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 was a senior partner at KPMG LLP until he retired in 2014, after a 38 year career. Lou served in many leadership roles at KPMG, including managing partner of the San Francisco office, senior partner for KPMG’s Latin American Region and a member of the KPMG Global Executive Team. He was a co-founder of KPMG’s Diversity Advisory Board and the KPMG Hispanic/Latino network.

Lou provided services to C-Level executives and Boards of Directors of public and private clients, addressing client needs regarding SEC reporting matters and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of OPORTUN Financial Corporation and Brown and Caldwell, Inc. Lou is a Trustee with the Latino Community Foundation and is a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association. Lou holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.

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).

Jim Foley

Jim is Wells Fargo’s Bay Area President where he is responsible for 260 banking stores across the North Bay, the Peninsula, San Francisco and Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Foley, a 27-year financial services veteran, began his career with Wachovia as a management trainee. Foley is very active in the community and has been involved in a number of organizations including San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, San Francisco Committee on Jobs, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, United Way, East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Contra Costa Economic Partnership.

Foley earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Furman University before obtaining his MBA from the University of Miami. He and his family reside in the East Bay.

John Garcia

John Garcia is Vice President for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. He oversees government relations 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 20 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 other organizations, including; Children Now, California Center for Civic Participation, and the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes. 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

Luis Herrera is the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he is responsible for the administration of the city’s 28 libraries including a main library and 27 neighborhood branches. Previously, Mr. Herrera served as the Director of Information Services for Pasadena Public Library and the Deputy Director of the San Diego and Long Beach Library systems in California. He has served as President of both the Public Library Association and the California Library Association. In January 2012, Mr. Herrera was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year. Mr. Herrera is the immediate past Chair of Cal Humanities and serves on the Board of the Digital Public Library of America. Mr. Herrera was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Mr. Herrera earned his B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso, a M.P.A. from California State University, and a M.L.S. from the University of Arizona.

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).

John Murray

John Murray is a successful technology entrepreneur, business leader and active non-profit advocate. Currently, John is a Partner at Element98 Software. Element98 is an investment and strategy firm focus on helping middle-market companies develop and execute effective enterprise technology strategies to drive sales and operational efficiency. As part of his consulting practice, he is a board member or board advisor with several clients.

Prior to his current role he was the Chief Information Officer for Genworth Financial Wealth Management, formerly division of Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) and now an independent company called AssetMark. As CIO he was responsible for ensuring that the company delivered an industry-leading enterprise technology platform to independent financial advisors and helped grow the business from $12BN to over $20BN in assets under management.

John started his career as an investment-banker in New York and San Francisco and subsequently founded and led a series of global software and technology services businesses. He is a Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

He is past president of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission and a former member of the State Recreation and Park Commission. John received a Bachelor of Science from the USC Marshall School of Business and a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Kurt Organista

Kurt C. Organista, Ph.D. is Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. He publishes articles in the on Latino health and mental health, conducts research in the area of HIV prevention with Latino migrant laborers, and is editor of HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, research and practice published in 2012 by Oxford University Press, and author of Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems: Theory, practice, and populations published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He serves on the senior editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology, and on the editorial boards of the Hispanic Journal of the Behavioral Sciences, and the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. From 2004-08 Organista was appointed to the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, and he is currently PI of a federal R01 grant from the NIAAA to develop and test a structural environmental model of alcohol-related HIV risk in Latino migrant day laborers in the San Francisco Bay Area (2010-2014). Organista is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Foundation.

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 previous 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.

Yolis Ruiz

Yolis Ruiz is the VP of Finance & Operations for Zignal Labs. Prior to this, she was a Partner at Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a venture capital investment fund, where she led and managed various investments in addition to acting as the interim CFO for a few years. Before PCV, she worked for an M&A advisory firm and in corporate finance and business development for Gap Inc. Earlier in her career she was part of the founding team of Punto Com Holdings (PCH), a Mexican venture capital fund, and a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.

She currently sits on the boards of the Latino Community Foundation and Opportunity Fund and was previously a director of Freshology and New Leaf Paper.

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

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 L. Skaff

Daniel L. Skaff is President and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, where he serves on the board of directors of the Bank and as Vice Chairman of Beneficial State Bancorp. Beneficial State is a triple bottom line bank dedicated to building prosperity in local communities with a focus on social justice, environmental resilience and economic sustainability. Dan is also Co-founder and General Partner of Eagle Cliff Partners, a private growth capital fund investing in good money, good food and good energy.

In addition to his responsibilities at Beneficial State and Eagle Cliff, Dan serves as a Trustee of the Latino Community Foundation and on the Board of the Bay Area Council. He is past Chairman of the Investment Committee at the Marin Community Foundation and a Senior Advisor to Fairview Capital’s Darlington Partners public equities fund.

Prior to Beneficial State Dan was Managing Partner of Sienna Ventures, a growth capital firm investing in emerging consumer, retail, mobile communications and financial services companies. While at Sienna, Dan sponsored ten businesses that grew from early stage to publicly traded companies or resulted in successful private sales, including Glu Mobile, Openwave Systems, Tradepoint Solutions/DemandTec, Motricity, Protocol Communications, and Bojangles’ Restaurants. Earlier in his career Dan served as Executive Chairman of Pon North America, the U.S. operating affiliate of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands, and in the Corporate Finance Departments of Bankers Trust Company and Bank of America. He is a past member of the Harvard College Fund Council, Trustee of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Co-Chairman of Glu Mobile (GLUU), and director of EBT Digital Communications in Shanghai, 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 serves as a guest speaker in Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World Program.