Wieckowski to host 4th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony in Santa Clara

Awardees from Alameda, Santa Clara counties will be honored

October 4, 2016

Santa Clara – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize three Latino leaders and the volunteers of an Alameda County non-profit organization who focus on housing, education, youth and social services at his 4th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, October 7 in the Santa Clara City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara.

“The work that is done by these honorees has a very positive effect on the Latino communities in Alameda and Santa Clara counties,” Wieckowski said.  “Each of these awardees is working to improve the lives of local residents, especially the youth in our region.”

The honorees are:

  • Hilda Ramirez – Director of Public Relations, Communications and Education at Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS
  • Hispanic Community Affairs Council – Alameda County community-based nonprofit serving the Latino/Hispanic communities
  • Amanda Montez – Senior Director for Housing and Community Development, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Mario Vargas – Executive Director, All Stars Helping Kids



WHO:             Senator Bob Wieckowski

WHAT:          4th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony

WHERE:       City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara

WHEN:          3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016

Ramirez assists real estate, finance, and legal and tax professionals in branding and maintaining customer loyalty.  She presents seminars to groups ranging from 20 people to over 1,000.  She is a board member of the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit devoted to increasing the supply of rental and permanent housing, preventing homelessness and increasing home ownership.

The Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to young Hispanics in Alameda County who are interested in pursuing higher education.  HCAC promotes community involvement, education and cultural diversity.  Each year it invests in future Hispanic leaders by offering scholarships to enable students to expand their education in colleges and universities.  

Montez is the senior director for Housing and Community Development with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SLVG).  She works with the SVLG’s member companies and partners on a range of issues related to land use and housing.  She is a board member on the Sempervirens Fund, California’s oldest nonprofit land trust, and the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters.  She also serves on the City of San Jose’s Housing and Community Development Commission.  

Vargas joined All-Stars Helping Kids in 2015. The organization was founded by National Football League Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his wife, Karen.  Vargas has 30 years of nonprofit leadership, including over 10 years as executive director of the YMCA of Santa Clara Valley.  He has been nationally recognized for his leadership in multi-cultural executive development programs and supports local startup nonprofits by creating opportunities in education, health and life skills for youth.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties.