The existing The Foundation for Hispanic Education Board, comprised of seven members, has significant training in financial oversight and evaluation. Board members have backgrounds in education, business, finance, fundraising, and nonprofit management.
Ramon Jimenez, M.D., Board President
Dr. Ramon Jimenez is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who for 35 years specialized in total joint replacements and arthroscopic surgery, serving patients in San Jose, the city where he was born and raised. He is a product of Jesuit education having graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Locally he served on the Board of Trustees of both Regional Medical Center and O’Connor Hospital. He has held many leadership positions in orthopedic organizations, including President of the California Orthopedic Association and the Western Orthopaedic Association (14 western states).
He is currently the President of Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation, a national organization that raises funds for orthopedic research and education initiatives. The main thrust of his work has been the education of the orthopedic and medical community in diversity and the elimination of musculoskeletal healthcare disparities. He is committed to mentorship at all levels from students of middle school through medical school. His objectives are particularly directed at decreasing barriers in the educational pipeline for Hispanic / Latino and marginalized minority students. He practices and advocates a lifelong commitment to “Give Back”. Dr. Jimenez has served on The Foundation for Hispanic Education Board since 2006 and serves as a member to the Foundation’s Charter School Committee.
Sarah Valencia, Secretary/Treasurer
As vice president of finance, Sarah supervises the general accounting staff and is responsible for budget functions, financial reporting, verifying the accuracy of the general ledger, ensuring the accuracy of fund transactions and balances, and managing the annual audit and tax preparation process. Sarah first joined our parent foundation, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, in 2005 and most recently was Controller for Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Sarah majored in finance and holds a bachelor of science in commerce from Santa Clara University. She began her career in accounting at the age of 17 when she began working for her father to help him run the books for the family business. After graduating in 2003, she decided to explore the nonprofit sector and joined the Saint Francis Foundation as an administrative assistant. While at the Saint Francis Foundation, she discovered how much she enjoyed working in the nonprofit world.
Jose Iglesias is an experienced executive in the software and services business’ having held a wide variety of positions including general management of an over half a billion dollar business, growing businesses profitably, managed off-shoring initiatives, product and portfolio management, and product & services development among others. Iglesias was an executive at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Software division Consulting & Education Services where he led a team of Chief Technology Officers, Content Developers, and Marketing to develop a winning strategy to successfully turn the business around into profitability while ensuring high customer satisfaction.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science, both from Stanford University. Iglesias spent three years on the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) organization, before transitioning onto its Advisory Board, and he currently serves on the Charter School Committee for The Foundation for Hispanic Education. He is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Stanford Alumni Association.
Eva Blanco Marias
Eva Blanco Masias is Vice President of Enrollment Management at Santa Clara University. She has been with Santa Clara for 16 years and leads admission and recruitment efforts of first-year and transfer students, including all marketing and technology strategies. Under her leadership, the University has experienced a record-high number of applications and has expanded its national and international reputation. The student body – which is now over 50% of students of color and over 16% Latino - boasts the highest academic profile in its history and one of the highest retention and graduation rates in the country.
Prior to Santa Clara, Eva held a number of strategic and leadership positions at media companies such as Fox Latin American Channel, USA Networks Latin America, Discovery Networks Latin America, and El Sitio, one of the first internet portals in Latin America.
Eva has served on several non-profit boards and committees in Los Angeles, Miami, and San Jose. More recently, she was President of the National Catholic College Admission Association, Advisory Committee Member for the California College Guidance Initiative, and inaugural Chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association. Eva, a first-generation college student, holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale and a master's in education administration from Santa Clara University.
Beatríz (Betty) Jiménez is a Senior Physical Microchip Designer at Intel Corporation with more than 20 years of experience on high-speed analog, digital and mixed circuits. Currently, she works on a team-base environment where she leads, supervises, and supports other peers on technical issues, floor-plans the complete hierarchical layout and delegates tasks maintaining a goal-based schedule. She first began her work after college in the tech industry working at the largest data center in Latin America at Bancomer as a Technical Support for IBM Mainframes Operating Systems (MVS) in Mexico City. Soon after, she immigrated to the United States and started working at Intel ever since. She has received different awards including few Intel Divisional Awards for delivering different microchip layouts.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science with a focus in Computer Science from Universidad National Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) with honors. Betty went back to school to study Physical Design at the Institute of Business and Technology (IBT). She is currently a member of the Intel Latinx network and volunteers her time helping women in homeless shelters. Betty believes that higher education, continuous self-directed learning, persistence, and hard work are imperative to be successful in today’s Technology Industry.
