SVL Advisory Board

Photo of Jennifer Arguello

Jennifer Arguello

Senior Tech Advisor

Jennifer is Senior Tech Advisor at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, an organization which relentlessly pursues creative strategies that will leverage information technology for positive social impact. STEM education and entrepreneurship, especially for women and minorities, are her passions hence she is part of various socially focused organizations. In 2012, she co-founded the Latino Startup Alliance, which is an organization to promote and nurture Latinos in the tech startup community.…

Photo of Arnoldo Avalos

Arnoldo Avalos

Arnoldo emigrated with his family from Juchitlan Jalisco Mexico to a small agricultural community of Gridley California. As the youngest of seven siblings, he and his family worked as migrant farm workers toiling in the peach, prune, and cherry orchards. Arnoldo became a student leader in the Gridley community and lettered in multiple sports. He went on to lead exemplary educational and professional careers.…

Photo of Edward Avila

Edward Avila


Edward Avila is the CEO of Manos Accelerator, a first-of-its kind accelerator targeting the development of Latino entrepreneurs. He is a native of San Jose and has worked in Silicon Valley over the last 20 years as a Human Resources Professional, Executive Coach and Entrepreneur. Edward graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.…

Photo of Katty Coulson

Katty Coulson

Katty is a committed member of the community with special interest in promoting STEM education and improving opportunities for underprivileged students.  She currently is responsible for four Cristo Rey High School students being sponsored by Cisco during the current school year.

Photo of Richard L. Garcia

Richard L. Garcia

Co-founder & Software Engineer

An internet/social entrepreneur with a passion for technology, social media, and STEM. Rich has been a seasoned user-interface developer for web/mobile applications for 18 years. He has created applications for some of the world’s most trafficked sites including Yahoo!, eBay, AOL, and Intuit.

A “soccer-holic”, he also finds euphoria in performing music, producing Latino independent films, speaking Spanish, fatherhood, and the Fightin’ Texas Aggies.

Photo of Jose R. (Pepe) Gomez

Jose R. (Pepe) Gomez

Global Account Manager for Services at Schneider Electric

Jose R (Pepe) Gomez is a Business and Sales executive with more than 20 years of experience leading domestic, international and global organizations in some of the most successful e influential technology companies in the industry like Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Softtek, HPE and Schneider Electric. Pepe currently has a leadership position in the Global Field Services organization at Schneider Electric where he has the responsibility to drive Services Business Management for Strategic Accounts, before joining Schneider Electric he lead the Worldwide New Business efforts for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Pointnext from its headquarter offices in Palo Alto, California.…

Photo of Laura Gomez

Laura Gomez

Tech Entrepreneur & Founder

Passionate about international growth, localization and Latin America, Focus on product management, business development user experience and user support at companies such as YouTube (Google), SearchRev (acquired by AKQA), Twitter and Jawbone. Currently building Vyv, a way to truly democratize content around the web. She’s been featured in Forbes Mexico as one of the most Powerful Women in the country.…

Photo of Dr. Maria Hernandez

Dr. Maria Hernandez

Founder & Author

Photo of Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez

Chief Customer Officer

Photo of Jesse Martinez

Jesse Martinez


Originally from Houston, Texas, Jesse found his way to San Francisco in March 1997, where he first experienced what it meant to work for a startup. As employee 27, he got to see firsthand, the building of a Silicon Valley company (funded by Sequoia Capital) that ultimately grew into a thousand employee+ Corporation, all in less than a year as it was acquired for $180 million by Frontier Communications.…

Photo of Tony Quintero

Tony Quintero