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).

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).

John Murray

John Murray is a successful technology entrepreneur, business leader and active non-profit advocate. Currently, John is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Genworth Financial Wealth Management.

He is responsible for ensuring that Genworth delivers an industry-leading technology platform to independent financial advisors. He assumed the CIO role in 2008 after working extensively with the firm as head of his own technology consulting business. 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. John is very active in his community; he is a Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, The San Francisco Foundation, and San Francisco Summer Search, an organization focused on youth development.

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 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.

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).

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 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.