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.  The José Valdés Math Institute Curriculum is aligned to California Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Find out more about our Board Members down below.

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.

With a Bachelor of Science Degree and graduate courses in Biology, Bob Turner began his middle-school teaching career in 1997.  In 2007, he began his administrative career by earning his Master’s Degree in Education.  His entire educational philosophy has been about raising the bar of student expectations.  Student excellence is, and always has been, his primary goal.  Over the years, Bob has had many administrative roles as an educational leader.  He has been a Science Department Chairman, an AVID Coordinator, an After School Program Supervisor, a School Loop Administrator, a District Computer Technology Leader, a Saturday School Administrator, and an After School Detention Supervisor.  Bob started as a math teacher in the Valdés Math Institute program during the summer of 2002. In the summer of 2003, Bob was selected as a Valdés site principal, an administrative role he continued each summer until February 2015, at which time he accepted the full-time position of Director of the Valdés Math Institute.