Board of Directors

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ROSTER-Voting Members
2017 – 2018

 

Luis Gonzalez, Board President
Wells Fargo, AVP, Corporate Communications
Luis Gonzalez currently oversees Corporate Communications for Wells Fargo for the greater San Diego region. In his current role, Mr. Gonzalez serves as a company spokesperson and oversees public relations and internal and external communication efforts on behalf of Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Gonzalez joined Wells Fargo in 2014 and brings over 14 years of experience working in strategic communications and brand development. His work has aided in the implementation of various comprehensive bilingual communication campaigns and effective development of media and marketing communications for civic projects and consumer brands in Southern California. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mr. Gonzalez served as the Director of Community Affairs for the Neighborhood House Association (NHA), one of San Diego County’s largest multi-purpose human services agency and prior to that as spokesperson for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Mr. Gonzalez began his career working for various television networks, including Univision, Telemundo and NBC. His experience has included work on several national marketing campaigns and events, most notably the Billboard Latin Music Awards, E-3 conventions, BMG Music Awards and as a panelist on the subject matter of Hispanic marketing and outreach.

 

Daniel Cruz Gonzalez, Vice President
Retired, City of San Diego
Daniel Cruz Gonzalez claimed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/ History from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1971. In 1973, Daniel received Certificates in Management and in Human Services from the University of California San Diego. Daniel was the City of Diego’s representative to the San Diego Association of Government’s bi-national COBRO program dealing with trans-border issues. He was also the City of San Diego’s representative on the Federal Department of Energy (DOE)/Public Technology Inc (PTI)’s Municipal Energy Management Program Board. As well as the City Manager’s representative on the City of San Diego Retirement System Board of Directors and City of San Diego’s representative to the San Diego County’s Regional AIDS Task Force. Daniel was also the Member of the City of San Diego Diversity Program Steering Committee. Daniel’s volunteerism spans from being a Member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to being Chair of SEDC, Member of the Neighborhood House Association, and Member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Food Bank. Daniel was also involved as a Member of the San Diego State University/School of Public Administration’s Advisory Committee for the development and administration of a joint degree program in bi-national affairs between SDSU and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC).

 

Adolfo Ventura, Treasurer
MAAC Project, Assoc. Director of Business Operations

 

Francisco Mata, Secretary
Francisco Mata, San Ysidro School District, Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Services
Francisco Mata is an accomplished communications professional with over 26 years experience in the media industry; he has a strong reputation in the community as a Latino market specialist. He began his career with The Sacramento Bee newspaper, building an impressive record of achievements in local retail, Spanish language, and national advertising sales. Nationally recognized for his pioneering work in Spanish language news media, he conceived and implemented The Bee’s first Spanish language newspaper, Vida en el Valle. At The San Diego Union-Tribune, he served as a member of the Executive Committee and as Publisher of Enlace, the Spanish language newspaper. Francisco has recently embarked on a new career in the public education field as Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Services for the San Ysidro School District. He serves on the boards of the Media Arts Center of San Diego and Encuentros Leadership. Francisco is a member of the San Diego Advertising Club’s Hispanic Marketing Day Committee and the San Diego Community College Corporate Council. He received his B.A. degree in Journalism/Advertising from California State University, Fresno.

 

Linda Caballero-Sotelo, Director
Linda Caballero Sotelo is the Executive Director of the New Americans Museum. Caballero Sotelo is deeply committed to the advancement of immigrants of all backgrounds, believing in the power of civic engagement, arts & culture as catalysts for the integration, inclusion and celebration of immigrant stories into the American experience. Caballero Sotelo has over 20 years of professional experience as a senior level executive, advocate and activist for high profile national and international projects and organizations. She is fluent in Spanish, conversant in French and has led initiatives and high performing teams in a variety of corporate, public and non-profit settings in both the U.S. and abroad. She has led a successful strategic consulting business with local and national clients, and previously served in the following roles: president & chief executive officer of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; director of marketing & corporate communications for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and as US director of projects overseeing exhibition logistics, budgets & residencies leading to the internationally acclaimed US/Mexico public art initiative INSITE ‘97 and again for InSite 2000 where Caballero Sotelo organized & collaborated in the development of over 80 original public art installations and exhibition-related commissions and works spearheading logistics, budgets, curatorial & artistic residencies and production teams; while overseeing the development and creation of a variety of works by both established and emerging international artists in two versions of the triennial of what art critic Leah Olman described as “…a [groundbreaking] series of bi national exhibitions of art in public places that operated at a high order of magnitude since its inception in 1992.

 

Don Dean, Director
eLearning Curriculum Developer, Toyota Financial Services
Don is currently as eLearning Curriculum Developer at the Toyota Financial Services. Prior to his employment at Toyota, Don was an Assistance Vice President, Instructional Tech Designer at Bank of America andVideo Production and Multimedia Instructor at MVAS (Multimedia and Visual Arts School). While there, he helped his students win numerous awards and recognition for their work. He has a genuine passion for film, digital video, and multimedia tools and methods as a means of expression, especially for students who may not have access to the means to make videos and digital media. Don is also an Adjunct Professor at Mira Costa College and DeVry University where he teaches courses in E-Commerce, 3d Animation, and Digital Graphics. Don has a degree in Visual Arts and Filmmaking from USCD and he has made films, videos, and animations. He is a member of the MVAS advisory board, Assistant Scout Master for BSA Troop 362, occasionally helps with the media judging for the Del Mar Fair.

