My guest for this episode is Ron Gonzales. Ron’s personal philosophy is to help improve the quality of life for others. This philosophy has guided his 45 years of technology, public policy, and non-profit professional experience. Currently, Ron serves as President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos.

From 1999-2006, Ron served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives for strong neighborhoods, improved public education, and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional transportation projects.

Ron 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 City Council (1979-87). He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Presencia, LLC which provides marketing and sales consulting services. Additionally, Ron worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy.

Ron currently serves as Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors, Board member and board Chair for SV@Home, and Board Member of KIPP Northern California Public Charter Schools.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • How do you attract and retain diversity on nonprofit boards?
  • What are practical ways to improve board diversity?
  • How can a culture of inclusion foster board diversity?
  • What are the methods that can be employed to implement board diversification?
  • What is the most crucial factor in having an effective board?

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