Board of Directors
Alejandro Miranda Jimenez, MS, Board Chair
Alejandro, “Alex” is a results driven Biotechnology Engineer who is passionate about innovation and optimization, particularly as a project manager where his high quality standards make him a stand-out professional in validation programs and strategies. Alex considers himself to have an entrepreneurial spirit, which is shown in his willingness to start-up and lead projects and initiatives. Currently he is a Senior Validation Engineer at Grifols Diagnostics Solutions in Emeryville and has over 10 years of experience as a professional engineer. He holds a BS degree from the Technology Institute of Sonora, Mexico and an MS from CIAD (in English: Research Center for Food and Development) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Candice Madruga Knoll, Co-Chair
Customer Success Manager, Latin America, Cloudfare
Candice brings over a decade of progressive experience in marketing, communications, public relations and investor relations across a wide range of industries, including life science, consumer goods, retail, and non-profit. She is a recent graduate of the MBA program at Haas School of Business, where she was a member of the philanthropy committee. She is also the recipient of several national awards for her academic work in Brazilian advertising.
Ricardo Corona Moreno, Treasurer & Member of the Innovation Committee
Ricardo is an innovation explorer and product strategist, leading his own consulting practice focused on circular economy products. First in his family to graduate elementary school, Ricardo went on to earn his B.S. in Materials Engineering from Stanford University. He left his doctorate studies in Aeronautics to immerse himself in traditional industries facing disruption. As Program Manager at Out for Undergrad (O4U) he helped launch the University Program, a year-long curriculum to prepare LGBTQI students nationwide prepare to meet with engineering and business industry representatives. His current professional and personal pursuits center around organizations that restructure failed systems by adopting circular economy products and meaningful workflows. As a Fellow in the Niroga Institute, Ricardo is part of a Yoga Teacher Training program working directly with underserved LGBTQI youth in Alameda County as both a Yoga Teacher and professional mentor.
Neha Gupta, Board Secretary & Member of the Fundraising/PR Committee
Principal and Founder, Belly Fire Branding
Neha founded Belly Fire Branding in 2009 to bring the same branding and marketing expertise that large companies have at their fingertips to mission-driven social enterprises and nonprofits. With over 15 years of marketing experience, Neha began her marketing career in brand management supporting and developing major household brands such as Dove, Vaseline and Clorox. Neha is passionate about the use of business as a tool to lift low-income individuals out of poverty and has a special focus on social enterprise marketing. Neha earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Stanford University.
Ana Castaño, Board Secretary
Ana is from Michoacan, Mexico where she lived until 1996 when she came to California. She is the proud mother of Metzli, Alitzel and Erendira. She has worked with the LGBT and immigrant communities through activism. She previously worked as a teacher in rural areas throughout various Mexican regions. She also began a cooperative in 2014, which she ended two years later. She is now in the beginning stages of starting a second coop for childcare in the Bay Area, The Nanny Collective. She has five years experience as a nanny and has grown very passionate about being a nurturing presence in the lives of children which is what is motivating this next entrepreneurial endeavor. She is Prospera’s fellow and participant. She is involved at Prospera’s board from 2019.
Nancy Rosales, Board Member
Nancy Rosales is a Bay Area native and a first generation Mexican American whose parents migrated to Watsonville to pick strawberries through the Bracero program. Pepitos Paletas began in 2007 as an ice cream company. The business later transitioned to paletas when Nancy realized that there wasn’t a choice for organic and authentic paletas in the area. She is a vibrant and determined entrepreneur with so much creativity that shines through her product. Nancy aspires to involve many more Latina women in her project to expand the model and be present with paletas in all the corners of the Bay Area. She values authentic traditions and makes sure that every paleta flavor is connected to her Mexican roots. The paletas are all abuelita (grandma) approved! She is Prospera’s fellow and participant. She is involved at Prospera’s board from 2019.
Maria Rogers Pascual, Board Member
Maria Rogers Pascual joined Prospera “officially” in January 2015. Currently, she is the Co-Executive Director. She has been supporting the organization and affiliate cooperatives as a leadership coach, consultant and trainer since June 2013. Maria brings over 20 years of experience jump starting and running new organizations, leadership development and income generating programs in the U.S and Latin America. She has worked with a wide range of organizations — from community-based groups and social businesses to international organizations and private foundations. Maria is particularly passionate about improving the lives of immigrant communities in the US. As the Executive Director of Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) from 2003-08, Maria helped build the capacity of diverse immigrant-based organizations in the Bay Area and co-founded Mobilize the Immigrant Vote California Collaborative (MIV). She also served on the board of directors for Mujeres Unidas y Activas for seven years. Prior to that she was the Lead Consultant for The Civic Engagement Project for Children and Families (CEP) a collaborative project linking five foundations, eight local Children and Families Commissions in California, and the University of California. In the early 1990’s Maria helped establish five Greenpeace offices from scratch in Latin America, and was instrumental in creating self-sufficiency programs to enablelocally driven initiatives for environmental sustainability. Maria has an M.A. in Intercultural Communication Studies. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and coach trainer with a focus on developing Spanish language programs for community transformation. She joined at Prospera’s board from 2019.