La Familia Community Engagement Award


2015 La Familia Award
Awarded to La Familia Guerrero

"Family of Retired San Jose Fire Department Battalion Chief and Principal of Mount Pleasant High School; Named Honorees of this Year’s Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Prestigious Community Engagement Award.”



“The Hispanic Foundation is pleased to recognize a family that has made their lifework to share their passions with our youth,” said Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the HFSV. “Such dedication, enthusiasm and hard work is inspiring to the youth whose lives they have touched and will continue to impact their families for generations to come,” said Gonzales.

The Patriarch

The oldest son of Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero is the Patriarch of this year’s La Familia Awards Recipients, Jose Luis Guerrero Jr. is a retired Battalion Chief for the San Jose Fire Department. Chief Guerrero has impacted the lives of hundreds of students in the Silicon Valley through his volunteer work with the North Valley Soccer League and Saint John Vianney School in San Jose. Chief Guerrero is also an avid volunteer with Los Bomberos of Northern California as an organizer of Toys for Tots Drives; as a participant in the Latino Role Model Conference; and his life work of recruiting and training young Latinos and Latinas to become firefighters.

La Familia Guerrero

The Guerrero Family is comprised of five siblings that have dedicated themselves to serving their community by sharing their passions, skills and enthusiasm.

Martha Guerrero, Principal of Mount Pleasant High School, spends tireless hours and much her own free time, assuring that is a safe place for kids to learn and become engaged future leaders who are not afraid to share their voice.

Veronica Guerrero is a home school teacher whose passion is as a volunteer in the arts, particularly in public speaking and poetry recitation and is also a Poetry instructor for Santa Clara County students preparing for the State of California Poetry Competition, Poetry Out Loud.

ABC News reporter Juan Carlos Guerrero is a volunteer who provides translation services at the Alum Rock School District’s Renaissance Academy, including producing a weekly newsletter for the families of students.

Ignacio J. Guerrero, Director of the Department of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara, has dedicated his professional life to ensuring children and families obtain the financial support for which they are legally and morally entitled to receive. He has worked in San Mateo, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties overseeing the delivery of child support services to the community. His volunteer work includes service to numerous Fatherhood groups throughout the Bay Area, coaching in multiple youth sports organizations, the San Mateo County Service League, and Saint John Vianney School.