Mr. Cárdenas is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he pursued Global and International Studies, ultimately becoming the first person in his family to receive a baccalaureate degree. Fernando currently serves as the Alumni Chair for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WESTOP). Coming from a first generation and low-income background, he is passionate about advancing college access and success as well as providing opportunities for underrepresented students through his work.



Margarita DeAvila
Program Coordinator
(408) 216-7612

Margarita joined the HFSV in 2010. She is involved in several key areas. In addition, she works closely with Ron in taking care of day to day operations relating to finances and program management. Furthermore, she helps prepare and coordinate the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) and the annual Hispanic Foundation Ball (HFB).



Maria O'Hollearn
Program Director, Family College Success Center
(408) 380-4086

Maria joined the HFSV as the inaugural Program Director for the Family College Success Center, a place for the entire family to embark upon a college bound path. Prior to the HFSV, Maria had proven success in high tech enterprise and SMB marketing and sales, and program development in Higher Education. At Microsoft Corporation, she spear-headed philanthropic efforts to bring diversity and education access to minority students including launching a weeklong inner city girls coding camp, a partnership between Microsoft and the prestigious St. Louis Science Center. Since 2005, she has volunteered for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, helping Latinos apply to and succeed in MBA programs. She has also served as an admissions interviewer for her alma mater Dartmouth College, the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and Washington University in St. Louis. Maria earned her B.A. degree in Icelandic & Italian Studies from the University of Iceland, an M.A. in Multicultural Studies and Globalization from Dartmouth College, and an M.B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis. She is a native Spanish speaker with international work experience in Venezuela, Iceland, Norway, and the U.S.



Martha Alvarez
Program Coordinator, Family College Success Center
(408) 638-7302

Martha joined HFSV as the Program Coordinator for the Family College Success Center, a program that provides college aspiring students, and their parents, access to college information, advice, guidance, workshops, and online resources. Her role is to facilitate the program execution and to support our continued outreach and growth in the community. Martha brings us a wealth of experience from the healthcare sector and food and beverage industry. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University and is excited to embark on this journey with HFSV to help make a difference within the Latino community.