Friday, July 31, 2009

New Job for Former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales

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Statement from Board Chair, Dr. Carmen Sigler

At the start of the year, I think we all had a strong sense that this would be a major year of transition and challenge. Well, the first six months of the year have certainly been. All nonprofits, including foundations, have been challenged to learn how to do more with less, work smarter and more effectively. During times like this, it is equally true that organizations need strong leadership and solid governance.We are fortunate to have both because this has also been a time of transition for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV).

Three years ago, the HFSV hired its first executive director, Teresa Alvarado. Since that time, the HFSV has evolved as an organization and philanthropic partner to individuals, institutions and our region's nonprofit organizations. In March, Teresa notified the board of directors that she would be leaving the HFSV to pursue a new path. We thank her for her dedication to and exemplary leadership of the HFSV and wish her the best in her endeavors.The HFSV board of directors has been fully engaged in leading an effective transition process. I want to thank each and every one of them for their commitment to identifying and recruiting a talented and proven leader who will continue our work of inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the health, educational achievement, and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley.We have found such a leader. On behalf of the HFSV board of directors, I am proud to introduce our new President & CEO, Ron Gonzales.

Gonzales brings more than 35 years of private and public sector management experience to the position. In addition to being an executive at the Hewlett- Packard Company, he served on the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87) and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (1989-97), and he was Mayor of San José from1999 to 2006. After completing two terms as Mayor, Gonzales founded two entrepreneurial companies, Presencia, LLC, and Presencia Technology, LLC."The Board and I are extremely pleased with our selection of Ron. We picked Ron because he brings the experience, skill, and passion we need to expand the foundation's efforts to strengthen our Hispanic community of Silicon Valley," said Carmen Sigler, president of the HFSV board of directors. "I'm very excited about this opportunity with the Hispanic Foundation to continue my lifelong commitment to public service," said Gonzales. "The board has a clear vision and it has already developed a comprehensive strategy to expand the foundation's scope and effectiveness over the coming years that will help our entire community."

Carmen Sigler,
Board Chair
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley


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