President and CEO @ Hispanic Foundation
Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The Hispanic Foundation is dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in educational excellence, convening and engaging the Latino community, and leadership development of a thriving Latino community in 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. Mayor Gonzales may be known for championing the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose and Silicon Valley. So much so that Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown nicknamed him “Mayor BART”.
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, Save The Bay, the Board of Governors for the Silicon Valley Capital Club. He is married to Guisselle Nuñez and they live in downtown San Jose.