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The College Camp Series will feature bilingual workshops and panels led by college representatives, community leaders, and business professionals for middle school students, high school students, and their parents.
The day-long event will provide participants with the tools and information needed to navigate their own path to a higher education. Workshops will conclude with an Opportunity Drawing for HSF gift bags, a $100 Wells Fargo prepaid card, and an iPad mini!
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President & Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Fidel A. Vargas is President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s leading provider of scholarships and services designed to give Latino students full access to the opportunities a college education can provide. With more than $430 million in scholarships awarded since its founding in 1975, HSF continues to provide increasing numbers of students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Vargas was a founding partner of Centinela Capital Partners, a private equity asset management firm that focused on investing and managing nearly $1billion in minority-owned, emerging-manager funds. Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Vargas was a Managing Director with TMG Advisors, an investment/consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning, and government affairs. He was also a Founding Principal and Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors, a private equity investment firm primarily investing in later-stage, lower middle market companies. Mr. Vargas also served as Mayor of Baldwin Park, California, a city of 75,000, twenty miles northeast of Los Angeles. At the age of twenty-three, he became the country’s youngest elected Mayor of a major city.
In addition to having served on HSF’s Board of Directors prior to taking the helm as President and CEO, Mr. Vargas has served on several public and private sector boards, including: the Latino Theater Company of Los Angeles; the New America Alliance; Sponsors for Education Opportunities; Operation Hope, Inc.; President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security; President Bush’s Commission on Strengthening Social Security; and President Bush’s Commission on Presidential Scholars, on which he continued to serve through the early years of the Obama Administration.
Mr. Vargas has been recognized for his accomplishments by numerous organizations and media outlets, throughout his career. His honors include selection by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 young leaders in the United States, being named by Hispanic Magazine as one of the Top 30 young Hispanics in the United States, and selection by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics.
Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management. He has a deep commitment to HSF, having been a six-time, HSF scholarship recipient while attending Harvard University.
Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, young Latino Entertainers, Inspirational Speakers & Empowerment Comedians in the country today. His comedy has been seen by millions on TV shows such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” & Sí TV’s “Funny is Funny!” He is one of the original stars of Galavisión’s hit show “Qué Locos!” hosted by George Lopez, along with appearances on HBO Latino’s “Habla Again,” MUN2’s “La Chicas Project,”, as well as Sí TV’s “Latino Laugh Festival!” and their hip new show, “Inside Joke!” Many Angelenos remember him as “The Angry Angeleno” from the Channel 13 News in Los Angeles.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with his B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, Ernie has developed his own unique form of Comedy he calls “Latino Edutainment – Educating and Entertaining with a Latino Flavor!” and has performed for many of the country’s top organizations and corporations, including Pepsi-Co, General Mills, U.S. Armed Forces, National Council de la Raza, and the Latin American Educational Foundation. He was honored by the City of Los Angeles with the 1st-ever Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” Award for “…representing the Latino community with the same humor and distinction as the legendary Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” and who, like Cantínflas, utilizes his power to help those most in need.”
Ernie G’s heart has always been in working with Inner-City & Foster Youth, having delivered Training & Development Programs for numerous City & County Organizations, including California Children's Services, Foster Care Agencies and L.A. County Probation Department. He has also received rave reviews for his Transformational work with U.S. Government Agencies, such as The United States Treasury Department & the U.S Census Bureau, “…we have received nothing but rave reviews from our staff…thank you for your enormous contribution to our Diversity Fair.” - Sara A. Rosario Nieves, Diversity Programs Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau.
Education Financial Services
Benigno has been with Wells Fargo for 8 years, working for Education Financial Services with experience in credit risk portfolio management, marketing analytics, and business strategy. An additional 13 years of professional experience includes Chemical Engineer and Manufacturing Manager, and Software and Business Consultant.
In his current role, Benigno serves as a Marketing Analytics Consultant.
His family is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and Salinas, CA. Benigno is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, Minor in French, and of the University of California, Davis with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, emphases in Marketing and Information Technology.
