Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), a membership association comprised of California’s nearly 1,200 nonprofit community clinics and health centers. Ms. Castellano-Garcia has been committed to advancing multi-cultural health policy issues for more than 25 years. She is also the Founder and former Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), a health care policy and advocacy organization seeking to improve health and human services for California’s Latino population. Carmela continues to serve on the LCHC Board of Directors, as well as on the Board of the California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization (CalHIPSO), another organization she helped formed as part of her work at CPCA. Carmela also serves on a number of advisory and steering committees. Carmela’s legal background includes six years as a staff and Managing Attorney at Public Advocates, Inc., a public interest law firm in San Francisco. Carmela is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Yale Law. Learn more about Carmela by visiting www.carmelacastellano.com.
Co-Founder and Vice-President
Born in Watsonville, California, Carmen graduated from Moreland Notre Dame High School and Heald Business College. She held administrative positions at Cabrillo College and San Jose City College where she worked for 33 years until her retirement in 1999. She was a founder of the Latino Education Association @ SJCC and a member of the Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges. She is a former board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, Chicana Latina Foundation, and served on the Santa Clara County Office of Education Artspiration Steering Committee. She has been recognized for her contributions to philanthropy including having the SJCC Arts Center named after her in 2012 and being honored as a HIPGiver by Hispanics in Philanthropy in 2014. Carmen is also a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XX.
Armando Castellano is a musician, arts advocate and philanthropist who resides in the Silicon Valley where he wears many hats. As a French horn player he performs professionally in regional orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Much of his time is spent managing and performing with his own chamber ensemble, Quinteto Latino. This music organization focuses on building community through Latino Classical Music. They specialize in the performance and advocacy of Latino composers and consistently advocate on behalf of classical musicians of color. As a music instructor and teaching artist he has taught in both English and Spanish, at venues such as San José City College and at many bilingual schools and institutions. As a philanthropist, he is a strong advocate for access to quality arts education for all and community based philanthropic practices. He is proud to work with the Castellano Family Foundation to fund non-profits in Silicon Valley dealing with issues around education, Latino leadership and the arts.
Maria is married with two grown children and works as a group fitness instructor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dance and an MBA from San Jose State University. She currently serves on the boards of directors of San Jose Jazz, Cashion Cultural Legacy, and sjDANCEco. She is a former board member of the Los Gatos Education Foundation and the Los Gatos High School Music Boosters and a former member of the Women’s Foundation of California – Women of Silicon Valley Giving Circle. She has a history of volunteer work in support of the arts as a member of Los Lupeños de San Jose, the Los Gatos Union School District Arts Task Force, and Fisher Middle School Site Council.
Founder and Emeritus Trustee
Born in Artesia, New Mexico, Alcario came to California at an early age and graduated from San Benito High School in Hollister. He served in the US Army and later worked in the aerospace industry and as a supermarket retail clerk until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Steering Committee for the Mexican Heritage Plaza and currently serves on the board of Latinas Contra Cancer. He is a former board member of Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the American GI Forum and was named Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association in 2006. He has a long history of volunteer work with these and other organizations in the Latino community. An avid photographer for over 25 years, Al took hundreds of photographs and videos of culturally significant events in San Jose which were recently incorporated into a video documentary.
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