Spotlight: Two New Board Members

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Juan Cueva and Federico Gomez

Published Thursday, September 3, 2020: 

Being a board member of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) requires fiduciary oversight, strategic governance, and leadership, along with many other responsibilities. When the Board of Directors is tasked to recruit and interview potential board members, as a collective, the board seeks out the best candidate who can help advance the organization’s mission and vision. The HFSV is thrilled to welcome two new board members, Juan Cueva and Federico Gomez-Schumacher. With a total of 13 board members, the HFSV is working toward expanding its impact in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Since joining the board back in May 2020, Juan Cueva’s involvement with us has been extensive. Juan Cueva participated in the Latino Board Leadership Academy, Class XVI, and graduated as a senior fellow in June 2020. He has also connected us with a few biotechnology companies in Silicon Valley. Juan Cueva mentions, “I combine a curiosity for what is possible with deep knowledge in life science, materials engineering, and business.”

Additionally, Cueva introduced us to Jaime Zepeda, a Linkedin employee who recently held a workshop for our Latinos in Technology Scholars on how to have a stellar profile online. You can learn more about Juan Cueva in this article, “From scientist to venture capitalist by way of a Berkeley MBA”.

More recently, Federico Gomez Schumacher also joined the board of directors. Federico is the General Manager for Brazil and Mexico at Paypal. With over 20 years of experience in financial services and digital payments, both in multinational as well as startups, Federico is eager to serve. He shares, “I feel that supporting the Latinx community in advancing professional development through education and family support is one of the pillars for long-term well-being”.

We welcome both Juan and Federico to the board of directors of the HFSV as we continue to inspire community philanthropy and engage people to invest in the educational excellence, leadership development, and convening and engaging the Hispanic community in the Silicon Valley region.

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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 wife and three children.

Latinx Speaker SeriesFederico Gomez Schumacher 
Board Member
General Manager for Brazil and Mexico, 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 product innovation.

Previously, Federico served as General Manager for Hispanic Latin America at Paypal. 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 Paypal operates 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.

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