What is the Latino Board Leadership Academy
The Latino Board Leadership Academy trains Latinos to volunteer their time in leadership roles as board members of nonprofits in our region.
Why is it important?
Less than 3% of Latinos serve on nonprofit boards in Silicon Valley. We recruit, train, and guide Latinos to maximize their impact!
400 Graduated Fellows
70% Serve on nonprofit organizations
Serving 40 nonprofit organizations
When is the Latino Board Leadership Academy
LBLA Class XIX
|Date:||Aug 4 - Oct 6, 2021|
Session 1: LBLA Fellow Orientation and Introduction to the Foundation
Aug 4, 2021
Session 2: Introduction to the Nonprofit Industry
Aug 11, 2021
Session 3: Board Roles & Responsibilities: Governance Basics and Promising Practices
Aug 18, 2021
Session 4: Financial Responsibilities
Aug 25, 2021
Session 5: Fundraising Responsibilities
Sep 1, 2021
Session 6: Boards in Action
Sep 8, 2021
Session 7: The Board’s Role in Organizational Sustainability
Sep 16, 2021
Session 8: The Nonprofit Board Member Experience
Sep 22, 2021
Session 9: Personal Branding
Sep 25, 2021
Session 10: Fellows & Nonprofit Virtual Board Match Week- (Special Event) Week of Monday, September 27-30th
Sep 27, 2021
Session 11: Graduation Celebration & Dinner
Oct 6, 2021
Virtual Board Match Week
Are you a nonprofit seeking help with recruiting board members?LBLA Virtual Board Match Week is an opportunity for representatives from nonprofits to meet LBLA fellows who are eager to serve on a nonprofit board. LBLA'ers and nonprofits in our region get a chance to learn about each other and evaluate a potential fit. HFSV will hold this event daily from September 27th to September 30th with a different nonprofit presenting every half hour from 6 pm - 8 pm.
Meet Our Professional Instructors
President & CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Ron Gonzales 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, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Presencia, LLC. Presencia, LLC provides marketing and sales consulting services in the government, education, enterprise and SMB markets. From 1999-2006, Gonzales served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city. 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 (1979-1987), 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.
Kay Sprinkel Grace
Kay Sprinkel Grace is an internationally acclaimed independent consultant, speaker, facilitator, and writer. After successful careers in journalism and education, she became a development professional in 1979, working in several organizations before starting her own consulting firm in 1989. She understands the challenges of 21st century philanthropy as well as its opportunities, and brings her experience from working with countless nonprofit organizations to bear on the current issues affecting donor development, fund raising, outreach, message strategy and volunteerism. As principal of her own organization since 1989, her clients include public media, hospitals, universities, arts and cultural organizations, environment and social justice organizations, churches and education, as well as community-based services. She is the author of seven books related to philanthropic practices and board engagement. In 2013, she was awarded the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. The Rosso Medal recognizes lifelong dedication to emphasizing philanthropy's ethics and values, acting as a mentor to perpetuate and invigorate philanthropic traditions, and noted leadership in a long, productive career of distinction. In 2017, she was recognized in the first class of Distinguished Fellows of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As a volunteer, she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Czech Fundraising Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, and The Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco. She is President of the governing board of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco. She lives and works in San Francisco and is passionate about her family, philanthropy, writing, travel and her photography.
Colsaria Henderson, MSW
Leadership Development Specialist Colsaria has a Master’s in Social Work with a specification in Administration and Planning. She is from the South and considers her social justice training buried in the roots of activist parents, who dedicated their early lives to the civil rights movement. She began working in the field in the 1990s and began her official career in anti-gender based violence work as a Sexual Assault Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia. She later finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work while working in a dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocacy agency. Since moving to California, she has held leadership roles in multiple Bay Area anti-violence organizations, most recently she was the Executive Director of Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse. Over the last many years, Colsaria has focused her work at the macro level, enjoying leadership and program development, survivor and community based evaluation and advocacy, and state-wide policy change. Colsaria has completed several leadership and advocacy programs including the Women’s Policy Institute through the Women’s Foundation of California, the Strong Field Leadership program sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Center for Excellence in Nonprofits’ Leaders Institute. She leads and participates in local, statewide, and national advocacy efforts discussing anti-violence, anti-poverty, and racial justice. In addition to supporting the nonprofit leadership as a whole, she is currently focused in areas of intersection between anti-violence, racial justice, community level advocacy and prevention, and transformative justice approaches.
