Cultivating a better tomorrow

Board of Directors

Sergio Retamal
Board Chair
President and Founder, Global4PL SCM Software and Execution

Sergio Retamal is the CEO of Global4PL, a supply chain operations and consulting services. Global4PL was awarded with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sergio is a Member of  the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Advisory Council. He has been widely recognized for his accomplishments.  Awarded the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Pros-To-Know for an unprecedented 12th Times. Recognized as a HITEC 100 three times Recipient of the Silicon Valley Business Journal - Latino Leadership Award.

Mr. Retamal holds a Master in Change Management from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business. MBA in International Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University.

Isaura S. Gaeta
Vice Chair
VP and GM, Security Research, Intel Corporation

Isaura leads an engineering team focused on hardware security research including penetration testing, physical attack mechanisms, and outreach to academia.  Previously she was GM of systems engineering in the Platform Engineering Group and was responsible for optimizing engineering execution capacity, quality management systems, and operational excellence for a global engineering organization of 18k people.  A 30-year veteran of Intel, Gaeta spent the first two decades of her Intel career developing various semiconductor processing technologies. Her work during that period led to two patents and five Intel Achievement Awards, the company’s highest recognition.  Gaeta holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She founded Intel’s Network of Executive Women for the Latin America region and was the chair of Intel’s Hispanic Leadership Council. Outside of Intel, she serves on the board of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley where she chairs the Nominating and Governance committee. The Hispanic IT Executive Council has recognized her six times on the top 100 Hispanic professionals in the IT industry.

Beatriz Medina Pratt
Second Vice Chair
Program Lead- Infrastructure Diversity, Facebook

Beatriz is a program lead in the Infrastructure business unit at Facebook. Ms. Pratt is responsible for driving diversity programs focused on increasing the number of women in technology roles within Facebook’s Infrastructure team which builds and maintains Facebook’s global physical and network infrastructure. Before joining Facebook, she held various roles in talent management, professional services and program management at Cisco Systems during her 15-year tenure. Prior to Cisco, she held sales and operations positions at Linksys Group and Kingston Technology. As Co-President of Conexión, Cisco’s Latino Employee Resource Organization (ERO), she managed the strategic direction of a global 1100-member team. Under her leadership, Conexión was recognized for developing programs aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Beatriz is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned her B.S. in Human Services from California State University Fullerton. A native of Southern California, she currently resides in the Bay Area.

Steven Martinez
Board Treasurer
Bank of the West, Regional Manager

Steven Martinez is Senior Vice President and Business Banking Regional Manager with Bank of the West. In his role as Regional Manager, his team of Relationship Managers is responsible for meeting the financial needs of business clients in the San Francisco Bay area. He has worked for U.S. Bank as District Manager in the Silicon Valley and for Citibank in their Commercial Banking and Business Banking groups, both in New York and California. Steve developed, led, and presented the "Access to Capital" segment with Silicon Valley SCORE at their monthly "Business Essentials" workshop. As an active member in the community, Steve also serves on the Board of Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley and the Advisory Board of Working Solutions. Additional volunteer activities have included working with Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Second Harvest, TeenForce, Habitat for Humanity, and Pride Parade. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Southern California.

Michael A. Alvarez
Board Member
Director of Corporate Partnerships, University of California, Santa Cruz

Michael has been building relationships between industry, government, and academia in the Bay Area for more than twenty years. Early in his career he was a management consultant with Accenture in NYC. He later founded and directed centers for entrepreneurship, industry relations, and professional development at premier medical institutions, including UCSF, Stanford, and MD Anderson. He is widely sought for input and expert opinion on STEM education, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and the future of work, and has written, reviewed, addressed, and published on these topics in key venues such as Nature, Forbes, US News, and NPR. He presently serves as Director of Corporate Partnerships for UCSC. He has served on the board for Bay Bio Institute in SF and as its Chair for many years, and continues to serve the Latino community aboard as a board member for the Hospital de La Familia Foundation; devoted to improving wellness in the Northern Triangle through its hospital, eye clinic, education, and nutrition center operations.

