Honorable Aida Alvarez, Chair

The Honorable Aida Alvarez's accomplishments include a Cabinet position in the Clinton Administration, a career as a successful investment banker, and an award winning journalist. She currently sits on the boards of Walmart, Union Bank and Progress Financial Corporation. Previously she was on the board of Pacificare, now part of United Health.

Alvarez is actively engaged in the non profit community. She chairs the Latino Community Foundation, serves on the board of the San Francisco Symphony, and is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

As Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Alvarez was the first Hispanic woman to serve in a U.S. President's Cabinet. She presided over record activity: $61.5 billion in guaranteed loans and venture capital financing over a four-year period. SBA’s lending to women tripled. Lending to minorities doubled.

Before SBA, the Honorable Aida Alvarez was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, the financial regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Prior to her federal service, Alvarez was a vice president in public finance at The First Boston Corporation and Bear Stearns. She was also vice president for public affairs at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Alvarez started out with a career in journalism. She won a Front Page award for journalistic excellence while at the New York Post. She also earned an Emmy nomination and an Associated Press award for journalistic excellence while at Channel Five, the Ten O’Clock News, for her series on the war in El Salvador entitled, “The Morazan Diaries.”

A Harvard graduate, Alvarez also holds honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Alvarez has served on the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Honorable Arabella Martinez, Vice-Chair

Ms. Martinez has over 40 years of experience in developing strong community directed institutions that support the economic self-sufficiency and empowerment of women and communities of color. Recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of The Unity Council in Oakland, she leaves as her legacy a 100 million national model of sustainable neighborhood revitalization linking land-use, transportation and community development that is considered exemplary.

In 1969 she was appointed as the first executive director of the Spanish Speaking Unity Council. In those early years she created its initial economic development base of business assistance, education and employment training programs and secured financing for its first community facilities and housing development projects.

In 1977 she was appointed Assistant Secretary for the Office of Human Development Services, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare by President Jimmy Carter, the first Latina appointed to a sub-cabinet level position in the history of the nation. After leaving the Unity Council, Ms. Martinez consulted with major foundations, and nonprofit agencies. Returning to the Unity Council in 1989 as its Chief Executive Officer, she provided innovative leadership as the organization expanded its vision of physical, economic, and social revitalization in Oakland. Over the years, many national and local organizations have recognized her dynamic leadership with awards and speaking engagements across the country. The broad range of her current and past board affiliations underscore the tremendous respect her name carries as civic leader and the high currency of her counsel. She received both her master’s degree in social work and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Louis Miramontes, Treasurer

Lou Miramontes is the Managing Partner for KPMG's San Francisco office. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Miramontes spent five years as the Regional Executive Partner for KPMG's Latin American region, consisting of 22 member firms of KPMG International. Mr. Miramontes has 31 years of experience with KPMG including 21 years as a partner. He started his career in the Northern California practice in 1976. He was admitted to the partnership in 1986.

Mr. Miramontes is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPA’s, and the Construction Finance Management Association. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. He has served on the California State Board of Accountancy’s Quality Committee. Mr. Miramontes’ Bay Area activities include participation in the Bay Area Council Board of Directors, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Boy Scouts of America – San Francisco Bay Area Council. Mr. Miramontes has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.

Maria E. Gallo, Secretary

Maria E. Gallo is retired from 30 year career in commercial banking and senior management in community development, small business banking, credit administration and marketing.

In recognition of her work on behalf of Latinas, Gallo received an award from the Central American Resource Center-San Francisco in 2011, California Latino Civil Rights Network in 1998, Mission Language and Vocational School and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality in 2001. She’s presently on the local advisory committee of Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In the past, she served as a board member and President of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, Alumni Resources and the Unity Council.

Gallo received her B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Arnoldo Avalos

Arnoldo was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, raised in small town of Juchitlan. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 5 and arrived at a small agriculture community of Gridley located in Northern California. His family of seven and Arnoldo were migrant farm workers, working in the peach, prune, cherry, and apple orchards. In the summers, they traveled to Oregon, Washington, and Montana following the crops.

Before arriving to University of California Berkeley in the fall of 1989, Arnoldo was selected to be a National Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow and interned with the US Congress. While at Cal, he received several prestigious accolades: Ida Sproul award and Woodrow Wilson National Scholar. Arnoldo was a founding member of Hermanos Unidos, now at 11 campuses in California that focuses on academic success, community involvement, and professional/social development. Arnoldo graduated with honors from Berkeley with a History Degree and he continued his education at Harvard University, graduating with a Masters in Public Policy.

