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Arnoldo Avalos

Avalos Foundation
Website: Avalos Foundation


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. Arnoldo graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in History and received a Masters in government from Harvard. Professionally, Arnoldo has worked and excelled in demanding roles at Anderson Consulting, Cisco, Google and Facebook. In 2012, Arnoldo and his wife, Alma, personally founded and funded the Avalos Foundation focused on providing educational scholarships to high achieving low income students in the Upper Sacramento Valley, sponsored school programs targeting at-risk youth and financially supports the Chicano\Latino graduation at CAL. Additionally, the Avalos Foundation partnered with the Latino Community Foundation to provide computers and internet access to students in the Pleasanton Community. Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) highlighted his community work. Most recently, Governor Brown appointed Arnoldo to the Board of Governors overseeing California Community Colleges. Finally, Arnoldo is involved in diverse businesses from high tech to brick mortar ventures.