Meet the Board of Directors and
Executive Staff

The José Valdés Math Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded with the sole goal of supporting and sustaining the Valdés Math Program. Find out more about the Board Members of the organization down below.


Marcos is passionate about serving the community as well as promoting STEM education for our under-represented youth. Marcos currently participates in numerous nonprofit organizations as a board member or volunteer. Besides serving on the José Valdés Math Institute Foundation Board, Marcos serves on the Boards for Alum Rock Counseling Center, Amigos de Guadalupe, Respite and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease, Mabel B. Wright Education Fund, Olimpico Learning, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (Industry Advisory Board, San Jose State center), Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality as well as part of the Pastoral Care Staff at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. He is also involved with various activities at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and volunteered for Catholic Charities for 35 years including serving on the board of Catholic Charities USA. Marcos retired from a career in engineering in 2014. Marcos has graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University and Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State, all in Engineering.

Robert is a life long resident of the Santa Clara Valley and has served his community throughout his life. As a civil rights activist he has supported and participated with many local non-profits advocating for issues and quests important to the Latino community. He has served as a volunteer for Latinas Contra Cancer, El Toro Youth Association, The American GI Forum and many more. He currently serves as a member of San José Jazz and is extremely proud of its Progression Program that provide intensive youth development cultivating their gifts through music education and performance. Robert has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the County of Santa Clara and the City of Morgan Hill. He recently retired from his position of Deputy Director of Human Resources of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Robert owned his own consulting business for 12 years and prior to that he was the President of San José Development Corporation, a San José based nonprofit whose endeavor was to develop and implement economic development strategies in low income neighborhoods. Robert received both an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. As a member of the U.S. Army he served a tour of duty in South Vietnam. Robert continues to support many organizations throughout the Silicon Valley and will carry forward strong goals and objectives, fulfilling the philosophy that embraces the values of the José Valdés Math Institute.

Maria is a passionate, entrepreneurial, innovative business leader and community advocate with extensive 10+ years’ experience leading complex business operations, project management and account management. A first-generation college graduate and a passionate individual who thrives on positively impacting the lives of those around her. New to Silicon Valley as of 2020, Maria is passionate about getting involved and promoting STEM education and financial foundations knowledge to under-represented students and the overall community.

Maria obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Davenport University, and later obtained a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University. Furthermore, as a Financial Solutions Advisor with Bank of America and Merrill, Maria is passionate about sharing the importance of, and facilitating access to, Mathematics and Financial knowledge in her new community.

Gaspar is a strong believer in the lasting and positive difference math can have on the youth, as a tool to strengthen their confidence and ability to learn. Besides serving on the José Valdés Math Institute Foundation Board, he is a member of the advisory board for the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program, serving high schools on the East Bay. A veteran of the computer security industry, Gaspar is currently a principal data scientist at Palo Alto Networks. He is also an adjunct professor in computer science at the Technological University of Panama. Gaspar has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, an M.Sc. in Information Security from the University of London, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technological University of Panama.

James works in the Undergraduate Office of Admission at Stanford University. For 6 years prior, he worked as a teacher and assistant principal in East Palo Alto, CA. He deeply values free access to rigorous and culturally relevant instruction. This propelled him to complete the Latino Leadership Board Academy through the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and join the Valdés Math board. 

José Castellón is a seasoned aerospace engineer with 39 years of experience and a leader and subject matter expert in systems engineering, and has led multiple programs, functional teams and numerous research & development activities.  He is a proven champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, having led his company’s Hispanic employee resource group, and had the responsibility to coordinate the efforts of over a dozen employee resource groups and STEM outreach programs that supported underrepresented communities. Jose is of Puerto Rican and Salvadorean descent, born and raised in California. He is passionate about helping underserved communities, and has served as a volunteer and leader in his company’s Hispanic employee resource group, STEM outreach programs, and supported different non-profits. Jose is married, and has two sons, a stepdaughter and two dogs.