Arnoldo has worked for very successful and globally reputable companies. Besides Andersen Consulting (Accenture), he has worked at Cisco Systems and Google, which were named by Fortune as Best Company to work. He joined Facebook as the Head of Compensation in March of 2008. Arnoldo has primarily focused his career in the discipline of Human Resources, working in recruitment, HR operations, and Compensation. He spent 2 years in US Sales operations at Cisco. Arnoldo lives with his wife of 11 years, Alma, and his two daughters – Ximena and Valentina. He continues to give back to the community. Arnoldo is on the National Board for Hermanos Unidos and participates in the Cal Alumni Association. Arnoldo volunteers in his local community serving on the Site Council for his children’s school, advising the Education Foundation for Pleasanton Schools, and interviewed assistant superintendent candidates for Pleasanton School District. Arnoldo sponsors a University scholarship at his former high school focused on high achievement and financial need. And while at Facebook, Arnoldo is working on a diversity initiative and is a lead on the SOMOS group (Latino affinity group at Facebook).

John Garcia

John Garcia is Vice President for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. He supervises government relation activities for California, representing the interests of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The Permanente Medical Group, and Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Mr. Garcia has been with Kaiser Permanente for 15 years. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Garcia was a field representative for United States Congressman Pete Stark. Prior to that, he was the community educator for the City of Hayward.

Mr. Garcia is on the board of directors and advisory boards of various organizations, including; Children Now, California Center for Civic Participation, California Latino Caucus Institute, Hispanic Community Affairs Council, Latino Community Foundation, John Burton Foundation, and California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation. Mr. Garcia earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University at Hayward.

Ezra Garrett

Ezra Garrett is the Vice President of Community Relations and the Chief Sustainability Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is also the Executive Director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation. Garrett is responsible for maximizing the impact, reach and visibility of PG&E’s community investments and partnerships, multicultural outreach, employee volunteerism, and corporate responsibility and sustainability program.

Garrett’s ten years with PG&E includes roles of increasing responsibility within the Government Relations, Energy Efficiency, and Customer Care organizations. In addition, Garrett spent two years with top retailer Target Corporation, leading its community relations efforts for the western United States.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active supporter of the community, currently serving on the boards of the Public Affairs Council and Leadership San Francisco, and is a member of the Contributions Council of the Conference Board. Garrett has previously served on the boards of Mission Housing Development Corporation and the San Mateo County Economic Development Association. In 2012, he was named as one of the Bay Area’s “Top 40 under 40 Emerging Business Leaders” by the San Francisco Business Times.

Luis Herrera

Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Luis Herrera as the City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco in 1995. Prior to becoming San Francisco’s City Librarian, Mr. Herrera served as Director of Information Services for the City of Pasadena. As the Director of Information Services, Mr. Herrera was responsible for managing the City’s public library system, which includes a central library and nine community libraries.

From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Herrera served as Deputy Director of the San Diego Public Library, where his responsibilities included managing the City’s 32 branch libraries, a division with a budget of over $8.5 million, 400 employees and six branch library-building projects. Between 1983 through 1989, he was Associate Director of Long Beach Public Library, where he managed the City’s eleven branch libraries and adult literacy program. Herrera is also a former middle school librarian.

Mr. Herrera has served on many professional and community boards throughout his career including the American Library Association, Pacific Oaks College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Library Foundation. He has also served as president of the Public Library Association, the California Library Association and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking.

Mr. Herrera holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona. He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach where he received the Future Urban Administrator Award. Luis is married to Nancy C. Herrera, who is also a librarian.

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is an accomplished executive in the high tech industry who has over twenty years of experience in strategic planning, business development and sales. Heather is a native Californian from the Bay Area who has lived in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, Miami and Western Europe implementing her business development strategies. Heather has been consistently involved with philanthropy and volunteering in Latin America and the Latino community in the United States.

Heather has recently served on the board of the Stoneflower Foundation, dedicated to the financial support of the underprivileged youth of Brazil. She has worked for UniversalGiving where she sold services for their employee giving and corporate giving programs. She has also volunteered at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) in New York. She continually mentors young Latina women in her community looking to establish themselves professionally.

Heather received her B.A. in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College. Heather is currently getting her Master’s in Psychology and Organizational Development at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS).

Monica Pressley

Ms. Pressley is the Chief Financial Officer for The San Francisco Foundation and has deep experience in finance and accounting, information systems, budget administration, and strategic planning, in addition to a strong background in financial planning and investment services. She previously served as a chief administrative officer for Barclays Global Investors, director of finance for Dividend Development Corporation, and as a consultant for Charles Schwab & Co. Through her affiliation with Harvard Community Partners, she has completed consulting projects for Bay Area nonprofits including Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Enterprise for High School Students, and Global Aids Interfaith Alliance. Ms. Pressley received the 2001-2002 Jim Stocker Award for Volunteer Excellence for consulting work done over the past ten years as a member of Harvard Community Partners. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, graduated summa cum laude and a BA in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Aureliano Ruben Rodriguez

Mr. Rodriguez is the Associate Director of Development for the Division of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley. As the former Vice President of Development at the United Way of the Bay Area he managed the financial portfolio for 17 years. He is the director of OLIN de Contra Costa, a Mexican folk-dancing group for children and young people for the past 18 years. He has served as the Chair of the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Oakland, is member of the Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos and is actively involved with his parish community of St. Peter Martyr of Verona in Pittsburg. Most recently he received the Youth Supporter Award from CCISCO (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization).

Yolanda Ruiz

Yolanda Ruiz is a Partner at Pacific Community Management, an affiliate of Pacific Community Ventures. She is involved in several aspects of the fund including analyzing and structuring transactions and helping manage the fund investments. She currently sits on the boards of PCV portfolio companies Freshology, New Leaf Paper, and on the board of Opportunity Fund.

Yolanda's background includes roles in finance and strategy. Before PCM Yolanda worked for an M&A advisory firm focusing on acquisitions and growth financings in the food and beauty sectors. Previously, Yolanda worked for Gap Inc. in Financial Planning and Analysis and in Business Development. She was also part of the founding team of Punto Com Holdings (PCH), a Mexican venture capital fund. At the start of her career, Yolanda worked as an associate consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.

Yolanda received an MBA degree from Stanford Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from ITESM (Monterrey, Mexico).

Serra Butler Simbeck

Serra Butler Simbeck works at the crossroads of investment strategy and the nonprofit sector, utilizing her business background to the benefit of local communities both in the San Francisco Bay Area and Latin America. While living in Mexico City, Mexico, Serra promoted international investment in Mexico’s post- NAFTA manufacturing sector, holding executive positions at both the Mexican Investment Board and Morelos Investment Boards. After returning to the U.S., she led the founding of the Corporate Partners Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and served as its first Director. Serra is a Bay Area native and an active member of its philanthropic community. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Latino Community Foundation, she is also Endowment Co-Chair of the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Butler Koshland Fellowships, an organization that awards fellowships to emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector. Serra holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She lives in Portola Valley with her husband and three sons.

Raul Rodriguez

Raul Rodriguez is the Vice President and General Manager of Univision San Francisco. Univision Communications is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. He oversees local news, programming, advertising sales, marketing, on-air promotion and community relations for Univision’s local Radio and TV stations as well as Interactive platforms in the market. Prior to joining Univision, Rodriguez served as general manager and vice president of Journal Communications where he managed three TV stations, produced daily news and delivered the highest power share in the group. He was director of Hispanic Sales for News- Press & Gazette, where he was responsible for the company’s Hispanic assets, including six TV stations and one radio station, for which he developed marketing and programming. Rodriguez has over 15 years of experience in the broadcast industry, which includes serving as general manager and vice president of Telemundo’s Independent station in Los Angeles and as general sales manager for Telemundo’s San Francisco Bay Area stations. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration.

Daniel Skaff

Daniel L. Skaff is President and COO of One PacificCoast Bank, serves in the Office of the Chairman and as Chairman of the Alco Committee. One PacificCoast is a triple bottom line bank dedicated to building prosperity in local communities with a focus on social justice, environmental resilience and economic sustainability. Prior to joining the bank, Dan was Managing Partner of Sienna Ventures, a private equity firm investing in emerging growth businesses in consumer, retail, mobile communications and financial services. Among the successful businesses Dan founded or sponsored while at Sienna Ventures were Glu Mobile (Nasdaq GLUU), Openwave Systems (Nasdaq OPWV), Tradepoint Solutions and DemandTec (Nasdaq DMAN), Motricity (Nasdaq MOTR), @Motion (now part of Openwave), Protocol Communications, Bojangles’ Restaurants and Heidi’s Fine Desserts.

In addition to his responsibilities at One PacificCoast Bank, Dan serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Marin Community Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations with $1.3 billion in assets, and as a Senior Advisor to Fairview Capital and its Darlington Partners LP public equities fund. Prior to Sienna Ventures, Dan served as Chairman and CEO of Sienna Holdings and as Executive Chairman of Pon North America, the U.S. investment and operating affiliates respectively of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands. Earlier in his career Dan served in the Corporate Finance Departments of Bankers Trust Company and Bank of America. He is a past trustee or advisory board member of the Harvard College Fund, The Sierra Club Investment Advisory Council, the Bay Area Children’s Discovery Museum, and Pact Children’s Adoption Agency. He is also past director of EBT Digital Communications, a Shanghai-based retailer of mobile devices and services with 420 stores in Eastern China.

Dan received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Wharton Fellow and where he serves as a guest speaker in the Wharton Leadership in the Business World Program.