Our board and staff are committed to promoting a more just society in Puerto Rico
Orlando BravoCo-Founder & Chairman
Orlando Bravo was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and he has focused his philanthropic efforts to date on improving economic and educational outcomes for residents of the island. As Co-Founder and Chairman of the Bravo Family Foundation, he directs the organization’s many initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, community-based leadership and economic development.
In the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017, Orlando personally led a humanitarian mission to deliver resources to remote communities in Puerto Rico. The experience paved the way for the $100 million commitment he announced in 2019 to create the Foundation’s Rising Entrepreneurs Program (REP), an accelerator designed to support early-stage startup founders contributing to the Puerto Rican entrepreneurship ecosystem.
In addition to his philanthropic involvements, Orlando is a Founder and Managing Partner of Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, California, Miami, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois that makes investments in software and technology-enabled services companies. Today, Orlando directs the firm’s strategy and investment decisions in accordance with its principles of partnership, innovation, and performance. Orlando has overseen over 325 software acquisitions conducted by the firm, representing more than $100 billion in transaction value. Forbes named him “Wall Street’s best dealmaker” in 2019, and he was part of Thomson Reuters “Eight Buyout Pros to Watch” in 2009.
Orlando graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Brown University in 1992 and earned a JD from Stanford Law School and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1998.
Blanca Santos RodríguezExecutive Director
Blanca brings over 24 years of experience in both the public, private and non-profit sectors where her leadership has been instrumental in supporting the development of several business ventures. She has in-depth knowledge about how to build for success, align, and integrate people within an organizational process.
Blanca has been COO, CFO, Executive Director for educational, telecommunications, and environmental organizations. Implemented internal controls and industry best practices by defining, implementing, and verifying financial policies and organizational procedures. Supported and lead the Board of Directors to ensure it adds value to the organization. She implemented various Project Management Center of Excellence Office (PMCoE). Blanca has managed over $200MM in grants and internal funds.
Blanca is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Finance.
Jaime R. Morales CorderoManaging Director of the Rising Entrepreneurs Program
Mr. Morales has extensive experience as an economic development practitioner in leading managerial positions, with local governments, business associations and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Morales has focused largely on bringing his leadership to financial industry initiatives, particularly in the community reinvestment area. Until recently, he was an independent consultant on economic development and small business promotion, primarily for the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Extension Inc. (PRiMEX) and Executive Director for Foundation 2010 in Mayaguez.
Mr. Morales has managed or participated in several local and regional economic development and infrastructure projects with an investment of over $200 million. These include, the regional business incubation facilities financed by EDA and the East Central Puerto Rico network; INOVA, the first network of its kind in Puerto Rico for virtual and traditional incubation; ODECUT, a Public-Private development that spearheaded a far reaching initiative to revitalize the City of Caguas’ Downtown District; INTECO, a breakthrough regional, tech-based economic development organization that brings together academia, local governments and the private sector to commercialize new technologies and services; and Workforce Innovations for Regional Economic Development (WIRED), a $5 million regional initiative funded by the US Department of Labor to upgrade the talent development system.
Mr. Morales holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Fernando Silva CaraballoManaging Director of the Exceptional Community Leaders Program
Fernando brings an extensive and diverse experience and knowledge in the development of community capacity and resilience programs. Advisor and consultant in project areas based on history, geography and social and environmental sciences applied to place-based community development, education, and interpretation planning and training. Senior project designer and manager of research, planning, design, development and training on natural and cultural heritage resources of community tourism, interpretation, environmental education projects.
His island-wide community work seeks the development of alternatives to overcome socioeconomic, cultural and environmental challenges throughout diverse strategies of participatory research, formal and informal education, community leadership support and capacity building.
Over the past 25 years, Fernando worked with well-recognized institutions directing and managing natural and cultural heritage resources, conservation programs in Puerto Rico, including founding and working as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Institute for Sciences for Conservation during the last 12 years. He also taught, trained and coached about heritage resources, interpretation programming and practice to amateurs, professional interpreters, and to youth and nontraditional audiences in several urban and rural communities across the Island.
Fernando has a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in Sociology and Anthropology, and a Master Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Alejandro BravoProject Manager
Alejandro (Ale) Bravo, a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, lends his talents and insight to the Bravo Family Foundation as its project manager. Immediately after Hurricane Maria struck the island, Alejandro was on the ground organizing the Foundation's early relief efforts and working with community leaders and local residents to ensure supplies were delivered into the hands of those most in need.
Alejandro attended Southwestern Educational Society (SESO) for high school in Puerto Rico before enrolling in Brown University, graduating with a concentration in Modern Latin American History. He has done coursework at the United Nations Human Rights Commission's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and obtained his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.
A practicing attorney in South Florida specializing in criminal defense, Alejandro is a member of the Florida State Bar Association and the Federal Southern District of Florida.
Francisco MendezField Operations Manager
Francisco (Paquito) Mendez was born in Puerto Rico and has spent much of his career in construction management in both the public and private sectors. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and a master's degree in business administration from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
Kyle KlopferBoard Member and Advisor
Kyle, a certified public accountant and member of the California Bar Association, oversees all financial operations of the Bravo Family Foundation. He has more than twenty years' experience in public accounting and tax law, most recently as founding partner of Golden Gate Associates, a San Francisco-based accounting firm that specializes in family office services including foundations and charitable entities. He previously worked at Deloitte & Touche for ten years.
Kyle was raised in Ohio and attended Wittenberg University, where he majored in business with an accounting concentration. He holds an LLM in Taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law.
Kyle often cycles to the office on weekdays, and spends the other days hiking with his wife, two children and Kenna, a black Labrador — the Klopfer's have been a host family for a breeder dog through the Guide Dogs for the Blind for five years.
Leah SantiagoAccounting Associate
Leah manages the Foundation's grant work and day-to-day accounting needs. She joined the Foundation from Golden Gate Associates, having previously worked in Wells Fargo's Social Responsibility department.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Leah moved to the United States when she was fifteen. She enrolled in San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a degree in business administration and accounting concentration in 2015.
She enjoys reading, playing guitar, and frequently volunteers with her local church's Children's Ministry program.
Jenipher D. GonzálezProgram Coordinator
Jenipher is currently a management information systems doctoral student at Universidad Ana G. Méndez. She has an MBA in Project Management and a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. She developed research in different investigation topics at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC or Arecibo's Observatory), MIT Haystack Observatory, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA, Nano Material Research Group, and her former engineering school.
She was awarded the NASA MUREP Scholarship for three years, which provided a research opportunity at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, where she worked for two summers. In her master's degree, she was awarded the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship. She has experience teaching at the college level; she's an engineering lecturer, professor at the Division of Engineering, Design, and Architecture from her current university. Also, she worked as an IT Project Manager at an internet service provider organization.
Felipe Alfonzo-CorderoCommunity Coordinator
Mr. Alfonzo-Cordero is a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Since discovering his passion for new venture development, commercialization, and economic development, he became a leader in these fields within the student body of his campus.
As a key sponsor of innovation and entrepreneurship within the university, he presided over the student association Idea Platform, exposed thousands of students to Innovation & Entrepreneurship concepts, helped develop dozens of student-based startups, developed multiple commercialization programs within and outside of the university. Felipe is a fellow at Stanford’s UIF program.