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.
Julian joined the HFSV in 2013 and fills the role of Director of Education Programs. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego. Julian’s role within the Foundation involves leading and coordinating all HFSV education initiatives. Some of the initiatives include: summer and school year STEM programs focused on helping students succeed in the area of math; Parent Engagement programs focused on providing families with the knowledge to guide and mentor their children to achieve academic success; as well the Latinos In Technology Initiative focused on directly addressing the local education gap among Latinos and closing the high tech employment diversity gap.
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.
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 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.