Ronald R. Gonzales: Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley CEO

Philanthropist, and business and government leader, Gonzales a '73, Kresge College, community studies graduate serves and guides using over 35 years of public- and private-sector experience.

February 22, 2011

By Andrea Cohen 

Ronald R. Gonzales

Ron Gonzales is a philanthropy, business, and government leader with more than 35 years of public- and private-sector experience. Prior to joining the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV), he served as mayor of San José (1999–2006), and as an executive with Hewlett-Packard 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 and was a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale, Calif., City Council (1979–1987).

He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is the founder of the Role Model Program, for which he received a national Daily Point of Light Award. HFSV is a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and investment in the health, educational achievement, and leadership development for a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. His experience at UCSC, Gonzales says, helped him understand how his education could enable him to pursue his lifetime goal of improving the lives of others.

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