Silicon Valley Council of Networks (SVCN) Kyra Kazantzis has been a nonprofit professional, community leader, and public servant in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. Her most recent role was Senior Policy Advisor to San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, focused on solving San José’s housing and homelessness crisis. Her prior role as a longtime directing attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley saw her leading teams of in-house and law firm pro bono attorneys in conducting strategic impact policy advocacy and litigation in a wide variety of issue areas—fair housing, affordable housing, civil rights, inmate rights, consumer protection, disability rights, and poverty; Kyra co-founded the Law Foundation’s innovative Fair Housing Law Project. Kyra has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction and honors from the University of Arizona. She has served on the governance boards of SVCN, MACLA, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) and is a long-time volunteer at Children’s Musical Theater, San Jose. In 2013, Kyra was named as SCCBA’s Professional Lawyer of the Year and, in 2012, was listed as a woman of influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Kyra is a proud member of ALF’s Urbanism Class XXXVI, and lives in downtown San José with her husband Eric, teen-aged daughter Kassia, and rescue dog Leila.
Nelson is a certified coach, consultant, facilitator and trainer for nonprofit leaders and organizations. His passion is working with people and organizations who fight for justice in our society and community. His work includes performance management/staffing, coaching and communications, project management, boards of directors, and leadership development. He is a certified leadership coach through Leadership That Works. For nearly 24 years, his work not only focused on developing learning programs for CompassPoint but also facilitated trainings on topics including leadership, performance management, group facilitation, project management, and instructional design. Most recently, he was the project lead on a year long project focused on diversity, equity and inclusion for a national environmental justice organization. Currently, he serves as the board president of Filipino Advocates for Justice. Prior to joining CompassPoint, he was a youth group home supervisor for Star House in San Jose and social worker serving at risk youth in Baltimore. Nelson earned a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and was part of a group of students that helped lead the development of what soon became the Center for Values and Service at Loyola.
Guisselle Nuñez is a dynamic, hands-on, and insightful personal brand expert who provides participants with bite-sized, quick and easy techniques to help them weave personal branding into their daily professional and personal actions. Mrs. Nuñez, a seasoned, marketing, and communications professional, has taken her personal experience of building and managing her personal brand in the face of many challenging personal and professional situations and has developed a unique curriculum, techniques, and insights to personal branding. In her effort to expand her reach and help more people reach their professional and personal goals (with a special emphasis on helping Latina professional women), for over a decade, she has taught workshops on personal branding and has taken that knowledge and poured it into her book “Take Charge of your Brand.” She conducts marketing and personal branding workshops for private, public and non-profit sector clients. Her experience as a speaker also includes keynote speeches, panels and as an Emcee for fundraising events. Born in Nicaragua, and raised in San Jose, CA, she is also fluent in Spanish. Guisselle is not only a graduate from Santa Clara University but she is a member of its Board of Regents
Leadership Development Specialist Jennifer (Jenn) brings more than 15 years of experience of serving communities throughout the Bay Area. She was the first full-time Director of Learning and Member Engagement for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, managed community engagement activities for Stanford Health Care’s Government and Community Relations team, and oversaw autism services for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with the Regional Center of the East Bay. She has been an adjunct professor and field instructor for San Jose State University’s School of Social Work, focusing on their social work policy courses. Jenn has served as the Vice President of Professional Development for the National Association of Social Workers-California Chapter, the Co-Chair of the Asian/Pacific Islander Social Work Council of Northern California, and was a member of the Bay Area Regional Advisory Committee for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. She completed the Leadership Palo Alto program (class of 2017) and was an participant in Northern California Grantmakers’ Race Equity Action Institute (2019). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and Master’s degrees in both Urban and Regional Planning and Social Work from San Jose State University.
Jennifer “Jen” Simmons has over 20 years’ experience in the public, high tech and non-profit sectors. Jennifer is currently an independent consultant specializing in board governance, nonprofit management and interior design. Jen is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and is currently getting a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture & Design from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Jen’s nonprofit experience includes serving as the Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN). Prior to joining CEN, Jen worked with Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley as their Executive Director and in 2012 she led the organization through a strategic merger. Jennifer has also worked at Infineon Technologies and for local County and State elected officials. Jennifer is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow - Class 31, a 2010 graduate of CEN’s Leadership Institute and, in 2012, she was named one of the "100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley" by the San Jose Business Journal. Jennifer’s community involvement includes membership in the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club where she is very involved in the Enterprise Leadership Program that trains high school juniors business planning skills. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Santa Cruz in Political Science.