Staff

Ron Gonzales
President and CEO
(408) 216-7643

Ron is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Gonzales has over 35 years of technology and public policy experience. Prior to leading the Hispanic Foundation, Gonzales was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Presencia, LLC. Presencia, LLC provides marketing and sales consulting services in the government, education, enterprise and SMB markets. He also served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city from 1999-2006. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives that strengthened neighborhoods, improved public education, and ensured the economic vitality of the city with high quality public services and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional transportation projects. Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy. Gonzales served for eight years (1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87), Gonzales helped initiate governmental efficiency measures that were recognized in the best-selling book Reinventing Government. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Notre Dame de Namur University, KIPP Bay Area Schools, and Save The Bay. He is married to Guisselle Nuñez and they live in downtown San Jose.




Clara Roa, MPA
Chief Development Officer
408-638-7302

Clara joined HFSV in 2018 as its first Chief Development Officer. Clara has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising with a strong track record that includes major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, events, board engagement, strategic planning, program development and implementation, and volunteer management at local and international nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining HFSV, Clara served as Major Gift Officer at Life Moves, formerly Inn Vision Shelter Network. She has also worked for other local nonprofits including Vascular Cures, the Pacific Stroke Association (PSA), and Project Baobab. Clara serves on the board of directors for Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, CA. and is an active partner with the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund – SV2. Clara received her Master in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy at New York University. Originally from Colombia, her early career includes stints as an educator and working for a global risk management consulting firm.




Margarita DeAvila
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
(408) 216-7612

Margarita joined the HFSV in 2010. She is involved in several key areas. In addition, she works closely with the CEO in taking care of day to day operations relating to finances and program management. Furthermore, she helps prepare and coordinate the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) and the annual Hispanic Foundation Ball (HFB).



Raul Ceja
Marketing and Communications Manager
8316731156

Raul is a strategist, storyteller, and designer who thrives in community engagement. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of California- Riverside in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During his undergrad, he studied Global Emerging Markets at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Previously, he’s worked at the Community Foundation for San Benito County as a Digital Media Specialist. Raul is a San Benito County native.




Lisa Anna Dominguez
Director, Education Programs
(408) 320-4612

Lisa Anna Dominguez joined the HFSV as the Education Programs Manager. As Programs Manager, Lisa organizes the operation of all education initiatives including Latinos in Technology Scholarship, STEM Programming, Parent Engagement, and the Family College Success Center located in East San Jose. Lisa was previously Program Outreach Manager at Scout from the University of California, where she connected educationally disadvantaged high school students to a high-quality online curriculum. She is a first-generation graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where she majored in Politics with an emphasis in Political Theory.  She is currently an MBA candidate at the University of the People.

Lisa is a Board Member for the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and Amigos De Guadalupe. She is also a Senior Fellow Graduate from the Latino Board Leadership Academy Class IX. In her spare time, she is also an avid photographer and dance instructor, teaching lyrical, jazz technique styles to all ages.



Isaac D’Amore Nieblas
FCSC Program Coordinator
408-380-4086

Isaac D’Amore Nieblas joined the HFSV as the Program Coordinator of the Family College Success Center in 2018. He most recently worked in Sacramento, California as a Political Fundraising Associate for the likes of the California Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra and other California state politicians.

Isaac graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Ethnic Studies, Spanish and Political Science in 2017. During his time at Santa Clara University, he served as the Director of the Multicultural Center, Co-Chair of the Latinx Student Union MECHA El-Frente and Chair of the Inclusive Excellence Student Activities Council. Isaac identifies as a First-Generation Chicano from The Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona where he was born and raised. And despite the enticing Bay Area bandwagon, he will always be a loyal Arizona sports fan.




Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro
Program Intern, Family College Success Center
4082167612

Yoshmar joined the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley as a Program Intern in the Summer of 2018. A graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, Yoshmar now attends Case Western Reserve University in the great city of Cleveland Ohio, where he is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in political science.

Yoshmar is a  member of the cross country and track & field teams at Case Western Reserve University, as well as a writer for the school newspaper and a member of the executive board for Latin American student union on campus, La Alianza. Yoshmar is a first generation Latino student striving for success so that he may support others.