Board of Directors

Servando R. Sandoval
Pahl & McCay, a Professional Corporation

Servando R. Sandoval is a partner with the firm practicing in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation, Real Estate, and Labor and Employment Law.  He has extensive experience in all facets of employment law and fair housing laws, including counseling clients as to day to day employment and housing issues, conducting investigations and defending claims before all Courts and in administrative hearings.  He graduated with honors, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995 with a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Chicano Studies. He received his Juris Doctor in 1999 from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as Editor for the Chicano-Latino Law Review.  He is admitted to practice in the state of California, including the District Courts in and for the Northern and Central Districts of California, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Sandoval is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley and is an officer of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Sandoval also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Jose Day Nursery.

Miguel Ortiz
Bank of the West

Miguel T Ortiz is Vice President and Branch Manager of Bank of the West in San Jose.  Bank of the West is a full service commercial bank and one of the top rated financial institutions in Financial Soundness and Customer Satisfaction.
Miguel has a BS in Management and Finance from the School of Business at San Francisco State University.  He is also active in or serves as a Board Member of:

  • Miguel is on the Board for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley.
  • Treasurer of La Camara de Comercio Agrupación de Comerciantes y Profesionales de San José.
  • Past President, Board Member and current member of The Campbell Kiwanis Club.

Miguel lives in San Jose, California.  He is the proud father of daughter Crystal, who is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles and son Christian, a senior in High School.  In his spare time Miguel enjoys spending time with family and friends including, traveling, fine dinning, the theater, and golfing. 

Miguel serves in the HCCSV board.  He has been elected to serve as Parliamentarian for the HCCSV for year 2009 to 2011.

Margie Sanchez
California Solar Screens

Margie Sanchez worked at Apple Inc., over 22 years in the Service organization.  Margie held positions such as Service Administration Supervisor, Warranty Fraud Manager, Service Parts Compliance Manager and Bid Response Manager. As a Bid Response Manager, she developed service solutions for Apple’s Business & Education customers resulting in multi-million dollar bid awards.  Margie left Apple in 2007, to care full time for her ailing father.  After his passing, Margie attended the Women’s Initiative’s Simple Steps to Business Success, graduating in June 2009. October 2010, She received the Women’s Initiative’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Margie is an active member of the community and currently serves on several Board of Directors, Advisory Boards and Special Committees including the following:

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley, Board of Director
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Festiv' ALL Steering Committee
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Mixer Chair
  • Center for Employment Training (CET), Board of Director
  • Center for Employment Training (CET), Industrial Advisory Board
  • H.O.P.E Member
  • Women’s Initiative Silicon Valley, Graduate Leadership Council

She is the founder of California Solar Screens in San Jose

Miguel España
Españas Collision Repair


Miguel España is the founder of España’s Collision Repair, a family-owned and operated business that has over 20 years of premier collision repair expertise. Mr. España is a certified technician by various auto paint companies and car manufacturers. He is also a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Mr. España is a previous president of the California Auto Body Association and has been serving on its board of directors for the past seven years. Mr. España is also on the board of Silicon Valley chapter of the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

Mr. España has been on the board directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley since 2008 and is treasurer since 2010. He has been an active chamber member for over fifteen years. Currently, he sits in the chamber’s events committee.

Mr. España is a member of Kawanis International. His favorite pastimes include playing and watching soccer.

Board Members

Alex Torres
Wells Fargo Bank

Mr. Torres possesses a BA from Texas A& M University and has brings over 17 years of business, community, organizational, government/legislative development expertise and experience.  Mr. Torres has been recognized as local leader and been previously named as Who’s Who in Silicon Valley, Most Influential by the Business Journal-Silicon Valley and one of Bay Area’s Most Influential Latinos.

Mr. Torres is Vice President, Community Development Officer and Diversity Council Chairman for Wells Fargo covering Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  Mr. Torres works with various public and private organizations to develop/implement programs and services that enhance community participation and visibility.

Mr. Torres is an active member of the community and currently serves on several Board of Directors, Advisory Boards and Special Committees including, but not limited, to the following:

  • San Jose Conservation Corps - Advisory
  • San Jose/ Evergreen Community College Foundation
  • City of San Jose Foreclosure Prevention Task Force
  • Center for Education and Training Corporate Advisory Board
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group – Community Liaison Board
  • American Diabetes Association – Silicon VAlley
  • Vietnamese Heritage Society –  Advisory Board
  • Mission Community Fund – Advisory Board
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
  • Center For Training and Careers – Advisory Board
  • Institute For Business Performance – Silicon Valley
  • Business Owner Space – City of San Jose
  • Small Business Development Advisory Board – City of San Jose
  • National Hispanic University Community Advisory Committee
  • San Jose Workforce Investment Board
  • Member Hispanic Community Foundation – Council of Advisors
  • U.S. Mexico Relations Advisory Board

James Duran
Duran H.C.P.