Oriana Branon
Board Member
Director of Corporate Communications,

Oriana Branon has over a decade of communications experience across public policy, technology and airline industry sectors. Passionate about telling stories and building brands, Oriana writes personal pieces on the side for women and parenthood publications, and her work being picked up in The Los Angeles Times. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Communications and Sociology, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

Juan Cueva, PHD
Board Member
Investor at Action Potential Venture Capital

Juan Cueva is a venture capitalist with Action Potential Venture Capital, the venture arm of GlaxoSmithKline. Juan invests in pioneering bioelectronic technologies and select technology-enabled healthcare companies. Juan was previously an Investment Manager with Applied Ventures, the venture arm of Applied Materials, the semiconductor equipment company. At Applied Ventures, Juan led investments in technologies at the intersection of life science and advanced material engineering. Juan served as Board Member for Applied Ventures life science portfolio companies.

Prior to investing, Juan worked in corporate development at Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals, where he identified and evaluated startups developing therapeutics to treat rare diseases. He was also an early employee at Aratome, a startup spun out of Stanford University that developed technology to map and characterize neural circuitry at the nanoscale level. Prior to industry, Juan was a research scientist at both Stanford University and UCLA where he investigated the molecular mechanism of sensory transduction. Juan received an MBA from UC Berkeley, as well as a BS in Neuroscience and PhD in Neurobiology, both from UCLA. Juan also volunteers with Defy Ventures, which provides business guidance to entrepreneurial incarcerated individuals.

Juan currently lives in Menlo Park with his three children.

Federico Gomez Schumacher
Board Member
General Manager, Latin America, Paypal

As of July 2018, Federico became General Manager for Mexico and Brazil, which are the largest and fastest growing markets for PayPal in Latin America. In this role, Federico is responsible for the development of the PayPal business in these markets leading a team that is working to grow the business while continuing to prioritize innovation so PayPal to offer solutions that can support all of our customers, merchants and consumers, as well as our business partners.

Previously, he served as General Manager for Hispanic Latin America. In this role, he was responsible for the growth, profitability and positioning of the company as a leader in payment services in Mexico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America where we operate a cross-border business. During this time, Federico worked on different projects that facilitated the rapid expansion of PayPal in these markets. He was also key part of great achievements, such as the announcement of various partnerships with financial institutions and product launches.

Federico has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is also a mentor of startups in organizations like Victoria 147, 500 Startups and Wayra.

Katia McClain
Board Member
Managing Principal, Steinberg Hart

As Managing Principal of Northern California for architecture, interiors, and planning firm Steinberg Hart, Katia plays a major role in the success of many of the firm's largest and most complex projects. With close to three decades of experience leading large-scale projects for civic, education, and private clients, she is a recognized thought leader in the Architectural and Engineering field and is well known for her innovative and highly sustainable projects across California. Katia has worked with clients and diverse communities in the US, Spain, and Mexico, and prior to Steinberg Hart, she led educational practices for several architectural firms in the Bay Area.

Katia is an active member of the community, serving as the Board President of the San Jose Downtown Association, a member of the SJ Downtown Design Committee, and a founding member of the Women in Architecture Committee for AIA's Silicon Valley chapter and supports local Latinx organizations like MACLA. Katia is a proud binational (Mexico and US citizen) and bicultural architect committed to creating a just world.


Ray Montalvo
Vice President, Real Estate and Workplace

Ray Montalvo has nearly 25 years of experience in the corporate real estate and workplace services sector and is currently Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at GoPro. In this role, Ray oversees GoPro’s global real estate portfolio and the workplace operations team, providing services and amenities to the company’s offices around the world. Ray’s passion in developing GoPro’s culture and manifesting the brand through the workplace environment has resulted in internationally-recognized innovative and inclusive company office locations around the world. Prior to GoPro, Ray served in Director roles in real estate and corporate services at numerous Silicon Valley companies, including Walmart eCommerce, Shutterfly and Electronic Arts from 2005 to 2015. Ray had an early start in Silicon Valley in 1991 – working for an electronic component distributor before starting with his family’s bakery & café business, Le Boulanger, in 1995. Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Santa Clara University and is a San Francisco Bay Area native, currently living in Los Altos with his wife and two daughters.