 

Raquel Aispuro, Director
Former Manager at Old Navy.
Manager for Old Navy, located in the Las Americas Premium Outlet, in San Ysidro, California. Since October 2008 she has successfully managed this multimillion dollar business. Old Navy has about 1,000 stores and the increase in sales revenue of 5 million dollars in 5 years demonstrates her exceptional ability to manage one of the busiest and most complex Old Navy Stores. Raquel has a keen interest in community involvement and will continue to give and support the community through volunteering and such. She has received several Recognition and Appreciation Certificates for her involvement including being recognized as the Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Person of the Year,” in 2011.

 

Vanessa Barron, Director
Vanessa Barron has over 9 years of marketing and advertising experience. She attended San Diego State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. The experience of working with several nonprofit organizations during the course of her undergraduate education inspired her to continue helping the community, as she served on different committees and boards. In 2005, she completed a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. Vanessa’s marketing experience includes working for Univision San Diego; the South County Economic Development Council; Third Avenue Village Association where she was the Marketing and Event Director coordinating major community events in collaboration with the City of Chula Vista. Vanessa most recently worked for Simon Property Group owner of Las Americas Premium Outlets, where she held the position of Director of Marketing and Business Development, spearheading marketing and events for the largest retail outlet center in San Diego.

 

John Kiladis, Director
Marketing & Communications
San Diego Gas & Electric
John Kiladis is currently the Residential Marketing Supervisor at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E®). In his position, John is responsible for the strategic marketing and communication of SDG&E commercial and industrial programs. John has over 19 years of experience creating sound strategic direction and developing successful marketing communication plans for companies like the FDA, the re-launch of Napster, California Bank & Trust and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. For 10 of those years he was in charge of strategic direction and communications to the Multicultural consumer for brands such as Disney, Gilead, Sunny D, General Mills, Levi’s, Washington Mutual and Converse working for Carol H. Williams Advertising, Arnold Worldwide Communications and TBWA Chiat/Day. John is a graduate of Babson College with a degree in International Business and Marketing.

 

Paul Espinosa, Director
Award-winning Filmmaker Paul Espinosa is the President/CEO of Espinosa Productions, a San Diego film and video company specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. He has been involved with producing films for nearly 40 years and is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. Espinosa has produced, directed and written numerous films for PBS including California and the American Dream, The Price of Renewal, The Border, The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848, In the Shadow of the Law,…and the earth did not swallow him, Uneasy Neighbors, The Hunt for Pancho Villa, and The Lemon Grove Incident. He received his B.A. degree from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in Anthropology. Espinosa’s films have been screened at festivals around the world and have won many awards including eight Emmys. He has been honored with retrospective Paul Espinosa Film Festivals in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso and San Diego. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Chicano News Media Association and was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s Hall of Fame. He has received funding from many agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, ITVS, the American Experience, Latino Public Broadcasting, the NALIP Producer’s Academy and The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

 

Kirtarth Yudhish, Director
Qualcomm, RF System Engineer
After receiving his Master of Science from University of Florida, Kritarth joined Qualcomm in San Diego where he has worked as a systems engineer on different wireless technologies such as NFC, Bluetooth and cellular. His passion is to contribute to youth education and he has also been associated with Reality Changers as a volunteer and is a member of action committee there. With the education committee at Media Arts Center, he is helping get youth interested in science and technology by organizing science and technology short lessons for youth.

 

Gustavo M. Rios, Director
Construction Attorney & Project Advisor
Law and Consulting Office of Gustavo Rios / Gustavo Rios, PE, ESQ., MBA. Georgetown University – The McDonough School. Over 20 years delivering construction, engineering and legal advice to private and public clients. Creative in seeking new business development opportunities. Seasoned project management specialist. Superb client development, relationship management and negotiation skills. California Registered Civil Engineer (PE), Member of the State Bar of California and the D.C. Bar, MBA, and LEED Accredited Professional. Bi-National, multi-lingual, native speaker of Spanish and English, proficient in Italian and Portuguese, reading level in French.

 

Cindy Cesare, Director
Cindy Cesare is an Emmy nominated journalist and a full-time investigative researcher and field producer for the network show, CBS News/48 Hours. She is also the owner and President of CinCity Media, Inc. based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2006, Cesare has assisted in the production of hundreds of stories for CBS News/48 Hours. Those include the four Emmy nominated stories in the Breaking News category for: “Muhammad Ali: Remembering a Legend,” “Dallas: Bringing a Nation Together,” “48 Hours Special Report: Paris under Attack,” and the “Craigslist Killer Case: Classified for Murder.”