President & CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Ron 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, which 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, from 1999-2006.
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, and Save The Bay.
Description: Employment data from Silicon Valley’s technology companies suggests that the industry is primarily White, Asian and male. This panel will explore the importance of diversity and inclusion in the technology sector and offer tangible solutions to develop an inclusive workforce.