Outside of Wells Fargo, he serves as an advocate for higher education, is an MIT Educational Counselor, and speaks 4 languages. Benigno resides in Sacramento and has two school age children.
Community Outreach Consultant
CLG Community Relations and Outreach
Martin Sanchez grew up in Southern California, graduating from Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Finance, and a minor in International Business along with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Spanish from Santa Clara University. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He has worked in the mortgage banking industry in various roles—as a Senior Financial Analyst at IndyMac Bank, supporting Secondary Marketing & Correspondent Lending, and most recently at JPMorgan Chase as a Homeownership Advisor, working with customers to provide home retention options. In his current role as Community Outreach Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, he is based in their Downtown Los Angeles office, working directly with non-profit partners, elected officials and other community leaders to support home preservation and business development within the Southern California & Hawaiian markets.
California Region Program Manager
Brenda Gonzalez serves as the California Manager of Wells Fargo’s industry-leading financial education program Hands on Banking ® / El futuro en tus manos®. In so doing, she is a program content expert for collaboration with internal and external partners and provides consultative guidance in integrating the program into business initiatives and strategies.
Prior to this role, Brenda served as Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo Bank in Orange County where she marketed lending and investment programs that support affordable housing and small businesses development, community revitalization, and job training programs throughout Orange County. Brenda helped ensure Wells Fargo’s “triple outstanding” rating by the federal government for success in community reinvestment.
Brenda has a wealth of community development knowledge and experience. She is on the board of the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana, Los Angeles Education Partnership and Centro Latino for Literacy. She was selected to serve on the steering committee of the Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities Initiative sponsored by the California Endowment and was a leader on the design team for the Bank on Santa Ana efforts. She previously served on the board of the Eli Home and was a founding board member of the OC Home Ownership Preservation Collaborative.
Brenda served as adjunct faculty at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) lecturing in American Government. She was a Program Manager for Walking Shield Inc. – a non-profit community development organization serving the American Indian community.
Brenda holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Political Science from Cal State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, class of 2013. Brenda was born in Puebla, Mexico and lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
Interim Vice President, Student Affairs/Enrollment Management
San Francisco State University
Jo Volkert serves as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management at San Francisco State University. She is responsible for coordinating the work of staff that help build a positive learning environment and contribute to the success of SF State students. Dr. Volkert believes that students and their success are at the heart of all the programs and services offered by the University. She is committed to providing students with opportunities for leadership development, community involvement and global engagement that allow them to become active contributors to a dynamic, diverse world. In her spare time, she is an avid hiker, enjoys singing alto and hopes to travel to every continent someday.
Educational Opportunity Program
San Francisco State University
Growing up in Salinas, CA, a small rural farming town, education was not made a priority. Helplessly, watching my father leave the house every morning at 5:30am to work the broccoli fields, I quickly realized an education was the only possibility for a better future for me and my family. I focused on doing my best in high school and made it a priority to challenge myself with AP and Honors classes. After graduating high school, I began the University of California, Santa Barbara as an EOP student. After graduating from UCSB, I moved to San Francisco and worked at a community-based Upward Bound TRiO program. After 7 years of inspiring and motivating first-generation and low-income high school students succeed, my journey continued to San Francisco State University where I completed my Masters of Arts in Educational Administration. My journey has come full circle as I am now the Director of EOP at SF State giving back to the program that helped me succeed in college.
Currently, as Vice President and Community Outreach Manager at Wells Fargo, Miguel Bustos oversees a foundation profile that covers all of the Americas and manages 13 employee engagement teams across 13 countries. He has worked for two mayors, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Vice-President Al Gore and the President Bill Clinton! Very impressive, yet he’s a neighborhood boy from none other than the Mission District here in San Francisco where he still lives…in the same house where he was raised. He is the youngest of six and he is also the first in his family to go to college. He earned a bachelor’s in Political Science from Holy Names University in Oakland and received a Master’s in Political Science with a concentration in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, D.C.