Latino Leadership Alliance Board of Directors

Lennies Guiterrez


Director of External Affairs, Comcast

Lennies is the Director of External Affairs for Comcast for the South Bay and Southern Peninsula areas since February 2010 and previously worked on legislation for 10 years at the California State Capitol. She is an active board member of the Redwood City/San Mateo County and San Jose Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce.

Elizabeth Castañeda

Vice Chair

Public Engagement Manager, San José Public Library

Elizabeth Castañeda is a San José native and graduate of San José State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. As the Public Engagement Manager for the San José Public Library, she has led her team through a number of award-winning public relations campaigns, gaining national recognition for communicating the value of library services to the diverse communities of San José. She has been a proud member of the Latino Leadership Alliance since 2016, when she completed LLA’s Leadership Academy as a member of Cohort 7.

Raul Peralez


Councilmember, City of San José

Raul Peralez is a lifelong resident of San José, a graduate of downtown’s very own San José State University, and as a former San José Police Officer, he can wholeheartedly say that he is an advocate and champion for our city through and through.

Rogelio Ruíz


Attorney, Rehon & Roberts

Rogelio M. Ruíz is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and he was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 1990. Mr. Ruíz is admitted to practice before all California State Courts; the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Andres Quintero

Board Member

Governing Board Member, Alum Rock Union School District

Andrés Quintero is a life long resident of East San Jose. Andrés attended various east side schools and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. After graduating from Evergreen Valley College, Andrés transferred to San Jose State University where he earned a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree. Andres serves on the Political Science faculty at Evergreen Valley College.

Dr. Miguel A. Rodriguez

Board Member & LLA Leadership Development Director

Miguel was born and raised in San José. A proud product of Bay Area schools: He was the first in his family to earn college, Masters (2nd actually) and doctoral degrees. He has served as a K-12 school leader for the past 18 years. His doctoral research focused on the validation of indigenous cultural practices, unapologetic positive cultural identity and culturally sustaining leadership development. He is super enthused about supporting LLA grow leaders to create a world in which many can coexist.

Daniel Cedeño

Board Member

Government Relations Representative, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Daniel Cedeño is a Government Relations Representative for Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He oversees government affairs, community relations, and corporate charitable giving for Santa Clara County. Daniel serves as a board member for the Silicon Valley Organization and SPUR, and he is the PG&E member deputy to Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Daniel is originally from Los Angeles, and he holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Maria Garcia

Board Member

Program Officer, The Health Trust

As Program Officer at The Health Trust, Maria is responsible for the strategic planning and management of the agency’s Grantmaking department. She is a life-long resident of San Jose; Maria entered the nonprofit sector during her sophomore year in high school and has stayed in the sector since. Her experience includes managing direct services, board relations, community engagement, fundraising, and philanthropy. Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University and M.A. from San Jose State University in Speech Communication. She is also a graduate of LLA Leadership Academy, cohort 2.

Mayra Flores

Board Member

Communications Director for District 4 Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Santa Clara County

Mayra Flores is a communications professional residing and working in San José, California. She is a proud San Jose resident, San José State University graduate, daughter of immigrant parents, and mother. Mayra has worked as a PR professional where she worked with legacy companies like McAfee, Micron Technologies and Anheuser-Busch along with tech start-ups like Grammarly. She spent a decade as an award-winning journalist in the South Bay, first at the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, The Mercury News and AOL’s Patch.

Alfredo Matthew III

Board Member

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Earn & Learn

Alfredo is a dynamic business development professional with over 20 years of experience building public and private strategic partnerships to close the equity gap. He began his career as an award winning public school educator in the South Bronx where he was a founding teacher of a New Century High School, and later launched an IB Diploma program in Pasadena and participated in a turnaround of an East Oakland charter school. Following 14 years in the classroom, Alfredo turned his focus to career readiness and for 5 years lead the strategic vision and programming for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) implementation in California. The focus of his work was developing an earned revenue stream, expanding the reach and impact of NFTE programs, and relationship building with school district partners, corporations, entrepreneurs, and other education non-profit leaders in the pursuit of building career pathways to connect California youth from low-income communities to the innovation economy. He currently works as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Earn & Learn and consults on various education to workforce initiatives across the Bay Area.

Honorary Board

Leaders going above and beyond

Alberto Camarillo

Professor Emeritus

Stanford University

Cindy Chavez

District 2 Supervisor

County of Santa Clara

Edward Garcia


Garcia Strategies

Tomás Jiménez


Stanford University