Allies for Equity

The Allies for Equity Council at The Education Trust—West is comprised of civil rights, education, public policy, business, and community leaders who have a demonstrated commitment to educational equity. Council members act as ambassadors, advocates, and allies to help expand and deepen the influence of the organization by providing access to new alliances and critical funding sources that help ETW drive forward with a bold education reform agenda that illuminates the magnitude of the achievement gap in education, challenges the status quo on behalf of children, and empowers our diverse California communities. 

RICARDO BENAVIDEZ
Senior Community Relations Manager
Cisco

Ricardo Benavidez is the Community Relations Manager at Cisco and is responsible for managing Cisco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in Silicon Valley as well as community investment in key locations worldwide. Through public-private partnerships, Benavidez directs Cisco’s cash, product, and people into the community to generate positive, sustainable change in education/capacity development and economic development. Benavidez has been at Cisco for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Community Relations, he was responsible for growing and maintaining partnerships with other technology companies in support of developing IT skills in students worldwide. Benavidez holds an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California and a B.S. in Commerce, Marketing from Santa Clara University.Benavidez serves on the Board of Directors of Good Karma Bikes, a non-profit dedicated to providing homeless and low-income working people with safe, reliable bicycle transportation. He is widely recognized by a variety of community organizations and has received numerous awards from these organizations., including: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area – Unity and Leadership Award; Citizen Schools – Volunteer of the Year; City Year – Moccasin Award for Community Leadership; Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility – Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever; SkillsUSA – 5-Year Service Award; Silicon Valley Latino – 40 Under 40 Latinos2Watch!; The President’s Volunteer Service Award; U.S. House of Representatives – Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community.

 

JEFF CAMP
Education Circle Co-Chair
Full Circle Fund

Jeff Camp chairs the Education Circle of Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization cultivating the next generation of community leaders and driving lasting social change in the Bay Area and beyond. He is the lead author of the “Education Impact Guide,” a primer on competing strategies for improving education in California. Camp has served on multiple education reform committees, including the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and as a Race to the Top reviewer. Camp retired from a 12-year career at Microsoft and worked in Redmond and Tokyo in marketing, product leadership, and general management.

Camp earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard.

 

HON. XILONIN CRUZ-GONZALEZ
President, California Latino School Boards Association
Board Member, Azusa Unified School District

Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is the President of the California Latino School Boards Association, a statewide nonprofit focused on serving the needs of Latino students. First elected at 26, she is the youngest person to ever hold that position. She is also a member of the Board of Education of the Azusa Unified School District in Southern California. Cruz-Gonzalez was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). She also serves as a founding board member and Secretary to the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance.

Cruz-Gonzalez holds her B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

ALICIA LARA
Vice President of Community Investment
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Alicia Lara is currently Vice President of Community Investment at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where she is responsible for the development and management of United Way’s grant-making and initiatives (issues related to poverty, including homelessness, health care, education, and economic development). Lara led the strategic planning process that resulted in the United Way’s “Creating Pathways Out of Poverty 10-year Plan.” Prior to her current position, she was principal of her firm, Lara Consulting, which focused on non-profit program development. She has held numerous positions for 8 years with the California Endowment, including vice president of programs; director of responsive grant-making; and senior program officer. Lara currently serves on boards of PHFE Management Solutions, St. Joseph Health Systems Foundation and the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation.

Lara holds an M.P.H. from the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University.

 

QUINN DELANEY
President
Akonadi Foundation

Quinn Delaney is founder and President of Akonadi Foundation. She and her husband,Wayne Jordan, developed their passion for working for racial justice through their life experience and their work with young people organizing in their schools and in the street.

Quinn has been a donor/activist for decades and has been involved in many social justice movements. Quinn is deeply involved with the Women’s Foundation of California and Women Donors Network and the intersection of gender and racial justice.

After having served on the board of the ACLU of Northern California for a number of years, Quinn remains deeply involved with the organization and its issues. Quinn also serves on the board of Center for Community Change, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Democracy Alliance and the Oakland Museum of California.

Quinn graduated from Pitzer College and has a law degree from University of Houston.

Emeritus members

  • Donald N. Langenberg
  • Roger Wilkins