Speaker Date Topic
Ms. Jessica Paz-Cedillos, Executive Director Jul 18, 2019 12:15 PM
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP catalyzes creativity and empowers community
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP catalyzes creativity and empowers community

Jessica is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador. She was born and raised in East Oakland and knows firsthand the impact that arts and culture can have to build pride, preserve our heritage, and fuel community and economic development. Jessica has dedicated her career to the public sector, working for organizations like the ACLU. Prior to joining the School of Arts and Culture (the School), she spent four years immersed in the Mayfair community and led the efforts that doubled SOMOS Mayfair’s budget from $1.5 (FY15) million to $3.4 million (FY19). During this time, she built meaningful relationships with members of the Si Se Puede! Collective, including the team at the School of Arts and Culture.

Over the years, Jessica has refined her leadership, fundraising, and operational skills. She has received training through the Center for Excellence in Non-Profits and On The Verge and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.  Jessica is excited to be leading the School — a vibrant, cultural institution in East San Jose — and looks forward to continuing her work in the Mayfair community.

Louise Auerhahn,Director of Economic & Work Policy Aug 15, 2019 12:15 PM
Trades Orientation Program

Louise Auerhahn, Director of Economic and Workforce Policy, joined Working Partnerships USA in 2001 and has served in numerous roles. Her current work focuses on the impacts of Silicon Valley's changing economy on working families and the middle class, including efforts to create quality, sustainable jobs and place working people, women, and communities of color at the center of the emerging green economy. She is a lead author of the Life in the Valley Economy, Tech’s Invisible Workforce, and Innovating Inequality? reports highlighting the economic wellbeing of the "invisible majority" of low- and middle-income residents in Silicon Valley. At the regional level, she is a co-author of the Economic Prosperity Strategy for the Bay Area and coordinates the Construction Careers Initiative. She also serves on the Board of Directors of work2future and the Collins Foundation and is a past Board member and vice president of the Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN). She holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

When not at work, Louise enjoys outdoor concerts, gardening and biking the Guadalupe trail. She lives in downtown San Jose with her wife Alice and a backyard full of tomatoes.

Mr. William Devincenzi Sep 19, 2019 12:15 PM
Climate Crisis, discussing the scientific facts, and the proposed solutions.
Climate Crisis, discussing the scientific facts, and the proposed solutions.

Mr. William Devincenzi was born and raised in San Francisco, bay area. He spent 28 year in accounting and finance related fields, as CFO in the last 10 years. He has also spent 25 year career in teaching at San Jose State University, and was named outstanding lecturer at the University in 2009. He has served on many non-profit Boards of Directors, including 11 years at the Foundation for Global Community and 7 years on Silicon Valley Federal Credit Union, 3 years as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. William has always had a strong interest in ethics and the environment, conducting research and presenting on topics such as: Sustainable business practices, business ethics, integrating values and business smarts, your money or your life, and inserting environmental topics into the business curriculum.  Now that he is retired (for the 3 rd time), he is interested in pursuing what he consider the most vital issue of our time, the impact of climate change on our planet. He has recently joined the Elders Climate Action leadership team, and Elders Action Network Board of Directors. He has attended the Climate Reality Project (CRP) training with Al Gore last August, joined the Santa Clara County Chapter of CRP, and is actively participating in their speaker’s bureau, presenting the Climate Crisis and solutions. 

Mr. William is married for 52 years, living in San Jose. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.