Jesus J. Rocha
Jesús a first-generation graduate, holds a BA with a major in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). At UCSC, he tutored Spanish for Spanish speakers and also worked at multiple local elementary and high schools in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties through the Mini-Corp Migrant Teacher Assistant Program. While at Mini-Corp, Jesús worked and tutored migrant students in different subjects. Through a sponsored UCSC internship in 1992, he volunteered at an urgent care medical clinic in Salinas CA, where different multi-specialty MD’s used him as an interpreter and that’s where he fell in love with interpreting. Soon after graduating in 1993, Jesús started an interpreting agency (JR Interpreting, Inc.) serving the Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities in Northern, Central, and Southern CA.
Jesús then became a certified medical interpreter in 1994, an administrative hearing interpreter in 2002, then acquired the State of California Court Interpreter certification in 2013, and is currently working towards becoming Federally certified. He has interpreted at a Spanish local radio station addressing workers’ compensation-related issues and concerns. His interpreting travels have taken him as far as México City to interpret at the México City Shriner Hospital’s Board of Directors Meeting.
Jesús is currently serving as an officer and steering committee member for The Coalition of Professional Translators and Interpreters of California (CoPTIC) to achieve an exemption from AB5 for all professional interpreters and translators in California. His objective is to inspire the new generations and create a sense of self-pride in being multicultural and bilingual.
David Orozco was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated with his parents at the young age of four. His family immigrated to San José and David attended school at all grade levels in this area. David Orozco attended the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) when it first opened at the current site.
Graduating in 2005, he is a member of the first LCPA graduating class. David also achieved eligibility to attend a four-year university having met the requirements and vision of the late Dr. Roberto Cruz. After graduating from LCPA, David moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of playing music. Knowing it was a risk, he networked and made friends identify rock bands to play in as he strived to become successful playing his guitar. He remained in Los Angeles until 2009 when he decided to move back to San Jose.
At the age of 24, with an interest in being an entrepreneur, David opened a small business called, “Bravo! House of Enchiladas” in 2012. Today, he has achieved success and worldwide recognition for its gourmet enchiladas and delicious micheladas. Because of David’s interest in sports and travel, David attended the 2018 World Soccer Cup in Russia. His other hobbies include other sports, boxing, and music.
John M. Sobrato
John is part of the fourth generation of Sobrato family members working within the Silicon Valley. For nearly 10 years, John worked at both the Latino College Preparatory Academy and the Foundation for Hispanic Education, serving as both a teacher and administrator over that period.
Outside of his work in the world of education, he is increasingly involved in the non-profit sphere. John serves as the current Board Chair of the SEAL Organization, is a Board Member of Sobrato Philanthropies, and an Advisory Board Member of the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University.
John graduated from Santa Clara University in 2010 with a double major in History and Political Science, and earned his Single Subject Teaching Credential from SCU's Department of Education, Counseling, and Psychology in 2011. He is deeply committed to continuing the Sobrato family’s leadership on education issues as well as increasing equity and access to opportunities for communities throughout the Bay Area.
Rudy J. Rodriguez
Rudy J. Rodriguez currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Franklin-McKinley Elementary School District. Rudy has enjoyed a career in public affairs and agency leadership for over 25 years at State Farm Insurance and retired in 2017. Rudy is a current member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. He moved to the Bay Area in 2000 and has resided in the area for all of the past twenty years.
Born in Modesto, California, Rudy received a Bachelor of Science degree at Fresno State University in 1987, in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He graduated with honors and received the Dean’s Award for the College of Business and the Leon S. Peters Leadership Award for his service as President of the Inter-Business Council, the governing board for all organizations within the Business School.
Rudy was elected in 2010 to the Board of Trustees of the Franklin-McKinley Elementary School District and has served on the Board of the SOMOS Mayfair Organization. In addition, Rudy was the Deputy State Director for Youth for California LULAC. His other prior board experience includes serving on the Mexican Heritage Corporation, City of San José’s Small Business Development Commission, Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Junior Achievement, MACSA El Portal Leadership Academy, and Central San José YMCA.