James is the founder and CEO of Duran Human Capital Partners, Inc., headquartered in Campbell.  Duran HCP has ranked in the top 500 Hispanic companies as rated by Hispanic Magazine for over 5 consecutive years.  The firm provides a range of Human Capital management consulting services including contract and retained recruiting, staffing, search, human resources consulting, payroll service support and recruiter training programs to clients, consulting firms and affinity groups.

James has a BA in Political Science and Economics from UC Berkeley.  He is also active in or serves as a Board Member with various professional and Community Associations including but not limited to:

  • HRCA, Human Resources Consultants Association of the Silicon Valley (HRCA), Past President
  • GTRN or Global Technical Recruiting Network, Past Secretary
  • SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management),
  • NCHRA, the Northern California Human Resources Association, and serves on the LAC or Legislative Action Committee,
  • Hispanic Net,
  • NCMSDC, the Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council
  • CSBA, California Small Business Association (Board Member)
  • HCCSV, Hispanic Chamber Silicon Valley (Chair since 2009, Board member since 2004)
  • CHCC, California Hispanic Chamber Board Member and Chair Legislative Committee, Chair of CHCC PAC
  • SJSVCC, Board Member San Jose, Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • SCCCCC, Santa Clara County Chambers of Commerce Coalition
  • La Raza Roundtable

James lives in Morgan Hill, California, a rural Silicon Valley suburb, with his wife Lindsey, young son Christian, older son Kris and daughter Ashlee currently applying for admission in Pharmacy programs.  His younger daughter Olivia is attending SF State working toward a Journalism major.  In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his family including, biking, fishing, hiking, movies, skiing, travel, etc.

Lori Ramos Ehrlich
CTC, Vice President

Twenty eight years experience in the non-profit community both directing and coordinating administrative and programmatic operations. Twelve years teaching vocational skills through ROP and at Economic & Social Opportunities, Inc. in San Jose. Current responsibilities include, fund development, contract compliance, program development and implementation, and facility management. Responsibilities also include maintaining and monitoring compliance for our state approval to operate a post-secondary education institute. Holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from San Jose State University and a Ryan Designated Subject Credential K-Adult through University of California at Santa Cruz Extension. Currently sits on the Escuela Popular Family Learning Center Board of Directors, San Jose Job Corps Advisory Committee, and National Council of La Raza California Affiliate Board.

Monica Amador
El Observador

Monica Amador is Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Officer/Share Holder of El Observador Bilingual Weekly Newspaper and Multi-Media with 36+ years experience in management, sales, marketing and promotions. Hilbert and Elizabeth Morales are the Co-Publishers.

Amador has a long history of community involvement, beginning with her father who began the fight for equal opportunity in the 60's. Amador grew up in a home environment where many meetings were held with key leaders of the community, including community organizer Cesar Chavez. As the first Vice President and then Director of Bay Area Construction Opportunity Program (BACOP), Amador helped change the complexion of the construction industry by preparing and recruiting women and minorities for the apprenticeship programs in construction, for the fire fighters and the police officers, during the 80's.

Amador attended and graduated from Wilcox High School, West Valley Community College and UC Berkeley, majoring in Graphic Arts, Labor Law and Marketing. Amador has been active with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley since the 80's, and was the past Board of Director Chair and presently sits on the Board. She also belongs and is active with numerous organizations including, La Raza Roundtable, NOHRA, HAREP, LULAC, SJGIF, Story Road Association, and Latina Coalition, to name a few.

Amador attended and graduated from Wilcox High School, West Valley Community College and UC Berkeley, majoring in Graphic Arts, Labor Law and Marketing. Amador has been active with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley since the 80's, and sits on the Board of Directors. She also belongs and is active with numerous organizations including, La Raza Roundtable, HAREP, LULAC, SJGIF, and Latina Coalition, to name a few.



Val DeLeon
Allstate Insurance

Everybody talks about priorities.  Val DeLeon shows hi s own through a lifelong commitment to family, work and community.

Val & his wife Mary Helen have raised three children who have now share their parents’  deep commitment to volunteerism.  

For 40 years, he has run a highly successful Insurance agency under the Allstate Corporation..

Val has always been a tireless worker for a wide variety of causes and organizations.

He is a continuing and founding member and past president of the Kiwanis Pueblo de San Jose Club (1977). Val has served on various boards, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Santa Clara County (with two terms as Chairman), San Jose Center Training and Careers and, The Mexican Heritage Corporation.  He has also contributed  his time and talents to The American Musical Theatre Community Outreach, and with Pacific Neighbors Sister Cities of San Jose Committees. Val was also awarded the “ Angelito” Award by Isabellas in 2001 for his support in their cause for Cancer research and support groups.

Over the years, Val has earned numerous honors, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Board Member Award and Hall of Fame. He also received A Good Neighbor Award from The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley.

In 2000, the entire family shared in the “La Famila” Award at the Silicon Valley Hispanic Charity Ball, recognition for the contributions of two generations of DeLeons.  Val is a proud grandparent  to ten grand children and two great-grand children.
Family, work, and community-Val DeLeon is a role model in all categories.

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