Orlando is a co-founder of Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm managing more than $30 billion in capital commitments. The firm specializes in acquiring and operating technology companies particularly in the software industry. Over the past 15 years, Thoma Bravo has acquired over 150 software businesses totaling nearly $50 billion in value.
Orlando was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He received an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a law degree from Stanford Law School and BA degrees in Economics and Political Science from Brown University.
Over the duration of his career, Orlando has always remained involved in many philanthropic efforts. Currently, he serves on Brown University’s President’s Leadership Council and the UCSF Board of Overseers. He is also on the board of Border Youth Tennis Exchange (BYTE), a charitable organization founded to enhance the lives of children and young adults on the U.S./Mexican border through tennis, education and cross-border exchange. He and his wife have helped endow faculty scholar and fellow positions at Stanford University’s Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research. Orlando also continues to make charitable donations through The Bravo Family Foundation. Podemos “We Can” Puerto Rico is the latest effort that Orlando has chaired through the foundation.
Guiomar Garcia Guerra
Guiomar brings extensive senior-level non-profit and foundation experience to the role of executive director, with particular knowledge and expertise in matters affecting Puerto Rico. For ten years, she served as founding executive director of the Flamboyan Foundation, leading all aspects of the organization, including the creation of the first donors’ collaborative in Puerto Rico with top local and US foundations investing together toward a common educational outcome. Previously, she worked at the Wallace Foundation in New York City and managed the Ventures in Leadership Fund, a national incubator for leadership programs in education. Guiomar has had other executive and consulting roles with non-profit organizations, universities and private schools in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and New York.
Early in her career, Guiomar taught in a disadvantaged community in Puerto Rico, in the first school of what is now a thriving Montessori program operating in more than 40 public schools across the Island.
Guiomar has a B.A from Williams College and Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Blanca Santos Rodríguez
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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 deep knowledge about how to build for success, align and integrate people within an organizational process and how to improve and increase effectiveness and capacity of project management delivery.
Blanca has been COO, CFO, Director and Senior Executive Program Manager for educational, telecommunications, and environmental organizations. Implemented internal controls and industry best practices by defining, implementing, and verifying financial policies and organizational procedures. Blanca has managed over $150MM in grants and internal fund. Her duties also included the management and reporting of Federal Funds, participation in structuring yearly $100 million Secured Notes in new funding and implementation of a Project Management Center of Excellence Office (PMCoE).
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 Cordero
MANAGING DIRECTOR, RISING ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM (REP)
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 Caraballo
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY LEADERS PROGRAM (ECL)
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
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
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.
FIELD 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.
BOARD MEMBER & 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 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.