Lindsey Newbern
Board Member
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Lindsey is Partner in PwC's San Jose office.  She spends most of her time providing tax and business consulting services for multinational technology companies.  Lindsey is a regular speaker at TEI, San Jose High Tech Institute and other venues on a range of topics related to corporate income taxes.  She is the Tax Diversity leader for PwC in the Bay Area and Northwest Market and is a partner sponsor of the Women's Inclusion Network.

Lindsey graduated from the University of South Carolina, with a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting.  She also received her Masters of Taxation from University of South Carolina.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPA's.

She lives in Willow Glen with her daughter, Neah.

Kristina M Nilsson
Board Member
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Kristina Nilsson heads J.P. Morgan’s Global Applied Technology practice within the Technology Investment Banking Group. Kristina leads strategic advisory and financing for a range of public and private technology companies. Kristina also serves as a J.P. Morgan Sustainability Ambassador, a member of the J.P. Morgan Climate Change Working Group, and a J.P. Morgan Winning Women senior leader. Kristina joined J.P. Morgan as an analyst in 2005 and was previously a member of the firms Diversified Industries Investment Banking Group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Kristina earned a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.

Stuardo Robles
Board Member
Strategic Marketing Senior Director - Applied Materials Inc.

Stuardo Robles re-joined Applied Materials Santa Clara as Strategic Marketing Senior Director for the Transistor and Interconnect Products Group in October 2016.  Previously, he worked for Ilika Technologies (2010-2016) as the Americas Business Development Director focused on the sales and marketing of high-throughput materials discovery services for the energy, electronics, and aerospace sectors.  Prior to Ilika, Mr. Robles had a twenty-one year career at Applied Materials. While at Applied Materials, he held various senior positions in marketing, business development, R&D, and engineering.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and is a graduate of the Berkeley Executive Leadership Program.  Mr. Robles has presented and published papers on various types of semiconductor processes, edited manuscripts for respected industry journals, been granted 13 US patents, and collaborated and volunteered his time with the Licensing Executive Society (LES), AYSO, and  local schools.

Mike Wallace
Board Member
Assistant Vice President of Development and Constituent Relations at Santa Clara University

For nearly 20 years, Mike has passionately raised money for scholarships, programs, and capital projects for Santa Clara University and Stanford University.  In his role as the AVP of Development and Constituent Relations at Santa Clara University, Mike oversees the Annual Giving and Donor Relations efforts, manages SCU’s Board of Regents, and serves as the liaison between the University and external organizations, facilitating relationships and advancing University priorities within the community.  While at Santa Clara, Mike helped launch the University’s largest ever comprehensive campaign, led the implementation of a successful reunion giving program, and drove the strategies behind reversing an eight-year decline in alumni participation.  

Mike graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Art.  While at UCSD, he was a four-year member of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams.  Mike lives in Santa Clara with his wife and two sons.

Reed Hastings
Co-Founder and CEO, Netflix

Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix in 1997. In 1991, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for software developers. After a 1995 IPO, and several acquisitions, Pure was acquired by Rational Software in 1997.Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served on the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including CCSA, Dreambox Learning, KIPP, and Pahara. Reed is also a board member of Facebook, and was on the board of Microsoft from 2007 to 2012. Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983, and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.

Ivonne Montes de Oca
Board Member Emeritus
The Pinnacle Company, President and founder of The Pinnacle Company

Ivonne began her career as a journalist and founded The Pinnacle Company in October 1991. Starting in 1999, she led the effort to join the Hispanic Charity Ball's committee members — who until then had been an independent group of volunteers — with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The transition and integration into one entity took about two and a half years, and resulted in a successful fusion of the group's vision and mission. In 2008, Ivonne was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Silicon Valley Chapter as a Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser for her successful efforts on behalf of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Her community involvement includes serving as a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (Class IX), past president and founding member of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and as an active member of the Rotary Club of San José.